Do Your Own Travel Planning (339/365)

When Sarah and I were talking about our honeymoon in 2003, we were a little intimidated by setting up our travel plans. It was the first major trip either one of us had taken where we would be responsible for all of the planning, and it seemed like a ton of confusing work. So, we paid for a travel agency to plan our trip for us. They did a good job, don’t get me wrong. […]

Are You Ready for the New Medicare Tax?

After much wrangling and hand-wringing, and even a review by the Supreme Court, it’s time for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to continue following its timeline. The provisions of the PPACA (also called “Obamacare” informally) were laid out to take place over time, and not all at once. […]

Citigroup Laying Off 11,000 Employees

As part of a measure to cut ongoing expenses for the benefit of major shareholders, Citigroup has announced a massive reduction of employment, affecting over four percent of the company’s workforce across the world. The new CEO, Michael Corbat, has determined the best course of action to increase the value of the company for investors is to scale back operations. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Basketball Edition

A long time ago, I used to play basketball every single day. I’d stand in my parents’ driveway shooting baskets for hours. In high school, I gradually moved from completely terrible to reasonably good. […]

Time is Your Most Precious Asset

I spent a lot of time writing about money. Bargaineering is, after all, a personal finance blog and personal finance is mostly about money. The problem with writing mostly about money is that you can easily start to think of everything in those terms. As the adage goes, a hammer sees only nails, right? You start to think that the main pursuit of life is accumulating more wealth. […]

Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes

It’s potluck season, which means that soon you’re going to be thinking, “What in the world am I bringing to this thing?!” These 23 delicious dishes are perfect for your next potluck, and they won’t bust the bank in the process. (See also: 5 Potluck Parties That Help You Share the Wealth) Let’s start with the sweet dishes...  1. […]

A 5-Step Plan to Quitting Your Job

That all-too familiar dread is starting to consume you more and more every day. Sundays have become even more depressing than normal. Lunch hours are a godsend even if you're not eating. It's time for you to get out of there. It's time to quit your job. Here's the right way to do it so you don't burn any bridges and set yourself up for success. (See also: How to Quit Your Job) 1. […]

The power of personal networks

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. While I believe that focusing on your day job generally has the possibility for greater payoffs than side gigs, I am currently under-earning based on my education and experience. I do keep an eye out for positions that would enable me to advance in my main career. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Christmas Gifting Strategies

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal Christmas gifting strategies, designing a lucky life, and gifts for job hunters. Top 5 Articles How to Create a Fantastic Yet Frugal Christmas Gifting Strategy — The first step in creating a fantastic but frugal Christmas gifting strategy is to set a budget. […]

How to Make Money Like the Guys on "American Pickers"

"American Pickers" is one of the most popular shows on cable TV. But how do Mike and Frank make picking look so easy and the picking life so darn sexy? After 22 years of picking barn sales, thrift stores, rural auctions, and alleyways, I’ve learned there are a few key rules of the road that all pickers follow. […]

Are You Better Off than You Were Four Years Ago?

A big question in the presidential campaign a few weeks ago was "are you better off than you were four years ago?" Both sides had their points-of-view (of course) and tried to influence the electorate to their way of thinking, hoping it would lead to more votes. Personally, I avoided anything related to politics this year on FMF. Why? There were several reasons: 1. […]

Albert Einstein’s Philosophies For Growing Wealth

Although blogs and newspapers alike have oft posthumously placed a familiar quotation pertaining to compound interest — it being the most powerful force in the universe or man’s greatest invention — in the mouth of Albert Einstein, there is no evidence he ever said such a thing. He might have; the sentiment matches what seems to be this particular genius’s sense of humor. […]

Five Unusual “Investments” You May Not Have Considered

As the end of the year approaches you may be thinking about your investments. If you’re like the people in the slick TV commercials who talk about “wealth management” while they cast their line in some Montana fly-fishing river, you can stop reading this article. […]

Plan Far in Advance (338/365)

After a few weeks of discussing bill paying strategies in this series, we’re going to shift gears and look at vacations during much of the month of December. Vacations? The kind of things that most people take in the summer? […]

Generate Some Cash for the Holidays by Selling “Stuff” on eBay and Craigslist

The stores have been marketing Christmas to us since at least October, though they really ramp up their efforts in November and December. They have to. […]

5 Things You Should Know about Mutual Funds

One of the ways that investors — particularly beginning investors — add diversity to the portfolios is with the help of mutual funds. Mutual funds can provide you a way to get the benefit of a variety of investments without the need for individual stock picking. However, before you get too excited about mutual funds, it’s important to have a handle on what you should know about these investments. […]

The Five Largest State Tuition Hikes

Paying for college is hard enough when tuition price are steady. Throw in a tuition hike and the extra costs can be game changing for families. According to the College Board, tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased 8.3 percent, on average, between the 2011-2012 school year and the year before, but ten states saw jumps of more than 10 percent. […]

Designing a Lucky Life

“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey I don’t believe that luck is a supernatural thing that we have no control over. […]

Ask the Readers: Do Your Kids Have Chores?

It's safe to say most of us had to do our fair share of chores growing up. Whether it was taking out the trash, cleaning our rooms, or taking the dog for a walk, we had our responsibilities around the house. Most of us probably have (or plan to have) our kids do chores either to pull their weight at home or to earn an allowance. […]