Saving Money With My Amex Delta Platinum SkyMiles Credit Card

There was a time when I was solidly in the cash back credit card rewards camp, and you couldn’t have convinced me to apply for a frequent flyer credit card. But that was then, and this is now… Last summer I applied for an Amex Delta Platinum SkyMiles credit card. I travel semi-frequently, and our family also takes periodic trips. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Retail Marketers Attract Shoppers With 13 to 20 Seasons

I always wondered why stores like Target and Wal-Mart added groceries to their already wide variety of products for sale. I figured these stores were attempting to be more of a one-stop-shop for all shopping needs, keeping customers in the store longer, and providing less of a reason to go to the supermarket, grocery store, or farmer’s market. That may be partly true, but there is more to it. […]

Your Take: Any Dumpster Divers Out There?

Earlier this week, Crystal shared a few safety and frugal tips for dumpster diving and I thought it’d be fun to revisit the idea, the subject of a former Your Take a few years ago. […]

Managing Mom’s Money: An Update from Happy Acres

I’m sitting in the lobby of Happy Acres waiting for the business manager to return from lunch. I just spent half an hour talking with Mom, who’s doing much better than she was a month ago. […]

Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?

Gift giving is never easy, especially on obligatory occasions like holidays and birthdays. Because I never know for sure what to get for anyone, unless someone has expressed interest in something specific, I am increasingly inclined to give gifts of experience. […]

VA Home Loan Benefits and Myths

Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans let military service members finance the purchases of their primary residences without down payments. Qualification for a VA loan is just one of the many perks of military service, but often, eligible applicants aren't aware of the loans or don't fully understand the benefits they offer. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Your Kids to Love School

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting your kids to love school, saving money on gas, and things you can do to avoid regret. Top 5 Articles 4 Frugal Ways to Get Your Kids to Love School — To get your kids to love school, try setting up play dates with classmates. […]

How to Maximize Your Lifetime Earnings

I have noted (several times actually) that your career is your most valuable financial asset and by making the most of it you can earn several million dollars more than you might otherwise accumulate over the course of a working lifetime. That said, I wanted to look at which strategy would help you make the most over your career -- starting at a higher salary or getting larger annual increases. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of Aug 15

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile this week: Prairie EcoThrifter lists ideas for selling a home faster. Financial Success for Young Adults has a review of Betterment. […]

Emergencies and Irregular Expenses

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from a reader that goes something like this… This month, my annual insurance bill came due and I couldn’t make ends meet. I cleaned out my emergency fund. Then, at the end of the month, my car broke down. What’s the point of having an emergency fund? […]

Help a Reader: Investing During College

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a college student entering his last year of my bachelor's degree (with law school immediately following graduation). However, for the last year of my degree I am, due to unforeseen financial reasons, forced to take student aid to pay tuition. […]

The Shocking Truth about Repairing Credit After Bankruptcy

For most people, repairing credit after bankruptcy seems impossible. My credit is trashed, they think. I’ll just have to wait a decade before the bankruptcy falls off my credit report. But nothing could be further from the truth. […]

Are You Investing In Yourself?

One of the longest-lasting investments you can make, with the best returns over time, is in yourself. Investing in yourself can help you improve your earning power, as well as provide you with a sense of satisfaction. Even as you work to earn money and improve your finances, don’t neglect yourself. […]

Using Twitter to Predict the Stock Market

A perfect predictor for stock market movements is the holy grail of investing. If you knew with certainty that the stock market would increase tomorrow, you would buy to take advantage of the change, and if yo knew with certainty it would decline, you would sell. […]

How to Save Money on Gas

With summer in full swing and the price of oil hovering near $90-100 per barrel, everyone is feeling the pinch at the gas pump. […]

Five Bills Not to Automate

Yahoo lists five bills not to automate as follows: Mobile Phone Bills Insurance Payments Utilities Gym Memberships Cable Bills Here's what I do with these: Mobile Phone Bills - My phone is paid for by my company, so there's no bill for me to handle. Insurance Payments - Do people really put these on auto-pay? […]

Reader Mailbag: Looking Forward

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. Keeping whole life insurance 2. Life choices and student loans 3. Adding spouse to property title 4. Should mom file for bankruptcy? 5. Student loan worries 6. Career balancing money and passions 7. […]

Money Leaks: Unused Magazine Subscriptions

The trouble with magazines is that they aren’t expensive. If you are patient, you can usually find someone selling a subscription for just a few dollars. Even if you buy it direct, it often comes out to much less than a dollar an issue. […]

Is Unlimited Air Travel a Good Deal?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Air travel is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time. […]