You're Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments

There’s no denying that people love words of affirmation. Everyone enjoys being told when they do an exceptionally good job or when they look nice on a special day.  Then again, receiving compliments is a relatively simple and passive experience. Giving legitimate, truly thoughtful, and heartfelt compliments is something else entirely. […]

The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment

Could you be ready for a lower-cost lifestyle? During the start of the year, many people resolve to make positive changes in their lives. They usually take on the goal to lose weight or to reduce their debt. But what about the "no buy" lifestyle? […]

The Causes of the Financial Collapse

In May 2009, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was created to determine the primary factors that drove the economy to collapse, sparking the Great Recession. Their reports will be released in just a few hours to the public. […]

Set SMART Goals for a Kick Ass Year

We’ve done two days of “reviews,” from rebalancing your portfolio to reviewing your home inventory, and now it’s time to look forward. One of the most popular past-times for the New Year is to set a New Year’s Resolution. People resolve to lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, work harder, blah blah blah. Most of the time they abandon that by early February. […]

Take Five – A Roundup of Reads from Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week? Networking Techniques, Easy Home Improvements, Measured Savings, Advantages of Taking Longer to Graduate, and Investing vs Gambling... […]

The Tiger Mother and You: Are We Preparing Our Kids for a Better Financial Future?

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. […]

Dealing With Investment Stress

If you invest your money, you have to deal with stress. You ask yourself, “Is this the best place to invest?” and you ask yourself this question often. Besides family and health, there aren’t many things more important to you than your money. I know it. You know it. We might as well admit it. […]

A Retirement Myth

Have you ever heard someone say that in the "good old days" retiring was easier because most of the people had pensions (or something similar)? I have -- time and time again. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/27, 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 get the most out of deals sites? What are you favorite spots? Are you addicted to Groupon, Fatwallet, or Woot? What's the best way to maximize savings without buying too much? […]

Last Day For Shred Your Credit Card Videos: Chance To Win Gift Cards

Just a quick note to congratulate one of our readers, Robert, who won $50 for his entry in the Shred Your Credit Card contest sponsored by Lending Club and Perkstreet Financial. He had a highly interesting and entertaining entry which showcased his vocal prowess and story-telling abilities. I was thrilled about the fact that he is one of our readers! […]

Getting a Pet and Your Emergency Fund

Following our conversation on how expensive pet health care can be, I found this piece from MS Money that asks if your pet will bankrupt you. The article covers many of the same issues we discussed, and I'm not going to re-hash them here. But the post does offer some good "think before you get a pet" advice that I think is worth sharing. […]

How to make chicken stock in a slow cooker

This chicken stock recipe is part of a delicious frugality series called How to stretch a whole chicken into many healthy meals. To start this plucky series from the beginning, read the clucky introduction. Call it chicken stock or chicken broth, either way it will warm your soul on a cold winter’s day. […]

CNN Money’s 8 Least-Evil Banks

Out of the eight “least-evil” banks, as ranked by a staff reporter for CNN Money, I am a customer of two. Everyone who makes financial transactions of a regular basis or handles money in any form should have a checking and savings account at a solid bank that doesn’t attempt to charge its customers exorbitant fees. […]

The Switch to Hand-Bottled Water

One of the more costly (and unhealthy) routines I once had was grabbing sodas out of the refrigerator, taking them into my office, and gulping them down. Not only was it costing my health, but it was also an expensive routine. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Get Cheaper Car Insurance

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share the questions to ask to get cheaper car insurance, better (and faster!) ways to caramelize onions, easy home upgrades to do in the winter, and more! Top 5 Articles 13 Questions that Can Get You Cheaper Car Insurance — Do you have a copy of your current insurance policy? […]

Reviewing Your Last Will & Testament

This is a guest post from Evan of My Journey to Millions. Like life insurance, someone’s Last Will and Testament is often forgotten about for years. The documents are relegated to the back of the filing cabinet only to see the light of day after something horrible has happened. […]

Chase Ink Cash℠ Business $100 Bonus Cash Back Review

If you’re a small business owner needing credit, you may want to consider a small business credit card for your everyday purchases. Not only will you be able to itemize your expenses in just a few minutes, but the money and rewards that can be earned by utilizing your small business credit card could keep your business in the black. […]

Are You Saving Too Much for Retirement?

As a CRPC and having spent time in the retirement planning industry I have seen a lot of trends emerge. Most notable is the huge disparity between what people have actually saved for retirement versus what they need to have saved. […]

Would You Choose the Same Career Again?

Here's an interesting continuation of our conversation about looking for a new job. I found a poll in Parade Magazine a couple weeks ago. They asked people the following: If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same career? Want to guess what percentage said they would not? […]

Choosing a Luxury Eccentricity

One piece of the "keeping up with the Joneses" problem is external. […]