How to Spot a Craigslist Scam

We’ve all done it. Answered an ad on Craigslist that didn’t seem right or even worse, appeared to be too good to be true. […]

Ink Cash Business Credit Card Review

If you’re a small business owner in need of a credit line, you may want to consider a credit card focused on small businesses. Not only can the money you earn off of credit card rewards help keep your business in the black, but using your small business credit card makes itemizing your purchases a breeze. One of my personal favorites, the Ink Cash℠ Business, is now offering a $250 cash bonus. […]

Citi Simplicity Credit Card Review

One of the latest credit cards to make a splash in the world of plastic transactions is the Citi Simplicity card. […]

How to Spend Money (Even If You Think You Shouldn’t)

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. Last year the zipper on my winter coat broke. Not before time, mind you; I’d had it so long that I couldn’t remember exactly when I bought it. […]

Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV

Even the most riveting TV shows plague you with time-sucking commercials every few minutes, and very rarely does any TV-watching session require all your brain power or leave you feeling truly satisfied or productive. […]

22 Reasons to Write a Letter

My daughter loves getting mail. Since she’s only 18 months old, that doesn’t happen very often. But the journey to the mailbox is still something we do religiously every day, because it brings her so much joy. Truth be told, I still love receiving packages and letters. Not the junk kind, but the real kind, from friends or relatives, just telling me about their days. […]

Life Expectancy, Retirement, and Your Investment Time Horizon

In thinking about how much money you need for retirement, you need to consider both your age at retirement and how long you can reasonably expect to live. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Airfare

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on airfare, how to save up for anything, and saving money while in college. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save on Airfare — Save on airfare by looking at alternate airports. [Bucksome Boomer] How-To: Save Up For Anything — Save up for anything by knowing your habits. […]

4 Guarantees Besides Death and Taxes

"In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes." At least, that's according to Benjamin Franklin. Perhaps back in his day this was true, but I don't necessarily agree with him anymore. Yes, death and taxes are certainties, but I believe there are a few more guarantees in this world. 1. […]

Thinking Outside the Box to Save Money

US News details the story of one traveler who used credit card rewards and membership reward programs to save a bundle of money on travel. The traveler, Brad Wilson, had one especially ingenious way to get a top-flight hotel for a fraction of the list price. […]

FNBO Direct Review: Kiplinger’s Best Savings Account

What’s the best online savings account according to Kiplinger’s? We talk about one of the most reliable online banks and its flagship product. […]

Spare Change: Mondo Beyondo Edition

After a month of hemming and hawing, I’ve finally made a decision about where to travel next. After a brief stop to see Adam Baker in Indianapolis, I’ll spend most of August wandering around England. I have just a handful of goals: I want to return to Avebury for a longer visit. I saw this stone circle for twenty minutes with Kris’s family in 2007, and it wasn’t enough. […]

Handling the Disappointment

For the past month, my family and I had been looking forward to traveling to the Chicago area. We were going to stay for four days with my cousin (who I adore) and her children (which my children adore). We had planned on going into the city to Taste of Chicago and to the Art Institute of Chicago as well as to a great fireworks display. On Friday morning, my oldest son woke up quite ill. […]

How Getting a New Credit Card Impacts Your Credit Score

In a couple of my credit card posts lately, commenters have asked about the impact of getting new cards on your credit score. As we know, having a good credit score can do all sorts of wonderful things for us -- from helping to secure low-interest loans (we shouldn't be borrowing much anyway, really) to saving on car insurance to passing a check as part of a job interview process. […]

Update Your Jewelry Appraisals & Insurance Coverage

All the news over the past year (or three) about the skyrocketing price of gold and silver has probably gotten your attention. Maybe you have a few pieces of jewelry you no longer like (or perhaps an earring that has lost their bud) and are considering selling. […]

Fall in love with your Personal Savings Rate

Looking for a little summer romance? Have a summer fling with saving money and you won’t have the heartache of breaking up after Labor Day. Smile. I don’t fall in love often. The last time I succumbed to Cupid’s danged arrow was in 2001, when I met ‘The Carl’. Oh gush. Anyways. […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Quick Car Maintenance

With gas prices still quite high, it is important to do what you can to increase the fuel efficiency of your car. While doing one thing with your car, such as changing the air filter, probably won’t make much difference in the way your car uses gas, consistent maintenance over time can help your car run better — and save you money. […]

Investor Performance Won’t Match Advertised Returns

Mutual funds use annual returns as advertisements to attract investors. Investors are customers for managed mutual funds, and the better the annual returns, the more likely the fund will be to attract investors. Track the actual investor performance for someone who invests in a mutual fund, it often diverges greatly from the advertised performance. […]

Six Ways to Save Money on Your Garden

This is a guest post from Ed Avis. When most people plant a garden, visions of cornucopia overflowing with luscious vegetables fill their heads. They imagine feeding nutritious, delicious meals straight from the garden to their eager families. Skip the produce department at the supermarket, Honey, this summer we’re eating homegrown! Yeah, right. […]

7 Life Lessons from the Very Wealthy

The Washington Post lists seven life lessons from the very wealthy as follows: 1. Having money is better than not having money. Money may not buy you happiness, but it buys many other important things. Like financial security, excellent health care, education, travel and a comfortable retirement. In a word: freedom.2. Don’t become “cash rich” and “time poor.”3. […]