October 9, 2012

Show Your Love Frequently Instead of Something Big Once in a While (282/365)

It’s easy to fall back on the big moments to show your partner that you care. You spring for a big gift on your anniversary. You buy flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. You help the kids create something special on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The rest of the time, though, can easily be filled with complacency. […]

5 Homemade, Low Cost Children’s Halloween Costumes

We have already shared some homemade, low cost baby and toddler Halloween costumes, and today we would like to round out the bunch and share some children’s Halloween costumes. […]

Free Book About Social Security

This is just a quick note to let you know that Mike Piper from Oblivious Investor has published another book in his “…in 100 Pages or Less” personal finance series. This one, which is called “Social Security Made Simple,” is aimed at helping you get the most out of your Social Security benefits. I’m bringing this up for two reasons. […]

How to Move from Unbanked to Banked

One of the trends on the rise recently has been an increase in the number of consumers who are unbanked. There are several reasons that people join the ranks of the unbanked. […]

Teaching Kids About Money

Most people who learn about proper money management as an adult learn the hard way. A common thread in stories about personal financial recovery is a journey to “rock-bottom.” Often, a financial crisis is necessary to motivate people to change behavior and learn to be responsible for their financial condition and their path towards improvement. […]

The Giant Christmas List: Curbing Impulses

Last year, as Christmastime was approaching, our two oldest children wrote letters to Santa listing all of the things they wanted. Our oldest child was mostly able to write the letter on his own, but our middle child needed someone to dictate for her. In any case, both of our children ended up creating a list that was thirty or forty items long. […]

Money-Saving Idea is One for the Books

I believe there’s a fail safe way of identifying people who are better money managers than others. The better money managers, generally speaking, are those who regularly patronize their towns’ and cities’ libraries. […]

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Your Kids for Your Small Business

If your home business is like mine, then kids are constantly running around it.  And if you’re a natural business thinker with older children at home, then you’ve either considered or implemented a plan in which your children act as employees. […]

Fun McDonald’s Monopoly Game Trivia

When McDonald’s started their Monopoly game in 1987, it blew people’s minds. Here was a fast food chain offering prizes for eating their food! […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Note: This post is from Get Rich Slowly founder J.D. Roth. I’ve been traveling for more than a month now. While much of this travel has been for pleasure — I spent three weeks in Turkey with my cousin — there’s been plenty of work involved too. While I’ve been traveling, I’ve also been writing — and networking with other bloggers. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are the Best Gifts for Women?

Congratulations to Monique, Marybeth, and Lynda for winning this week's contest! Editor's Note: For the next few weeks, we will be doing a gift giving series on Ask the Readers and will focus on the best gifts for certain demographics! Ask the Readers: What are the Best Gifts for Women? is part two of our series! Finding the perfect gift for your mom, sister, or girlfriends can be tough. […]

Life Is Like Investing in the Stock Market

Remember that famous quote in "Forrest Gump"? Forrest said, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" While I believe there's lots of truth to that statement, I'm going to modify that quote to try and get you to think differently. Here's my version — "Life is like investing in the stock market. […]

What Are Secured Credit Cards?

There's a reason plastic is so prevalent as a payment method. Cards are small, convenient, and accepted at a wide variety of merchants. But even though various credit cards, prepaid cards, and debit cards look similar and are used the same way, they are not the same. A secured card, unlike an unsecured card, is connected to a bank account. […]

Best Money Tips: Enjoy the Movies for Cheap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on enjoying the movies for cheap, ways for consumers to save money, and the best items to buy now. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Enjoy the Movies for Cheap — Enjoy the movies on the cheap by buying less snacks. […]

My First Property Purchase Goes South

I've detailed how I decided to become a rental real estate investor as well as the process I  use to select potential rental units. Today I'm going to give you specifics on my first rental property  purchase.As you may recall, I agreed to set aside $300,000 to invest in rental real estate. […]