Reader Mailbag: Amazon’s Deal of the Day

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. Bank errors and credit cards 2. DirecTV contract 3. Pay taxes or shore up? 4. Next steps 5. Rental income as retirement strategy? 6. Iowa weather 7. High rate checking account 8. Sweating the small stuff 9. […]

British Airways Visa Signature® Card Free International Flight

It’s never completely safe to sign up for a credit card due only to its initial bonus. Many cards entice customers by offering a decent cash back bonus, then turn around and charge a high annual fee with a ridiculous interest rate. Before you know it, you’re saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, merchandise you never needed, and no way to pay it off. […]

Five Money Reasons to Get Married

Most people don’t marry because it makes financial sense. Most people get married because they love one another. They want to spend the rest of their lives together. […]

How to Spend Your Way to Happiness (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. You know the old adage “money can’t buy happiness”? Researchers Elizabeth Dunn, Dan Gilbert, and Timothy Wilson say it’s a myth. […]

How to Make an Easter Basket for a Grown Man

Don’t let that big, strong man in your life fool you; past that tough-guy exterior is a soft, squishy, sensitive core that’s yearning for a pack of marshmallow Peeps. Easter baskets aren’t just for kids anymore. […]

10 Ways to Reuse Common Household Items

If you’re anything like me, you’re throwing out too much with the trash. Even though I recycle, I often think that I could surely be doing more to cut down on waste. With a little creative thinking, I’ve come up with a list of 10 household items I could be saving rather than tossing out. […]

Best Money Tips: Be Fire Safe

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to be fire safe, what to do if you can't pay your tax bill, and easy ways to save money. Top 5 Articles The 7 Things You Need to Do For Fire Safety — Make sure you are fire safe by keeping a small fire extinguisher in your kitchen. […]

Money Commandment #2

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #2 as follows: The old-school rules: Save for a rainy day. The bubble economy rules: Who needs savings? […]

Stock Trading Rules To Play The Market

There are two investment rules that are popularly attributed to Warren Buffett, but which I think actually precede him. The two rules are: Rule #1 – Don’t Lose Money! Rule #2 – Don’t Forget Rule #1. Stock Trading Rules To Keep In Mind When Playing The Market No doubt you’ve seen these statements before and [...]Stock Trading Rules To Play The Market Copyright 2011 […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 4/14, 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 make yourself indispensable at work. The best way to survive downsizing is to become the model employee. […]

Frugality Tips and “Red Flags”

A few days ago, a friend of mine told me that she runs a dehumidifier in her laundry room because it gets fairly steamy in there at times when the washer and dryer are both running. She takes the tray from the dehumidifier and adds it to the washing machine in order to save money on her water bill. Right off the bat, this tip struck me as being a bit out of balance. […]

Do You Use All Your Vacation Days?

The February issue of Money Magazine quotes the following: Last year a whopping 37% of Americans didn't take all their available time off, up from 31% two years earlier. They don't have a reason for the increase other than to suggest that times were tough at many companies and a lot of them were letting people go -- not exactly a great time to take a vacation. I used most of my vacation las […]

Last Minute Tax Free Friday TurboTax Giveaway

I normally don’t like to reward procrastination but when TurboTax reached out to me and asked if I wanted to offer a minor reprieve for folks looking to complete their taxes over a rare post-April 15th weekend, I agreed. When the average tax return is over three thousand bucks, I would’ve guessed that the average taxpayer would be filed by now. […]

Elmo Teaches Kids About Saving Money

I have many things in common with my friends in the same age range as myself. Among these shared experiences that define a generation, for the most part, we all watched Sesame Street as children. When we reminisce, we remember Mr. Hooper. We remember when Big Bird was the only character to be able to see Mr. Snuffleupagus. […]

How to Challenge a Property Tax Assessment

If you were only looking at some property tax assessments, you might not get the idea that the housing market recently crashed. Many counties continue to value homes at what they used to be, before we saw a drastic drop in home values. While this isn’t true for all localities, you might find that your property tax assessment is higher than you feel it should be. […]

Help a Reader: The Right IRA

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: The age old question of Roth vs Traditional in a new/different twist.  My wife and I are both physicians, she is a resident making ~56k/year.  I am a physician in the Air Force making ~90k/year.  Right now we qualify for contribution to a Roth IRA (both would be new IRAs) based on our income but in 3 years when she is done with residency, we wo […]

24 Ways to Save on Your Tax Preparation Fees

In today’s economy, everyone is looking to save money on their groceries, car insurance, monthly rent expenses, and more. Luckily, this can work for tax time too. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Outside Writing Edition

Sometimes, companies and media organizations will hire me to write articles for them. I had a long stint writing at OPEN Forum, for example, and I’ve had shorter stints writing for HP and so on. When I’m hired to do such things, they’re hiring me to write about what I usually write about: simplifying personal finance, entrepreneurship, and so on, often by describing examples from my own life. […]

How to Request a State Income Tax Filing Extension

In response to my recent post about what to do if you won’t be able to finish your taxes on time, I received an e-mail from a reader asking the following question: What about a state income tax extension? Is there a form for that, too? Assuming that you’re running behind on tax prep, and that you’re not living in one of a handful of states with no income tax, this is a very real issue. […]

Chase Freedom® Visa $150 Cash Back Bonus Credit Card

One of my favorite cash back credit card offers has always been the Chase Freedom® Visa – $100 Bonus Cash Back, primarily because of the initial bonus offer combined with a great cash rewards program and low APR if you apply with excellent credit. That changed earlier this week when Chase announced the launch of the Chase Freedom® Visa – $150 Bonus Cash Back. […]