4 Powerful Smartphones That Aren't Overpriced

Smartphones have just about become a necessity in our daily lives. With the big manufacturers releasing a better, faster, more powerful handset nearly every year, consumers shell out a fortune to keep up with the Joneses. The marketing strategists behind tech giants like Apple and Samsung invest heavily to ensure their latest devices are ogled for their sexy design and performance prowess. […]

Parents’ attitudes toward money and kids

As parents, we pick up a fair amount of information from other parents. There’s some good advice, some bad advice, and then there are opinion surveys. Even though I tend to second-guess the way some of the questions are phrased, I like opinion surveys because they are a window into what large numbers of other people are thinking. […]

Rethinking Allowance: Taking Off the Training Wheels

As I mentioned recently, Sarah and I have noticed how our children’s relationship with their allowance has changed over the years. When we first started giving them an allowance, we used a simple strategy where they split their money up among several items – investing, charity, saving for a goal, and free spending. […]

Celebrating Your Achievement Without Undoing Your Progress

At one point, Sarah and I had almost $200,000 in total debt. Several years later, after a ton of hard work, we sent in the last check to pay off our final debt. We had achieved debt freedom. It was really tempting to celebrate that achievement. We had worked so hard for so many years to get ourselves out of debt and it really felt worthy of some sort of reward. What did we do? […]

Another visit with the real Millionaire Next Door

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, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. It was sunny last Friday afternoon, so I decided to go for a ride. Because Kim has been riding motorcycles all her life, I took a training class last August and now own a used Honda Rebel. […]

Heating, Cooling, and Saving

I really enjoyed this talk from Paul Wheaton on the reality of energy savings at home: Essentially, Wheaton breaks down the various ways to heat and cool your home into three groups. He mostly focuses on heat, but these ideas apply almost the same as cooling. The first group includes things that you touch for heat. Think of a heated blanket, for example. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #173

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on relationships and risk “Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. […]

Should Your Partner’s Debt Keep You Out of a Relationship?

Recently, a reader wrote to me with what would have been a stellar reader mailbag question except for the fact that it was full of personal details. […]

Price Per Unit Isn’t Always Useful

The idea of “price per unit” is a pretty useful one to have when you’re shopping for goods. It’s a simple idea that many of us know about, but it never hurts to break it down again for new readers. When you’re at the grocery store and you’re considering items, you’ll compare a lot of things – the item’s brand, the price, and the number of items in the package. […]

Ask the Readers: What benefits have you seen from the Affordable Care Act?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. The healthcare landscape has certainly changed in the two years since J.D. asked “What Do You Want to Know About the Economics of Health Care?” back in August 2012. Now that the Affordable Care Act is being implemented, we’d like to hear what your experience has been so far and what benefits you’ve seen. The U.S. […]

10 Essential Travel Items You Forgot to Pack

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. You know you should pack clothes, toiletries and chargers when you travel. Other travel essentials are less obvious, but just as important. Simply having the right items can help drive down your travel costs and keep you comfortable. 1. […]

50 Ways to Save Money on Clothing

Looking to refresh your spring wardrobe? It's only natural to want a few new things as the seasons (and your tastes) change. If you're on a tight budget like me, though, you need to watch every penny. Check out these 50 money-saving tips before heading to the store. (See also: Update Your Spring Wardrobe Frugally) 1. Shop Your Closet Take stock of what you already have hiding out in your closets. […]

Is Social Security Stealing Your Chance Of Being A Millionaire?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I have edited it a bit to tone down the political rhetoric and just focus on the facts.I've previously brought up the issue that I wish I had been able to keep what I have invested in Social Security. I know that society (and me as a result of that) benefits from people having a retirement safety net. […]

25 Delicious and Easy One-Pot Meals

Ah, the one-pot dinner. In all honesty, based on a past filled with disappointments (too-chewy pasta, hard rice, tough tortillas) I had been avoiding them. However, due to a schedule change at work, I realized that for the weeks ahead I would need to be able to put dinner on the table more quickly. Also, since our dinner hour would be later, I would need to spend less time cleaning up afterward. […]

Best Money Tips: Raise Money-Smart Kids

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on rearing money-smart kids, cultivating your X-factor, and making life insurance more affordable. Top 5 Articles How to rear money-smart kids — Teaching kids the difference between wants and needs can help them become money-smart. […]

15 Easy Ways to Save for Your Dream Vacation

You've worked hard over the years, and there's nothing wrong with enjoying the fruits of your labor. For that matter, the vacation of a lifetime might top your list of things to do. But after doing the math, a dream vacation can seem impossible. (See also: Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar) However, don't immediately push the thought aside. […]

It's 10 pm: Do You Know Where Your Net Worth Is?

Have you ever wondered how you're doing financially compared to others? If you're like me, it's pretty hard to pass on those articles that show the average earnings of U.S. workers by occupation type. Usually my first thoughts are: Am I doing better than others in my field?   Which occupations tend to pay more? […]

Can You Really Afford to Live in Your Dream City?

It finally happened. You've been offered a job in the city of your dreams. Or you're coming up on retirement. Or you're just sick and tired of the Midwest winters. Before packing up your belongings, however, consider these five factors to avoid having your dream move turn into a financial nightmare. […]

10 Questions for … a Business Coach

This post comes from Jessica Henderson at our partner site LearnVest. Never miss a new episode of Shark Tank? Invented a revolutionary evaporating kitty litter that you’re itching to debut to the world? You’re not alone. Every month, some 543,000 new businesses are launched—but the hard truth is that only seven out of 10 survive the crucial first two years to stay in the game. […]

8 Smart Ways to Save Money as a Small Business

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. It’s tough out there for a small business. When you’re running your business on a shoestring and grit, you need to save money wherever you can. The good news is that technology makes it possible for you to run a viable small business without a huge cost. […]