Wal-Mart Offering Check Cashing Services

Many Wal-Mart locations around the country now have Money Center departments. These developments create an incredibly convenient way to take your paycheck into the store, have it cashed at the Money Center, and use your cash for your shopping trip. […]

Exploring Why You Need Life Insurance and How Much You Need

The following is an excerpt from The Questions and Answers on Life Insurance Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Simple Answers for Your Complex Questions. Since this is a workbook (meant for you to fill in sections of it), you can't get the full meaning/impact in a basic blog post. […]

Three Urgent Home Repair Jobs, and Three You Can Skip (or at Least Delay)

When you think of the basics of a civilized family existence, a decent home is foundational. Doesn’t grace at your table frequently end with thanks for “the roof over our heads”? But not all home repair jobs are equally vital. The roof? Yes, you need a good roof. […]

Reader Mailbag: Focus On, Focus Off

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. Refinance timing question 2. Encouraging better financial choices 3. Old credit card debt 4. Nostalgia battles 5. Self control and financial drought 6. Risk and living off investments 7. Good customer rewards program 8. […]

Senate Panel Passes Postal Service Deal

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has passed a plan to help rescue the United States Postal Service, a plan that was introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. […]

New Capital Fund Pays Entrepreneurs’ Student Loans

A new venture capital firm is looking for a few — one hundred in the first five years — entrepreneurs from the recent crop of former students and people their age. Gen Y Capital Partners is looking for investment opportunities — “For Gen Y, by Gen Y” — to help start-up businesses grow. Any entrepreneur in the appropriate age group should consider this offer. […]

When $1 Million Isn’t Enough

Want to know how to make $1,000,000 a year and be stressed about not having enough? Read this post from one year ago by James Altucher about his friend Mike. It’s a quick read, very enlightening, and worth checking out (as is much of Altucher’s stuff). […]

Why I Still Pick Up Pennies

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. The most-read piece I ever wrote for MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog was an essay called “See a penny? Pick it up!” It got more than 1,657,000 hits before MSN changed blog platforms. […]

The Two Biggest Mistakes People Make When Starting to Live Frugally

"I've turned over a new leaf in life!" You exclaim from the highest mountain about your newly adopted frugal lifestyle. You've seen the light — possibly through dire financial necessity — and you understand that with a few lifestyle changes, you can live frugally with relatively no pain and lots to gain. Living frugally, after all, is en vogue. Brown-bagging is in, sushi is out. […]

10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise

Moms know that mayonnaise make an essential addition to tuna. But did you know that mayo has some great uses for around the house? Here are 10 uses I bet you weren't aware of. (See also: Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo) 1. Kill Head Lice A few years ago, I unfortunately got lice. I tried all the products that the local drug stores had to offer and found that nothing worked. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Be On a Gameshow

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to be on a gameshow, lifestyle changes that can help you travel more, and how to get rich. Top 5 Articles How to Be On a Gameshow (18 Shows Looking for Contestants) — Want to be on a gameshow? Consider trying out for Wipeout or Minute to Win It! […]

15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About

There are thousands of sites out there filled with career advice. From figuring out what you want to do and effectively networking to helping you get paid what you deserve, these sites can help you not only land a job you love, but do it better than everyone else. (See also: 25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job) For Beginners Don't know where to start? […]

What Happened This Summer?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. This summer many things that should do better over a long-term investment strategy did not. This situation is not unusual for one quarter's worth of time. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 11/10, 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 lessons from our grandparents. Learn about important money lessons, reusing items, and frugal skills. […]

Bank of America and FIA Services Hard to Deal With

In my last credit card change update, I told how Bank of America was already making things difficult for me -- and I didn't even have a card with them yet. Well a few things have transpired since then, so I thought I'd give you an update. Here's the status: I did get approved finally for the Citi card that offers 2% cash back on all purchases for the first year (then goes to 1%). […]

Citi Diamond Preferred Card $200 Credit and 18 Month Balance Transfer Offer

In a competitive credit card market, issuers compete with each other by increasing their benefits. After the Slate from Chase balance transfer offer became available, Citi responded with a sizable sign-up bonus for its balance transfer credit card. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher or Hand Washing

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Six Dangerous Habits Learned from Short Term Traders

It would be hard to find anybody who believes that short term traders don’t have a place in the investment markets but that doesn’t mean that their methods are appropriate for retail or part time investors. As new investors, we often look at how others make money and try to emulate those actions. This can be dangerous to those with little experience. […]

Could Someone Guess Your Social Security Number?

Not too long ago, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University conducted a study related to identity. They attempted to guess Social Security numbers using publicly available information. […]

Saving More Beats a Higher Yield

CNN Money addresses a question from a reader about how to best grow his retirement savings. CNN covers a variety of issues in their response, but they focus in on which is the better option -- saving more or having a higher return rate. Their thoughts: If you could do just one thing to improve your outlook, what would it be? […]