Handling a Financial Windfall

As a followup to my recent post about how athletes go broke, I wanted to highlight a recent article by Linda Stern. […]

Make Sure You’re on the Same Page When It Comes to Children (283/365)

During the first couple years of our marriage, Sarah and I talked over and over about the idea of having children. We were both certain that we wanted children, but the question became whether it was a real dream or a nebulous dream for the future. Did we really want children right now? […]

Are you a compulsive spender?

Following up on Kristin’s post this morning, we thought we’d share this infographic about compulsive spending, which came from MoneyRates.com. Courtesy of: MoneyRates.com […]

How to Sell Your Hair for Cash

Looking to make a few bucks quickly? Look no further than the mirror. If you have hair longer than 10 inches that has ideally not been chemically treated, you can sell it and make some quick cash. […]

Help a Reader: To Refinance or Not Refinance?

I recently received this email from a reader: I have about $12k left in a student loan (projected pay off July 2013). I'm currently investing $0 in retirement (Dave Ramsey Plan), but will be contributing what I'm currently contributing to pay off my debt when I pay off my debt. […]

5 Most Annoying Banking Fees

Fees and surcharges seem to be an unavoidable part of living in a world where banking is big business. If you keep your financial situation simple, diligently shop around, and keep an eye on your money, you can avoid may of the more common fees. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Workers Edition

I’ve been doing some phone banking for local political candidates over the last few months on a volunteer basis, and I’ve learned several things from this experience. For one, one big reason that campaigns do it is simply for name recognition. […]

Best Debit Card Reward Programs

A few years ago, debit card rewards were very popular. Whether they were straight up rewards or part of a reward checking account, banks were going crazy offering them. Then, as interchange fee caps came into effect, one by one they started dropping off. […]

The rise and fall of the shopaholic

As a college student, I often took up side jobs to make extra cash. One of those side jobs included selling random things on eBay. It was easier and slightly more lucrative than holding a garage sale every weekend. Once, I sold a pair of highly coveted boots that I no longer wore. They went for $75, or in college currency, one textbook. […]

25 Things You Shouldn't Buy at the Grocery Store

We've all done it — grabbed a candy bar or gossip magazine while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store. Without realizing it, we've just thrown our meticulous shopping out the window for the sake of convenience and a last-minute treat. Such quick spending decisions can add up over time. […]

Best Money Tips: Teaching Kids About Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on teaching kids about money, things that are causing your bills to skyrocket, and the best ways to make extra money. Top 5 Articles Teaching Kids About Money — Parents should be responsible for teaching kids that money is a tool. […]

How Much Should I Save Toward Retirement If I'm Starting Late?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I often get comments like "It's too late for me to do this" or something similar. Granted, it's usually better to start financial efforts (saving, investing, growing your career, etc.) sooner rather than later so compounding can work for you. But it's better to start now rather than put it off any longer. […]

Show Your Love Frequently Instead of Something Big Once in a While (282/365)

It’s easy to fall back on the big moments to show your partner that you care. You spring for a big gift on your anniversary. You buy flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. You help the kids create something special on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The rest of the time, though, can easily be filled with complacency. […]

5 Homemade, Low Cost Children’s Halloween Costumes

We have already shared some homemade, low cost baby and toddler Halloween costumes, and today we would like to round out the bunch and share some children’s Halloween costumes. […]

Free Book About Social Security

This is just a quick note to let you know that Mike Piper from Oblivious Investor has published another book in his “…in 100 Pages or Less” personal finance series. This one, which is called “Social Security Made Simple,” is aimed at helping you get the most out of your Social Security benefits. I’m bringing this up for two reasons. […]

How to Move from Unbanked to Banked

One of the trends on the rise recently has been an increase in the number of consumers who are unbanked. There are several reasons that people join the ranks of the unbanked. […]

Teaching Kids About Money

Most people who learn about proper money management as an adult learn the hard way. A common thread in stories about personal financial recovery is a journey to “rock-bottom.” Often, a financial crisis is necessary to motivate people to change behavior and learn to be responsible for their financial condition and their path towards improvement. […]

The Giant Christmas List: Curbing Impulses

Last year, as Christmastime was approaching, our two oldest children wrote letters to Santa listing all of the things they wanted. Our oldest child was mostly able to write the letter on his own, but our middle child needed someone to dictate for her. In any case, both of our children ended up creating a list that was thirty or forty items long. […]

Money-Saving Idea is One for the Books

I believe there’s a fail safe way of identifying people who are better money managers than others. The better money managers, generally speaking, are those who regularly patronize their towns’ and cities’ libraries. […]

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Your Kids for Your Small Business

If your home business is like mine, then kids are constantly running around it.  And if you’re a natural business thinker with older children at home, then you’ve either considered or implemented a plan in which your children act as employees. […]