September 26, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 9/27, 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: Side jobs! […]

The Morning Show and a Big Talk

Over the last week, and the weeks leading up to last week, I’ve had a whirlwind of presentations in need of preparation. So I prepared. And practiced. And prepped some more. You see, I’m a bit of a reluctant speaker. I often get asked to talk to groups, but I haven’t said ‘YES’ until now. […]

Write Love Notes (269/365)

One of the most effective ways to cement our relationship and keep it strong is something incredibly simple that costs almost nothing and is something people have been doing for hundreds of years. I just write a little note for Sarah and stick it somewhere where she will find it later. Usually, it’s not a gushy love note. […]

Upromise Check Request Followup

This is just a quick followup to my post from a couple of months ago in which described the process of requesting a check from Upromise. In it, I noted that they send checks quarterly, on March 16th, June 15th, September 14th, and December 14th. Over this past weekend, an envelope from Upromise showed up in our mailbox. […]

6 Considerations Before Using Credit Cards in a Foreign Country

This is a guest article by Jason Steele. Jason is an expert in travel and credit cards. He contributes several of the top personal finance sites on the Internet including the blog at Credit Card Forum. In this article, Jason shares what everyone should know before using a credit card outside the United States. In the summer of 1987 I embarked on a teen tour by bicycle across the Canadian Rockies. […]

5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Good Investment Scam Mark

None of us likes to be scammed. However, there are scammers out there ready to separate you from your hard-earned money. It works because there are always those who fall victim to scams. Scammers seem to know just who to target. In a lot of cases, this is because good investment scam marks often have similar characteristics. Are you an ideal mark for an investment scam? You might be. […]

Personal Finance and Election Predictions

For a bit of election year fun, Credit Karma has done an analysis of credit behavior (credit scores and debt levels) on a red vs. blue state basis and then used the results to attempt to predict what will happen in the so-called swing states. In their analysis, they found that individuals from blue states have marginally higher credit scores (662 vs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Art Edition

The walls of my office are slowly becoming covered in child art. First, I hung up a rather nice comic strip that my six year old son drew. Then, my daughter drew an enormous rainbow heart with the word “Dad” on it and asked me to hang it up. This opened up the floodgates. […]

Rescheduling My Life: Grocery Delivery

On Sunday, I decided to take another shot at improving my time management skills. For as long as I can remember, time management has never been my strength. Always drawn to activities I find exciting, sometimes my responsibilities suffered. […]

Smithsonian Magazine Sponsors Free Museum Day

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine where you can get admission into participating museums across the country absolutely free. This year, Museum Day Live! will be this Saturday, September 29th, and you can see a list of participating museums here. To get admission for two, you will need to get a ticket here. […]

Side Gigs v. Day Jobs

This post is from new staff writer Honey Smith. If you’re in debt — especially if you’re in significant debt — frugality will only get you so far. To really make a dent, you have to increase your income. The option recommended most frequently on personal finance blogs I have read is freelancing or consulting on the side. Another option is a second job (usually hourly work of some kind). […]

Take One More Thing Seriously

When time and money are tight, it's natural to try to narrow down what you're trying to get done. I suggest experimenting with the reverse. (See also: Reverse Engineer the Best Time of Your Life) You've probably done this. When you feel over-stretched, your first inclination is to pitch over a couple of things that are using whatever resource seems most burdened. […]

After Your Wedding, Say Yes to Selling the Dress

As peak wedding season winds down, newlyweds may get a harsh reality check in the aftermath of their nuptials — the bill. Selling your dress can help recoup some of the costs from your wedding. It’s a growing trend among frugal brides who plan and pay for the ceremony. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Extra Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to make extra money, things you don't need to spend money on, and using social media to advance your career. Top 5 Articles 14 Ways to Make Extra Money — Want to make extra money? Market your photos online! […]

What is an Accredited Investor?

Recently I received the following email from a reader: In large part to your valued advice, my wife and I are approaching the SEC definition of an accredited investor.  We expect to surpass the $1MM threshold within the next 6 months and I’ve started to research the possible opportunities resulting from this achievement.  Of course, the first place I started was on your site but I wasn’t able t […]