November 20, 2012

Clean Up Your Remaining Bills (324/365)

Once you’ve followed all of the suggestions of the last several days, you should have pared down your bills at least a little. Still, you’ll be left with a few bills that you consider untouchable. Your electricity bill. Your water bill. Your phone bill. You’re not going to eliminate those. […]

The Black Friday Hoax

This is the time of the year when American consumers become focused like a laser on finding deals from retailers. There is some compulsion to buy more stuff as the holidays approach — as gifts for friends and family, in the spirit of Christmas and Hanukkah, and as gifts for ourselves. […]

USPS Increases Cost of Postage for 2013

The USPS will be increasing the cost of mail on January 27th, 2013 to help offset the losses as people use the post office less and less. […]

4 Tips for Effectively Using Layaway

One of the Christmas traditions making a comeback since the recession has been layaway. The idea behind layaway is that you can reserve an expensive item now, and make payments on it for a few weeks. […]

Inflation and the Price of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year around this time, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimates the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner. Their estimate include enough turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and trimmings to feed a family of ten. This year’s estimate comes in at $49.48, or just under $5/person. Compared to last year, than an increase of just $0.28 or less than 1%. […]

Christmas Worries

In a recent reader mailbag, Dave wrote: Up until January, I had a wonderful job where I handled all of the IT needs for a small company in our area. At the end of last year, the company was sold and the jobs were folded together with another company with the “redundant” jobs being eliminated, and mine was redundant. […]

How to Watch Live Television for Free

If you have an internet connection, you can pretty much watch any single television show you want. Between Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix, almost every archived television show is available to you. If they aren’t available on one of the pay services, it’s certainly available through one of about a million streaming websites hosted in other countries with laxer copyright laws. […]

Win $50 in our Deals OOPS Giveaway

OOPS. In our Deals Holiday Giveaway post yesterday,  we forgot one very important thing in our Deals Survey: an email field. To intice those who filled out the survey yesterday before 6pm Pacific, we're adding an additional prize of $50 Amazon Gift Card. Please, please fill out the survey again and you'll definitely be entered. […]

Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday

For many bargain-hunting Americans, the day after Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the most important holidays of the year — even though Black Friday is not officially recognized on any calendar. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Have Frugal Fun?

Having time to cut loose and relax is an important part of life. With all the stresses of day to day life, it is vital to be able to have time to unwind and have a little fun! But when your finances are tight, sometimes having fun without breaking the bank can be a challenge. How do you have frugal fun? Do you go to discount movie theaters? Have game night with friends? […]

How to Effectively Complain to the Manager

One of the basic tenets of business is that it’s cheaper to retain an existing customer than to acquire a new one. Many companies view customer complaints as a way to gauge what works and what changes they need to make to keep customers happy. Good managers take this to heart and strive to provide the most favorable solution to a customer’s problem. […]

Jiro Ono to all newbs: Be tough

I was planning to wrap my review of the documentary about Jiro Ono with a nice, nearly clinical summary of all the extra “lessons” I had managed to extract from the film (one was “surround yourself with other specialists,” another one was “it’s not really about the money” and the last one was “success loves a rebel”). However, life recently gave me a boot to the head in the form of a burglary. […]

Don't Let Bedbugs Take a Bite Out of Your Next Thrift Store Deal

Bedbugs are not only gross, causing nasty itchy bites, they're also insanely expensive to treat once you have them. And perhaps the scariest part about bedbugs is they are difficult to discover until you have an infestation. With the recent surge in bedbugs across the U.S., anyone who buys used furniture has to be especially careful. […]

Best Money Tips: Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on looking great for holiday parties without breaking the bank, job hunting sins to avoid, and building an emergency fund quickly. Top 5 Articles Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank — If you need clothes for a holiday party, consider borrowing something from a friend! […]

Quiz: Am I Really Ready to Buy a Home?

Home prices are on the uptick for the first time in several years, which means that you may have a limited window of opportunity to become a homeowner before prices shoot through the proverbial roof again. I don’t have to tell you that buying a home is serious business, a major milestone, a huge responsibility, and probably the largest purchase you’ll ever make, but are you asking yourself the rig […]

More Ways for Teens to Make Money

Teenagers like to spend money, but even in the best economy they have a hard time finding work. And teens who are involved in lots of activities have it even harder — you don’t want your son to quit the volleyball team in order to work at McDonalds, do you? Fortunately, there are ways for teens to earn money besides getting a regular job. How does a teen find this kind of work? […]

Gym Memberships are Good Deals -- If You Use Them!

The Simple Dollar recently recommended looking at club membership and gym fees as a way to save money. Their point was this: if you don't use something, you can save money by canceling it.Obviously if you're not using something, you should cancel it. Why pay for something you don't use?But I see a lot of "cancel your gym membership" recommendations listed as ways to save money. […]