Best Deals for Tuesday 06/11

Link for teaser title: 5-Piece Glass Bowls w/ Lids Set $10, Macy's: Handbags up to 65% off, J Crew Factory: Up to 40% off sitewide, and more! […]

The Big Crash

It happens to everyone at some point in their financial journey. Everything is going along perfectly. Savings are building up. Debts are going down. Financial goals are being reached (or at least approached). It’s all chugging right along. Then something happens. Someone gets sick or, even worse, passes away. A car’s engine block fails. Someone gets fired or laid off from their job. […]

Top Money Guru Results: PF Blogger Results

The Top Money Guru poll closed yesterday and while we compile the results, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the responses from the personal finance blogger community. We did the same exact poll except we asked personal finance bloggers just to see if their results were any different than yours. My initial guess was that the results probably wouldn’t be that much different. […]

The 5 most popular coupon sites (and one with a mission)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I tried for years to be a coupon clipper. Every now and then, I’d decide I was going to save as much money as possible on my groceries, or at least on stuff like toothbrushes and razor blades. I’d gather all the coupon circulars that normally went straight in the garbage, and I’d review the ads and clip the coupons that spoke to me. […]

Ask the Readers: What's the Best Money Move You've Ever Made?

There's a lot you can do with money. You can use it to buy tangible objects or invest it for the future. It can help create experiences or a sense of security. It can be used to improve your life or the lives of others. Whether your money is well-used or wasted depends on what you want from it. What's the best money move you've ever made? […]

Get Started With Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps

Frugal shoppers often spend a lot of effort looking for discounts worth a few dollars off of the goods they normally purchase. But what I have learned is that far greater bargains are available to those who get serious about earning travel rewards. […]

Are Your Spices Fake?

Last year, I had the good fortune to visit Seattle and the World Spice Merchants shop. I liked it so much, I walked out with $100 worth of spices. Now, I know that sounds like a lot of money. Actually, that is a lot of money, but really good spices go a long way. That big bag of goodies will probably last for years. […]

Best Money Tips: Why Personal Budgets Often Fail

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on why personal budgets often fail, frugal Father's Day gifts, and tips for effective business networking. Top 5 Articles Why Do Personal Budgets Often Fail? — A personal budget may fail if the person doesn't budget for fun expenses. […]

5 Fun and Affordable Summer Vacation Ideas

Whether your goal is to score this season’s most phenomenal family photo or collect as many adventure experiences as you can before heading back to school, chances are you’re placing a fairly high priority on your choice of summer vacation options. For many, it’s the only vacation they’ll take all year, making the pressure even higher. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a Bonus

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I'm a recent law school graduate who has spent the last year working for the federal government; in a few months, my job will end and I'll begin working for a corporate law firm. Along with the salary increase ($60k to $175k), I'll be getting a $50k bonus from my new firm for having spent the last year in the government position. […]

Groceries by Walmart online delivery are even better than Walmart stores

When we were home-shopping a few years ago, one of the selling points of the subdivision we chose eventually was that it was going to be located close to a future Walmart store.  This might not be for everybody, but we like the convenience of being so close to Walmart.  They’re giving the other grocery stores a run for their money. Our powdered milk experiment is working pretty well.  We’ve drasti […]

The Assets You Have That Don’t Fit on Your Balance Sheet

I’m a big believer in using one’s net worth as a quick assessment of personal finance health. A person is making a good move if they calculate their net worth every month or every quarter, then compare that net worth to where it was at a year ago or, if they have the data, five years ago (or even more). […]

Are there Downsides to Free Online Courses?

One of the great things about the Internet is that it offers you the chance to access a great deal of knowledge. In fact, it’s possible to learn a great deal from free online courses. However, there are downsides to online courses. First of all, with free courses, you won’t earn college credit. […]

4 Types of Retirement: Which Will You Choose?

While every situation is different, there are only a few types of retirement for those of us in the working class. Before I get to the retirement concept, here’s what I mean by “working class.” The working class includes those who need to survive by trading their time and effort for an income. They could be management level workers or not, they could be small business owners. […]

Best Deals for Monday 06/10

Link for teaser title: FREE Diet and Food Tracker app, Maidenform Bra Sale $9, Ace Hardware Sale on Patio furniture, grills, power tools, more. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Fog

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. Pre-conception college fund 2. Using tax refund effectively 3. Ashamed of using aid 4. The four percent rule 5. Dan Ariely 6. Look for job now? 7. Slow cooker oatmeal recipe 8. State income tax 9. Donating unwanted books 10. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 10

Just a reminder that Wealth Lion is up and running with posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Here are the latest posts: Income and Spending Scenarios and the Impact on Wealth How to Make More Money Your Career is Your Most Valuable Financial Asset As for FMF, it was included recently in the Carnival of Wealth Management. Have a great week! […]

Can You Go To Jail for Not Paying Your Taxes?

Last month, you probably read about Lauryn Hill being sentenced to prison for three months after she failed to pay federal income taxes for three years. After three months in prison, she’ll have three months of home confinement followed by a year of supervised probation. That’s on top of penalties and taxes she owes plus a $60,000 fine. […]

Save money by cutting food waste

This post is from staff writer Lisa Aberle. I barely brushed the surface of combating food waste in a recent article, but the comments added so much to the article that I thought I could stop at just one. And then I found some more statistics. […]

Love Makeup or Jewelry? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box.

Do you like surprises? Do you like trying out new things? If you're also into makeup or fashion accessories, then you'll want to check out Wantable. I gave it a test run recently, and while I'm not sure it's a good fit for me, I can definitely see how it can work out very well for others! […]