Five Cheap Shirts or One Good One?

As many of you know, I sometimes buy shirts and other items of clothing at Goodwill, thrift stores, and consignment shops. […]

How to Write a Thank You Note

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to forget to say “thank you.” And, it often seems as though writing a thank-you note is something that is even more overlooked. My son recently had a birthday. He received plenty of gifts. […]

Are You Giving Gift Cards This Year?

Smart Money has some interesting facts on gift cards being given as holiday presents. Here's the piece I found especially compelling: Nearly 80% of consumers plan to buy at least one gift card this year, reports the National Retail Federation. Wow! 80%! […]

Reflecting on My 2011 Goals

A little less than a year ago, I mentioned that 2011 would be the year that everything changes. It’s a phrasing that I borrowed from Torchwood, but it was relevant for me as well as to the television program’s concept. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Multi-Christmas Edition

My family and I often load up the few days before and the week after Christmas with a lot of visits with extended family, either at our home or theirs. […]

Detecting and Preventing Lifestyle Creep

This is a guest post from freelance writer Jessica Ward. For three years, I’ve been patting myself on the back. The household expenses remain the same every month, and we’re getting out of debt. In spite of increases in costs, we’ve found efficiencies and made room. But, as they say, after pride comes the fall. […]

Five Financials Moves You Might Consider in 2012

With 2011 coming to a close, you’re probably not thinking about your finances. Good. This time of your should be about reflecting on the good times of 2011, looking forward to a better 2012, and spending time with family and friends. […]

22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

We all know that drinking soda isn't good for us. We know that it would be better for our health if instead we drank [insert pretty much any other beverage choice here — even beer!]. But there's just something about soda that keeps drawing us back. Whether you call it "soda," "pop," "soda pop," "Coke," or something else entirely, it's a good idea to stop drinking it once and for all. […]

The Freedom of the Independent Yeoman

The financial crisis is resurrecting the oldest economic tension in the country. Will it finally be the day of the independent yeoman? (See also: Self-Sufficiency, Self-Reliance, and Freedom) Never mind that they were always more mythic creature than reality. Thomas Jefferson's model for the U.S. […]

Best Money Tips: Going Green this Holiday Season

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on going green this holiday season, strategies for last-minute Christmas shopping, and tips for a top resume. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Stay Out of the Red by Going Green this Holiday Season — To save money on lights this season, opt for LED lights. […]

Buying Long Term Care Insurance

As a follow up to my recent post about the high cost of elder care, I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about long term care (LTC) insurance. […]

Dress Nicely When You Fly if You Want Extra Perks

A few years ago I suggested that you dress down when you go to negotiate for a purchase with the thought being if you didn't look like you had a million dollars you would pay less for the item. […]

$25 dining voucher for $0.65 through Christmas Eve 2011

The price cuts of price cuts is back!  Normally sells their $25 dining certificates for $10.  Through December 24th, 2011, you can get 90% off this price on most of their $25 certificates using coupon code JOY.  (I’ll help with the math: that’s one dollar.) But that’s not all!  Head over to Mr. […]

List Of Free eBooks On Wealth Topics

Thanks to popular e-readers like the Kindle and Nook, financial ebooks are more available than they were a few years ago. I’ve searched for engaging and informational titles, then compiled a list that includes a number of free financial ebooks. […]

The Difference Good Performance Can Make

Yahoo includes the following information in a recent post on how to earn more without giving up your whole life: There are real rewards for a company's best workers. Top performers received average base-pay increases of 4.4% this year, compared with 2.8% for average performers, and 0.4% for the lowest performers, according to Mercer, a human-resources-services provider. […]

Change for a Dollar

Every once in a while, something just appears out of nowhere and strikes the perfect chord in your life. Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link to a short YouTube film, Change for a Dollar. Here’s the video. Please, take the time to watch this. For me and for a lot of us, December is filled with spending money on things for others. […]

Two Credit Card Options to Avoid

Contrary to what the banks and card companies want you to believe, credit cards don’t exist for your benefit. They exist to make money for the company issuing the credit and there’s no doubt that they make money. As of November of 2011, American Express reported a profit margin of 15% while Visa report nearly 37%. […]

I Need Some Quick Feedback

I'm in the process of picking the best post of 2011 from the winners of the Best of Money Carnival. I've narrowed it down to these five, but I need your comments on them. […]

Now's the Time to Give

Just a note for those of you who are looking to make an end of year charitable contribution and want to help families who are less fortunate: the FMF $20k Challenge is still on until December 26. Up until that time I will match, dollar for dollar, contributions to the Salvation Army, up to a grand total of all contributions of $20,000. […]

Discover More Card $150 Signup Bonus

This is just a quick note to let you know that the Discover More card is currently offering a $150 signup bonus. […]