November 1, 2012

Try Warehouse Shopping (305/365)

Sarah and I have been members of Sam’s Club since we were in college. It’s the only warehouse club within fifty miles of us. Over the course of a few weeks, we’ll build up a list of items that we need to buy in bulk. Toilet paper. Whole grain bread. Paper towels. Snack bars for our children’s backpacks. Pens. Printer paper. […]

Open Enrollment in Full Swing

I’m not sure about you, but my employer’s open enrollment period is in full swing. In fact, there’s just over a week remaining for those that want to change their elections. I’m not sure about you, but we’re not changing anything — at least not in terms of our health insurance. […]

4 Unexpected Uses for a Roth IRA

Most people know that a Roth IRA is a great retirement investment if your income is below $110,000 if filing as a single person or if you and your spouse’s income is below $173,000 if married and filing jointly. What makes the Roth so attractive is that since you’re putting in after tax dollars, you can withdraw the money tax free in your retirement. […]

Three Things to Do When Your Bank Gets Eaten

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington. This spring, my bank got eaten. I was very upset. By eaten, I mean taken over by another bank. I shouldn’t have been shocked that this kind of thing happened – after all, I spent over twenty years in the investment business, so I saw plenty of merger and acquisition activity. […]

Predicting 5 of the Hottest Toys for the Holidays 2012

Every year, it seems as though there are a few toys that everyone just goes crazy for. And, once these toys are identified, they fly off the shelves. They are hard to find — and may even sell out. […]

Price Gouging: How to Know and What to Do

Price gouging is often a problem after natural disasters, but what appears to be gouging might not always be a plan by unscrupulous business owners to take advantage of needy consumers. During regular operations, there is rarely a need for a business to increase prices sharply for its customers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Personal Finance and Personal Growth Books

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. Entertainment expenses and singles 2. Charity receipts 3. Daily shaving 4. Self-interest and self-reliance 5. To-do lists online and off 6. Cheap and healthy travel food 7. Wedding gifts and money 8. […]

FMF $25k Red Kettle Challenge

Update (12-27-12): This is the last update. The match is now over. I have made a final $5,000 contribution to put our total just under $40,000. THANK YOU to all of those who gave so that others could be fed, clothed, and sheltered! Bless you!!!!!   Update (12-21-12): This is my last update before the offer expires on December 26. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Celia Milton, Life Cycle Celebrant

In our second edition of Side Gig Thursdays, I want to introduce you to Celia Milton, Life Cycle Celebrant. When I sent out the email to ask for side gigs, Celia immediately stood out as someone who was doing something she absolutely loved and was now able to do it full time. […]

Bid for savings at an auction

This is a guest post from Matt Ainslie. He is a reference librarian and auction  animal. His interests include blacksmithing, learning new obscure facts and saving money. He lives with his wife and children in Philadelphia. Some months back I was at an auction, and was chatting with the auctioneer. I asked how things were going. […]

Better With Basil: 21 Uses for Jarred Pesto

Don’t get me wrong, I love a from-scratch meal as much as the next person, but with time at a premium and an active child on my hands, I just can’t get my Julia Child on in the kitchen every night. Yes, there are nights when I pop a frozen lasagna in the oven, but when I’m in the mood for something semi-homemade, I’ve got a better weapon in my arsenal — jarred pesto. […]

Autumn Shopping: 5 Things to Buy in Fall

When the leaves start to fall, prices on a few key items do too. If you have some cash to spare, autumn is the perfect time to strategize and save on specific merchandise. Here are five categories that offer some serious savings right now. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Rental Cars

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving on rental cars, cheap thrills that actually satisfy, and helping natural disaster victims. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Save on Rental Cars — Save money on rental cars by using your own car insurance. […]

5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books

I love reading, and as a homeschooling family, there are usually between 12 and 15 books being consumed by our family members at any one time. While I am a huge proponent of technology, and I can appreciate the ease of carrying digital titles on my iPad for quick reading when I’m out and about, if given the choice, I’ll still pick the old-fashioned variety most every time. Here’s why. […]

Best Ways to Make Extra Money: Sell Your Old Stuff

Today we're continuing my series on the best ways to make more money. We're going to focus on how you can earn extra income by selling your old stuff ("old" to you, that is, but "new" to someone else). Stop for a moment and consider all the stuff you have around the house or taking up space in a storage unit. Do you use any of it? […]