December 19, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 12/20, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: The Holiday Chat! […]

Align Vacations with Visiting Family and Friends (353/365)

In 2009, my family travelled to the Dallas, Texas area. In that area, I have two great aunts and a number of first and second cousins. We spent a lot of time with them, enjoying meals and reconnecting. In 2011, my family travelled to the Seattle, Washington area, much like we did in 2004. […]

6 Ways to Increase Your Tips as a Waiter, Waitress or Server

Being a waiter or waitress is hard work! I know because I used to be one. The job can be especially hard on the weekends when people are waiting for seats and your tables are sometimes double or triple seated (meaning two or three different tables are sat in your section at the same time). […]

Travel With A Plan

I love the beach. When I retire, I want to live where 50 degrees is considered “cold weather” – and I can rock flip-flops 300 days a year. As it stands right now, a couple of trips to the beach each summer will have to do, seeing as how my wife and I have jobs, three kids, a mortgage, and are both years from retirement. So, when we do get a chance to go the beach – we want our trips to be memorabl […]

Naked With Cash: Anonymous S

In January, Consumerism Commentary will begin the Naked With Cash event and series. Several Consumerism Commentary readers will share their financial reports and analyses at the beginning of each month, with insight from financial planners and other experts. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Friends Edition

In the last few weeks, my two oldest children have taken a new child in our neighborhood under their wing. This child’s family moved in quietly – I wasn’t even aware of someone new moving in – until the new child started showing up at the bus stop. The new child is quiet and reserved. Although I’ve seen her a few times next to my own kids, I’ve not actually spoken with her. […]

Fiscal Cliff Issues Complicate Year End Tax Moves

Normally around this time, you usually see a lot of financial publications write about year end tax moves. […]

How to Be a Good Thrift Store Shopper

Thrift Shopping the Right Way Oh how I love a good thrift store.  The Goodwill in Seattle was as large as the biggest department store I’ve ever stepped foot in.  There were literally aisle upon aisles of merchandise to choose from.  The book section was impressive.  Everything was organized by genre.  Imagine my excitement to find not one, two or three titles I wanted to read but dozens upon doze […]

5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal

With five kids in my house, boxed cereal is a staple for breakfast — and, once in a while, even snacks. I’d like to say that we use up every toasted flake of cereal in the most efficient manner, but this is not the case. Depending on the flavor of cereal, some of it goes stale before it can all be eaten. […]

Credit Cards On Pause

When my wife and I decided to get out of debt, we did three things. First, we created a simple to use zero-based budget. Second, we established an emergency fund. Third, we stopped using our credit cards. Essentially, we put them on pause. We didn’t cancel them and we didn’t cut them up.  Instead, we simply stopped using them. Here are the details: Why did we stop using our credit cards? We were s […]

ChexSystems: What It Is, and How It Can Make It Difficult for You to Open a Bank Account

ChexSystems provides financial institutions with information about how responsible you are with your bank account, and derogatory entries on your report can cause denial of applications for bank accounts and other banking products and services. […]

Taking stock of 2012

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. For me, the end of the year is a time to take stock of where I’ve been. This not only helps me identify (and celebrate!) my accomplishments throughout the year, it helps me identify and prioritize new goals. I’ve already met the short-term of my recently identified financial goals. […]

Best Money Tips: Best Life Hacks of 2012

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar article on the best life hacks of 2012, how to save on your electric bill, and ways to make extra money. Top 5 Articles 25 Best Life Hacks Of 2012 — Easily distinguish your keys from one another by painting them different colors with nail polish. […]

Best Christmas Tips from Wise Bread [Infographic]

Link for teaser title: From making your own cards to making gifts for foodies, kids and pets, Wise Bread offers dozens of tips for saving money this holiday season. […]

Price Matching at Best Buy

Remember our discussion of "showrooming", the practice of looking at/checking out a product at a store, then leaving and buying it cheaper online? It was quite a lively conversation! Well I recently had an experience with it and wanted to let you know how Best Buy handles it.I got a new phone in early December and needed a case for it. […]

Personal finance boils down to recognizing good deals in context

When I registered back in 2003, I had in mind a website that would offer up ways to buy things for less.  All well and good, but then I got to talking about broader topics like personal finance, debt reduction, frugal living, real estate, and even the economy after I transferred the site over to the WordPress platform in 2005. […]