Revisiting FICO 08 Piggybacking

Your money is important, and so I want to make sure I’m telling you the truth in every instance. […]

Coping with Life’s Little Setbacks

I had a lousy weekend. It was one of those weekends where anything that could go wrong did go wrong. The individual problems were minor enough, but taken as a whole, it was all rather overwhelming. […]

Avoid Costly Medical Bill Errors & Mistakes

Half a decade ago when I was 19, I was sitting in a hospital waiting room as a family member underwent a medical procedure. Spying a cute girl of similar age across the room, I proceeded to try and “look smart” by picking up the local newspaper so I can pretend to read it — but of course my real intention at the time was to have an easier means to take the occasional peek at the cute girl. Ah. […]

Special Offer: Ohio College Advantage 529 Plan $25 Free Bonus

Sign Up by May 31st to Get Your $25 Bonus Have you been thinking about setting up a 529 plan but just never get around to it? It’s OK, there are a lot of different financial issues competing for our attention, and college savings is often put a little further down the priority list than others. […]

How to Build Your Credit History with Tradelines

The key to building your credit history and getting it as high as possible is very simple: act responsibly with credit. Sounds simple enough right? The problem is that the system is a bit of a catch-22. Companies won’t issue you credit if you don’t have a credit history. You can’t develop a credit history unless you start getting credit. […]

How to Plan a Wedding Without Breaking Your Budget

Did you know that the average cost of a wedding in the United States is nearly $28,000? Or that wedding receptions are typically half the cost of the entire wedding? […]

What I'm Doing Now with My Credit Cards

Since the credit card companies are making all sorts of negative changes to credit card rewards programs and, in particular, my two favorite cards appear to be casualties in this effort (Chase Freedom and American Express Blue Cash), I'm going to have to make a few changes. […]

How to Unspoil Kids: A Crash Course from Money Magazine

What do you give to a teenager who has a lot of stuff, including a $1,700 designer purse? The answer: A brown bag of reality.The June issue of Money magazine offers an insightful and practical guide for parents seeking to "unspoil" their kids. The piece offers solid advice for parents who have lost income or face layoffs. […]

Roth Segregation Accounts

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. The world of retirement accounts is a confusing tangle of IRS codes. The average family does not take full advantage of the tax laws. They can find financial tax planning equally bewildering. […]

How to Save Money on Food: Great Tips from Three Years of Get Rich Slowly

While driving to our monthly book group discussion on Saturday, Kris and I had a conversation with our friend Courtney. Courtney’s family is beginning to feel a financial squeeze. Her husband’s employer is cutting jobs. To keep working, he’ll have to take a pay cut and move back to the position he left a couple of years ago. “I’ve started to read personal finance books,” Courtney told us. […]

The Advantages of Spending Less

Whenever I discuss frugal issues, someone usually brings up the argument that you’re better off focusing your energy on earning more money instead. While I certainly appreciate the value of earning more, I argue that spending a dollar less is significantly more valuable than earning a dollar more. On what facts do I base this unabashed bias towards penny pinching? […]

Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and the Money You Can Make

I recently posted a piece on how to make six figures walking and watching pets. During the conversation that followed, I ran into J.D. Antell, author of The Dog Walker's Startup Guide. I asked J.D. to write a guest post on the subject of making money on pets, and he's obliged with the following. First, I’d like to create a distinction between a pet sitting service and dog walking service. […]

Wise Bread’s 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget Giveaway

10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is a compilation of over ten thousand tips and tricks to help you make the most of the cash you have. I’ll have a review of the book itself later on this week but I wanted to announce two special giveaways and contest they’re holding. Win one of five Flip Mino Camcorders if you buy the book today (May 18th). […]

Down-To-Earth Financial Advice From A Mountain-Climbing Adviser

By Julie Rains I just finished reading The New Coffeehouse Investor by financial adviser Bill Schultheis. He's an index-fund investor and discusses his rationale for investing in non-managed funds. […]

Giveaway: 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget

I’d like to make you aware of a great new money saving book called 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget, which is a project put together by the Wise Bread team. I’d also like to disclose that along with several bloggers and writers, I had the chance to contribute to this book, and needless to say, I’ve been pretty excited about it! […]

How To Create A Strong Password You Can Remember

Everyone wants to be able to create ultra-powerful passwords, especially for their most sensitive accounts. It’s common knowledge that a strong password can go a long way to preventing identity theft. However, no one wants to struggle to remember their most used passwords. […]

Changing Our Reward Credit Card Strategy (Again)

After a good run, the time has come to once again change our reward credit card strategy. First, AmEx reduced the rewards on their Blue Cash card, and then the same thing happened to the Chase Freedom card. Over the past year or two, we’ve been using our AmEx Blue Cash card for nearly everything, with the Chase Freedom card serving as a backup at places that don’t accept AmEx. […]

Save Money By Going Local for Flowers, Balloons

This past week one of my best friends had the unfortunate experience of her mother needing emergency care. I spoke with Jim and we wanted to send her some “Get Well Wishes” in the form of a Mylar balloon bouquet. She is a wonderful woman and we hope that they will bring a bit of cheer during the remainder of her hospital stay! […]

16 Great Money Saving Tips

If you're interested in saving money, you'll love the new book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. It's from the writer's at Wise Bread, one of the members of the Money Tips Network. […]

Best Deals For Monday 5/18/2009

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Order The Wise Bread Book, Win a Flip Cam & Get $15 back. To celebrate the launch of the new Wise Bread book, we've got some very special deals for you!   1. FREE Coldplay Album Download (thanks Leonard!) Get Coldplay's Left Right Left Right Left MP3 Album for FREE when you enter your email address. […]