December 14, 2011

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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: Making financial decisions. Learn about how to make decisions, which debt to tackle first, and involving others in your decisions. […]

A Great Way to Save on Weddings that You're Bound to Hate

Here's a piece from US News that gives five ways to be a bridesmaid without going broke. The first one is an idea that I LOVE but that most people (especially women) will hate. It is: Just say no. It may sound harsh, but sometimes it's the best solution. Ask yourself if you'll still be friends with this person in 10 years. If the answer is no, consider responding with a polite decline. Ha! […]

Arizona to Audit Everyone Who Fails to Report Sales and Use Tax?

As a followup to my recent article about paying sales tax for online purchases, I wanted to highlight an interesting article from last summer that a reader named Heather pointed out in the comments section. In short, Arizona has added a dedicated line to their state tax returns for taxpayers to reporting unpaid use taxes. […]

16 Money Moves For Your Year End Financial Checklist

Sometimes, it may seem that you’ve barely blinked and it’s suddenly the end of the year already. I like to treat our household like a mini-company that needs a financial once-over by year’s end to make sure we’re still on track towards our goals. Consider it an annual financial checkup. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Reliable Items

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. […]

How to Get Great Bargains on Craigslist

What is your opinion of Craigslist? Does it seem like a cyber garage sale that is full of the garage sale type of people? […]

Holiday Shopping: Know Return Policies

In the excitement of the moment, it can be easy to forget that what you buy now can cause problems later. […]

Reader Profile: MS

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

USPS Closing 250 Mail Processing Centers, Longer Ship Times

The USPS announced that it would be closing roughly 250 of the almost 500 mail processing centers across the nation starting as early as March 2012. This is in addition to the planned closing of 3700 local post offices. In total, approximately 100,000 postal employees could be fired. Interestingly enough, these are all steps that the USPS can take on its own without Congressional approval. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sick Daughter Edition

My daughter got incredibly ill on Monday evening. She was completely lethargic and was losing liquid as fast as we could give it to her. We were considering taking her to the emergency room. Tuesday morning, she’s completely fine. […]

The Follies of Fortune Telling

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I grew up watching “60 Minutes” Sunday evenings, so like many people, I was saddened to hear of the death of commentator Andy Rooney last month. […]

Working From Home Can Benefit You and Your Company

In my old corporate job, upper-level management stressed the importance of work/life balance and flexible working arrangements. The idea of work/life balance stems from the idea that most corporate employees recognize that working in a cubicle is not all there is to life, and despite pressure from supervisors and bosses, family life is important, too. […]

11 Sure-Fire Ways to Save on Shipping

Back in college, I used to sell all sorts of products on eBay and thus developed keen understanding for how the post office worked. I didn’t do a tremendous amount of selling but as a lazy and poor college student, I did my best to make my shipping as efficient as possible. […]

How to Maximize the Value of Your Frequent Flier Miles

The only thing that puts a bigger smile on my face than traveling to an exotic destination is doing so for nearly nothing. Frequent flier miles can give us that opportunity, but only if we use them carefully. […]

11 Things That Are Worth the Money

Tough times have made us all a bit more cautious about whipping out our wallets on a whim. When it comes to spending with discretion, it's important to have priorities about things you think are worth the money, and those items or services that are not. Here are 11 things that I think are worth it. RELATED: 11 Things Not Worth the Money 1. […]

How to Invest a Windfall

The other day, I ran across an interesting article by Rick Ferri about how to go about investing a lump sum of cash. Should you dump it all in the market at once, or should you dollar cost average? Based on historical data, your highest expected return comes from investing it all at once. Of course, with higher expected returns comes more risk — and they’re just that, expected. […]

Best Money Tips: Easy Holiday Cocktails

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on setting up a holiday bar, tools to lower your electric bills, and ways that saying "No" could help your finances. Top 5 Articles Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: Hot Cocktails for Your Holiday Bar — Keep it simple (and frugal!) by serving wine, beer, and a signature punch or cocktail. […]

Why I Love Gift Cards: 5 Reasons Gift Cards Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

Gift cards tend to have a bad reputation, perhaps because the receiver thinks they are too impersonal. But I would much rather get a gift card (or cash) than something I can't use or clothing that doesn't fit. There's nothing worse than having to return a gift. […]

Working for a Non-Profit Not All It's Cracked Up to Be

The Wall Street Journal says that working for a nonprofit organization isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Their thoughts: Lured by the opportunity to serve a social purpose—and to improve their work-life balance—corporate workers are increasingly seeking jobs with nonprofits.The desire to do good or work more family-friendly and flexible hours may be driving the switch for many. […]