Breakdown of Benefits and Value of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and Credit Cards

While airline reward credit cards enjoy more attention, hotel reward credit cards can be surprisingly valuable. The reason is that airlines are making fewer seats available for mileage awards, and charging more miles for privilege of doing so. On the other hand, many hotel chains now offer any... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 4/30, 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 one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Frugally! Learn about throwing a frugal Cinco de Mayo party, keeping costs low if you go out to... […]

Light Bulb Showdown: LED vs. CFL vs. Incandescent

Efficient LED light bulbs used to cost upwards of $100 apiece. With prices now down in the single digits, it’s much easier to make the switch. Photo: Cree via Facebook Just a couple decades ago, light bulbs were light bulbs. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Think Like a Millionaire

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to think like a millionaire, tips to grow the best organic garden, and money-saving ways to use cornstarch. Top 5 Articles 4 Ways to Think Like a Millionaire — Millionaires have an internal locus of... […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 04/29

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today Busted Tees: 50% off w/ coupon, Disney Store Sale: Up to 88% off, Bourbon Tasting Pack for $25, and more! […]

4 Low-Cost Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree

Education is about self-discovery, personal improvement, and professional development. And there are a whole host of ways to achieve those things outside of the traditional four-year college experience. Read on for our roundup of some of the most viable alternatives to a four-year degree. 1. Start... […]

The 7 Best Affordable Cities to Start a Family

Looking to start a family? Many major metro areas can be tough choices, given their high cost of living, crime statistics, and public school quality. So, we've dug a little deeper to uncover seven U.S. metro areas that offer the best environments for starting a family. 1. Virginia Beach,... […]

6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value

It's spring cleaning season. But before you toss your old stuff on the curb or schlep it to the donation center, consider selling it for extra cash. These days, there are a number of places you can sell your things online and in-person, and all it takes is some time and effort. You'd be surprised... […]

6 Unexpected Benefits of Secured Credit Cards

"Nobody knows you when you're down and out," goes a famous blues song. And when your credit score is bad — really bad — you'll definitely be singing the blues whenever you're trying to find financing options. (See also: How to Get a Credit Card When You Have Bad... […]

Why bankruptcy should be your last resort

(Petrish Dyer is an active military Navy Chief, currently stationed in Japan. Please understand that her duties and time zone may prevent her from responding to comments in a timely manner even though she would like to. Petrish is also the founder of debtfreemartini.com where she blogs and inspires others to live a debt-free life.) A few years ago, I was at my lowest point financially. […]

Student Loan Consolidation Guide

Student loan consolidation may not be the silver-bullet solution that it used to be, but it can still offer some benefits depending on your situation. First and foremost, if you’re juggling multiple student loan payments, student loan consolidation can simplify your finances. When you consolidate your student loans, you roll them all into one bigger loan. […]

The Best Free Cloud Storage Providers

The best free cloud storage providers give you a place to park your data without opening your wallet. […]

Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here's How to Fix It

Reeking dishwashers are the worst. Trust me — I lived in a small apartment with one that emanated a disgusting smell for months. When it gets bad enough, you feel embarrassed to have people over and you don't even want to be there yourself. Fortunately, you don't have to live with a smelly... […]

Best Money Tips: Make Money With a Fitness Tracker

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to earn money with your fitness tracker, saving time in the kitchen by being lazy, and what you need to know if you're selling your house. Top 5 Articles Fitbit profit? Seven ways to earn money with your... […]

10 Magic Words to Say to Get the Best New Car Price

Most of us still go to a car dealership when we want a new vehicle. And most of us dread the experience. The problem is, you and the dealership are two parties on opposite ends of the spectrum. You want a great car for as little money as possible. They want to sell you the same car for as much as... […]

Looking for Travel Insurance? Check Your Wallet First

Airplanes and blizzards don’t mix. But some credit cards will reimburse you for expenses if you get stranded by a canceled flight. Photo: Dan Just last winter, my husband and I took a much-anticipated vacation to Jamaica with some friends. […]

Ask the Readers: How Will You Celebrate Mother's Day This Year?

Mother's Day is coming up! Here's another holiday where we are encouraged to go all out for our loved ones when, usually, some thought and care is all we need. (But, you know, a fancy dinner is OK too if your mom is into that.) How will you celebrate Mother's Day this year? Will you try to keep it... […]

Nine Cognitive Biases You Need to Understand to Master Your Money

Don’t let the ‘Anchoring’ effect shipwreck your shopping experience. Photo: Ian Svendsplass In our daily lives, we constantly rely on our instincts to navigate through all kinds of situations, from how to relate to other people to what kind of shampoo we buy. Without those instincts, daily life would be a complete decision overload, making it impossible to even get outside your front door. […]

4 Ways to Stop Your Spouse From Overspending

Spouses aren't always honest with each other when it comes to money. A study released earlier this year by CreditCards.com found that nearly one in five U.S. consumers have hidden purchases of $500 or more from their live-in partners or spouses. The same study found that nearly 7.2 million people... […]

How to Start Saving for Retirement at 40+

Perhaps you missed the memo urging you to start saving for retirement in your 20s or 30s. Or, if your situation is anything like mine, you started a family early or didn't find your passion in life until you were in your 30s. Fortunately, it's not too late to start saving for retirement, because... […]