Breaking Away from “Having It All”

There are so many dimensions of modern life in which people would like to see success. They want to have plenty of money to spend. They want to be in a financially strong state with little or no debt. They want to have a challenging and fulfilling career. They want to have strong connections with their family. They want to have a strong marriage. They want to be reliable parents who are always the […]

Your Take: Warren Buffett’s Proposal – Minimum Tax for the Wealthy

Warren Buffett wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times on Sunday in which he argued that there should be a minimum tax for the wealthy. His argument for a minimum tax hinged on a variety of reasons but the first one stuck out for me (the wealth gap reason is another powerful one) – most people don’t decide whether or not to invest in something based on the tax rate. […]

12 Healthy Brown Bag Lunch Foods for the Fridgeless Workplace

You’ve likely found that bringing a lunch far exceeds dining out (in the savings arena, anyway.) While the practice is a noble one, it can also be tempting to abandon from time to time — especially when the brown bag lunch can get monotonous. Add in the fact that many work environments have no place to practically store a cold lunch, and it may not be long before you give up entirely. […]

10 Newborn Costs That Took Me by Surprise

When you’re expecting a little bundle of joy, there are a myriad of costs that you know to expect. Diapers, for one. There are the things that you choose to go without — a wipe warmer, for example. And then there are the costs that you don’t see coming. (See also: 5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers) Here are some potential needs to budget for when your little one arrives. 1. […]

Ask the Readers: How can we help pay for nieces’ and nephews’ education?

Strategies for saving for college haven’t been discussed much on Get Rich Slowly over the years. And yet student debt has been a regular and pressing problem for many. Saving before you get to college seems like an important financial step. Reader Lynn K. wanted to ask the readers several questions about saving for college – for her coming nieces and nephews, not even her own children. […]

Best Money Tips: The Shoestring Wedding

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on having a shoestring wedding, 35 gift ideas under $25, and tips for an organized wallet. Top 5 Articles The Shoestring Wedding: Cut Down Costs, Not the Celebration — Cut down the costs of your wedding by having a ice cream bar in lieu of a cake. […]

How Kids and Adults Can Earn Extra Income by Doing Voice-Overs

If you have a golden voice, you might be able to rake in a good part-time income doing voice-overs — recording the words for commercials, cartoons, or movie trailers. In recent years, the boom in podcasts and audio books has created more demand for the work. Plus, the rise of computers with digital recording software now allows voice actors to work remotely from anywhere. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Nov 26

As a reminder, I am currently running the $25k Red Kettle Challenge. I AM MATCHING DONATIONS!!!Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Saving Money Today asks if you should sell your house yourself or use a realtor. Wise Bread has five steps to stress free gift giving. […]

Balance Transfers With No Fee: Chase Slate Review

You should always eat healthy meals, exercise every day, and pay your credit card statements in full each month. But just as we might not follow every recommendation for living a healthy life, most Americans tend to carry a balance and are paying credit card interest every month. […]

Seven Ways People Make Their Money Troubles Worse

Psychiatrists say that realizing that you have a problem is the first step towards solving it. Maybe, but in my financial experience, what comes after recognizing the problem is more important. After all, there’s no shortage of people who will tell you, loud and clear, when you have financial troubles. […]

Always Ask for Fees To Be Waived (333/365)

Companies love to tack fees onto your bill, no matter what service they’re providing. Why wouldn’t they? Fees are pretty much pure profit for them, and for most customers, fees are glanced at and forgotten. A couple monthly fees per customer times a million customers and you’re talking about a pretty nice chunk of change. However, for most services, we live in a buyer’s market. […]

How to Avoid Buying a Flood Damaged Car

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, and many people are still recovering. Thousands are now homeless, and even those who are able to continue living in their homes may have to get new vehicles because their vehicles were flooded and destroyed in the storm. According to The Huffington Post, “Six of the leading eight automakers in terms of U.S. […]

Nothing Bad Is My Fault: Toxic Financial Attitudes

The difference between financial independence and a life of financial frustration comes down to attitude. The way you approach all aspects of your life, not just money, has a significant effect on your long-term financial growth. […]

Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping

You know you’re going to spend money this holiday season. For most of us, it’s one of life’s inevitabilities. […]

Ten Free Gifts to Give This Christmas

Who said the best things in life aren’t free?  Why not think outside the box this Christmas and give thoughtful, meaningful gifts that don’t cost a dime? […]

Reader Mailbag: A Thousand Stars

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. Roth IRA conversion question 2. Topical television versus cost 3. Board games for two 4. Collection plate? 5. ING Direct changes 6. Mobile apps for life organization 7. No bill for cable? 8. Finding hope 9. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Michael Wong, Vending Machines

This week’s Side Gig Thursdays is a chat with Michael Wong, who started a side business where he ran vending machines. If you’ve ever wondered who runs that vending machine in your office, chances are it’s either a big vending machine company or it’s someone like Michael. […]

Eat Your Garbage! Turn Your Trash Into Delicious Holiday Food

Americans throw away 40% of the food that is produced in this country every year. While there is plenty of waste that happens before the food ever gets to our dinner tables, according to the latest reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws away $2,275 dollars in food annually! […]

Churning credit cards for a fun profit

This guest post from Holly Johnson. Holly is a 32-year-old wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She blogs about saving money, frugal habits, and whatever is on her mind at ClubThrifty.com. Note: We’re not encouraging people to go out and sign up for credit cards, especially if you have debt or plan to carry a balance on a card. […]