October 18, 2012

Host a Game Evening (291/365)

Aside from the potluck dinners – and sometimes in conjunction with them – we also host regular game nights at our house. We invite some people over, pull out a few board or card games, and sit around socializing and playing games for several hours. We usually serve food and beverages at our game nights, usually consisting of either a potluck dinner or a snack buffet. […]

Paywalls: Would you pay $20 to read a newspaper online?

Go ahead and call me a news junkie freeloader, ’cause I love to read my newspapers online for free. And why shouldn’t I? Up until a few years ago most prominent newspapers were happy to publish well-researched stories written by talented journalists, and just give them away to online freeloaders like myself, for free. I believe these media outlets called us digital mooches ‘guests’. […]

Consider Selling Your Car & Going Car-less

Americans have a love affair with their automobiles. One of the first ways people want to show off their economic status is through buying a nice vehicle. Even the poorest college student is likely to have a car, though it may be a bit worse for wear. […]

Reader Mailbag: Late Night Writing

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. Figuring out fuel efficient route 2. Leaving poisonous family situation 3. Road trip with kids 4. Maximizing retirement without 401(k) 5. Inexpensive board games? 6. Thinking games with kids 7. […]

No Student Loan Relief in Sight: Work on Getting a Free College Education

The student loan debt situation has spiraled out of control, with many college students saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The costs of higher education are ever rising, and more students are questioning the decision to take on debt for their education. […]

3 Reasons to Dump Your Checkbook

I don’t write personal checks unless I have no choice (or the alternative is expensive). Whenever possible, I use something electronic, like bill pay, so that I can reduce the amount of paper I’m mailing around in the postal system. While I’ve been fortunate never to have been confronted with a problem using checks, I don’t want to tempt fate by continuing to use them. […]

Being a landlord: Is it worth it?

This is a guest post from Holly Johnson. Holly is a 32-year-old wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She blogs about saving money, frugal habits, and whatever is on her mind at ClubThrifty.com. In 2006, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We put 10 percent down ($8,500) on a small brick ranch in the same Midwestern community that we call home. […]

What You Must Know Before Transferring Credit Card Balances

One of the ways you can get a break on your credit card interest rate is to transfer your balance from a high interest rate card to one with a lower interest rate. Many credit card issuers offer 0% APR balance transfer deals in the hopes that you will move your money. Before you take the plunge, though, you need to know exactly what you are getting into. […]

Infographic: How Much We Spend on Halloween

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-by-the-numbers Americans will spend $8 billion on Halloween this year. How much candy will you be eating? […]

Money and Marriage

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington. Maybe I’m not the best person to give advice about money and marriage. Maybe it’s been too easy for me. After all, in 26 years of marriage, we haven’t argued much, especially about money, and we’ve never gotten into money trouble. Then again, maybe that’s because we’ve done a few things the right way. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways You're Wasting Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways you're wasting money, how to control your emotions when shopping, and saving on Christmas shopping. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways You're Wasting Money — Do you find yourself throwing away food? If so, you are wasting money. […]

Checking Out Annuities

Shortly after posting The False Promises of Annuities and Annuity Calculators, I ran into this piece from CNN Money. In it a reader writes in and asks whether or not an annuity is right for him. […]