How to Find and Claim Unclaimed Money and Property

unclaimed property is money, financial accounts, or items that a business or government entity cannot find the owner of. This most often happens when the owner moves and does not provide a forwarding address, or when the owner dies and the heirs are unaware of the property. […]

Your “Someday” List Can Change Your Life

Whenever I think of something I’d love to do if only I had the time, I write it down in a little notebook I have that I call my “someday notebook.” It’s just a long list of projects that I’d love to take on in the future. […]

Teaching Teens About Checking Accounts

Part of being a parent is providing our children with the financial knowledge and experience that will help them succeed in life. Easier said than done, right? When it comes to money matters, it can be particularly difficult determining what age and maturity level is appropriate for handling checking accounts. […]

Tame Your Achilles’ Heel for Financial Freedom

This is a guest article by Ginger, owner and curator of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. She works as a psychotherapist with clients with whom money is a frequent topic. When people think about financial freedom, most tend to think of it as this abstract state of being since it’s something that has yet to be experienced. […]

Want to Save Money? Slow Down

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. About a year ago I sprained my ankle pretty badly. It happened as I ran out of a burning orphanage, carrying half a dozen toddlers. Okay, that’s a lie. […]

What Tax Bracket Am I In?

I get this question a lot and despite the availability of the IRS tax brackets, it’s not always clear how to figure out which tax bracket you are in. Fortunately with a little math and some approximation, it’s quite simple to figure out which tax bracket you are in. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Have a Holiday Shopping Budget?

It’s time to start thinking about getting your holiday shopping done! Shopping for the holidays can be a huge drain on anyone’s bank account. While many people create a budget to follow when they holiday shop, others prefer to spend first and worry later. Do you have a holiday shopping budget? […]

How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package

Sometimes planning a vacation is as fun as taking the vacation. But sometimes you want someone else to do all the work for you and just book a vacation package. Because, let's face it, sorting through hotels, itineraries, and flights can be a daunting task when you just want to get away. […]

5 Myths About Car Insurance

Picking out the right type of insurance can be complicated enough, so make sure you’re not believing one of the many car insurance myths when making your final decision. Here are five myths about car insurance, debunked. (See also: 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Car Insurance) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Baby Clothes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on baby clothes, saving money on eyeglasses, and the most hated fees and price bumps. Top Articles 5 Tips to Save on Baby Clothes — To save money on baby clothes, remember to be cautious about quality. […]

How to Run a Successful Reselling Business

The following is a guest post from David Bakke. In addition to running his reselling business and working a full-time job, he contributes his best personal finance tips and ideas on Money Crashers. A few years ago, I decided to sell some of my wife's old college textbooks on Amazon. Later, I found several unused items around my house that I also sold for a decent profit. […]

Wise Bread on Marketplace: Great Homemade Gifts

I love homemade gifts...well, most of them. Around the winter holidays every year, there are always those people who seem to think that anything homemade makes a great gift — it's the thought that counts. I disagree with that. […]

Help a Reader: Investing Advice

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I have adopted index fund investing as my primary investment pillar.  90% of my investment funding is allocated to three Vanguard total market index funds (total stock market, total bond market, and total international).  I do own some admiral shares of the total market, but don't carry the funds given my allocation in bonds to qualify for the […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Home Photo Printing

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

7 Facts Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

As much as I think I’m a pretty good negotiator I know that when I go to a car dealership, I’m at a disadvantage because they have industry knowledge that I don’t. We all have experienced that in our lives. Any job that you hold undoubtedly results in gaining industry knowledge that others don’t have. […]

Developing a Giving Spirit This Holiday Season

Tis’ the season to give. You can do this in a number of different ways. You can make donations of your time, your resources, and your finances. You can mentor students, serve meals at a soup kitchen, spend time with a shut-in or knit baby blankets for newborns in the hospital. […]

Six Marriage Killing Money Mistakes

Marriage is hard work. Managing your money can be hard work. When you combine marriage and money, things can get emotionally heated, and difficult. If you aren’t careful, money can ruin your marriage. As you get ready to wed — or even if you are already married — it’s a good idea to review your financial situation, and talk about the money. […]

11 Popular Toy Fads Throughout The Years

The toy industry is BIG business. Some years back, iPod toys were the rage. These cute, novelty “toys” went hand in hand with your iPod, ranging in price from $14.95 to $29.95 each. Today of course, something else is considered this year’s must have item. […]

IRS: $153 Million in Undelivered Checks

It’s December, do you know where your 2011 tax rebate check is? If you didn’t opt for direct deposit and don’t remember receiving a paper check, your dollars might one of the 153 million dollars the IRS still has in its coffers because they couldn’t get a check out to you (or it was mailed and returned or never deposited). […]

Six Steps to Being Able to Retire Early

Moneyland recently discussed the fact that retiring early isn't about making more money. In their piece, they listed the six "success factors for future early retirees" that make people much more likely to be able to retire early. […]