November 9, 2012

Twelve ways to save money on groceries

With grocery prices expected to go up due to the unseasonable drought, you can expect to pay more for food. I’ll help you cut your grocery bill by sharing my top twelve ways to save on groceries. No extreme couponing necessary! Buy generic brands. Store brands tend to be less pricy and are sometimes manufactured in the same facilities as well-known brands. BYOB. […]

The Best Times to Score Holiday Shopping Deals

Today marks two weeks until Black Friday. Are you ready? While I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper, preferring instead to laze around and take the day off, I know that many of you love thrill of the chase. If you’re in the market for electronics, you can get some screaming hot deals on Black Friday. […]

Set a “Time Goal” When You Walk in the Door (313/365)

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when I walk into a bookstore, I can easily get distracted and find myself with my nose in one book or another. I’ll walk in, intending just to spend a few minutes, and find myself an hour later sitting in a reading chair surrounded by books. I dawdle. I browse. I find interesting new books I just can’t live without. […]

When You Can’t Afford All the Stuff You Want

If I had infinite money, I can think of a few things I would buy. I’d own some land in the country with a nice house on it, probably with a gaming room and a library (in other words, space for my big hobbies). I’d probably own a newer car than our current Pilot, which is pushing ten years old. There are smaller things, too. I would buy more original artwork for our walls, for one. […]

Your Take: Your Favorite Information Curation Sites

Every single morning, I wake up and I look at a handful of sites that do the hard work of finding useful news and information on the web. Years ago, I used to load up CNN Money and sites like that, scan by RSS aggregator for stuff, but I’ve always left feeling I got a big dose of “this is what you should care about” rather than what I actually cared about. […]

Ask the Readers: What is your favorite ‘no-money fun’?

This is a guest post from personal finance writer Gwendolyn Pearce. While I’ve never seen J. Lo. wearily balancing her checkbook in the “Celebrities are just like us” section of the tabloids, I assume most of us deal with frugality burnout occasionally. […]

In a Rut? 6 Tips for Getting Out

“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.” That’s a quote by Edith Wharton, and I can only guess that she wasn’t one to travel the proverbial beaten path for long. […]

Learning Without the High Cost of Higher Education

Lots of college students graduate with an overwhelming amount of student loan debt. And to make things worse, they then struggle to find a job that'll provide for their basic living expenses as well as the repayment of that debt. I think it's safe to say that the myth of guaranteed success through a college degree has been exposed. […]

NFL Extra Points Card: Fumble or Touchdown?

The 2012 football season got off to a rocky start after the NFL locked out the referees. But now that the real refs have returned to the field, fans are renewing their passion for the grid iron. […]

Best Money Tips: Practical Gifts That Give Back

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on practical gifts that give back, Veterans Day freebies, and keeping from overspending this holiday season. Top 5 Articles 8 Practical Gifts That Give Back — Buying gifts from The Literary Site Store funds new books for children in need. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Nov 5

As a reminder, I am currently running the $25k Red Kettle Challenge. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Wise Bread details career advice sites. Lazy Man and Money asks if you should have an emergency charity fund. Money Crashers covers renting versus buying. […]

Five reasons why an inexpensive wristwatch rocks

I’d gone a while without wearing a watch, but I bought myself a Casio wristwatch yesterday. It cost me a whopping $15. […]