October 1, 2012

Plan a Wedding Centered Around Loved Ones, Not Stuff (274/365)

I can’t think of a better way to talk about this tactic than to talk about my own wedding. Every single good memory I have of my wedding involves people. The center of it all, of course, is Sarah. […]

7 Ways to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

A decade ago, cell phones were just gaining in popularity; now, according to Pew Internet, “83% of American adults have some type of cell phone” and “35% of American adults have a smartphone.” Many American households have dropped their home land lines in favor of using their cell phones exclusively. […]

Financial Planning Days

Throughout the month of October — assuming you live in or near a participating city — you can get free financial help from a CFP as part of the CFP Board’s “Financial Planning Days.” In short, volunteer CFPs are providing extended workshops on a wide variety of topics. Many of these “Financial Planning Days” will take place on Saturdays throughout the month, though there are evening workshops in s […]

Reader Mailbag: Camping

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. Fundraisers 2. Historical figures worth reading about 3. To move or not? 4. Establishing routine with children 5. Target credit card 6. Online overspending 7. Hitting bottom 8. Podcast organization? 9. Splitting home rent 10. […]

Winning the McDonald’s Monopoly Game

This is a bit random, but… Our two oldest kids had early morning doctor’s appointments today so my wife and I took them to McDonald’s for breakfast on the way from there to school. As you may or may not be aware, ’tis the season for the McDonald’s Monopoly game, which is probably their most popular promotion of the year. […]

Joe Biden’s Net Worth vs. Yours: Bad Comparison

Recently, J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy pointed out that you may have a higher net worth than Joe Biden, the Vice President. Biden’s net worth is about $215,000, lower than one might expect for a person in his position, and that’s due to his debt load. I could name a few financial oversharers who have listed a higher net worth, myself one. […]

Should You Buy or Lease a Car?

For most Americans, the cost of owning a car (or cars) falls second only to maintaining housing expenses. Generally, you’re left with either buying a vehicle (new or used) or leasing. While leasing is often considered the most expensive decision over time, there are many happy drivers who wouldn’t think of buying a car. […]

McDonald’s Monopoly Game Board

We’re continuing our 2012 McDonald’s Monopoly Game coverage by introducing our new game board. There are so many rules, terms and data related to the game that we figured we’d make it easy for you and lay it all out in a visual way that (hopefully) is easier to digest and understand. As you can see, we tried to replicate the Monopoly board as much as we legally could and have all the correct prope […]

Why I hate consumer contracts

A problematic prepay I was going over my old files the other day and found a bill for “Sunrocket,” a long-defunct Internet phone company that charged me $244 for a year’s worth of service and proceeded to close shop a couple of weeks later. They just disconnected service and stopped answering the phones. No message, no warning, nothing. […]

5 Free Handy Coupon Apps — Don’t Leave Home Without One

Clipping coupons can be time-consuming and quite the chore. I’ve seen my wife spend a good hour at the kitchen table, checking out the different offers and clipping and organizing the ones we need. (We won’t even go into the extreme couponers who spend hours and hours every day clipping and shopping with them.) Then, of course, you have to remember to bring them with you when you shop. […]

Want to Watch Tons of Movies for Free? Go VHS.

If you’re a movie junkie, you have might have already exhausted the seemingly endless supply of free streaming content available from sites like Hulu. It may also be that you crave something vintage or out of production. […]

Best Money Tips: Financial Tasks to Tackle When Preparing for a Baby

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on financial tasks to tackle when preparing for a baby, cheap foods to avoid, and ways to be a coupon hero. Top 5 Articles And Baby Makes Three: 5 Financial Tasks to Tackle When Preparing for a Baby — When preparing for a baby, take the time to create a baby budget. […]

Your Take: Food in Theaters

Here's a conversation we haven't had in a while, but is always sure to create a heated conversation. Perfect stuff for a blog. :)A few years ago I asked if it was ethical to sneak food/drink into a movie theater. There was feedback from a theater employee who said it was ok, but when I emailed my local theater, they said it was not allowed. […]