Will You Spend More on Vacations This Year?

Money magazine asked readers of their June issue if they will spend more on vacations this year. The results: 29% will spend less this year 27% will spend a little more 25% will spend about the same as last year 19% will spend a lot more My answer depends on how you define "this year". If you literally mean the 2013 calendar year, then we will be spending a lot more versus 2012. […]

Debt Isn’t Required

Like a lot of people in my twenties, I spent much of that decade in a rush to saddle myself with a lot of debt. I owed money for my education. I owed money for my car. I owed money for my home, too. I had this strong sense that I needed all of those things now to show the world and those around me that I had somehow arrived in adulthood. “Look at me,” I thought. “I have my own car. […]

LastDollar, May 2013 Net Worth

This month is Retirement Month in the series Naked With Cash. Each month, seven Consumerism Commentary readers anonymously share their financial reports to gain insight about their progress towards their goals. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. LastDollar is thirty-three years old, an entrepreneur and single mom with two children with learning differences in private school. […]

Best Deals for Friday 06/21

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals Virgin America offers select fares starting at $58.90, KitchenAid takes 40% off sitewide, 2 Mossimo Chiffon Dresses $25, and more! […]

The “Hand Me Down” Chain

A few years ago, the boys across the street gave a glove to my oldest son. It was a small baseball glove, one that they’d outgrown because it didn’t fit their hand well. It’s a pretty tiny glove. […]

Teaching Kids About Money: How to Go About It the Right Way

There are so many things we have to teach our children but one that is often overlooked in today’s world is teaching kids about money. Unless your child has a large trust fund in their name or some other financial windfall heading there way they will need to learn about personal finance. The earlier you start teaching children about financial matters the better. […]

Your Take: What is Your Favorite Free Summer Activity?

One of the best parts about the summer is the plethora of free summer activities available. Whether it’s free movies in the park or visiting your favorite hiking trail, there are a dozen things you can do on any given weekend and most of them are absolutely free. […]

Ask the Readers: What would it take to quit your job and pursue your passion?

This guest post is from Michelle who blogs at Making Sense of Cents. Lately I have been thinking a lot about whether I should pursue what I love and enjoy my life more, or stick it out with my job that provides stable income. Recently, I was reading a post about how one reader quit her very promising and high-paying career so that she could enjoy life instead. […]

5 Frugal Celebrities Who Live Large on a Small Budget

Too many people who have lots of money spend lots of money, often stupidly. Take MC Hammer, for instance, who very famously made mountains of cash rather quickly and subsequently went bankrupt in an equally rapid manner. Even today there are stories of the rich and famous making purchases that just don't make sense. […]

Best Money Tips: Throwing a Yard Sale When You Live in an Apartment

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on throwing a yard sale if you live in an apartment, networking for jobs, and children and allowance. Top 5 Articles How to throw a yard sale when you're an apartment dweller — If you want to throw a yard sale but live in an apartment, participate in a community garage sale. […]

How much do funerals cost?

This post, written by Amy Shouse, comes from our partners at LearnVest. In the days following the loss of a loved one, funeral planning can add an extra burden to already fragile grievers. Not to mention the stress that comes from having to make a myriad of important decisions within a short period of time. And then there’s the shock of cost. […]

What Not to Wear to a Job Interview

First impressions mean everything. That goes double for job interviews; many hiring managers will know who won't get the job moments after shaking hands, and may even have bumped candidates to the top of the line subconsciously. You have to make sure that you're meeting the standards of the hiring manager that you're working with. […]

How to Start Your Own Business With No Money

Ever wondered how to start your own business with no money, or very little money? The cost of starting a business can be astronomical but it does not have to be. Looking back on some of the other articles covered here, like how to start your own business and how to start a business with no money it seems like we have a bit of a theme here. […]

Bulk Buying versus Clutter

I’m an enormous fan of buying many things in bulk. I make no bones about it. You can save a lot of money if you buy nonperishables in bulk as well as if you bulk buy perishables that you’re sure to use up. The challenge is that if you’re buying quite a few different things in bulk, these things begin to take up serious space in your home. […]

How to Avoid Travel Scams this Summer

One of the things I love about summer (or any time of the year) is all the travel. I love going new places and seeing new things. However, whenever you travel, whether it’s for a summer vacation, or for some other purpose, you have to be on the alert. Scammers can be found almost anywhere. They prey on the unsuspecting, hoping to get some of your hard-earned cash. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 06/20

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals Waterproof Night Vision Camera $10, Kenneth Cole Handbags: 42% off + extra 50% off, fares to Hawaii from $480 roundtrip, and more! […]

JW, May 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Reader Mailbag: Mowing the Grass

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Piecing through debts 2. Children’s birthday cards 3. Handling when life kicks you 4. Exhaustion after work 5. Lifetime memberships 6. Intensity comes and goes 7. Finding work 8. Different dreams than spouse 9. […]

7 Dead Simple DIY Frugal Tips

There are a lot of “do it yourself” projects out there and with the internet, instructions are plentiful. Not all frugality driven DIY projects are created equal. We’ve talked about ridiculous frugality before but sometimes it’s hard to draw the line of what is ridiculous and what is actually worth our time. […]