Reader Mailbag: Climbing Children

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. Career change conundrum 2. Teaching children chess 3. Home alarms 4. Developing a savings plan 5. Financial advice media 6. 401(k) as mortgage savings tool 7. Book deals 8. Headaches 9. Home buying and retirement saving 10. […]

What a Threat Begets

One of the greatest things that ever happened to me was being born of Depression-era parents. Because both could so clearly recall the deprivations of the 1930s, I began hearing about the need to save early. Very early. How early? […]

Why I Love Budget Travel

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. I love budget travel. Maybe it’s from watching too many episodes of Europe Through the Backdoor and drinking the Rick Steves Kool-Aid, but I wonder if you’ll believe me when I tell you that I wouldn’t travel any other way. Last year I was considering taking a trip with friends — an all-inclusive spa vacation at a fancy resort. […]

Zenni Optical Review

One of the best parts about getting laser eye surgery last year is that I, hopefully, won’t need glasses for a very long time. My wife, however, isn’t so lucky and she hasn’t done it because I think she looks cute in glasses (plus her prescription isn’t too bad). But just recently her glasses broke, after several years of good service, and she needed to buy another pair. […]

20 Great Once-a-Month Cooking Recipes

Once-a-month cooking is a popular strategy for those looking to have affordable, convenient meals prepared in advance. Some people use it as a way to maximize freezer savings by baking in advance, while others break down large bags of a single product from their latest bulk buying run into packets that can be combined to create other meals. […]

10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig

The next time you go away, how would you like free accommodation? It has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom suite (often more than one), and all the devices and accouterments of home. In fact it is home — it's just somebody else's home. […]

Best Money Tips: Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on things to consider before adopting a pet, expediting your tax refund, and how to stop living paycheck to paycheck. Top 5 Articles 6 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet — Before you adopt a pet, take into consideration adoption fees. […]

How to Save on Summer Garden Flowers

With nicer weather approaching and the promise of summer on the horizon, many are thinking about gardening in the near future. While there are plenty of nicely grown, easy-to-transplant flower pallets waiting at the local home improvement stores and nurseries, buying in bulk can get expensive. But you can work wonders with a variety of plants and flowers without blowing your tight budget. […]

80-20 Your Career

Now that I've shared how to 80-20 your finances, I wanted to offer my 20% of the actions we all can take to get 80% of the results needed to grow our careers. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 4/12, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win a $100 or one of two $50 Gift Cards!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $100 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards!. Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Financial Organization. Learn about financial confidence, creating financial goals and saving money with consumer financial behavior expert and Chase Blueprint general manager Caryn Kaiser. […]

Sell Bulk Entertainment Items at a Secondhand Entertainment Store (101/365)

Yesterday, I talked about the value of selling individually valuable items using internet auction sites and classified listings. If you know something has significant individual value, you’re better off selling it individually, preferably directly to a buyer rather than through a middleman. However, a lot of the items we’ll find cluttering up our house have a relatively low individual value. […]

“Sells” Your Potential: Skills, Knowledge, and Personal Traits

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Resume 101: A Student and Recent-Grad Guide to Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters that Land Jobs. Copyright © 2012 by Quentin J. Schultze, PhD. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

My Citi mtvU Card Was Compromised

Maybe I was tempting fate when I listed the virtual account number on my post about one time use credit card numbers or perhaps my credit card was caught up in the Global Payments breach (which prompted that post) but my Citi mtvU Card, which is slated to be replaced anyway, was compromised this week. […]

How to Save Money on Groceries

I’ll admit it. I’m not good at saving money on food. My wife and I love to eat at fancy overpriced restaurants and although we try to cut and save coupons, they normally expire in the coupon organizer before they make it to the store. […]

Filing an Income Tax Extension and Buying Paper I Bonds

I’ve written in the past about the new Series I Savings Bond purchase limits and the fact that paper bonds have (mostly) gone away. […]

How Higher Education is Responding to Higher Costs

One of the big subjects of debate right now is whether or not student loans and education will account for the next economic bubble. Not too long ago, outstanding student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion, and student loan debt is now larger than credit card debt. […]

How to Earn $100k and Still Feel Poor

Here's another piece (this time from Yahoo) from a person who makes a $100k annual income and says it's not all it's crackled up to be. […]

Filing an Income Tax Extension

The clock is ticking. Are you worried that you might miss the looming tax deadline and wind up filing late? If you think that might be a possibility, be sure to request an extension. What’s that, you say? An extension? Yes, an extension. In fact, everyone is entitled to an automatic, six month extension. All you have to do is ask. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Passing Sickness Edition

On Saturday evening, my wife fell really ill. She was feverish and barely wanted to crawl out of bed. By Sunday afternoon, she felt fine. On Sunday afternoon, my youngest son fell really ill. He was feverish and barely wanted to move. By Monday afternoon, he felt fine. On Monday afternoon, I felt really ill. I felt like doing nothing at all and had a bit of a fever. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Championship

Here are the last two posts of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]