October 4, 2012

Give Your Marriage the Care and Feeding It Needs (277/365)

When you’ve been married for a number of years, the “new” feeling begins to wear off. You begin to get incredibly comfortable in the relationship and often begin to see your partner as just a completely natural part of your life. At that level of complacency, it’s easy to forget about the effort that it took to build up your relationship. […]

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables for Off-Season Enjoyment

We joined a CSA this year for the first time. When we learned that our share was not quite enough for our family of five, we decided to get another small share of a different CSA. Little did we realize that now we had almost too much produce! The dance to use up our produce before it went bad began. […]

Reader Mailbag: Red Team and Blue Team

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. Emergency fund storage 2. A design for life 3. Exercise on the cheap 4. Parenting blogs 5. Not caring about future 6. Other savings beyond 529s 7. Communicating about college savings 8. Sharing child tasks 9. […]

Creative Ways Your Kid’s Group Can Raise Money

Do you dread the sight of your daughter lugging home order forms for every imaginable sport and club she belongs to? […]

Smart Money Best Brokers 2012

Every year, Smart Money puts out their list of the best and worst brokers. We’ve taken a look at that each of the last four years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and this year the list doesn’t look that much different from the ones in year’s past. Smart Money 2012 Best Brokers Here is the list of the top ten, along with the remarks (here’s the chart): Fidelity – Top spot for third year running. […]

Should You Buy A Fixer-Upper?

Fixer-upper (noun). A home you purchase at a reasonable price, but one that requires an unreasonable amount of money in repairs and renovations. Okay, so I made up that definition, and it’s not always true. Buying fixer-uppers can get you more house than you would normally be able to afford at a reasonable price. They can be pleasantly inexpensive. […]

Healthcare Price Lists: A Short (but Useful) Guide

Consumers are taking on more and more responsibility for controlling their own healthcare costs. Many people have high-deductible health plans or consumer-directed health plans that come with high deductibles and high out-of-pocket expense caps, ranging from $1,250 (self-only) to $12,500 (family) in 2013. […]

9 Fun Activities to Help You Tighten Up Your Work Skills

After a few months of Summer Fridays or hitting the blacktop for weekend road trips, it can be tough to reel your brain back from the beach into office mode, so now's a great time to invest some energy in tightening up your work skills. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money on Travel

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on travel, how to keep your job, and foods that fight the flu! Top 5 Articles The 5 Best Ways To Save Money On Travel — Save money on travel by choosing your destinations wisely. [Money Spruce] How to Keep Your Job - 10 Tips in a Tough Economy — Want to keep your job in this economy? […]

Great Ways to Advertise Your Yard Sale

I’m in the process of packing for a cross-country move. By the time I was three boxes in, I was committed to making sure that I had to move as little as possible, so I scheduled a yard sale. I’m in a particularly tough location to rely on people driving by and stopping to shop — I live on a dead end with no through traffic. So I went into advertising mode. […]

Teaching Kids Financial Self-Discipline

The following is a guest post from Dr. Craig R. Everett, the author of Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune, an urban fantasy novel that introduces financial literacy principles to children ages nine and up. […]