August 20, 2009

Cash for Clunkers – Ending Soon

Have you been thinking about taking advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program? If so, you’d better hurry… Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the program will end at 8PM on Monday due to dwindling funds. This program has been a mixed blessing for the auto industry. […]

A Call from Capital One

I don’t often post follow-ups to previous articles, especially after just a few days. But following Tuesday’s post on two-cycle billing, a couple of things happened that deserve mention. Understanding Grace Periods Several readers suggested that what I experienced was not two-cycle billing but the lack of a grace period. […]

Beyond Budgeting: Pocketsmith Helps You Forecast

By Lynn Truong note: PocketSmith is giving 5 Wise Bread readers a yearly Premium account. Read on for details. There are many financial tools and services that help you track your spending and stick to your budgets. But I'm one of those fortunate ones with very few expenses and have learned over the years how to curb my appetite for spending. So I never found use for tools like Mint and Wesabe. […]

The Personal Finance Toolbox

I like to think of one’s personal finance state as something like a toolbox. In order to accomplish a major task, one must use more than one tool from their toolbox to make it happen. Let me explain with a bit more detail. The Tools There are many, many different personal finance tools in one’s toolbox. […]

Is Buying a Foreclosed Property Realistic?

My wife and I enjoy our apartment, but we’re preparing for the day when we can make the jump to a house. We could use the extra space, and we’re ready to get away from some of the ticky-tack regulations and rules that landlords love to use. Financially, however, our preparation is lacking. […]

Regularly Check-In On Your Finances

Eric Ripert is part-owner and executive chef at Le Bernardin, one of four New York City restaurants to have been awarded 3 Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide NYC 2006. I first learned of Ripert after he appeared on one of my favorite shows, Bravo’s Top Chef, and started reading his blog, Avec Eric. […]

Vote for Wise Bread, JD, Jim and Lynnae For SXSW

By Will Chen South by Southwest (SXSW) is a wonderful music, film, and online media conference based in Austin, Texas.  For the upcoming SXSW, the organizers are going to let YOU vote on which panels get presented at the conference.  Wise Bread has put together several useful blogging panels that will help your blog make more money, get more social media love, and attract more readers. Please vot […]

Best Deals for Thursday 8/20/09

By Lynn Truong Today's WISEBUY.  J. Renee women's shoes $19.95 Today only. 6pm offers 200 styles of J. Renee women's shoes discounted up to 75% off. Shipping adds $6.95. Get the Blaze (pictured) for $19.95, down from $109.95! (via dealnews)   1. FREE Atomic Energy Bites Sample Pack Get 3 Soft Energy Orange/Raspberry Fruit Chews.   2. […]

Save Money on Travel Accommodations

By Debbie Dragon I don't know about you, but when I travel somewhere it's because I'm going to experience an attraction, see friends, or participate in an event for my business. I don't travel just to sleep in fancy hotel beds, and I prefer to keep as much of my travel budget available for entertainment as possible! […]

I’ll Do It Tomorrow

Tom left a great comment on the recent article about taking care of your things: How can you fight off “I’ll do it tomorrow”-ness? My lack of motivation makes me lazy, even though I see the benefits of not being like this. Procrastination is a big enemy of financial progress. It’s easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” about countless maintenance, frugality, and money management tasks. […]

Don’t Let Dealerships Mislead You About Cash for Clunkers

It’s debatable whether the Cash for Clunkers program, formally known as the “Car Allowance Rebate System” or the apt but unoriginal acronym “CARS,” will eventually be seen as successful either in terms of the economy or the environment, but it certainly has dealerships fired up. […]

What Got You to Get Better? Reasons for Change

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. […]

How to Minimize the Impact of Canceling A Credit Card

With the passing of the CARD Act, credit card companies have been responding by instituting purchase-based annual fees. Before the CARD Act, many issuers were trimming their books of inactive, low-activity, and risky credit card accounts. […]

How to Deal With a Bad Deal

Have you ever paid in advance for a service you had yet to receive, only to get screwed over in the end? Those of us who have been on the short side of this stick know that it’s never a fun experience! Fruh-strey-shun! As some of you already know, my wife and I have been a one car couple for over 8 months now. After an auto accident, my 2001 Jeep Cherokee was hurtin’ for certain. […]

Classic FMF, Part 2

I'm on my last vacation of the summer over the next few days and FMF will be taking a break with me. However, I thought I would highlight my most-often-referred-to posts, "classic Free Money Finance" if you prefer, once each day while I'm gone as a refresher before we get back to our regular programming next week. […]

Listen to monster big-band jazz for free

This past weekend I went up to DC with a friend from church to hear a free big-band jazz concert.  Three different bands were battling it out. The participants?  The Navy Commodores, the Army Blues, and the Airmen of Note. The talent on the stage was absolutely disgusting.  The drummers ranged from solid to Buddy Rich’s doppelgänger. The trumpet sections screamed. […]