Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012

Unemployment has dipped to 8.6%, but there are still quite a number of people who are searching for jobs. Even among my circle of friends, I see that some of them are still facing layoffs or are struggling to find jobs. There really is a trick to job hunting, and interviewing is a skill you can pick up. […]

Quality Over Price: 15 Items to Spend More On

In general, I’m a cheapskate. I look for the lowest-priced deal I can get away with. But with certain items, I look for quality rather than the lowest prices. Particularly when it comes to health and safety, buying quality items is worth it and may actually save you money in the long run. […]

Best Money Tips: Elope in Style

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to elope in style, saving money at the grocery store, and ways to cut everyday health care costs. Top 5 Articles How to Elope in Style — If you want to elope, make sure to apply for your marriage license two weeks in advance. […]

Box of Books #21

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Arrogance Cycle - What is the arrogance cycle? […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/19, 12pm Pacific for a 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: Frugal Travel. Learn about saving airfare, keeping food expenses down, and cheap accomodations. […]

Guide To Vision Care Expenses Plus Eye Care Insurance Tips

When I was in middle school, my parents took me on a road trip to Madison, Wisconsin to see the Badgers play my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes (whom I have since deserted for Iowa State). […]

Top 10 Free Money Finance Guest Posts of 2011

As regular readers know, I feature a lot of guest posts throughout a year (though not as many this year as in past years). I like to get a variety of perspectives on money issues, hear from others in different life stages than I'm in, and let readers get money thoughts from someone other than me. In fact, I have so many guest posts that I even have my own policy for them. […]

Clean Out Your Dryer Lint (17/365)

This seems like such a simple thing. Most of us do this as a matter of course whenever we dry a load of laundry in our dryer. Forgetting to do it, however, adds up to a significant cost. […]

What’s an Initial Public Offering?

In 2011 there were 330 IPOs that came to market, down 30% from 2010. Technology IPOs led the way with 24 offerings but still down from 1999 when a record 212 companies issued stock for the first time. 2012 may bring the IPO market to center stage because of one very well-known company expected to become public this year. […]

401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) Contribution Limits for 2012

Do you have a workplace retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b)? If so, then you might be interested in knowing that the contribution limits for these account types has increased for 2012. This means that individuals under age 50 can contribute up to $17,000 to their 401(k) account this year, up from last year’s limit of $16,500. […]

What Is SOPA, and How Will It Affect You?

You may have heard a lot of talk lately about SOPA (which stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act). It started out as whispers between people on the Internet, now it’s getting major pushback from sites as large as AOL, Yahoo!, eBay, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and Reddit. […]

What is a Qualified Dividend?

For dividend investors, tax time means that it’s time to figure out whether or not they are dealing with qualified dividends. This is an important distinction because you have the opportunity to pay much lower taxes on qualified dividends. Right now, and until the end of 2012 (unless Congress changes things), qualified dividends are taxed at the current capital gains rate, which is capped at 15%. […]

The Importance of a First Impression, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from How Smart People Sabotage Their Job Search: 10 Mistakes Executives Make and How to Fix Them!. We've previously discussed how making yourself as attractive as possible can have a big impact on your career. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Warm Blanket Edition

During the day, when my kids are at school and my wife is out of the house at work, I turn the furnace off and the house gets rather cool. When that happens, I often just wrap myself up in a warm blanket as I work. It’s a big, comfortable thing that’s just cozy to sit in. In fact, I’m wrapped in it as I type this. The Purpose of Money Money is a medium of exchange, nothing more. […]

Contribute to Your Roth IRA, Even if it Stretches Your Budget

Your 2011 taxes are due in just under three months. That also means that you have just under three months left to make any 2011 IRA contributions that you might have been putting off. But what if you’re neglected to contribute to an IRA because you’re not sure you can afford it? […]

Stealth Savings: Sneaky Ways to Fatten Your Account

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Have trouble saving money? Time for some mind games. Hide cash via direct withdrawals. Get free money from banks. Name an account for a goal. […]

Can I Melt Down Coins for the Metal?

If you read my post about finding the melt value of junk silver coins, you probably wondered to yourself whether it was possible for you to melt the coins down yourself. […]

15 Delicious and Dollar-Wise Winter Staples

Nearly half of us make New Year’s resolutions, and among the top goals every year are weight loss and exercise. Even those of us who aren’t in this majority are likely open to eating healthier and saving money this year. You can do both by choosing fruits and vegetables that are cost-effective, healthy, and in season during the winter. […]

The Best 10 Items to Borrow

Before you go all Dave Ramsey on me, this post is NOT about borrowing money. It's about something much more frugal — borrowing stuff. As a cheapskate, I'm an enthusiastic borrower and lender. Not only does borrowing save me money, but lending items actually feels good because it gives me more satisfaction out of my purchase than I could get by using it all alone. […]