Don’t Upgrade Your Living Space Just to House More Stuff (116/365)

When we were first married, Sarah and I lived in an extremely small apartment. It was (very) cozy for just the two of us, but it worked. When we had our first child, we converted a small area into a spot for the bed and the crib for our baby. […]

ProfessionaliBranding Levels

The following is reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from The Panic Free Job Search: Unleash the Power of the Web and Social Networking to Get Hired © 2012 Paul Hill. Published by Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. All rights reserved. […]

The Best Way to Buy a New Car

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the author of The Predictioneer’s Game, a book about using game theory to get what you want in day-to-day life. Mesquita argues that we can predict and engineer the future by understanding the self-interest of those involved in making decisions. What does that all mean? […]

Ten Train Travel Tips to Save You Money on Your Family Vacation

Thirty-one hours on a westbound train with three kids, ages thirteen to four, might never have originally entered my mind as a recipe for the perfect family vacation until I did it (and survived!) My husband and I were on a mission to find a way to take the family to Arizona to see Grandma over spring break. […]

Should You Buy a Home Now?

This is a guest post from Sarah Gilbert. The story of one mortgage I got my mortgage statement in the mail a few weeks ago. I bought my Portland, Oregon home 10 years ago on a busy street in an up-and-coming neighborhood with what I thought was a super-low interest rate: 5.25%. […]

Why are Gas Prices So High?

Not too long ago, for Spring Break, my son and I took a road trip to Arizona to visit my grandfather. One thing I noticed: As I drove farther south, the gas prices rose. By the time we reached Arizona, we were paying more than $4.00 per gallon! I’m not the only who has noticed a rise in gas prices; there are predictions that $4.00 gas is going to be the norm for this coming summer. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a House

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My husband and I are both in our late 20s. He has a masters in business and is currently working on getting his CPA. I work as an engineer. Together we make over $120K a year.We have no school loans, credit card or car loans. […]

Reader Mailbag: Keeping a Project Secret

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. Trouble deciding how to save 2. Investing in friends? 3. Lending money to family 4. Investing in kitchen remodel 5. Endorsing a Presidential candidate 6. Tools for travel 7. Financial blunders and morals 8. Should I leave? 9. […]

Review of ING Direct’s Remote Deposit

Several readers contacted me yesterday with this piece of good news. After months of promising its customers to launch the new feature soon, ING Direct now offers remote check deposit. The delay was likely caused by the efforts that resulted in Capital One purchasing ING Direct USA. […]

Be a Budget Traveler…in Your Own Town

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. When I’m planning a vacation, I usually pick up a copy of a “cheap and free” guidebook that lists inexpensive attractions and secret-gem restaurants. A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my friend Frank, who is a recent transplant to the East coast, and he saw my guidebook. […]

Professional Line Waiters

I hate waiting in line. Ask my lovely wife what happens when we’re at the grocery store, I start wandering around. I hate waiting in line because you’re not actually doing anything. You’re just waiting. With so much out there to do, waiting for something to happen just seems like such a waste of time. […]

Fun, Frugal Vacations: What the Experts Fail to Mention

Frugal experts often champion certain types of vacations as great ways to save money and have loads of carefree fun. […]

19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes

When I was a kid, I loved going to the supermarket with my mom. My favorite aisle? Cereal! All those colors and flavors and prizes inside — it was hard to pick just one box. Of course, while I was eating the cereal, I didn’t care about the box at all (except to play the games on the back). My, how times have changed. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Yard Sale Success

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips for yard sale success, going green, and saving on your next family vacation. Top 5 Articles 13 Tips For Yard Sale Success — To make your yard sale a success, start preparing everything two weeks in advance. […]

Forgiven Mortgage Debt May Lead to Huge Tax Bills

Congress passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act during the national housing crisis. This little-publicized law protected those who lost their principal residences to a foreclosure or short sale from a big tax bill, and it is expiring at the end of 2012. This means that those who lose their homes or receive a partial loan reduction next year may be facing a huge tax bill. […]

Value: The Third Factor of Investing

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. It's a continuation of their first factor (CAPM) and second factor (size) posts.A stock's valuation is the final factor of the Fama-French three-factor model of investment returns.A stock's valuation is measured on a continuum from "value" to "growth." In broad strokes, value stocks are cheap and growth stocks are expensive. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 4/26, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Cars. Learn about getting a good deal on a car, saving on gas, and not breaking the bank on maintenance expenses. […]

Sign Up for the Do Not Mail Registry and the Do Not Call Registry (115/365)

Let’s cut right to the chase and give you the resources you need. CatalogChoice.org is a website that enables you to get off of a number of common “junk mail” lists. If you receive a piece of junk mail you don’t want, you just log onto that site, find the person mailing it, and click a button. […]

The Importance of Accomplishments

The following is reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from The Panic Free Job Search: Unleash the Power of the Web and Social Networking to Get Hired © 2012 Paul Hill. Published by Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. All rights reserved. The resume is not a story about your responsibilities or duties. It is not just a job description. It is about the facts: What did you do? […]