Playing to Your Strengths

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Shortly after finishing college, a friend of mine was fired from his first job. He kept showing up to work late — sometimes hours late. […]

Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests

When you live in a city like New York, unexpected guests are uncommon. It’s hard enough getting people to come to my uptown condo with an invitation (city-dwellers tend not to leave their own neighborhoods), so it’s a rare occasion when I’m surprised by someone popping by unannounced. The suburbs are a different story. […]

5 Home and Family Items to Avoid Buying Used

Gently used clothes at the local vintage shop or even a “pre-owned” car, as the dealers like to say, can prove a recipe for both savings and style. But there are scores of important family and household items that should probably remain first-run purchases, dismal economy or not. Here’s a look at five in particular. […]

Best Money Tips: Work Wardrobe Staples to Invest In

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on work wardrobe staples to invest in, what it takes to clean up your credit, and how to create a new habit. Top 5 Articles 6 Work Wardrobe Staples to Invest In — Make sure you have quality shoes in your work wardrobe. […]

Big Banks vs. Small Banks: Which is Right for Me?

This is a guest post from Lisa White. With all the publicity in recent years on the exorbitant fees big banks are charging, along with the dissolution of more and more community and neighborhood banks, I have been re-evaluating where to do my banking. It is not easy switching banks to begin with, especially for those of us with more than one account, CDs and a mortgage tied into it. […]

Is Now the Time to Buy a Vacation Home?

US News lists five crazy money ideas that just might work. #1 on the list caught my attention. Here it is: Buy a vacation home as soon as possible.Casey Weade, a vice president of Howard Bailey Financial and a certified financial planner, says young people in their twenties and thirties should not only buy a first home, but should also consider buying a second home. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 7/21, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: How to further your career. Learn how to utilize your network, develop new skills, and get good references. […]

How To Get Free Credit Scores: A Look At Credit Scoring Services

You may see a lot of companies in the credit management industry that love to emphasize the fact that they offer free credit scores. And for a long while, when you signed up with those services, there would be a catch. […]

A Cost Comparison of Home Laundry and Laundromats

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

10 Most Expensive Pet Health Problems

Money Talks News lists what they call the 10 most expensive pet health problems. I'm not sure if this list is really the ten most expensive or the ten most common (they do rank them by the number of occurrences) pet health problems that cost more than $1,000. […]

Extreme Couponing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Although I’ve been clipping coupons from my Sunday paper for a while, I just heard about extreme couponing a few months ago.  At first it seemed amazing that whole loads of groceries could be bought for less than $50, but at what cost?  I was surprised to hear about how much time extreme couponers spend planning each trip.  I personally only spend about half an hour each Sunday planning out the we […]

The End of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is one section of the tax code everyone, regardless of political party affiliation, seems to hate. […]

Saving Money on Cooling Costs

Summer is well under way, and you are probably starting to sweat a bit. The difficulty, of course, is that you want to be comfortable during the hot summer months, but you also don’t want to pay a lot for cooling. […]

How Low Interest Rates May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Negotiations are currently taking place on Capitol Hill and the American government is still at an impasse. No one knows if the government will find a resolution and extend the debt ceiling currently in place. The White House argues that unless the debt ceiling is raised, the government will no longer have the funds necessary to pay its bills. […]

Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Improve Your Career?

Here's an interesting question: Would you ever get plastic surgery in order to grow/improve/benefit your career? Think it's a strange question? Not really. Consider the following: Looks like many people are making a few physical changes with plastic surgery to improve their job prospects. […]

Why I Like Savings Bonds

Several people have asked why I like Series I savings bonds, so I thought I’d address that with a dedicated post… For context, the Treasury has recently announced that they’re (mostly) getting rid of paper savings bonds, which effectively cuts the annual purchase limit in half (from $5k paper + $5k electronic to just $5k electronic). […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Airplane Reading Edition

I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right? Try flying with three young children. Very little reading happened. How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your mattress and your shoes. You rely on these things so much for comfort. […]

Discover More Card Operation Homefront $20 Donation Review

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that was created to assist soldiers and their families with financial assistance. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Operation Homefront first opened its doors in 2002 after finding a need to help those deployed in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. […]

National City – PNC Bank Overdraft Settlement

This is a reminder to anyone who may be eligible for a piece of the $12 million settlement (litigation Trombley v. National City Bank, No. 1:10-CV-232) that the deadline to submit a claim for those benefits is creeping up, you have a little over a month until the August 26th, 2011 deadline. […]

Drama in Real Life: A Place for Mom

In my ideal world, you’d now be reading an article about the freelancing or entrepreneurship or extreme couponing or one of the half dozen other topics I’ve started to write about. In my ideal world, I’d go to the gym this morning, and then to Spanish lessons this afternoon. In my ideal world, Kris and I would go see the Portland Timbers play this evening. […]