Remember Inflation When Looking at Housing Prices

The last few months, we’ve been looking at houses in our general area with the thought of one day moving to a home that was a little bigger. I like casually looking, rather than making a serious endeavor of it, and with sites like Redfin, it makes looking around that much easier. […]

10 Unique Garden Containers and Techniques

Creating a garden that is both beautiful and functional doesn’t require a three acre homestead in the middle of nowhere. In fact, some of the best community and urban gardens are not only creatively small, they make use of recycled materials to create a healthy growing environment and eliminate waste. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Paid While Watching TV

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on getting paid while watching tv, habits to increase wealth, and the best days to buy specific items. Top 5 Articles How to Get Paid While Watching TV: Your New Part-Time Job — Download an app like Viggle to get paid for watching TV. […]

In Praise of Complainers: Why Complaining Is Good

Have you ever been out for dinner with someone who won’t complain? Regardless of how terrible the service or remarkably bad the food, your companion just shrugs or sheepishly makes an excuse on behalf of the waitstaff or chef? It happens all the time. The dry cleaner who turns your cashmere cardigan into a very expensive sweater for a teacup poodle. […]

Help a Reader: Growing a Career

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I have been in a purchasing/production management capacity for the past 5 years (my entire career is 8 years). I recently took a new production management position last year but I believe that my specific skill set, in commercial printing, will become relatively obsolete in my lifetime due to the digitization of print literature. […]

Unsubscribe from Charity Mailings (114/365)

Several years ago, we made the decision to donate to a particular local charity. We sent that charity a small one-time donation because we felt like the cause they were working for was a good one. Four years later, we are still getting mailings from that charity. […]

The Downside of Buy-and-Hold

The following is an excerpt from Jackass Investing: Don't do it. Profit from it. It's a book that takes "conventional knowledge" on investing and argues that it's a myth. We can see that if a person had held stocks over the 111 year pe-riod ending December 31, 2010 and reinvested all dividends, they would have achieved a return of 9.5% before inflation. […]

In-Store Health Care Savings

If you, like me, have been around since nearly the dawn of time, you likely recall an early 1970s TV show called Marcus Welby, M.D. The show’s premise was simplicity itself. A kindly old doctor, who teamed with a young, studly, hipper doc, made house calls on a variety of patients, and usually became ensnared in their lives. As I recall it, patients rarely came to his office. […]

20 Overlooked Discounts

We’re always on the lookout for a bargain but either we don’t have the time, don’t have the desire to hunt, or we don’t know where to look. For me, it’s often a combination of all of those. I love a good discount but I only take advantage of those that are easy to find. […]

How Much Should You Pay a Babysitter?

If you have kids, one of the questions that parents inevitably have to face is this one: How much should I pay the babysitter? […]

Reader Profile: JM

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

How to Get Paid While Watching TV: Your New Part-Time Job

If you think back to your childhood, you may remember a parent telling you that watching TV was a one-way ticket to the land of the couch potatoes. In your parents’ eyes, watching cartoons was always second to things like going outside to play, doing your homework, or—worse—doing your chores. […]

Contentment

When I was about ten years old, I dreamed of being a major league baseball pitcher. I got a book on pitching as well as some instructional videos for my birthday and I spent most of a summer learning how to properly throw a baseball. That fall, I went back to school with my classmates. […]

The Rich and the Rest of Us

Dr. Cornel West is a Princeton University professor and author. Tavis Smiley is a television and radio talk show host and author as well. The two have known each other for a long time, and last year they toured the country to hear from citizens and talk about the issue of poverty in America. […]

Finding Room for the Spontaneous

This post is by staff writer Tim Sullivan. This past Friday, I got an e-mail from my uncle letting me know the Sox were here in Seattle. Since leaving Chicago, it’s rare that I get to see my hometown sluggers, and it’s not an opportunity I would want to miss. […]

Fun Facts about the $1000 Bill

I’m a sucker for trivia and one of the most educational (and fun) posts I wrote was the fun facts about the $500 bill, a bill that was no longer used after 1969 in an effort to combat organized crime. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Prefer Getting Gift Cards or Cash?

Whenever the holidays or your birthday comes around, inevitably you will receive either gift cards or cash. Some people love getting gift cards to use at their favorite store or restaurant. However, others would prefer to take the cash and run! Do you prefer getting gift cards or cash? Why? […]

Grocery Shopping and the 4-Minute Mile: How to Challenge Yourself

When I teach workshops about cutting the grocery budget, I always start with one basic tip — create a set weekly (or monthly) grocery budget, and stick to it. […]

Guide to Better Style: The Curated Closet

The older I get, the simpler and more refined I try to make my personal style. As a result, I’ve started to view my wardrobe as a collection to be curated instead of a just a closet to be stuffed. I’ve slowly begun to weed out clothes that don’t work, finally give up on looks that just don’t suit me, and gravitate toward timeless pieces and true classics. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways Your Bicycle Could Help You Earn Extra Income

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways your bicycle could help you earn extra income, nailing a job interview, and dealing with spousal debt. Top 5 Articles 4 Ways Your Bicycle Could Help You Earn Extra Income — Earn extra income using your bike by becoming a tour leader. […]