The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet

Have you ever stared down several shelves of cooking oil and had no idea what to buy? Wondered what's the best cooking oil to use? Vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil — which cooking oil is good for me? Which oil is best for baking? Here to help is a quick breakdown of the various cooking oils generally available on supermarket shelves. […]

Best Money Tips: Find Business Attire for Less

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on finding business attire for less, ways to cut your expenses, and benefits of a smaller home. Top 5 Articles Dress for Success: Find Business Attire for Less — To find business attire for less, opt for second hand clothing. [Smart On Money] 15 ways to cut your expenses — Want to cut your expenses? […]

Productivity Tips to Carry You Through 2012

The start of a new year is a good time to take a review of the best productivity tips we have shared with you. These tips help maximize your efficiency at work so you're getting more done in less time. […]

Taxes: What's New for 2011, Part 1

The following is an excerpt from J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012: For Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return. It is reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. […]

An Impulse Buy Is Never A Good Buy

The following is a guest post from Lynn Truong at Wise Bread.There are a lot of ways to save money in all aspects of our lives. Whether it's groceries (buy generic, buy in season), around the home (insulate, use energy-efficient-whatever), or anything else you have to purchase (buy used, double coupons, reward credit cards), there are always a list of tips to cut those costs and save money. […]

Realize That You’re Not Alone on This Journey (2/365)

When I first reached my financial bottom, I felt desperately alone. I wrote about the pain of that financial bottom a while ago: In short, even though my mind kept searching for a way out, another saving grace, part of me began to realize that there was no way out this time. I began to feel completely sick to my stomach and disgusted with myself, so I walked back home. […]

Accelerating Your Mortgage Payment

There is not a month that goes by where I don’t receive a solicitation pushing for me to pay off my mortgage more quickly by participating in a biweekly mortgage payment plan. You’ve probably heard that accelerating your mortgage payments can substantially reduce the amount of interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan. […]

Can Paying Off Debt Hurt Your Credit Score?

If you want to raise your credit score, the best way to do it is to pay off your debts—that’s the conventional wisdom. That’s normally true but there are some debts where the advice we hear from financial gurus should be ignored. Very few people know how FICO scores are calculated and the ones who do aren’t allowed to talk about it so we’re all forced to make some assumptions. […]

Kids and Money: What To Do With Christmas Cash

Each year, my son receives some cash as part of Christmas. This is always exciting for him because it means extra money on top of his regularly scheduled allowance. It’s an extra boost. And, since we don’t let him buy anything with his (November) birthday money until after Christmas, the Christmas cash means adds to an already-growing stash. […]

12 Alternative Financial Resolutions for 2014

New Year’s resolutions have become so cliché that the process of making them has become a joke. […]

My 2012 Financial Resolutions

After giving an update yesterday on my 2011 financial resolutions, I thought I'd follow it up by telling you what I'm planning for 2012. Here goes: Expand my gap if possible. I already have a pretty good gap between what I make and what I spend, but there may be room for improvement. I at least need to find out. […]

Verizon Scraps $2 Bill Payment Fee

If you were a Verizon customer, you probably heard about the $2 fee Verizon was trying to push on people who made one-time bill payments on their accounts. I’m a Verizon FiOS customer so I wasn’t happy to hear the news that they’d be trying to juice up their profits just a little more with this ridiculous fee. […]

Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation

I can still remember how it felt to get my first real paycheck at my first real job after college. It came in the mail, and I stood by the mailbox at my old apartment building ripping open the envelope as soon as I realized what it was and holding that check in my hand. It was more money than I had ever seen at once in my life. I splurged with it – and with the next check, too. […]

Five Conversations Before Moving In Together

This is a guest article by Aloysa, a creator of My Broken Coin. In this article, Aloysa offers five conversation starters for couples considering moving in together. Based on my own personal experience I can tell you that expectations of your significant other change as soon as you move in together. […]

20 Ways to Spend $20

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are Your Financial Resolutions for 2012?

With the New Year comes a chance to make new resolutions. From going on a diet to spending more time with family to landing your dream are, chances are you’ve made at least one resolution for 2012. Hopefully one of your resolutions was a financial one! What are your financial resolutions for 2012? Saving more money/? Paying off your debt? […]

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January

After all that shopping you likely did in December for the holidays, you may be looking forward to a month without having to whip out your credit card. But January is an excellent month to bag deals on select items, like winter apparel or a relaxing vacation package. […]

7 Easy Lunch Ideas for Work

We all know that bringing lunch to work can be a huge money saver. So why don’t more of us do it? Well, the reasons are as individual and varied as lunch itself can be, but in the end a couple of basic themes rise to the top: time and convenience. Here are a few strategies that will help you stick to your guns and save money. (See also: 25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas) 1. […]

Take Back Control

Happy New Year! Here’s how I rid myself of consumer debt – and took back control of my financial future.  (No gimmicks necessary…) First, I sat down with my wife and had an honest conversation about our finances.  We talked about where we were, where we were headed, and where we wanted to be.  This conversation – and the many similar conversations that followed it – changed our lives.  I will ever […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Financial Freedom

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on steps to financial freedom, commonly missed tax deductions, and how to handle a financial emergency. Top 5 Articles 12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012 — Are you trying to gain your financial freedom in 2012? Start by setting financial goals. […]