January 30, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/31, 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: Super Bowl Savings! Learn about saving when watching at the bar and throwing a frugal Super Bowl Party! […]

Putting a Value on Reliability: When Is It Time to Trade In Your Car?

A friend of mine has been driving the same car for more than a decade. For most of that time, it’s been reliable as a rock. It’s started like a charm on some frightfully cold mornings and it’s only rarely needed any repairs.Over the last year, though, lots of little problems have started cropping up. […]

Throw a Frugal Super Bowl Party

We love having people over to watch “the big game.” Granted, it was more fun last year when my husband’s beloved Giants won (again), and we cared about the outcome. But, even though we don’t have strong feelings for either team in the Super Bowl this year, we still like having a little party to watch the game. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great Super Bowl party. […]

Amex Blue Cash Everyday and Preferred Card Signup Bonuses

This is just a quick note to let you know that the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express and Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express are currently offering signup bonuses. For the Blue Cash Everyday card, you can earn 100 Reward Dollars after making $1,000 in purchases within the first three months of cardmembership. This card offers 3% cash back at U.S. […]

School Policies and the High Cost of Healthcare

This is a bit of a rant, so please bear with me… As you’re likely aware, we have four school-aged kids. As such, it’s not uncommon to have one virus or another making its way through our house. And sometimes this results in having sick kids who need to stay home from school. In an effort to combat truancy, our district has adopted rather strict attendance policies. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Art Supply Edition

Our children engage in so many art projects that we keep a small corner in our dining room set aside for their miscellaneous art supplies and in-progress art projects.Pretty much every single day, our children clear off some of the dining room table and cut/paint/draw/build something.The only tricky part with this is that they actually manage to run out of some of their supplies. […]

5 Public Colleges with the Best Graduation Rates

Getting into college is only half the battle. Getting through is another challenge. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that only about half of first-time full-time undergrad students at public schools graduate in six years or less. […]

6 Reasons You're Not as Happy as You'd Like to Be

No one ever said that life was easy, and none of us ever assumed that we’d get all that we desire without hitting at least a few obstacles along the way. But come on! Does everything have to always be so hard? If this sounds like you, take heart; you’re not alone. And believe it or not, the answer to that question is no, it doesn’t. Things don’t have to always be so difficult. […]

How to Pay Down $100 Worth of Debt This Week

We could all use an extra Benjamin to pay off a debt or put into savings this week. The problem is, money doesn’t rain down from the heavens or grow on trees. Alas, we have to earn it one way or another — but, as it turns out, that may not be as difficult as you think. To line your pockets with an extra $100 within seven days, check out these reliable ways to make extra cash starting right now. […]

Professional shoe repair: Save money, time, and your feet

While on my way back from getting some hot tea in the break room at work, I noticed that one of my shoes was making a strange noise. Upon getting back to my office, I saw why: the heel cap had fallen off and was lying next to my chair. Hmm, I thought. Maybe that’s why I’ve been tripping so much lately. Because I had been tripping. Enough to be embarrassed. […]

Best Money Tips: Lower the Cost of Raising a Child

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on lowering the cost of raising a child, meal starters to keep in your kitchen, and financial tips for newlyweds. Top 5 Articles Simple Ways to Lower the Cost of Raising a Child — Lower the cost of raising a child by purchasing diapers in bulk. […]

How to Make Your Own Curtains

Although I am a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, sewing is not one of the home skills I enjoy very much. I used to sew a lot, and I think I got burned out. So, when our living room curtains started looking tired, I ignored them. When the cat stretched and put holes in one of them, I ignored them. When they looked dingy, I washed them, but they looked less crisp. I resumed ignoring them. […]

Second-Act Career: Teacher/Trainer

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer, MS, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. This book is a great resource for those looking to earn a second income, potentially in a new field, during retirement or early semi-retirement. […]