9 Helpful (and Weird) Uses for Hair and Excess Pet Fur

There are several things — from plastic bags to old clothes — that I make a regular effort to reuse. Plastic bags mean no need to buy expensive bubble wrap. Clothes too stained to keep wearing make great cleaning rags. But there are some things that I've never thought about recycling, like hair. And especially not those great fluffy tufts of fur that come from brushing cats and dogs. […]

Best Money Tips: 10 Free Things To Do For Dad On Father's Day

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on 10 free things to do for dad on Father's Day, how to double your cash back spending rewards, and how to spot a scam. Top 5 Articles 10 Free Things to Do for Dad on Father's Day — This Father's Day, mow the lawn and take out the garbage so your dad doesn't have to do it! […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a Windfall

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a 29 year old unmarried male (have a girlfriend who doesn't live with me). I make about $50K/yr. + bonus potential every month (should have at least $6K in bonuses this year). I live in a low cost of living area. I have approximately $15K in a 401-K. I contribute 9% of my salary every month with no matching right now. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 13

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Totally Money Blog Carnival Lazy Man and Money bought a house. FrugalDad talks life insurance. BripBlap offers thoughts on retirement. My Dollar Plan is thinking of down-sizing. Money Smart Life discusses mutual funds. […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is an Asset?

When I’m writing about personal finance issues, I often use a subset of terms that, to me, feel like common sense. Stocks. Bonds. Savings. Frugality. These things all seem commonplace. One word that’s nearly in that group for me is “asset.” It’s a simple term to describe a simple thing. Which brings me to this email from “Jodie”: You have mentioned assets in a few emails recently. […]

Effective Networking

The following is an excerpt reprinted with permission from What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online, Sixth Edition: Blogging, Career Sites, Gateways, Getting Interviews, Job Boards, Job Search ... Resumes, Research Sites, Social Networking. Copyright © 2011 by Mark Emery Bolles and Richard Nelson Bolles, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Should You Manage Your Money Like President Obama?

Not too long ago, President Obama and the First Lady disclosed their financial assets publicly. Their balance sheet showed no liabilities — the First Family is debt-free. Additionally, the financial disclosure includes money made on book royalties, as well as information about where the Obamas are investing some of their cash. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a New Car

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I'm in the market for a new/used car and am not sure what safety features I actually need. I don't want to overspend on a car, trying to get safety features that aren't essential. My current car is 13 years old and has more than 200,000 miles. I'm looking to spend less than $10K on my next car. […]

Make a Starbucks Frappuccino for $0.32

I wanted one. Badly. The intoxicating sip of caffeine and the sweet taste of sugar, all blended together into a mixture of iced creamy goodness and designed to melt in your mouth. […]

Reader Mailbag: Working Ahead

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. Recovering from a big loss 2. A disastrous turn of events 3. Feeling scared all the time 4. Dodgy seminar? 5. Basic budgeting for young adult 6. Credit card strategies 7. SAHM transitioning to career 8. Investing with risk 9. […]

America’s Lost Decade

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to Barack Obama and Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton’s presidency, shared his thoughts on the economy through opinion pieces in the Financial Times and Washington Post. His concern is the possibility that the United States is heading for a “lost decade” similar to Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s. […]

Money Leaks: Canceling Unused Memberships

How many memberships do you have? How many of those do you use often enough to justify the fees? When was the last time you sat down and took a long look at what you were paying and whether it was still worth it? If it’s been a while, now’s a pretty good time to do it. The classic unused membership is, of course, the gym membership. […]

A Small Splurge: $8.25 Worth Of Fun

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. The other day I went to a vintage clothing shop with a friend. I needed some simple summer staples: tank tops, skirts, shorts. […]

Eating Frugally With MyPlate

The USDA recently unveiled its new food icon, MyPlate, which has been receiving plenty of media buzz thanks partly to the star power of its top advocate, Michelle Obama. The new MyPlate icon replaces the old Food Pyramid and is meant to help families to eat more healthfully by providing an idea of what your dinner plate should look like. […]

6 Sites Every Car Owner Needs to Bookmark Now

Owning a car is very convenient. From buying groceries to making weekend trips to IKEA, when you own a car, it’s a lot easier to get it all done. One thing that does suck is when your car breaks down. Unless you’re a car nut, how do you know if you’re being scammed? Does a busted Johnson Rod really cost $1,400 to repair? Who knows. […]

Rage Against the Marketing Machine

One of the brilliant innovations of the last couple decades, I think, is the drive-thru pharmacy. Ponder the concept a minute and you’ll likely agree. With the advent of TV prescription drug advertising, most Americans dutifully began turning their homes into mini apothecaries. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money When Staying at a Hotel

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save money when staying at a hotel, shopping rules of thumb, and ways to maximize Craigslist revenue. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Save Money When Staying at a Hotel — Save money on your next hotel stay by taking advantage of the hotel's free shuttle service. […]

5 Money-Saving Tips for the Summer Road Trip

Vacation season is upon us. Unfortunately, U.S. consumers aren't catching a break from exorbitant fuel costs. Still, high gas prices and the rising cost of other consumer goods aren't enough to keep most people from hitting the road this summer. […]

Seven Signs You're About to Get Fired

Yahoo lists seven signs you're about to get fired as follows: There's been a "change" in your boss' behavior towards you. One-on-ones are consistently canceled. The boss has a new attention to detail. No more talks about planning and the future. The "insider" stops talking to you. HR doesn't have time for you. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/16, 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: Is Extreme Couponing worth the effort? How can you maximize the benefits of coupons without going to the extreme? […]