Going to the (Organic) Mattresses

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. I’ve dropped a rather obscene amount of money on bodywork in the last few years. I’ve had an evolving team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. I’ve bought books on physical therapy exercises. Some things have worked, others have not. In the end, the pain always comes back. I have chronic shoulder pain. […]

Is Credit Sesame a Scam?

Is there such thing as a free lunch? I think part of our brains is conditioned to be on edge whenever we can get something we normally expect to pay money for. Most of the free credit score offers require you to sign up for some trial program that will charge you $19.95 a month unless you cancel. […]

Surprise! 5 Reasons You Might Not Get Your Tax Refund

The one big upside to filing your tax return that everybody can agree on is getting money back from the government. How good does it feel to see that positive amount on the bottom of your return? For some families their refund goes right into that college savings account, to pay off their credit card, to take that long-awaited vacation, or simply to make ends meet in these tougher economic times. […]

20+ Bargains at Save-a-Lot Grocery Stores

Looking to take your bargain shopping efforts to the next level? Discount grocery stores can play a huge part in that plan. Offering staples, produce, and even some brand-name grocery items at significantly reduced prices, these chains can be a penny pincher’s paradise. One of the more prevalent discount grocery chains in my area is Save-a-Lot. It’s also one of my favorites. […]

Best Money Tips: Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on habits of exceptionally healthy people, how to select the best credit card, and cheap ways to keep kids busy this winter. Top 5 Articles 10 Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People — Follow the example of exceptionally healthy people and live an active lifestyle. […]

10 Tips to Make Working From Home a Success

It's estimated that 10 to 15 million Americans work from home. Many people, including a great percentage of moms and dads, find the work-from-home opportunity the perfect fit for their lifestyle. But working from home is hard work, especially with kids in the picture. […]

The joy — and relief — of giving things away

My wife and I have been enjoying a couple of localized Facebook pages that serve as ongoing virtual yard sales.  People know each other to some extent, people post pictures, people raise their hand if they want something, and people deliver the goods.  We’ve gotten some neat things, and we’ve gotten rid of some of our stuff that had past its usefulness. Overall, a good time is had by all. It’s not […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/16, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Frugal Entertainment. […]

Should You Invest Pre-Tax or After Tax Dollars? 401K vs Roth IRA

In recent years, Roth IRAs have become very popular with investors. The Roth IRA is named after Senator William Roth of Delaware, who sponsored the 1997 legislation that created them. The basic idea behind the Roth IRA is pretty simple — you invest after-tax money into your Roth IRA, and are not taxed on the [...]Should You Invest Pre-Tax or After Tax Dollars? […]

Simmons First Visa Platinum Card Review

Although balance transfer offers have bounced back onto the market in recent months, consolidation among major lenders means you’ve got fewer banks willing to lure your business with low teaser rates. Credit card issuers reserve their very best deals for first-time customers. […]

The Value of Early Career Investment

Here's a great comment left on my post titled Top 10 Free Money Finance Posts of 2011 which listed How to Maximize Your Lifetime Earnings as my #1 post from 2011: I know it can be hard to rank these, but I do agree about #1. In my case, I have invested heavily in my career. […]

Pay for Car Repairs with a Credit Card (45/365)

The usual personal finance advice tells people to avoid credit cards like the plague. The reason for that is quite straightforward. Credit cards make it incredibly easy to get into debt trouble. When you use a credit card, you’re not directly spending your own money, and that abstraction is often enough to convince people to spend without thinking. […]

Financial Disasters: How to Prepare for a Disability

18% of the American population is categorized as disabled. One disabling injury occurs every second in the United States and over 350,000 bankruptcies will be filed this year because the primary wage earner becomes disabled. […]

Could You Save Money with a Prepaid Cell Phone?

One of the things I have a hard time with is the cell phone contract. My husband and I were locked into a cell phone contract for two years near the beginning of our marriage. It became a burden to pay the same amount each month, and be limited as to minutes and times we could speak. Of course, since the early days of my marriage, cell phone contracts have improved. […]

Effect of a Short Sale on Your Credit Score

Have you ever wondered what effect a short sale has on your credit score? Well, former FCN staff writer Matt Jabs now knows the answer. Matt and his wife recently completed a short sale of their primary residence, selling their place for about $50k less than the purchase price, ultimately suffering a loss of ca. […]

How to Select the Best Credit Card

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Much of this is similar to what I talked about in How to Get the Most from Cash Back Credit Cards, though I don't agree that paying an annual fee is always a bad thing. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

You would think, with the Iowa caucus ending a month and a half ago, that the automated political calls would stop for our family. You’d be wrong. I’m still getting calls from candidates I don’t support asking me to donate to them. […]

Capital One Cleared to Buy ING Direct

Remember last summer when I noted that Capital One was in the process of buying ING Direct? Well, the Federal Reserve approved the acquisition yesterday, and the deal is expected close within the next few days. According to the note that I received from Capital One: “Capital One has no current plans to change ING customer accounts. […]

Paying for College: A High School Student’s Quest to Stay Debt-Free

This is a guest post from Chase Miller, a high school student from Orange County, California. He loves to surf, travel, Tweet, and catalog life through photography. […]