October 8, 2012

Encourage Your Partner’s Frugality (281/365)

Whenever Sarah makes a financially smart choice, particularly one that involves her doing something outside of her usual comfort zone, I usually make an effort to compliment her on it. […]

Rescheduling My Life: Using Google Calendar for Better Time Management

Time management has never been my strength. Part of my approach to time management is rooted in my disdain for over-organization. I don’t want to treat my time as if I were on an assembly line. For most of my life, however, I was somewhat bound by daily schedules, just like most people. In school, classes began at certain times. […]

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Playoffs

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. Different hobbies than wife 2. Eliminating credit card debt 3. Handling comic book collection 4. Retiring overseas 5. Finances and relationships 6. Establishing credit 7. Personal belongings after death 8. […]

Happy Columbus Day

Wondering why banks are closed today? It’s Columbus Day. We’re celebrating the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas back in 1492, when he, of course, sailed the ocean blue. […]

Free Box Economics

On my way home from selling some magazines at Powell’s, I happened upon a whole street’s worth of free piles. First one, then another, then another. The second one was the jackpot, though. I saw the chair, a tall swiveling kitchen chair; it was just what I’ve been looking for, meant for my youngest son. He loves to swivel and has been asking me for a chair like that. […]

Beyond Goodwill: The Different Types of Thrift Stores

If you’re just getting started in the world of thrifting, the enormous variety of thrift stores can be overwhelming. It can be daunting to navigate through the used TVs, broken alarm clocks, plastic picnicware, and worn-out shoes before finding a real gem (but what a rush when you find that diamond in the rough!). […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Amazon

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on Amazon, cashing in on creativity, and saving money today. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways To Save Money On Amazon — Save money on Amazon by shopping the sales. [SavvySugar] 6 Ways to Cash in on Creativity — If you love photography, consider selling your photographs to make extra money. […]

Help a Reader: Where to Meet Solid Money Management Mates

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: A close female friend to our family (to point of being our child's guardian) is a level-headed, sensible, focused MBA. She is 38, single, has no kids, and is still looking for "Mr. Right". […]

My spending triggers are here. What are yours?

Free From Broke strongly recommends that you know what your spending triggers are.  Spending triggers are those situations, mindsets, or excuses that increase your tendency to make less-than-wise spending decisions.  The ones that are mentioned by name are: “I deserve it.” “Everyone else has one.” “I have this, so I need that.” “Hurry!  Sale ends soon!” I can usually see through these kinds of t […]