The 7 Best Affordable Cities to Start a Family

Looking to start a family? Many major metro areas can be tough choices, given their high cost of living, crime statistics, and public school quality. So, we've dug a little deeper to uncover seven U.S. metro areas that offer the best environments for starting a family. 1. Virginia Beach,... […]

6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value

It's spring cleaning season. But before you toss your old stuff on the curb or schlep it to the donation center, consider selling it for extra cash. These days, there are a number of places you can sell your things online and in-person, and all it takes is some time and effort. You'd be surprised... […]

6 Unexpected Benefits of Secured Credit Cards

"Nobody knows you when you're down and out," goes a famous blues song. And when your credit score is bad — really bad — you'll definitely be singing the blues whenever you're trying to find financing options. (See also: How to Get a Credit Card When You Have Bad... […]

Why bankruptcy should be your last resort

(Petrish Dyer is an active military Navy Chief, currently stationed in Japan. Please understand that her duties and time zone may prevent her from responding to comments in a timely manner even though she would like to. Petrish is also the founder of where she blogs and inspires others to live a debt-free life.) A few years ago, I was at my lowest point financially. […]

Student Loan Consolidation Guide

Student loan consolidation may not be the silver-bullet solution that it used to be, but it can still offer some benefits depending on your situation. First and foremost, if you’re juggling multiple student loan payments, student loan consolidation can simplify your finances. When you consolidate your student loans, you roll them all into one bigger loan. […]

The Best Free Cloud Storage Providers

The best free cloud storage providers give you a place to park your data without opening your wallet. […]

Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here's How to Fix It

Reeking dishwashers are the worst. Trust me — I lived in a small apartment with one that emanated a disgusting smell for months. When it gets bad enough, you feel embarrassed to have people over and you don't even want to be there yourself. Fortunately, you don't have to live with a smelly... […]

Best Money Tips: Make Money With a Fitness Tracker

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to earn money with your fitness tracker, saving time in the kitchen by being lazy, and what you need to know if you're selling your house. Top 5 Articles Fitbit profit? Seven ways to earn money with your... […]

10 Magic Words to Say to Get the Best New Car Price

Most of us still go to a car dealership when we want a new vehicle. And most of us dread the experience. The problem is, you and the dealership are two parties on opposite ends of the spectrum. You want a great car for as little money as possible. They want to sell you the same car for as much as... […]

Looking for Travel Insurance? Check Your Wallet First

Airplanes and blizzards don’t mix. But some credit cards will reimburse you for expenses if you get stranded by a canceled flight. Photo: Dan Just last winter, my husband and I took a much-anticipated vacation to Jamaica with some friends. […]

Ask the Readers: How Will You Celebrate Mother's Day This Year?

Mother's Day is coming up! Here's another holiday where we are encouraged to go all out for our loved ones when, usually, some thought and care is all we need. (But, you know, a fancy dinner is OK too if your mom is into that.) How will you celebrate Mother's Day this year? Will you try to keep it... […]

Nine Cognitive Biases You Need to Understand to Master Your Money

Don’t let the ‘Anchoring’ effect shipwreck your shopping experience. Photo: Ian Svendsplass In our daily lives, we constantly rely on our instincts to navigate through all kinds of situations, from how to relate to other people to what kind of shampoo we buy. Without those instincts, daily life would be a complete decision overload, making it impossible to even get outside your front door. […]

4 Ways to Stop Your Spouse From Overspending

Spouses aren't always honest with each other when it comes to money. A study released earlier this year by found that nearly one in five U.S. consumers have hidden purchases of $500 or more from their live-in partners or spouses. The same study found that nearly 7.2 million people... […]

How to Start Saving for Retirement at 40+

Perhaps you missed the memo urging you to start saving for retirement in your 20s or 30s. Or, if your situation is anything like mine, you started a family early or didn't find your passion in life until you were in your 30s. Fortunately, it's not too late to start saving for retirement, because... […]

How to profit from economic cycles

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. (Since April is Financial Literacy Month, a number of articles will be devoted to more educational topics. This is Part IV in a four-part series about how understanding economic cycles could inform your financial decisions. Part I is Understanding economic cycles: An introduction. Part II is Recognizing economic seasons: recovery and growth. […]

4 Ways to Fund Your New Business Without Borrowing a Dime

Becoming a small business owner or freelancer is a great way to regain control of your schedule while having limitless potential for income and locational flexibility. The only problem is that starting a new business venture usually comes with a big price tag. It may be difficult to fund a new... […]

Best Money Tips: 10 Ways Being Frugal Can Cost You

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the ways that being frugal can cost you, overpriced grocery items you should skip, and the questions you should never ask during small talk. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways Being Frugal Can Actually Cost You Money... […]

Best Deals for Monday 04/27

Link for teaser title: Wilsons Leather Outerwear & Accessories: 80% off, Select food & beverages at Target: $5 off $15, Raised... […]

The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that it can help you lose weight, too? Eating a morning meal jump-starts your metabolism, and leads to better eating throughout the day. Making smart breakfast choices can mean even better weight loss, since some... […]

Command and Control: From Baseball Pitches to Your Money

When your life is out of control, nothing seems to go right. You have the worst luck, and you can’t seem to get ahead with anything, whether a project, a goal, or even simple things like taking care of daily tasks. Regaining control of your life is imperative. […]