November 29, 2012

Seven Ways People Make Their Money Troubles Worse

Psychiatrists say that realizing that you have a problem is the first step towards solving it. Maybe, but in my financial experience, what comes after recognizing the problem is more important. After all, there’s no shortage of people who will tell you, loud and clear, when you have financial troubles. […]

Always Ask for Fees To Be Waived (333/365)

Companies love to tack fees onto your bill, no matter what service they’re providing. Why wouldn’t they? Fees are pretty much pure profit for them, and for most customers, fees are glanced at and forgotten. A couple monthly fees per customer times a million customers and you’re talking about a pretty nice chunk of change. However, for most services, we live in a buyer’s market. […]

How to Avoid Buying a Flood Damaged Car

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, and many people are still recovering. Thousands are now homeless, and even those who are able to continue living in their homes may have to get new vehicles because their vehicles were flooded and destroyed in the storm. According to The Huffington Post, “Six of the leading eight automakers in terms of U.S. […]

Nothing Bad Is My Fault: Toxic Financial Attitudes

The difference between financial independence and a life of financial frustration comes down to attitude. The way you approach all aspects of your life, not just money, has a significant effect on your long-term financial growth. […]

Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping

You know you’re going to spend money this holiday season. For most of us, it’s one of life’s inevitabilities. […]

Ten Free Gifts to Give This Christmas

Who said the best things in life aren’t free?  Why not think outside the box this Christmas and give thoughtful, meaningful gifts that don’t cost a dime? […]

Reader Mailbag: A Thousand Stars

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. Roth IRA conversion question 2. Topical television versus cost 3. Board games for two 4. Collection plate? 5. ING Direct changes 6. Mobile apps for life organization 7. No bill for cable? 8. Finding hope 9. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Michael Wong, Vending Machines

This week’s Side Gig Thursdays is a chat with Michael Wong, who started a side business where he ran vending machines. If you’ve ever wondered who runs that vending machine in your office, chances are it’s either a big vending machine company or it’s someone like Michael. […]

Eat Your Garbage! Turn Your Trash Into Delicious Holiday Food

Americans throw away 40% of the food that is produced in this country every year. While there is plenty of waste that happens before the food ever gets to our dinner tables, according to the latest reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws away $2,275 dollars in food annually! […]

Churning credit cards for a fun profit

This 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. Note: We’re not encouraging people to go out and sign up for credit cards, especially if you have debt or plan to carry a balance on a card. […]

Best Money Tips: Why You Need a Grocery Stockpile

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on why you need a grocery stockpile, tips to avoid Christmas Debt, and budget-friendly gifts a holiday hostess will love! Top 5 Articles Why You Need a Grocery Stockpile (and How to Grow One) — It is a good idea to have a grocery stockpile so you can avoid last minute trips to the store. […]

7 Great Investments for First-Timers

Whether you’re young or not so young, if you haven’t put any of the money you earn into some type of investment yet, chances are you’re pretty intimidated by the whole thing. I’ve been there, and I can appreciate how confusing investing seems. But if you actually peek behind all the stock tickers and complicated commentary on CNBC, what you’ll find is that a lot of investments are pretty simple. […]

Help a Reader: Couple Managing Money

Here's a comment/question left recently on my post titled Marriage and Money: How to Split Up the Money and Bills: I am in a committed relationship (not married yet, but engaged, got the ring :)) and we are currently living together. […]