December 3, 2012

Schedule Regular Bills To Be Paid Automatically (337/365)

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the big advantages of online bill pay is that you can schedule payments on many of your bills in advance so that you don’t have to worry about paying them on time. Online bill pay just fires them off for you at the correct time. Of course, that really only works if you know the amount of the bill in advance. […]

Picking Up Money Off the Ground

Last night, after dropping off my son at piano lessons, I stopped by Target to pick up a few things. While walking through the parking lot on my way into the store, I witnessed something rather interesting… A college-aged guy coming out of the store pointed at the ground and said something to his girlfriend. […]

5 Low Cost Winter Activities to Get in Shape

Sure, we are all enjoying the holiday indulgences now, but in just a few short weeks, we will all have that moment when we face the scale. And the number probably won’t be one that we like. As soon as the holiday revelry is over, millions of people vow to get in shape for the new year. […]

Life Is Short: Toxic Financial Attitudes

There’s a good reason I can’t get into extreme savings for retirement. When desperate financial times call for desperate financial measures, there is a good incentive to cut all unnecessary spending and eliminate bad debt. […]

Reader Mailbag: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

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. Help getting out of debt 2. Supporting newly frugal friend 3. Frugal movie night 4. Prioritizing debt repayment 5. Outdoor exercise in winter 6. Managing recipes 7. Parent fearing theft from kid 8. […]

Five Tips To Help You Enjoy the Holidays More On Less Money

For many, the holidays are stressful. There always seems to be a shortage and time and money. If you find yourself lacking both, you’ll love the five tips I’ve come up with that will help you streamline your shopping and free up your days so you can truly appreciate the spirit of Christmas. Whatever you do, try not to fall into the trap that a lot of money needs to be spent to hand out gifts. […]

Never Buy Expensive HDMI Cables [SCIENCE!]

If you believe the advertisements, the holiday season is all about buying expensive electronics. If you perused any of the Black Friday ads, half of the deals were for televisions. Now, if you bought a television, chances are you’re going to need some cables and this fantastic little company called Monster would love to sell you a 35 foot cable for three hundred dollars! […]

Keep Your Credit Card Safe While Shopping Online

I was at Home Depot at 6:07 a.m. on Black Friday. I needed new Christmas décor, and Home Depot had exactly what I wanted at low prices. So I got up early, thinking that if I didn’t get there by 6:15 a.m., the stuff I wanted would be long gone. You can imagine how surprised I was when I got there and the store was fairly empty. […]

Make Your Own Coupons: 20 Great, Free Gift Ideas

If you’re minding your budget this holiday season — and who isn’t? — you might be looking for creative ways to give gifts that have meaning but won’t break the bank. These gift coupon ideas are just the answer, and they work for just about anybody on your list. […]

Lessons on money and relationships, from fiction

Saturday night — Sunday morning, really — I stayed up almost all night reading, in one mad dash, Gone Girl. I slunk through half the day like I had a hangover, kicking myself, trying to figure out why I liked it so much when I didn’t actually like it. I had to just press on through and get to the very last page, even though I didn’t believe any of the characters could exist in real life. […]

7 Essential Truths for a Successful Retirement

Whether you are in your 20s, 50s, or somewhere before, beyond, or in between, you may find yourself concentrating on the complexities of financial planning. While that effort may be valuable in weighing the advantages of a Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA, mutual funds vs. […]

Best Money Tips: Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on making the most of your holiday shopping, how to make your gift cards count for more, and using up your FSA! Top 5 Articles Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping — Make the most of your holiday shopping by using your best rewards card. […]

Cheap Thrills That Actually Satisfy

Cheap thrills sometimes get a bad rap, but there are plenty of budget-friendly activities that would satisfy any adrenaline junkie's needs. Nearly each one has different levels, whether you're a beginner or a pro, and you can try most of them out at a local gym, at the club, or in the great outdoors. […]