May 9, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/10, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

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: Mother's Day. Learn about shopping for gifts, homemade cards, and frugal activities to do with your mom this Mother's Day. […]

Don’t Sign Up For Store Credit Cards Just for That One Time Bonus (129/365)

A few weeks ago, I had to buy a new belt. My old one was simply on the verge of falling apart and belts are fairly rare items to come across in used clothing shops. I sometimes will buy a belt from a local department store, but I usually find that something goes wrong with a cheap belt before very long. […]

The Best Way to Pay for What You Buy

The following is an excerpt from Securing Your Financial Future: Complete Personal Finance for Beginners courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. All Rights Reserved. In previous chapters we’ve talked about how to control your spending through budgeting and the importance of spending your money wisely by becoming a smart, well-informed consumer. […]

How to Consolidate Your 401(k)s in to an IRA

There’s a better than average change that you won’t spending your entire adult life working for the same company. […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress for May 2012 with Chart

Two years and two months ago my wife and I purchased our very first home.  We love our new home – and we are working hard to pay off our mortgage. We have a conventional, fixed-rate 15-year mortgage. Our goal is to pay it off our mortgage in less than ten years. As of May 9, 2012, we have made 26 regular monthly mortgage payments. […]

Pros and Cons of Credit Cards

Credit cards are the prevalent form of payment in our country. However, in spite of their convenience, there are some drawbacks to credit cards. While some contend that credit cards are pure evil, the truth is that they are tools. […]

Wealthy Families Apply for Private School Financial Aid

There is a perception among many families that private elementary and high schools are worth the costs of tuition even though public school is comparatively free to attend (not including taxes and bake sales). That’s a debate that will never end. […]

Help a Reader: Loan Repayment or Savings

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Recently, I've had some issues with choosing whether to repay my college debt aggressively OR pump money into a savings account.  I'll give a little bit of background that may be necessary.  I'm 23 years old living at home so I do not have any rent expenses although I plan to move out towards the end of the year/beginning of 2013.  I have 10k s […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sunburn Edition

In the last few days, I’ve attended and coached multiple youth soccer games, taken a group of children to the zoo, entertained a much-loved houseguest, assisted in constructing a building, and organized a complicated trip. I’m sunburnt and tired and my feet hurt. Yet, somehow, I feel pretty good, too. Broken Open to Greatness: Transforming Tragedy into Triumph I don’t think people are really inte […]

Vita Coco Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

What happens when you “misrepresent the health benefits and nutritional content” of your product? You get sued. And then you settle. That’s exactly what happened to All Market Inc, maker of Vita Coca Coconut Water. They recently settled a class action lawsuit (Fishbein v. All Market Inc. […]

What’s the Lowest Possible Credit Score?

Dave Ramsey is famous for claiming that he has a credit score of zero, by which he means he avoids credit all together. […]

20 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Frozen Mixed Vegetables

When it comes to cheap food, frozen mixed vegetables are pretty tough to beat. They’re right up there with other well-known cheapies like frozen spinach, split peas, black-eyed peas, and even frozen broccoli. Here are my top 20 picks. I look forward to hearing yours in the comment section below. (See also: 20 Great Once-a-Month Cooking Recipes) 1. […]

When to Buy Disposable

It's a question I struggle with — when should I buy disposable, and when should I buy stuff made to last? My first impulse is always to to buy stuff made to last. That hits the right note in at least two ways. Over the long term, it ought to be cheaper, plus it ought to produce less impact on the environment, by using less resources and by taking up less landfill space. […]

Best Money Tips: Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on working out without over working your budget, saving money every month, and where you can listen to music for free. Top 5 Articles How to Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget — Instead of purchasing a treadmill or gym membership, get outside and run. […]

7 Ways to Get Fit With Your Dog

As you might imagine, it’s hard to keep my two dogs exercised and active living in the city. My husband and I live on the fourth floor of a condo building in New York City with no outdoor space of our own, and the park that we prefer to take the dogs to is about 30 blocks away. […]

How to Make Your Resume Last Longer than Six Seconds

Moneyland highlights a recent study that says recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. The study used a scientific technique to analyze how long professional recruiters reviewed candidate profiles and resumes. It found that recruiters scan quickly for education requirements and career progression. […]