February 8, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/9, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win $200

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win $200 in prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: How People Land in Debtsville. We'll talk about mistakes people in debt make, "keeping up with the Joneses," and setting a monthly budget. […]

Tricky Tactics by Mutual Funds

We've talked a lot about index fund investing and, specifically, how they beat most actively managed funds over a long period of time once costs are deducted from returns. As well as they do, Wise Bread thinks index funds probably beat more actively managed funds than is generally accepted because of some tricky tactics by those other funds. […]

Use Public Transportation (38/365)

When I was in college – and for the first several months of my post-college career – I was an avid user of public transportation. I would ride the bus to work every day like clockwork. For many semesters, I would catch a bus at about 7:48 AM or so. […]

Get $25 “Free” from Google by Sharing Your Web Surfing Data

Nope. Not one of those “get paid to work for Google” scammy ads. You can get up to $25 in Amazon gift card from Google by signing up to their Screenwise panel. Essentially you get $5 for downloading the Chrome browser and installing the extension. […]

Basic Rules to Make Your Portfolio More Tax Efficient

If you’re a do it yourself investor, you probably know a thing or two about stock selection but might not have given much thought to the tax implications of your investment actions. You should never pick investment products with the tax advantage as your primary reason. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action 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 the post was submitted. […]

Financial Options for the Unbanked

One of the issues that has been coming up lately in the world of finances is that of consumers who are “unbanked.” The unbanked are those who do not use banking services. […]

Own Your Investments, Rent Your Fun

I’m not sure where I first heard it, but whenever I get the urge to “invest” in a lake place, or do something similarly extravagant, I always fall back on this saying: “Own your investments and rent your fun.” I’ve mused in the past about buying a vacation home, but the harsh reality is that such endeavors are rarely as wonderful as you’d expect. Yes, it would be great to have a weekend getaway, b […]

Worst Money Advice Ever

MSN Money lists six stories of people telling the worst financial advice they ever received. […]

Amazon.com Retail Stores: Another Threat to Small Businesses?

I was torn when Amazon.com, the online-only retailer for books, music, and movies, became popular. I liked the convenience, but it was clear that local brick-and-mortar bookstores would have difficulty competing with Amazon’s prices in the long term. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Marriage Advice Edition

If I had to give someone advice on how to keep a marriage in good shape, here’s what it would be. Every day, do two things. One, tell your spouse that you love them and tell them something specific about them that you love. Two, spend half an hour doing something that helps them in some way and expect no compliments or comment from it – do it just because you care about that person. […]

Is Retirement Just Too Dang Risky?

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’ve been saving for retirement since my mid-20s, and I write a retirement-planning newsletter every month. […]

Soft Credit Check vs. Hard Credit Check

If you’ve done enough research about credit scores, you’ve probably heard the term “soft credit check” and “hard credit check.” They’re sometimes referred to as “soft pulls” or “hard pulls,” but the terms mean the same thing. A soft credit check is any check of your credit score or report that doesn’t affect your score. It’s soft because it doesn’t hurt, things that hurt are hard. […]

15 Tested Tips for Creative Efficiency

Creative pursuits and efficiency don't always seem to go together; in fact, our age-old wisdom tells us that in order to be truly creative, we need wide open swaths of time, unbounded by other obligations like work, kids, and the need to get dinner on the table. […]

How to Select the Best Jeans for Your Money

It's awesome to score a pair of jeans for super cheap, but it's even more satisfying if you know that pair will last you for a long time. But how can you really know what the longevity of your jeans is before they actually get put into regular wardrobe rotation? […]

Best Money Tips: Managing the Family Shopping Chore

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on managing the family shopping chore, financial benefits to being sick, and having a productivity routine. Top 5 Articles Tips for Managing the Family Shopping Chore — Manage shopping for your family easily by only buying what is on your list of things to buy. […]

Where Do You Stand on These Financial Ratios?

Dough Roller lists a set of financial ratios and gives guidelines on where each of us should stand in relation to them. These can be used as a sort of financial check-up to see if you're on track. […]

Mr. Rebates is turning 10 … and giving away $10,000

I’ve talked about Mr. Rebates before many times.  This website, which has now been around ten years, allows you to save money online through thousands of stores simply by clicking through Mr. […]