March 12, 2010

ETF Investing: Why Exchange Traded Funds Are Part of My Portfolio

If you’re a first time investor, it’s best to start investing with mutual funds. Mutual funds offer a simple way to garner near instantaneous diversification, the liquidity to buy and sell whenever you want (within limits), along with professional management. In particular, you should consider index funds for their low-cost and tax efficient approach. […]

By Request: Five More Essential Crock Pot Recipes

A long time ago, after posting several articles about using a crock pot to save money and still produce great, quick meals, readers asked me to post ten of my favorite crock pot recipes. Since digging through my recipes and typing them out again in an comprehensible format takes a while, I started by posting five of them. And I never got around to posting the other five. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we spill some tips for sipping wine and other spirits for a little less than what you'd expect. Plus, we share the benefits of raised garden beds, a quick and cheap hurricane lamp tutorial, and habits for highly effective budgeting! Top 5 Articles How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste — Hey! […]

Avoid Budget Busters by Curbing Your Worst Impulses

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Frugality is the new status symbol, or at least it ought to be. It is green. It is compassionate. And it brings with it a financial margin for when life colors outside the lines. It helps bring us the priceless gift of serenity and contentment. […]

Don't Have Enough To Pay Your Taxes?

By Debbie Dragon What do you do when you finally get all of your information together to file your income taxes, and you find out that not only aren't you getting a tax refund, but you actually have to pay taxes?! […]

Your Investments: Seven Common Mistakes to Avoid

Barbara Marquand is a business journalist who writes for and other financial web sites. She frequently covers personal finance topics, bank industry trends, and credit card news. Even the brightest Wall Street mavens make investment errors, so don’t beat yourself up if you’ve made a financial misstep or two. […]

4 Deadly Mistakes You Must Avoid When Pursuing Your Dreams

By Henri Junttila In my last post I wrote about how you can find your passion, but today I want to focus on the mistakes people make while going after their dreams. If you can identify with any of these mistakes, you might want to get it corrected as fast as possible. […]

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.

If you’ve ever watched a television in the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen the 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. […]

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! […]