CapWest Mortgage Review: Loan Services From A Fannie Mae Direct Lender

Finding the right mortgage can potentially save you both time and a substantial amount of money. If you’d like to finance your next home or if you’d like to explore a refinance, then CapWest Mortgage may have some services that can help. […]

The True Cost of Rent to Own

The debate pitting the concept of buying versus the concept of renting will never end. With a primary home, there may be a plethora of financial calculators and endless real estate analysts to help you make the decision. […]

Money Leaks: Spoiling Food

Whenever my lovely wife and I first moved in together, one of our struggles had to do with spoiling food. We were cooking a lot more (and we’re cooking even more now) and sometimes a dish would get pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten. I hated it because I hate waste. […]

Best Sources for Summer Produce

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at The summer harvest season has finally begun here in Boston. Near my house, Farmers’ markets are popping up, brimming with fresh greens, ripe strawberries, and luscious radishes. Our first CSA share delivery of the season arrived last week. […]

Structure And Freedom

Over the years I have learned the true value of creating structure and following a routine.  My wife and I use the following structured systems to control spending, plan for saving, and manage our finances. Monthly Calendar – Each month we sit down and plan out that month’s events and scheduled activities.  We brainstorm and try to be thorough.  We list doctors visits, school functions, church eve […]

7 Time-Saving Kitchen Tips From an Insider

I'm always surprised when people tell me that they do not like to cook. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who has worked in several professional kitchens over the years (I actually take pleasure in chopping an onion). The fact is that most people are intimidated by cooking. […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Local Library

With municipalities struggling to stay afloat financially, public libraries are among the first institutions to feel the pinch. At least 19 states have cut funding to community libraries in the last year according to the American Library Association. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Filling Your Tank

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on filling your tank, withdrawing money from your 401k, and frugal date suggestions. Top 5 Articles Ten Ways to Save on Filling Your Tank — Save money on gas by taking out the extra junk in the back of your trunk. […]

How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller

Selling used items on Craigslist has its ups and downs. The good typically involve simple transactions while the bad can be nightmares involving people who have no concern for others. If you want to make people happy and use Craigslist effectively, be sure to avoid these behaviors typical of bad Craigslist sellers. (See also: Craigslist vs. […]

A Phrase to Save You Money

While my daughter and I were recently watching House Hunters International, one of the hunters used a phrase that I thought was especially good while shopping. He was taking a break from looking at houses (you know, those mini-intro segments they do after each set of commercials) and he and his wife were shopping for purses. […]

New print books are expensive! Some cheaper alternatives

My wife and I were chatting about why she had sold more Amazon Kindle versions than paperback versions of her new Civil War historical fantasy.  Granted, the Kindle version is only 20% the cost of the paperback version, but I had said that $14.99 was a bit much to pay for a paperback. “Since when?!” she piped up.  I had thought new paperbacks were $6.99 or $7.99.  I knew they were at one point, bu […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/23, 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 land a job. Learn how to search for a job, create a killer resume, and ace your interview. […]

Spare Change: Contrary Farmer Edition

Long, long ago — before Get Rich Slowly was even a gleam in my eye — I was a fan of Wendell Berry and folks like him, including Gene Logsdon, “the contrary farmer”. In fact, I have a copy of Logsdon’s The Contrary Farmer here on the shelf beside me. It survived my recent purge of financial books (about which more next week). […]

Secrets of Money and Life Success

Here are some little thoughts and things that have improved my finances, improved my career, and made my life better over the past decade. Don’t throw away your childhood dreams. Find a way to still do them in the spare moments and hours of your life. You can never judge a person by their appearance. […]

Last Year: Return of the Millionaires

According to the latest World Wealth Report, a study designed by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, last year was a good year for high net-worth individuals (HNWIs), people with more than $1 million in investable assets. After a few years of lagging due to the global recession, the number of millionaires worldwide has climbed past the former peak. […]

Relax with a "Gone-Fishing" Portfolio

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Summer is almost here. It's time to go fishing or take a trip or do wherever else you enjoy while on vacation. […]

How Perkstreet Checking Stacks Up

I recently saw a Perkstreet ad that caught my attention, so I decided to look into it a little more.  I wanted to compare it to companies I work with now.  At first I thought it was too good to be true since it mentioned giving 2% cash back.  Then I realized it had some drawbacks too like the fact that it only gives any cash back for debit card purchases.  Based on what I could find at Perkstreet. […]

Have You Made a Big Money Mistake? How Did You Fix It?

Everyone has done stupid things with their money. Some people have the finances that allow them to absorb the mistake and move on fairly quickly. Others need more time to financially recover. Money mistakes range from the mostly harmless, such as buying an expensive item you don’t really need, to truly devastating, such as being overweighted in your company’s stock. […]

Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card $150 Cashback Bonus

Credit card issuers seem to be getting more competitive with offers lately, and Citi has recently decided to increase their latest bonus. For a limited time only, the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Card will be offering $150 cash back after making $500 during the first three months of card ownership. The previous bonus was $100, but the criteria are still the same. […]

ING Direct to Add Remote Deposit?

As a followup to the recent news that Capital One is buying ING Direct, which was met with mixed reactions, I thought I’d share some positive news about ING Direct… According to a series of Twitter exchanges, remote deposit of scanned checks is on the way. […]