Healthy Summer Side Dishes That'll Save You Money

When it comes to hot-weather meal ideas, one of the main concerns is having a repertoire of simple side dishes to go along with them. These healthy summer side dishes are not only simple, but cheap to boot. (See also: Simple Summer Menus) Grilled Veggies Grilled vegetables aren’t anything but healthy, and there are a number of different ways you can go. […]

Requiem for a Rip-Off

Not everyone can claim to be financially savvy. But many of us do try to sidestep chump status when it comes to consumer spending. That only makes sense. We want to keep more of our cash. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money in College

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save money in college, free or inexpensive ways to have a good time, and interview tips that will help you get a job. Top 5 Articles 51 Ways to Save Money in College — Save money in college by renting your textbooks. […]

4 Ways to Find a Reputable Mechanic

Let’s face it, if you barely know the radio from a radiator, taking your car in for maintenance and repairs can be intimidating. I'm lucky to have a great mechanic who has worked on my family's vehicles for nearly two decades (you're the best, Paul). But the years I spent living out of state made life a bit difficult. […]

Six Steps to Financial Independence

MoneyTalksNews lists six steps to financial independence as follows: 1. Freedom is inversely proportional to debt. It’s fundamental: The more debt you have, the less freedom you have.2. Freedom means being rich, not looking rich. 3. If you want to work less, make your money work more. 4. Think like a hamster, live like a hamster. A hamster can only think in the present. […]

Does Groupon Beat Frugality?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Kimberly asked about “Online daily deals (groupon, living social, restaurant.com) vs. Being frugal and saving all your pennies. […]

How to Earn More than $3 Million in 20 years

Poets and Quants lists MBAs that return more than $3 million in earnings in 20 years. Here's a listing of the school as well as the median cumulative pay over 20 years: 1. Harvard Business School - $3,606,601     2. Pennsylvania (Wharton) - $3,340,334     3. Stanford - $3,291,894     4. Columbia - $3,203,292     5. Dartmouth (Tuck) - $3,092,471     6. MIT (Sloan) - $3,056,072     7. […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Looking for a 529 Plan

As you probably know, the cost of education is rising. I look at what I paid for undergraduate tuition and grad school, and what my husband paid in tuition increases to finish his Ph.D., and I realize that the cost for my son to attend college in another eight or nine years could very well be prohibitive. […]

Despite Big Valuations, There is No Tech Bubble

I’ve always been a fan of Marc Andreessen. By the time the World Wide Web came into its own, I had already been a long-time user of and creator on the Internet. Marc’s Mosaic changed the way in which the Internet was viewed. It was fascinating, and I had to be a part of it. I was no software engineer, though; I was a music education student in college. […]

Using an HSA as a Super Retirement Account

Three years ago I had a guest post on how a health savings account could (and should) be used as a "Super Roth" account for retirement. […]

Reader Mailbag: Podcasts and Writing

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. Handling expensive schooling 2. Handling a closed credit account 3. Lowering high housing costs 4. Investing while in college 5. Solid credit, no credit cards 6. Planning for after debt elimination 7. Jealousy of the rich 8. […]

How to Grind Your Own Hamburger and Make the Best Homemade Burger

The hamburger is quintessential American fare, but sadly it has been all but ruined thanks to fast food chains and mass-produced meat. Our image of a burger today usually consists of a greasy and unhealthy food you pick up from a window or dried out and flavorless items at a cookout. Of course you can get a pretty good burger at many restaurants, but you will typically pay a premium. […]

Excellent Credit, Denied Mortgage

Even with a credit score above 800, it’s still possible to be denied for a mortgage. Looking at the mortgage industry as a whole, for a period of time, lenders were too lax, offering mortgages practically regardless of qualifications. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Family Bed: How to Make It Stop. Enjoy! […]

Buy and Hold Investing Works

The tech boom of the late 1990s and very early 2000s made day trading a household term. Before the days of cheap stock trades and even cheaper real-time information, buy and hold was the norm. […]

The Next Step: Preparing for Change

For years, I wallowed in debt. I had no fiscal discipline. I used credit to buy what I wanted, when I wanted. My money skills were abysmal, and my life was in financial ruin. In 2004, I decided to turn things around. I started teaching myself about personal finance. I attacked my debt with vigor. I learned about saving and investing and frugality and thrift. […]

25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today

We've all heard about the rapidly rising cost of food lately. From corn to soy to dairy, our wallets are getting hit harder than usual during those weekly trips to the grocery store. So what's a dedicated frugalista to do to avoid busting her budget during these tough economic times? Why, I'm so glad you asked! […]

10 Exercises to Do at Work That Don't Make You Look Silly

Many of us work long days at desks, even though we know it's not the best thing for our health. A sedentary lifestyle makes us obese. And heck, I have trouble just focusing if I don't get up and move around every now and then. This is why I've always loved the idea of exercises you can do at work. Exercise is a great thing to do for your body and mind! […]

Best Money Tips: Simplify Your Summer Finances

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to simplify your summer finances, ways to earn extra cash, and fundamentals of financial success. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Simplify Your Summer Finances — Simplify your summer finances by registering for an easy to use budgeting system. […]

iBank as a Quicken Replacement?

Over the weekend I spent some time migrating my 14+ years of Quicken data from Quicken 2007 to iBank, which was at the top of my list of Quicken alternatives. […]