Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Aug 13

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Work Save Live offers an irregular income budget. Moneylicious discusses shopping unconsciously. Budgets are Sexy is considering getting into real estate investing. Freedom Thirty Five Blog details the value of human capital. […]

Consider a Cheaper Neighborhood (228/365)

When Sarah and I were shopping around for our home, we looked at the options available in several different communities. During our first rounds of looking at housing, we looked in more affluent neighborhoods. The homes were beautiful and the neighborhood seemed very friendly and well-kept, but the prices were often astronomical. We kept looking. […]

Possible $75 Cashback Bonus for Current Discover Cardholders

My pal Jim over at Bargaineering recently wrote about a $75 cashback offer that he received from Discover. What’s remarkable about this offer is that it’s associated with a card that he’s had for over a decade as opposed to being a signup bonus. All he has to do is spend $1k on this card by September 30, 2012 and he’ll get the bonus. […]

Pros and Cons of Making Money By Donating Your Bodily Fluids and Eggs

We live in an amazing medical time where people who cannot conceive can have children thanks to sperm and egg donors, and people who would otherwise die of cancer can live a full life thanks to bone marrow donations. […]

Did You Get a Health Insurance Rebate?

While there has been a lot of attention of attention on the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, there are other provisions involved. […]

Salvage: Your Home Improvement Secret Weapon

This is a guest post from Jessica Ward. Many of our readers have used Freecycle, Craigslist, and thrift shops for day-to-day needs, but have you ever employed these techniques on a DIY home-improvement project? This summer, I replaced two floors in my house with Brazilian cherry laminate flooring, as well as moldings in both rooms, by employing some DIY skills, rented tools, a library book and som […]

Reader Mailbag: Sleep Interrupted

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. Starting kids with credit 2. Trailing large vehicles on interstates 3. Gifts for children 4. Cost of cheap looking decor 5. Moving and car trading 6. Swimming in ponds 7. Distributing inheritance money 8. […]

This sale was flagged as a possibly abnormal transaction.

For the last year, my lovely wife and I have spent our free Sundays poking around at local open houses. We aren’t really in the market to buy a new home but we enjoy looking around and checking out what’s available around us. […]

Earning More vs. Spending Less, Round 1: Housing

Spending less than you earn can be accomplished by earning more, spending less, or both. Yet most people in the personal finance world tend to support one strategy over the other with greater fervor. […]

Financial Math Basics You Need to Know

What kind of math skills do you need to manage your finances? Much of the time, addition and subtraction serve you well. There are times, though, that math specific to finance is useful. When you are facing a decision or contemplating how to improve your financial position, do the math. […]

5 Things to Spend More on Now

Whether we are focused on saving for the distant future or for a rainy day, we are constantly reminded about the importance of budgeting our hard-earned dollars. However, sometimes you'll save more money in the long run by spending some now. Take, for example, these five items that can save you big money — and improve your quality of life — down the line. […]

Best Money Tips: 15 Cheap Car Security Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles with tips on cheap car security, affordable organic food, and reusable household items. Top 5 Articles 15 Inexpensive Car Security Tips — A locking gas cap will make it harder for car thieves to fill the tank. [Saving Advice] 5 Ways to Afford Organic Food — Buy from bulk bins. […]

“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees

We all know fast food is not good for us. Most nutrition experts agree that it should be eaten “rarely or never.” But having said that, most of us will grab a meal from a fast food restaurant sometimes. […]

Fund a Teenager's Million-Dollar Retirement

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I (FMF) have started this process with my children. They earn (soccer for my son and pet sitting for my daughter) and I contribute the amount they make into a Roth for them.We teach teenagers a lot more about sexuality than we do about money. This can confuse them about what they should be learning. […]

K to College: 10 Back-to-school saving ideas for everyone

Over the years I’ve written a lot of back-to-school posts, and a few studious articles too. Some are fun, some are a little serious, and a few went viral. […]

Vanguard Adds Mobile Check Investment

Interesting. I was just messing around with my iPhone when I noticed that Vanguard updated their app with “Mobile Check Investment.” In other words, you can now snap a picture of a check and invest it in an eligible account. This is similar to the remote deposit functionality introduced by a number of banks. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 8/16, 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: Yard Sales! […]

Job Interview Mistakes

Over the years I’ve interviewed a significant number of people for various positions. Some are good, others are bad. But I just had a guy totally blow an interview so I thought I’d share some thoughts. This guys looked solid on paper. But in person? Wow. Just really, really bad. […]

If You Don’t Have a Down Payment Yet, Rent (227/365)

When a person arrives at the point in their life where they desire home ownership, that person often doesn’t have 20% of the cost of the house they’re eyeing. In our area, for example, a nice, recently-built family home with several bedrooms will set you back at least $150,000. 20% of that is $30,000. […]

Mock Applebee’s Chicken Wings and Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce

I love cooking, and I especially love finding ways to make my favorite restaurant food at home. I feel like I have somehow outsmarted the system. I can make a great, restaurant quality meal at home for my whole family for the price of one entree and tip at the restaurant. This week, my focus is on Applebee’s. […]