The cure for vacation deprivation: A vacation budget

After a long and brutal winter in parts of the U.S., warmer temperatures and sunshine are finally heading our way. And, although it doesn’t seem possible, an entire quarter of this year is behind us already. In most places, schools are out of session — at least for a few weeks — which means that families are taking their first major hiatus of the year. […]

Dryer Sheets, Shampoo, and 15 Other Everyday Things You Can Make at Home

Recently, my daughter and I have been reading the "Little House on the Prairie" series, and I've been reminded of how life used to be. As we've experienced these books together, we've begun to explore what it would mean to make some of the everyday things we usually buy. […]

The Conversation About College is Turning in the Right Direction

This piece from the Wall Street Journal is one of the first I've seen from a mainstream media outlet that really digs deep into the cost/benefit considerations associated with going to college. Just a decade or so ago most media outlets bristled at the notion that money/economics/payback should play much of a role in selecting a college. […]

This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too

You've probably heard you should throw out stuff that hasn't been used in the past year. But if you are like me, you have regretted decisions to donate, sell, or trash the nonessential as you tried to aggressively declutter. Sadly, you may have learned this lesson too late. You can easily get rid of a saved item, but you can't readily reclaim one that's been given away. […]

Best Money Tips: Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on staying motivated while looking for jobs, personal finance tips from Captain America, and the 30-second habit with a lifelong impact. Top 5 Articles How to Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs — Creating a schedule and fulfilling a purpose can keep you motivated while looking for a job. […]

How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are a big part of the sharing economy — the idea that sharing things could financially benefit all involved. For example, travelers have been taking advantage of free accommodation by swapping their homes with each other through HomeExchange for decades. […]

9 Wall Street Expressions You Can Use Every Day

Colorful Wall Street expressions grace any good banker, trader, or analyst's regular day. While each group has its own specific idioms, as a former investment banker, I can attest to the many banker sayings out there. […]

Worst-case-scenario playbook

This is the time of year when I annually confer with my financial adviser. As I drove to meet him in his office a couple weeks ago, I had reason to expect we’d both be in jovial moods. The stock market’s performance over the past year has been stellar, after all, and my account has tallied corresponding gains. But as we talked, I was quickly reacquainted with reality. […]

4 Ways to Tell That Your Personal Finance Advisor is Scamming You

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Most personal finance advisors provide solid money advice that will help you achieve your goals. […]

The Only Way Buying As Much House As Possible Is Smart

Once again, I’m finding myself nearing the end of my one-year lease with the need to make a decision about my living situation. I moved to my current apartment in the summer of 2007, at a time when I had been more comfortable living off some of the income from my business. […]

The Future of Taxes

A few years ago, I wrote an article looking at the differences between a Roth IRA and a 401(k) with regards to how taxes will change in the future. If taxes go up, then a Roth IRA (or Roth 401(k)) is better. […]

Breaking the credit score code

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. When it comes to our credit, the experts have a long list of things we should be doing. […]

Cultivate your X-factor before it’s too late

This article is by staff writer Sam. Sam spent 13 years working in Equities on Wall Street and discusses financial independence strategies on Financial Samurai. Sam is also the founder of the Yakezie Network, the largest personal finance blog network on the web. […]

Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What’s Your Top Tip to Stay in Touch with Colleagues Without Spending a Fortune?

We all know the importance of keeping in touch and communicating with your colleagues when it comes to professional success. However, sometimes keeping in contact with your colleagues can be expensive. Luckily, there are ways to offset the cost of maintaining communication with your professional contacts! How do you stay in touch with colleagues without spending a fortune? […]

How to Improve Your Life by Becoming a Better Quitter

"Quitter." If you're at all like me, that word brings up all sorts of negative childhood memories. I was a particularly tenacious kid, but I remember cringing when kids used that word to describe each other. […]

Best Money Tips: Cleaning Tips That Can Save You Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cleaning tips that will save you money, awesome ways to give, and finding small appliances for cheap. Top 5 Articles 5 spring cleaning tips that can save you money — Donating your old items can save you money when you spring clean. […]

10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup

Ketchup. Whatever your favorite brand is, you can't have fries without it. In fact, in my household, it's demanded by my children with almost every meal. […]

How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Better

Proper storage of herbs (fresh or dried) is necessary to keep them fresh and flavorful for as long as possible. Whether you are trying to reap the rewards of an outdoor garden, a trip to the farmers market, or an ample dried herb supply, you can make them last much longer with a few careful steps. Here is a quick infographic guide to storing your herbs. And read below it for more details! […]

This Is When You Should Borrow From Your Retirement Account

Building a retirement nest egg takes time and effort. In a perfect world, this is money that you are not supposed to touch until you are least 59 1/2 years old. Nonetheless, when life throws you a curve ball, you may have to take a loan or withdrawal from your nest egg. […]