August 20, 2012

Know Exactly What You Can Afford Before You Look (232/365)

When Sarah and I first had a sense that we might be interested in buying a home, we simply opened up the real estate listings and started looking. We didn’t discriminate too much, but we did find ourselves mostly looking at more expensive homes. […]

Moving to Another Town to Find Singles (Rich or Otherwise)

There are many reasons to move from one city or town to another. I would expect moving for a job is one of the most popular reasons. […]

Nine Ways to Save Money on the Summer BBQ Party

Summer might be half over, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy a barbecue party, and really, what says summer more than gathering with friends and family and enjoying some food on the grill?  I look forward to it all winter long. You might be reluctant to host a barbecue party if your money is tight or you don’t like to spend a lot of cash, but there are plenty of ways you can save.  Consi […]

20 Tasty ways to love your slighted leftovers

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. The environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. Leftovers. Those uneaten consumables, odd pieces, and surplus scraps can often raise eyebrows, upturn nostrils, and elicit stink-eyes. […]

Bank of America Adds Mobile Check Deposit

As a followup to last week’s post noting that Vanguard had added remote check deposit, I wanted to point out that Bank of America has also (finally!) added this functionality. In fact, they rolled this out for both iOS and Android a couple of weeks ago and I completely missed it. I had a few checks lying around so I decided to test it out. […]

What Insurance Do You Need When You Travel?

It’s been awhile since I’ve traveled outside the country, but I do like to take frequent trips in the United States. Whenever you travel, it’s a good idea to make sure that you are protected. […]

Financial Literacy: Is There Ever Enough?

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. “So… what do you do?” the high school athletes with whom I work will ask me while we’re running together at practice. Or they’ll ask me what I write about, having only heard obliquely my reference to my occupation. “Lots of stuff,” I’ll say. […]

Reader Mailbag: Writing in the Car

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Wedding spending concerns 2. Unusual name 3. Planning for the next step 4. Discussing inheritance 5. Budgeting board games 6. Expensive shampoo 7. Thick and thin crust 8. Reading the archives 9. Investment houses 10. […]

How to Value Your Charitable Donations

Over the weekend I spent some time scanning and shredding my backlog of financial paperwork. While doing this, I ran across a document from the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program explaining how to value donations for tax purposes. […]

Credit Card Signup Bonus Hunting Hurts Credit Score

If you were in the market for a credit card before the Great Recession, you probably remember the rich rewards companies were offering for you to use their card. Credit was flowing freely and unless you were being paid a $100 gift card to sign up for a card, it probably wasn’t even worth your time! […]

Frugal Changes You Don't Want to Make — But Can

We all know there are frugal changes we should be making but just don't want to. Some require just a little too much forethought, a little too much sacrifice, and let's be honest — they are just a little too inconvenient. After the initial hump of discomfort, these frugal changes can easily become a part of your daily life. […]

30 Signs That You Were Raised by Frugal Parents

Frugal folks come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some were raised in typical American families with traditional buying and spending habits and came to embrace frugality much later in life. Others were raised by parents or grandparents who made simplicity part of everyday life — from the way they cooked and cleaned to the way they fixed their cars and celebrated holidays. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Save Money at the Airport

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money at the airport, changing habits, and DIY color-catching laundry sheets. Top 5 Articles 3 Tips for Saving Money at the Airport — Set a limit on the amount of money you spend at the airport — and on the plane! […]

10 Tasty Meat Substitutions That Won't Break the Bank

Those exploring healthy eating alternatives such as a plant-based diet or people wanting to save money on meat expenses often stumble in their efforts when it comes to meat substitutions. While replacing meat in your diet can feel overwhelming at first, there are numerous ways to go. […]

The Career Pros and Cons of Social Media Postings

When I posted A Real-Life Example of Why You Need to Be Careful What You Put on Social Media Sites somewhere around half of the commenters felt that I was making a mountain out of a molehill -- that employers don't really look at social media sites when they consider hiring new workers (to be clear, some people argued that employers shouldn't do this -- they sometimes weren't clear on whether or n […]