Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Pantry and Restock It

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 17. Clean out your pantry and restock it. One of the biggest money savers I’ve ever found is simply cooking at home. There was a time in my early adult life where I ate out for almost every meal. […]

The Best Free Gifts for Business Colleagues

Whether you want to celebrate the holidays or just start the new year on the right foot, many of us will feel like saying “thank you“ to a colleague who’s been especially supportive of us in our careers. […]

Best Money Tips: Stand Out! (And Avoid Layoffs)

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share ways to stand out at your job, travel tips for those with health issues, green gift wrap ideas, and more! Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Avoid Layoffs by Standing Out — One way to make sure people remember your skills and accomplishments when they hear your name? Network. […]

Congress Passes Tax Hike Prevention Act

There seems to be more than enough in the new tax cut bill, which will soon become a law, to keep every income level happy. The Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010 extends the tax cuts first implemented during President Bush’s tenure and adds more benefits for everyone. For another two years, the marginal income tax rates (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, and 35%) will stay the same. […]

2010 Bush Era Tax Cuts Extenders Bill Explained

I held back on putting up a post about the fate of our tax brackets because of all the political tap dancing lately, with both sides complaining about the compromise, but it appears that we’ve reached a final resolution. The timeline: Monday 12/13: The Senate voted to end debate (cloture) 83-15 Wednesday 12/15: The Senate vote 81-19 in favor of passing Senate Amendment 4753 (which amends H.R. […]

How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing twenty pounds during the year. […]

4 Fun Activities to Get Your Grinch into the Holiday Spirit

I love Christmas. And now that I live in New York City, I "fa-la-la" all the way to the big day. But even though I’m soapin’ up to Mariah’s holiday hits in the shower, there still hangs a coal-colored cloud of anti-cheer in my condo. It’s called my husband. You probably have one, too. […]

How to Resist Buying Just One More Present

There always seems to be one more Christmas present to buy. I am learning to resist the urge to keep shopping throughout the holidays. […]

Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season

Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of "stuff" that they already own. It's a bit challenging, especially since I always intend to shop early in the year, but find myself rushing with a week left before Christmas. […]

50 Best Places to Work

Glassdoor is a good tool for researching a potential employer. The site compiles anonymous reviews, ratings, and salary information from employees and allows individuals to access that information. […]

Your Take: Sick Day Shenanigans?

The other day, I was reading a Business Week article about companies hiring sick-day bounty hunters to check up on people out on sick leave and it gave me the idea for today’s Your Take question: How many of you have taken sick days when you weren’t actually sick? According to statistics in the article, “57 percent of U.S. […]

The Cheapest 529 Plans

I’ve talked quite a bit in the past about 529 plans. What they are, which ones are good, which ones are bad, etc. Today I want to drill down a bit further and look at which 529 plans are the cheapest. […]

Walmart Saves You Money Even if You Never Shop There

Shortly after Thanksgiving we received a sale flyer from Walmart in our newspaper. On the front page was an image of a Walmart receipt with the items blurred out. […]

Eight ways to thwart McNagging and take control of fast-food spending

I like McDonald’s.  It’s not a staple in my diet, but in a pinch it serves a predictable meal that tastes pretty good at a reasonable price.  I also have fond memories of it from childhood.  We didn’t go there often (maybe once every few months), but we usually made it there for lunch on the last day of school.  I’d get a Filet-O-Fish Happy Meal, and I’d be happier than a tornado in a trailer park […]

Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

Last night, I joined a large group at Powell’s Books in Portland to see my friend Chris Guillebeau speak on the last stop of his 50-state book tour. Afterward, I got to chat with several GRS readers, including Dakota and Katy. I also talked with Tsilli Pines, whom I’ve mentioned here several times before. “You look great,” Tsilli said. […]

Plastic Jungle Review: Go For The Gift Card Swap!

When it comes to gift cards, I’m usually happy to receive them.  However, I’ve also let cards languish because I wasn’t thrilled about the store or because the store wasn’t local to me.  But then I discovered a few gift card exchange sites such as Plastic Jungle, which can help me swap the card I have for one I’d be happier to use. […]

Your Ignorance Is Not The Lender’s Problem

The following is a guest post from Greg McFarlane, author of Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense. Lenders only take advantage of you if you let them. Read the agreement. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 16. […]

PerkStreet $25 Checking Account Bonus With 2% Cash Back

When I first started paying attention to managing my money, depositing my money in an interest-bearing savings or checking account was one of the smartest financial moves I made. While it’s still one of the safest, banks are paying next to nothing on interest these days. […]