The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Teaching Games Edition

My oldest son is on a board gaming kick as of late. Most days, when he gets home from school, he requests that we play a board game. He’s able to pick up the rules of many of the games in our family’s collection, more than I would have guessed a few months ago. We’ve enjoyed games like Lords of Waterdeep and Magic: the Gathering together. Most days, I don’t even suggest playing a game. […]

The cultural shift toward financial security

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. In the past few months, I’ve had a noteworthy number of conversations about the trend toward frugality. […]

7 Unnecessary Household Expenses You Can Cut Today

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. When cutting spending, household expenses are a great place to start. We tend to spend money on the same things month in, month out, all year — so when we change to a cheaper service provider or eliminate a service altogether, we only have to think about it once but the savings go on and on. […]

Eliminating Debt, Saving Money, and More with The Money Principle's Maria Nedeva

I recently had the priviledge of interviewing the amazing Maria Nedeva from the popular UK blog, The Money Principle! Maria is a personal finance expert and debt-slaying master; she was able to eliminate $157,000 in debt in three years. In addition to blogging, she teaches philosophy of science and innovation and even consults Prime Minsters on how to spend on science. […]

12 Things You're Doing Wrong Before Noon (and How to Fix Them)

Did you know that what you may be doing during the hours from the time you wake to noon could be sabotaging your whole day? Turns out this time of day can set the tone for how productive, happy, and satisfied you feel overall. Learn about some common missteps that may be derailing your day and what moves you can make to fix them right now. (See also: What Successful People Do Every Morning) 1. […]

Happy Birthday to Me (It May Be My Last)!

Today is the 9th anniversary of Free Money Finance! Yes, nine short years ago I began this blog with one simple post -- on how to contact me. :) I followed that one up with a short piece noting what the site would be about. […]

This Is How You Stop Online Impulse Spending

Technology has made it so easy for us to get what we want, when we want it, no matter whether or not we can afford it. Impulse buy opportunities online are rampant — appearing in our newsfeeds, through emails, and on practically every website we visit. But in order to stay on track financially, one must eliminate those urges to impulsively buy things online. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Job Recruiters to Come to You

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on getting job recruiters to come to you, how to get cheap life insurance, and creative ways to finance your wedding. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Get Job Recruiters to Come to You — To get job recruiters to come to you, showcase your work on a personal website. […]

Get a Bigger Refund With These Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions

Everyone knows that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. When tax time looms its ugly head, most utter a groan and diligently file their returns. One could argue that the tax code is a confounding minefield purposely written to confuse and frustrate. […]

Tax refunds: Why following the crowd makes sense

A few weeks ago, someone pulled out a gun and shot four people in a Detroit tax preparer’s office over a late income tax refund. […]

Buying and Selling Stocks Is Often a Losing Strategy

After three months, my $1,000 investment portfolio, nicknamed “Feemaggeddon,” is lagging. This portfolio is part of an investing challenge, the “Grow Your Dough Throwdown.” It’s a lighthearted competition featuring several top financial bloggers. I have two goals with this portfolio. The first is to test a specific popular investing philosophy. […]

4 Ways to Minimize Your Home Energy Bill This Spring

This post first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Winter is over! Spring is here! Spring offers many opportunities to save money. Spring makes it much easier to go outside and get some exercise. You can start a vegetable garden. […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is Rebalancing?

One topic I see referenced quite often in personal finance books – especially books focused on retirement – is the idea of rebalancing. […]

How will the new Small Business Capital Act affect you?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Amid the hubbub of stock-market activity last week, the House of Representatives quietly approved a new law giving Wall Street an exclusive monopoly on funding for smaller businesses – including even your little side hustle. […]

Never Leave Home Without These 10 Essential Travel Apps

Some people will tell you that traveling — really traveling — is all about living in the moment, getting lost, and finding surprising and amazing things along the way. And I agree ... to a point. But the truth is that sometimes when you’re in a strange city, what you really want is to find some lunch right now, or somewhere — anywhere — to sleep. […]

Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Favorite Way to Save Money?

Chances are if you are a Wise Bread reader, you are interested in saving money and have learned many ways to cut your costs. There are many blogs out there that can help you keep your expenses low using money-saving tactics. From couponing to apps to thrift shops and more, everyone has their favorite ways to save money! What is your favorite way to save money? Do you love couponing? […]

When Should You Get a Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel?

Vacation rentals — that is, rooms, apartments, and houses that can be rented in lieu of hotels — started out as a little secret that only hardcore travelers shared. But since Airbnb's inception in 2007, the use of vacation rentals has grown a lot and become quite mainstream. In 2013 alone, travelers booked 6 million stays on Airbnb. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Reduce Vet Bills

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on reducing vet bills, living without a car, and haggling for a better price on everything. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Reduce Vet Bills — To reduce vet bills, shop smart for pet supplies and choose your vet wisely. […]

Improve Every Conversation With One Simple Tactic

Conversation is an important part of everyone's life. Whether you make your living conversing with people or have a job better suited to an introvert and only converse with others a few times a week, it's important to make the most of each interaction that you have with another person. (See also: How to Spice Up Conversation) Even the conversations that take place outside of work are important. […]

9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids

When we're planning family vacations, we envision leisurely days spent at the beach or exploring new cities with our angelic children at our sides. We often overlook the realities of prospective trips: long car rides, delayed planes, missed connections, and cranky children. Fortunately, there are simple steps to take your vacation from stressful to stress-free. […]