Help a Reader: Getting a Degree

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Here is a little about me. I'm 26 years old, not married, and don't have any kids. I currently have an Associates Degree in Network Security & Management, and after a few years of bouncing between jobs in IT found a niche in the area that I'm most interested in. […]

Best Money Tips: Get The Perfect Freelance Job

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting the perfect freelance job, donating clothes for a tax write off, and tips for getting and nailing a job interview. Top 5 Articles 7 Steps to Getting the Perfect Freelance Job — Get a freelance job by creating an online presence. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/2, 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: Beating the heat without breaking the bank. […]

Homemade Peanut Butter: A Visual Guide and Cost Analysis

You’re all nutty over peanut butter. Over the years the very vocal peanut gallery has gooped up my inbox with frugal recipe requests for a healthy version of the homemade sticky stuff. […]

Personal Finance Choices and Economic Fears

Rarely does a day go by when I’m not contacted by a reader who is alarmed about some economic fear or another. What about inflation? What about deflation? What about precious metals? What about national bankruptcy? The list goes on and on. Right off the bat, let’s make it clear that I don’t buy such apocalyptic feelings. […]

Time for a Credit Card Reorganization?

As I detailed in My New Credit Card Strategy, one of the cards I use is the TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express. In particular, I use this card to get an extra bump on cash back for gas and at restaurants (3% for each.) I also carry it to get 1% back at Costco and it contains my Costco membership info as well.But it looks like this card is set to be taken down a notch. […]

The Hazards of Financial Automation

Everyone loves automation. It’s the cornerstone idea of David Bach’s Automatic Millionaire, the idea that if you make saving automatic, you’ll retire rich (an idea I subscribe to). By automating good behavior, you take human nature out of it. […]

ING Direct Adds Read-Only Access for Online Aggregators

One of the biggest objections to managing your finances online with financial data aggregators such as has been concern over account security. […]

How to Go Paperless with Your Finances

I’m almost completely paperless with my finances. I just signed up for paperless statements on my husband’s student loans. The only paper statements we’re receiving now are the quarterly car statements, that include three months’ worth in one go, and the IRA statement. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, May 2011 ($844,136, +9.6%)

Over the past few days, I considered making some drastic changes to the way I report my finances at the end of each month. I’ve been trying to decide whether it makes more sense to separate my business accounts from this report and report the numbers separately as I did a few years ago, remove the business accounts altogether, or leave the report the way it is. […]

3 Great Money Lessons from My Father

Mikael is one of our most active commentators here and I am happy to present to you one of his works. He is one of the guys behind “The Financial Blogger”, a Canadian personal finance blog. He currently works in the financial industry and enjoys exploring various ways for building wealth. […]

Seven Keys to Get Up, Get Speaking, and Get Paid

Have you ever thought about making money as a paid speaker? If so, then do I have a book for you. Paid To Speak: Best Practices For Building A Successful Speaking Business is from the National Speaker's Association (NSA) and is a GREAT resource for people wanting to know how to develop a paid speaking business. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Leadership Edition

One area I’ve been reading about quite a bit lately is leadership. How does a person who is a bit on the introverted side and is scared of leading a social group actually leap across that chasm and lead a community organization? I’ve been reading a pile of books by John Maxwell and other such authors and I’ve mostly come to three conclusions. […]

Chase Sapphire Card Review

With the summer months quickly approaching, credit card issuers are scrambling to create incentives on their travel reward credit cards. It’s no secret that a good bonus attract thousands of new cardholders, and Chase has decided to go after customers by increasing one of their cards’ bonus offers. […]

Stress Test Your Financial Fortress

Have you ever stress tested your finances? Playing hypothetical games in which you figure out what would happen if you lost your job? Or had an unexpected repair? What if you had to weather an unexpected $500 bill? […]

Buying a Home? Pay Attention to Property Inspection

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. A house is the most expensive thing most of us ever will purchase. If you plan to stay put for some time, you could be paying on your mortgage for the next 15 to 20 years. But as any homeowner knows, expenses don’t stop at the purchase price and mortgage interest. […]

10 Ways to Save Time With Batch Processing

The one thing virtually everyone can agree on is that there's not enough time in the day. By engaging in "batch processing," or lining up repetitious tasks at certain times, you can get hours of your life back each month. Here are just a few examples of where batch processing helps me save time. […]

Five "Jobs" for Children

I have decided that my child will not have an allowance when he grows older because I do not want my son to feel entitled to getting money for doing nothing. He will have to earn his money. Here is a list of "jobs" that I think kids can do to earn their spending money. (See also: Hey Kids! […]

The Ten Best Ways to Save Money on Gas

A few weeks ago, gas prices at our local gas station were flirting with the $4 mark. Today, they’re about $0.30 lower, but still high. […]

Best Money Tips: Improve Your Life

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to improve your life, steps to take when you feel financially vulnerable, and when buying in bulk is more expensive. Top 5 Articles 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days — Improve your life by eating your lunch outside. […]