Our 2011 Shopping List

Last year I laid out some of the major purchases we were considering, then updated our progress throughout the year. It was an interesting way to track our progress and see if what we thought we'd buy was what we actually bought. So I thought I'd do the same this year. Here goes: Vacations -- In addition to our annual trips (2) to see family, I could see us going on three vacations/trips. […]

Financial Books for Kids

Our thirteen year old recently asked me for some good books about investing. […]

2010 Taxes Due on April 18th

You know how the tax deadline is usually April 15th? Well, the IRS adjusts the date, they are required by tax law, if it falls on a holiday or on a weekend. This year, the folks in Washington D.C. will be celebrating Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15th. […]

High Tech Solutions For the Winter Blues

How can you fight the battle of the winter blues with so little daylight and so much to do? […]

2011 Goals: First Month Status

The year is no longer new and novel. I’ve stopped accidentally writing “2010″ on my checks, though I still double-check the date before sealing envelopes. New Year’s resolutions often don’t last past the first month of the year, so it’s time to see how “average” I am — how much I am like the typical American who doesn’t stick to the lofty goals set at the beginning of the year. […]

How to Decline a Job Offer without Burning a Bridge

Money Watch suggests how to decline a job offer without burning a bridge as follows: “No one is taking this stuff personally,” Clarke said. “Don’t lie. […]

Five Ways Freelancers Stay On Top of Their Game

For many people, working from home is merely a dream.  First of all, their employers wouldn’t allow it and besides, even if they did, many people aren’t organized enough to get anything done without constant supervision. […]

6 Pre-Workout Snacks to Keep You Moving

For most of us, a balanced meal 4-6 hours ahead of a workout provides enough energy to get through a 30-45 minute routine. But once we start adding intensity and duration, we need a bit more than breakfast or lunch to sustain the workload. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 25-28

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner

I am a jean addict. Correction: I am a frugal jean addict; therefore, I own very few nice pairs of jeans. My first pair of brand-new designer jeans were bought by my husband through an exchange where he DJ'ed a party and I scored a fantastic pair of Joe jeans that made my booty look like I'd done squats every day all summer. […]

Use Long Term CDs to Improve Your Short Term Savings Yields

The past few years haven’t been kind to savers. Interest rates have plummeted, and the typical online savings account is now paying just a bit more than 1% APY. Sure, CD rates are a little better, but you have to lock up your money for a relatively long period of time to do much better than a savings account. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Pros And Cons Of Getting a Part-Time Job. Enjoy! […]

4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking

I have to admit I have a few pet peeves when it comes to cooking Italian food at home. […]

Reader Mailbag: Discarded Post Ideas

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Bank ignores me! 2. Gold digging or thinking ahead? 3. Encouraging others to think frugally 4. Why saving, not investing? 5. Budgeting software 6. Finding my loans 7. Reordering checks 8. Interest-only loan problems 9. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Become a Millionaire

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we have some awesome tips on how to become a millionaire, strengthening your emergency fund, and getting refunds when your travel plans go awry. Top 5 Articles How to Become a Millionaire — Most people dream about becoming a millionaire. […]

3 Aspects of Your Finances You Can Control

Some things are beyond our control, and having a happy and fulfilling life requires accepting those things we cannot change. […]

Train Now for a Summertime Family Cycling Trip

Winter is a great time to get ready for a summer cycling vacation with your family. (See also: Summer Freebies and Bargains for Kids) A couple of winters ago, I convinced my husband that taking the kids, then 15 and 12, on an organized cycling trip was a great idea. […]

Job Unemployment Rates

Planet Money, one of my favorite NPR programs, just posted a list of the occupations with the highest and lowest unemployment rates. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Chocolate, Jewelry, and Free Breakfast

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and this week is the time to get deals online and shipped out in time. We found savings on chocolate and jewelry, plus some food and sports goodies. […]