April 8, 2010

Your Guide to the New Wise Bread (Win $25 For Your Suggestions)

Welcome to the new Wise Bread! You have always told us that the best way to improve Wise Bread is to share more great tips. Your wish is our command. We're doubling the number of daily articles on Wise Bread in the next few months.  With our expanded layout, we'll be able to feature more money-saving tips than ever before. Need a tour? […]

Help a Reader: Retirement

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My husband and are 25 and 29 years old. As of right now we have nothing saved for retirement (well, aside from 1k in a Roth IRA that I'm about to take out because it's making like a penny a year in interest). We're self employed as wedding photographers. […]

Reader Story: Discovering the Power of Compound Interest

The reader stories I’ve been featuring on Sunday for the past three months seem to be a resounding success. Instead of being the only one to read your triumphs and failures, the rest of the GRS community can share them, too. I have no plans to expand this feature beyond Sunday, but I’m making an exception today. […]

Why Do You Buy?

What’s the single most important piece of personal finance advice you would give a person? I’ve heard this question (or variations on it) many times. […]

Wise Bread Launching New Design: No Commenting Until 7:00 pm PDT

By Will Chen We're switching over to a new design this afternoon.  You should be able to browse Wise Bread as usual, but the commenting function for the articles has been turned off until 4:00 pm PDT (update: 7:00 pm PDT).  Please check back at 7:00 to see our new exciting design! This week's Thursday afternoon Tweetchat has been canceled due to the upgrade. […]

Hottest New Money Maker: The Plunder Funnel

What happens when you take a pyramid and turn it upside down? That’s right… you have a funnel. A plunder funnel. […]

Plunder Funnel

Want a quick laugh this afternoon? Check out Consumerist's funny "Plunder Funnel" video! ;-) […]

Airline Ticket Pricing Flap: Extra Fees For Carry On Baggage?

Many thanks to Lazy Man from Lazy Man and Money for sharing his thoughts on airline ticket pricing and the extra charges that travelers may soon see at ticket counters! Maybe one budget travel tip should be to avoid airlines that charge for carry on baggage! […]

Reverse ABA Routing Number Lookup

The ABA routing number, also known as the routing transit number, is a nine digit number associated with a financial institution. If you look at a personal check, it’s one of the three numbers at the bottom of the check (the others are the check number and your account number). […]

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Are You Middle Class?

Yahoo asks if you're middle class and lists the following stats to help you answer the question: Income - For the 50 percent of families in the middle of the scale, household income ranges from $51,000 to $123,000 for a typical four-person, two-parent family. The median is about $81,000. […]

Reader Mailbag: Critical Mass of Stuff to Do

My biggest problem in terms of personal organization: whenever my “must be done” list reaches a certain length, I have this incredibly strong desire to just shut down and give up. If I can handle things in manageable chunks, things are good. […]

15 Awesome Storage Solutions for Under $10

Dealista MP3:  Dealista #32: How to Create New Storage Solutions on a Budget ShareThisThis article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. […]

Would You Pay? The Brave New World of Online Music

If you've been anywhere on the internet over the last several years, you've probably heard about the difficulties music companies are having in getting people to pay for the music they download. […]

Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

With one week before the deadline, many people are just starting to think about filing their tax return. The problem I’ve often encountered with waiting to the last minute is it’s easy to miss important items. Many years ago, I filed in the manual style: my only tools were a calculator and pencil. […]

2009 Richest Counties in America

I was a little surprised to learn that my home county, Howard County, MD, was the third richest county by median income based on 2008 data released by the American Community Survey. […]

Struggling with Time-Debt

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I recently found myself, late one night, staring at my computer screen with a sinking, hard feeling in my stomach and a bad taste in my mouth. A familiar bad taste. The taste of debt. […]

How Much House Can You Afford?

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. (A sidebar is at the end in red.) Housing is the largest expense in most families' budgets. […]