Way to Save #150: Homemade Pet Toys

Make your own pet toys. Pets are like babies. They’re more likely to enjoy the box the toy came in than the toy itself. You’ve got plenty of interesting, entertaining and chewable items lying around the house already. You can grow catnip or find it cheap at herb stores. […]

Eight Tactics for Dealing with Professional Burnout

Carlos writes in: I’ve been working at the same job for the last six years. I used to love it but lately I’ve started dreading going to work. I can’t really put my finger on a reason why, either. I’m considering quitting but I am very afraid to take that leap with the economy the way it is. Got any suggestions? Once upon a time, I was in a similar situation. […]

Hundreds Hired at the IRS to Find Cheaters

In a continuation of my favorite story of the year, the IRS announced a few days ago that they are ramping up a new investigative unit to find more offshore tax cheats, with an emphasis on those that are using dummy corporations with multiple layers to hide their wealth. […]

Introduction to FOREX Investing

Foreign exchange has been a hot topic lately with the weakness of the US Dollar and has always been an area rife with scams and rip-off artists (even the SEC warns about it on their website for forex transactions). Trading in foreign currencies works off the same principles are trading anything else, you want to buy low and sell high. […]

Don’t Let Irregular Expenses Wreck Your Budget (or Drain Your Emergency Fund)

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Right before our Thanksgiving trip, the AC went out on our vehicle. $600 later, we had a functioning AC. What a way to start a camping trip.  The good news was that we had the funds set aside for that specific reason—auto repairs. […]

Bossing Myself Around

Having read countless articles about personal finance and money management, I’ve come to the following conclusion.  The best thing that I can do to insure that I have a sound financial future is to be a better boss – of myself.  Allow me to explain. About four years ago, after spending almost 15 years working (with very little in savings to show for it, and several thousand dollars in credit card […]

Live Within Your Own Means, Not the Means of Others

It’s very easy to slip into “keeping up with the Joneses” mode. Your friends have a new TV, or maybe they traded in their old car for a new one. Or perhaps you want to get a nice big house like they have, and take advantage of the homebuyer tax credits at the same time. From personal experience, I can tell you that it’s not worth the stress and hassle of trying live within other people’s means. […]

Did/Will You Get a Bonus This Year?

With the economy in the dumper, it's likely that there will be fewer bonuses this year than in most years in the past. That said, I'm sure some of you out there will be receiving one, so it's not a wasted post to talk about them. So, let me ask all of you the following: Did (or will) you get a bonus this year? If so, what will you do with it? […]

Five hidden ways to find extra money – even when money is tight

(This is a guest post from Kris Bickell. For more tips on getting out of debt and turning around your financial situation, visit www.debt-tips.com. You’ll learn the actual debt elimination tips he used to get completely out of debt.) If only money grew on trees … life would certainly be easier! But of course, it doesn’t. […]

Zhu Zhu Pets: Top Toy For Your Christmas Stocking

I’ve been looking around for deals this Christmas and while I’ve window shopped quite a bit, I’ve also done some digging around the internet to see what kind of deals are out there. The internet actually yields a lot of sales throughout the year, but some of its biggest sales come right during the holidays, as you’d expect. […]

Shopping Smart at CVS

By Linsey Knerl This article shares tips from the 17th episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. […]

Win a Free Copy of You Need a Budget!

I am giving away a copy of You Need a Budget! We'll start with a testimony from a YNAB user. Here goes: “16 months after starting YNAB, I am debt free (since the 7 month mark). I have no credit cards and am just shy of $7,000 in the bank.” Good stuff, huh? Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. […]

Help a Reader: How to Invest

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I think I'm doing fairly well with my personal finances but I'm also still very uncertain about them.  I think my main problem is that I'm not sure how much risk I am willing to take on, and I'm not certain about what I want to do with my money in the future. I am 24 and graduated from college and started working full time in January 2008.  My […]

Is Your Money Distinguishable from Your Parents?

A few years ago, an old friend of mine bought a fantastically expensive home, far larger and with higher quality furnishings than the home I live in now. I went to college with him and noted that after college, he worked at a minimum wage job for a year and had only been working at a solid salary for a little over a year when making this purchase. “How could he afford it?” I wondered. […]

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 29: The Christmas Show

Ho ho ho. Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat. On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss the highs and lows of the holiday season. What are your favorite Christmas traditions? To whom do you give gifts? How do you set a shopping budget? Do you buy year-round — or have you not even begun to shop? […]

Stacy Johnson on Miami television

Stacy Johnson makes an appearance on “Today in South Florida”. Johnson talks about the debut of Money Talks News and plans to save viewers money. Live in South Florida? Catch Money Talks now on NBC6. Read more ...Subscribe to our newsletterLike this article? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for our newest stories, money saving tips, deals and coupons. Click here to sign up now. […]

Debt Severely Limits Your Options

A couple months ago on the Personal Finance Hour, I had a nice debate with Baker of ManVsDebt.com about whether one should go with credit cards or with a cash-only system. In that episode, I mentioned that I was fan of credit cards because of their rewards and that I have never carried a balance on any card. If I had, my tune about credit card rewards might be a little different. […]

BillShrink Giving Away $2,500 to Wise Bread Readers

By Will Chen BillShrink, a free website that gives personalized money-saving recommendations on everyday bills, is giving away $2,500 to Wise Bread readers! In addition to the contest, BillShrink CEO Peter Pham also shared some great savings tips later in this post.  But first, the contest! Blog Comment Contest: $2,000 Prize:  1 winner of $2,000.  BillShrink representatives will pick their favori […]

How's Your Holiday Spending This Year?

A recent poll in USA Today asked what holiday shoppers are planning on spending this year. The results: 11% said they were going to spend more than in 2008 59% said they were going to spend the same as in 2008 30% said they were going to spend less than in 2008 Personally, we're planning on spending about the same as last year. […]

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