Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 29-32

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

An Argument for Secondhand Store Clothes, Even If You Must Dress Nicely

Monica writes in: I don’t understand how you can recommend that people shop in thrift stores for clothes. The stuff there is usually worn out and just looks bad and outdated. I would never wear that stuff to work. It sounds to me like you’ve made up your mind about thrift stores and secondhand stores before even stepping inside the door. […]

Book Review: On a Dollar a Day

By Xin Lu Could you survive on one dollar's worth of food per day? Vegan high school teachers Kerri Leonard and Christopher Greenslate endured a one month experiment where each of them consumed one dollar of food per day. […]

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Giveaway Reminder: 5 Winners of Extreme Finance Package

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who has participated. The winners will be notified shortly.This week I will be giving away five “extreme finance packages” containing Quicken, TurboTax, and QuickBooks. Each winner will be able to choose their flavor of each piece of software.Today is the last day to enter to win this giveaway. […]

Your Take: Common Sense vs. FreeCreditReport.com

If you’ve ever watched a television in the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen the FreeCreditReport.com commercials with the guy playing the banjo. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Figure the Calculus of Kids?

I keep intending to retain “ask the readers” as a regular Friday feature — and I keep failing. You folks send me tons of great questions, and I’d love to share more of them. This week, for example, Lisa wrote with the following. “Having kids has made spending choices much more emotional and complex,” she says. […]

Show AND Tell: How to Raise Financially Responsible Kids

This is a guest post from WellHeeled of the Well Heeled Blog. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to her RSS feed or following her on Twitter. My earliest memory of personal finance (though I didn’t know the term at the time) was when I was in middle school. […]

Having a Bad Credit Score Can Cost You $200k

Here's a piece from MSN Money that says the lifetime cost of bad credit is over $200,000. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Mar 8

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

Join our SXSW Session and Win an iPod Nano

By Will Chen Join our SXSW session on Measuring Blogger Credibility for a chance to win a brand new iPod Nano!  The session is on this Saturday, March 13 at 12:30 pm at room 19b of the Austin Convention Center.  Come meet the Wise Bread crew! […]

Have A Cash Advance Payday Loan? Tips For Paying It Off

Imagine that you’re in a financial bind: would you be able to resist those ubiquitous ads around the web that entice you to “get a fast cash loan”? You may be one of those wondering how to get a personal loan in these tough economic times. […]

Help a Reader: House and Debt Decisions

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My husband and I own three homes.  We have a cash savings of $500,000.   Two homes are paid for: one in Florida on the inter coastal waterway and ocean and one in CAPE COD Chatham Massachusetts. The Chatham Massachusetts home was bought for summer income WHILE LIVING YEAR-ROUND ON THE Cape. […]

Bank of America Seizes Parrot, Owner Sues for $50,000

Bank of America is controlling the news cycle lately. First, the bank eliminated overdraft fees for debit card purchases. Now, the bank has apologized to a woman for seizing her parrot.Back in October, Bank of America believed Angela Iannelli was defaulting on her mortgage and she had abandoned her house. […]

Convenience Foods: What They Really Cost

Every time I visit the grocery store, I’m amazed to see how much of the fresh produce aisle is taken up with prepackaged fresh foods. You know what I’m talking about – bags of prewashed lettuce, pre-cut apples, pre-cut celery, pre-cut pineapple, and so on. I understand why such items are for sale – they’re convenient. […]

How Helping a Company Can Benefit You

By Katie Adauto Last month, I wrote about earning some extra money by taking free online surveys. The comments received regarding the article ranged from, "I love surveys, too" to "I never qualify for any." Like anything in life, you have to find what works for you. […]

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Working On My Taxes

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours working on my taxes.  Because my wife and I recently made our first new home purchase, we will be receiving the first-time homebuyer tax credit.  Instead of e-filing our return as we have for the past several years, the credit necessitates that we print out and mail in this years return.  From the IRS First-Time Homebuyer Credit website - […]

Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!

By Sonja Stewart This recipe is a fantastic substitute for regular flour tortillas. If you're sick of using the rough texture, (and small size) of corn tortillas, try this out. The texture of these are bendable, foldable, and so delicious, they'll be gone before you know it. […]