11 Frugal Ways to Land a Client

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. You’re probably familiar with one of the oldest terms in business, or the ABCs of sales: “Always Be Closing.” This phrase would almost be cliché if it wasn’t true; a thriving business needs to keep prospects throughout all phases of the sales cycle, with special emphasis on getting a signed contract.  […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 4/10, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #CreditInsight to participate. This week's topic: Credit scores and more! Learn why credit scores are so important, what makes up a credit score, and why it is essential to understand, build and manage your credit.  . […]

Experiments with Homemade Dishwashing Detergent: What Works Best?

A few weeks ago, I was greatly inspired by this HouseLogic article where several different homemade dishwasher soap recipes are compared. […]

Home Grocery Delivery: Peapod vs. FreshDirect

Although I don’t take advantage of this type of service every time I need to go food shopping, grocery delivery is one luxury I enjoy about once a month. I’ve been a customer of Peapod for about eighteen months. Peapod is a company associated with Stop & Shop, a supermarket in my area. The food they offer is the same as Stop & Shop’s items, including store brands. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Focus on Happiness Edition

Try this little experiment. For the rest of the day (or tomorrow, if you’re reading this late in the day), whenever you interact with someone, take just a second and ask yourself what you could do during that interaction to make that other person walk away happier. Then, try to do just that. Offer a compliment. […]

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. […]