Killer Gas Prices: Six Ways to Fight Back

The news that gas prices are on the rise again reminded me of the summer of 2007. At the time both of my sons were playing travel baseball, which meant we were driving all over northern Illinois every weekend. We owned a beautiful Chrysler Pacifica at the time — a sporty, comfortable, large car that was perfect for toting baseball players and their gear. […]

Offer to Trade Skills with Your Friends (296/365)

I have friends who are either professionally trained or have significant experience in many, many different fields. Carpentry. Electrical wiring. Plumbing. Home building. Computer repair. Home decor. The list goes on and on. There are a lot of things I’m good at, too. I can handle (or at least help with) many home repair tasks. I can cook just about anything. […]

5 Glamorous Jobs that Aren’t as Cool as You Think

We have this idea that certain jobs are very glamorous. They’re cool. They’re sexy. You make a lot of money or you experience a ton of excitement. What if you learned taht someone were a spy or work in show biz, you probably think their lives are just so much more exciting than yours. The reality is that it might not be the case. […]

5 Low Cost Halloween Party Food Ideas

Have you eaten Mummy Dogs before? How about Witches’ Fingers? We’re rounding out our week of Halloween ideas with some party food ideas that will surely make your parties the scariest on the block! My daughter was born 3 days before Halloween, so when we had her first birthday party, we had a Halloween themed party complete with Mummy Dogs and Witches Fingers. […]

External Motivation Doesn’t Work

Quite often, I’ve written about how my family has been a tremendous motivation for me. […]

My Journey: Handwriting 100 Letters for McDonald’s Monopoly Pieces (Part 3)

This series chronicles my journey to hand-write 100 letters to McDonald’s requesting Monopoly Game Pieces for their annual Monopoly Game sweepstakes. The game rules state that McDonald’s will mail back 2 game pieces if a participant sends a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to McDonald’s. […]

Frustrations with my new student loan servicer

This post is from new staff writer Honey Smith. Since I only took out Stafford loans while I was in school, I was able to consolidate almost all my student loans into a single balance through a program called the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). […]

Ask the Readers: What Are the Best Gifts for Teens?

Congratulations to Dani, Pamela, and Kelli for winning this week's contest! Editor's Note: For the next few weeks, we will be doing a gift giving series on Ask the Readers and will focus on the best gifts for certain demographics! Ask the Readers: What are the Best Gifts for Teens? is part four of our series! […]

Why We Spend More When We Pay With Credit Cards

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon at my favorite shopping destination, Barnes & Noble. Even though I usually have very tight controls on the number of (purchased) books that I may bring into the house, I generally let myself buy two or three new titles a few times a year. (I know. […]

Best Money Tips: Low-Budget Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on low-budget ways to celebrate Halloween, where to find unique presents for kids, and green ways to save money. Top 5 Articles 6 Low-Budget Ways To Celebrate Halloween — Celebrate Halloween without breaking the bank by borrowing or reusing costumes. […]

Thoughts on Two Personal Finance Truths

I recently ran into a couple articles that reinforced personal finance truths I've noted previously on FMF. It's been a while since I covered them, so I thought I'd review the pieces with you.The first one (of all things) is an interview with country music singer Kenny Rogers. […]

When Making a Major Purchase, Tap Your Social Network (295/365)

Whenever Sarah and I think about a purchase of any kind above roughly $100, the first thing we do is turn to our social network. I’ll put out a message on Facebook to my personal friends asking them if they know anything about, say, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The next time I see some friends face-to-face, I’ll ask them about the item as well. What do I usually get in return? […]

The Conversation Project – Making Families Feel Better about End of Life Conversations

My great uncle Andy was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to seniors several times a week. He began volunteering after his own retirement and continued until he was in his mid-90s! He was in an excellent health and did not pass away until he was 99. […]

Popularity and Earning Potential

Years ago — during the first month of this site’s existence, in fact — I wrote about the fact that “good looking” people tend to earn more than others. […]

5 Coolest Houses in the United States

Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better. There are plenty of interesting, big, and expensive homes out there. However, many of these houses aren’t totally unique. […]

Inflation Not as High as You Think?

Inflation isn’t as bad as you think. Or at least that’s the premise of a recent article on NPR’s Planet Money. According to economists, consumers consistently overestimate inflation. And not just here in the United States, either. Rather, this misperception appears to be a common occurrence in many countries. Why? […]

2013 Federal Income Tax Brackets and Marginal Rates

When you file your federal income tax return before April 2013, you’re filing your 2012 taxes, and the 2012 income tax brackets define the amount of tax you owe to the government before credits and after-tax adjustments. The first paycheck or consultancy fee you earn in 2013 falls under new rules, however. […]

Make Honey Boo Boo’s ‘Sketti’ recipe healthier and for 12% less

I wanted to unsee the homemade ‘sketti’ recipe whipped together by Mama June and her 7-year-old daughter Alana, the stars of TLC’s new reality TV hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. For weeks I tried to pretend this likeable family livin’ on a tight $80 per week food budget didn’t really eat a microwaved ketchup and butter concoction dumped on spaghetti, calling the mess an “old family recipe”. But no […]

Reader Mailbag: Debate Night

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. Washing plastic bags 2. Blowing off steam inexpensively 3. Toothpaste use? 4. Starting over? 5. Why use Twitter? 6. Early Christmas planning 7. Rollover IRA question 8. Advertisements work? 9. Cloudy days and motivation 10. […]

A Few Green Ways to Save Money

Going green does not necessarily mean giving up modern conveniences or spending extra money on organic products or emerging green technologies. […]