Five Simple Things to Prepare Right Now for Your Estate

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Everyone knows about the big things that people should prepare for their loved ones in the event of their untimely passing. A will. Life insurance. A living trust. […]

Seven Principles of Yard Sale Season

I enjoy going to yard sales. On our free spring and summer weekends, our family will burn part of the day going to these sales, looking for Have a plan. Rather than simply trusting that we’ll find sales by serendipity, we take some time to locate sales beforehand. […]

How to Start Saving Money With Skype: A Beginner's Guide

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Skype is free software that allows you to call other Skype users, landlines, and mobile phones around the world. While known for making computer-to-computer calls, Skype can now be installed on your computer, on your smartphone or tablet, your smart TV, and even on your Xbox One. […]

8 years of Get Rich Slowly

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. Eight years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal finance blog on the Internet. […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Springtime Activity?

The relatively nicer weather of Spring means many of us are out and about, doing all the things that we couldn't while Winter kept us indoors. What is your favorite springtime activity? Tell us about your favorite springtime activity and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards We're doing three giveaways — here's how you can win! Mandatory Entry […]

Dementia Sucks: Keep Your Brain Strong With These 10 Things

The brain is the most powerful processor in the world. Weighing in at an average of just three pounds, your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body. It generates enough energy to power a 20-watt light bulb. And it can process information at around 270 mph. It is, to say the least, an astonishing part of the human body. But it needs to be taken care of. […]

Best Money Tips: Reduce Your Food Expenses

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on reducing your food expenses, tax day freebies, and steps to investing in yourself. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Reduce Your Food Expenses — To reduce your food expenses, buy in bulk and limit junk food. […]

6 Rules of Creating a Powerfully Productive Workspace

After a particularly long morning at work, does it sometimes feel like you and your office chair have permanently merged (in the worst way possible)? That those ceiling-mounted fluorescent lights are energy-sapping torture devices? That you'd give just about anything to be able to burrow through to the parking garage and speed your way toward a permanent vacation? […]

Which Workout Clothes Are Worth Splurging On (And Which Aren't)

Running is my preferred sport. Putting one foot in front of the other is both invigorating and relaxing to me, somehow all at the same time. Better yet? It doesn't require much in way of gear — at least not in theory. But over the 12 years I've been a serious runner, where I started with just some clothes and shoes, I've discovered the wide world of enticing sports gear. […]

10 Free Things That Just Aren't Worth It

There are generally two different approaches that people will take when confronted with a freebie. First, you have the person who is all in, simply because the item is free or because they get really jazzed and excited when they're getting a deal. It's the extreme-couponer mentality where it's good to get anything and everything one can for free. […]

7 Bizarre Ways to Stay on Budget (That Actually Work)

Budgets fail for a number of reasons, but the most common one is that we simply do not follow through. Everyone's optimistic and driven during the initial planning stages, but actually putting the plan into action often decreases enthusiasm and motivation. If the traditional ways of staying on budget aren't working, you may have to resort to more drastic measures. […]

Drawing the Line

I define “frugality” as meaning “cutting back on the things that aren’t as important to you so that you don’t have to compromise on the things that are important to you.” For example, I don’t particularly value anything about laundry soap except for whether or not it gets my clothes clean, so homemade laundry soap that costs $0.02 a load gets my vote. […]

2014 Tax Day Freebies and Discounts

Dreading April 15? You should be looking forward to it! Whether you owe taxes or are looking forward to a refund, you can count on a day filled with freebies and discounts. Here's a comprehensive list of Tax Day offers. All offers are for April 15, 2014 only, unless otherwise noted. (See also: Birthday Freebies) Arby's Free curly fries. […]

Reader Mailbag: Spring Rain

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. Car loan versus mortgage 2. Childhood identity theft 3. Shopping in Wal-Mart community 4. Tax refund questions 5. Change fonts to save money? 6. Phantom energy? 7. Are CDs worthwhile? 8. “Fuel saver” programs 9. […]

Foreclosure from the tenant’s perspective: Honey’s story

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. In November, we thought we’d reached the last straw in terms of the condo we have been renting. We’d had numerous problems with our place and our landlord (namely, not fixing things when they broke — major or minor). […]

Do loyal customers really get treated better?

Kristin WongWhether it’s through rewards programs or special invites, companies often tout an appreciation for customer loyalty. Yet, every few months, I find myself challenging my Internet service provider over a “promotional offer” that has expired, which means I’m paying more than new customers. […]

Do You "Want" to Be Happy? Then Here's What You Need to Do.

It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking, "I'll be happy when..." You know, "I'll be happy when I can own my own home," or "I'll be happy when I can buy a new car/afford nicer clothes/replace this cludgy old desktop." Even people who aren't focused on gaining possessions tend to fall into this kind of thinking, only for them it can sound like, "I'll be happy when I get a promotion," or "I'll be […]

A Simple Portfolio of Three Funds

MSN Money lists a simple portfolio of three funds as follows: Some experts are pushing a back-to-basics approach to investing. As drastic as it may sound, they say it's possible -- even at times desirable -- to construct a very well-diversified portfolio using just three low-cost mutual funds or ETFs.Which three funds to use? A classic trio provides exposure to U.S. […]

These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free

I used to be somewhat of a gym rat. And by that, I mean I used to have a lot more expendable income and free time on my hands. These days, I have to be more creative because these things — time and money — are at a premium. I haven't had a gym membership in a while and fully admit working out at home can be difficult motivation-wise. I still have my struggles. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Profit From Your Passions

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on ways to profit from your passions, mistakes online shoppers make, and bad money habits that rob you blind. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Profit From Your Passions — Creating and selling your crafts or giving guided tours can help you profit from your passions. […]