Reader Mailbag: Winter Recedes

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. Refinancing questions 2. Selling stuff 3. Market price for old collectibles 4. Paying off low interest cards 5. 53, single, and moving forward 6. On Wisconsin 7. Wedding registry questions 8. Parenting blogs 9. […]

Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style

Stylish people with a frugal streak know that building a wardrobe around classic cuts and chic, quality basics is the best way to save money while dressing like you mean business. […]

6 Simple Seafood Appetizers to Impress Your Guests

Seafood isn’t as expensive as you think it is (especially if you wait until it’s on sale at the supermarket), and it makes an elegant addition to any party when served as an appetizer. To make your (Academy Awards?) soiree a little swankier — without spending too much more — here are six from-the-sea-inspired starters to give your guests so […]

Best Money Tips: Make Extra Money From Home

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on making extra money from home, working giving into your budget, and ways to spend your tax return. Top 5 Articles 21 Ways Make Extra Money From Home — Make some extra money from home by writing an eBook. […]

Bank Branches Abandon Poor Communities

Whether banks are still dealing with the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, merging with other institutions, or taking advantage of increased automation opportunities, brick and mortar bank branches are closing more frequently than new locations are opening. […]

Studio Apartment Living: A 5-Point Survival Guide

There are already a lot of great resources for small-space and apartment living here on Wise Bread. But I'd like to take a moment to tackle the unique challenges of that cost-effective, and often-mocked living space, the humble studio apartment. […]

Watch Out for these Expired Tax Breaks

During the last two years, many of us have become accustomed to a number of tax breaks that were instituted to help during a time of economic difficulty. However, these tax breaks were never meant to last forever — and they haven’t. Tax breaks that you might have been counting on are disappearing, and you might be in trouble. In some cases, the disappearing tax breaks are a bit of a nuisance. […]

It’s “America Saves” Week: Our 10 Favorite Savings Posts

Welcome to America Saves Week 2011. Are you doing your part by setting some money aside? If not, here's some help. […]

Approaching Retirement With No Savings?

I recently received the following e-mail recently from “R”: I will be 55 yrs old in another month (ugh!) and have made very poor financial choices in my life. Because of that, I have very little retirement savings (about $8,000), nothing in my savings account, have a job where I live paycheck-to-paycheck. I do have great computer skills, but no college degree. […]

Setting Your Homebuying Priorities – Price, Quality, Location: Pick Any Two

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to real-estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. Previously on GRS, Tim has written about renting vs. buying and renting in a new city. […]

Save Your Social Security Payroll Tax Cut

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. This year the government reduced Social Security taxes by 2%. More than 150 million workers will receive up to $2,136 each. The assumption is we can spend our way out of unemployment. […]

How To Keep Your Sanity As A Busy Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs, does multitasking get in the way of your focus? How do you maintain your sanity and focus on the work you are doing when you wear many hats? Multi-tasking is an important skill to have, particularly if you are a small business owner. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/24, 12pm Pacific for 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 ideas. Having fun doesn't have to cost a fortune. […]

10 Money Lessons from Music Lyrics

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. When you’re looking for personal finance advice, you probably check out books and websites like GRS, but what about turning on the radio? Recently, I wrote about the cost of love and mentioned several songs with lyrics about love and money. […]

Interesting Money Facts, Part 3

In the book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down, author Christine Romans list sets of facts (throughout the book) that she calls "Romans' Numeral". Today I'll be sharing a few of these and giving my comments on them. Here goes: 18 percent - The share of Americans expected to meet all of their financial needs in retirement. Yikes! […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #4: Minimize Electronic Temptations

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Even after making the physical credit cards difficult to access, I was still left with another problem: Amazon One-Click ordering. […]

What is the Tax Form 1040?

Welcome to the inaugural post in our Tax Form series, a new, somewhat dry, tax series in which we take a look at all the various tax forms the IRS uses. I know it sometimes isn’t the most exciting of topics but understanding the various tax forms is absolutely crucial if you want to do your taxes. […]

Discover More Cash Back Reward Categories for 2011

This is just a quick note to share with you the 2011 Discover More cash back rewards calendar for 2011. For those that are unaware, the Discover More card offers a base level of “up to 1% cash back” on all purchases, with 5% cash back in specific, rotating categories. As with most other reward credit cards, you also have to opt-in for the bonus rewards on a quarterly basis. […]

7 Ways to Save Money on Gas

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Middle East. Protests around the region are threatening regimes, and that is leading to possible instability in terms of oil supply. Indeed, violence in Libya has prompted some oil companies to evacuate non-essential personnel and their families. […]

Citi Forward® Card Review

While it may sound counter-intuitive for a credit card issuer to promote responsible spending and credit usage, Citi has decided to provide a credit card with this approach. The Citi Forward® Card is unique in that it rewards cardholders for making their credit card payments on time as well as staying within their credit limit. […]