January 2, 2013

Get Organized for Next December Now: Holiday Take-Down Tips

I just saw a really cool tip courtesy of a Facebook friend that got me to thinking about the importance of doing things properly after Christmas to save me the hassle a year from now. The tip was pretty simple — wrap your holiday lights around a plastic hanger to prevent the tangled wires (and cursing) next year. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/3, 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: Debt! […]

2013 Stock Market Predictions

Last year I asked for 2012 stock market predictions. At the time, the market (as measure by the S&P 500) had been almost perfectly flat during during the preceding year. In fact, it opened 2011 at 1257.64 and, despite many gyrations, closing at 1257.60 on the last day of the year. Based on the poll results, ca. […]

Cost of Living Does Make a Difference: Is Switching Worthwhile?

There is something about city living that just can’t be beat. There is ease of transportation, plenty of cultural events, job opportunities. The list can go on. There are definite benefits to living in a big city, but sometimes the biggest cities have the highest cost of living. […]

Shift Your Habit to Save Money and the Planet

Did you know that a simple shift in your habits will help you save money and the planet?  You heard that right.  You don’t have to radically change your lifestyle to start making a difference in the world.  Shift Your Habit by Elizabeth Rogers tells you just how.  The 279 page book published by Three Rivers Press is divided into nine chapters and covers such topics as Home and Garden, Food and Dri […]

Could Fighting Over Money Be Good for Your Finances?

My husband and I don’t agree much about money. We have different spending priorities, and fights about what we should do with our money have been memorable over the course of the last 11 years. […]

Fiscal Cliff Bill Passes: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8)

Late last night, the United States House of Representatives passed is designed to avoid the fiscal cliff, the bill already approved by the Senate that avoids the fiscal cliff, the automatic tax rate reversion and spending cuts agreed to last year by Congress. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolution Revolution Edition

After my recent discussion about my changing perspectives on resolutions, I thought I’d dig into the thoughts others have on resolutions for the coming year – and for any moment. This year, switch and get things done There are a lot of good thoughts here, including a big nod to the wonderful book Switch, which I reviewed a few years ago. […]

5 States Where Childcare Costs More Than College

Forget saving for higher education. Try paying for daycare first. According to Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit dedicated to improving access to childcare, the average cost of care for a four year old is higher than the average cost of tuition and fees at a public college in 19 states and the District of Columbia. […]

An Organized Year: A Month-by-Month Guide

Do you find yourself scrambling from one thing to the next all year, procrastinating until the last minute and running out of time? Get your act together and organize the tasks that you do every year into a month-by-month schedule. If you have a plan of action, you will be less likely to put things off or forget them, which means less stress and more success! […]

Honey’s financial goals for 2013

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Now that I’ve taken stock of where I’ve been in 2012, I’m ready to set goals for 2013. I want my goals to be ambitious enough that meeting them is a true accomplishment requiring me to stretch my growing money-management skills. However, I also want them to be realistic and personal (revolving around my priorities). […]

Best Money Tips: The Debt Movement Edition

Welcome to today's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today marks the official launch of Jeff Rose's Debt Movement! The Debt Movement is a 90-day period where the personal finance blogging community with partner ReadyForZero will help people pay off $10 million in debt. […]

Making a Relationship Work When One Partner Earns More

Often, the spouse in the relationship who brings in less income than the other can feel inadequate and insecure about not being able to contribute equally to paying the bills or sending the same amount of money to savings. First, you should understand that it’s natural — 99% of the time, one person is going to make more money than the other, which makes it almost impossible for each of you to cont […]

2013 Financial Resolutions

Just like last year, I would like to share my financial resolutions for the new year. Here's what I hope to accomplish financially in 2013: Keep investing in real estate. I need to move the two places we have from "start-up" mode to "on-going" mode. This means getting them fixed up and rented. […]

SaveUp’s No Spend Giveaway: Win up to $10,000 in Rewards

Are you starting 2013 with the resolution to spend less and save more?  You’re in luck! Our friends at SaveUp have launched a fun free game with $10,000 in cash prizes to reward you for spending less. SaveUp also created a special $500 prize just for Wise Bread readers. The last time SaveUp did a giveaway on Wise Bread you responded with hundreds of positive comments. […]