February 6, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/7, 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: Valentine's Day Frugality! Learn about saving on cards, flowers, and more! […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 2/28, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $500 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card, or one of four $50 Amazon gift cards! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: How to save $100 per month! In honor of America Saves Week, we will be talking about ways to save $100 every month! […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 2/21, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $150 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $100 gift card or a $50 gift card! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Fun ways to save money! In honor of America Saves Week, we will be talking about making saving fun! […]

A Month of Change

During the month of February, I committed myself to writing one long note each day to someone who I used to be highly connected with but have drifted apart from for some reason or another. Old friends. Old co-workers. Old clubmates. Old business partners. […]

Bye Bye, Saturday Mail Delivery

I’ve written in the past about the financial difficulties that the US Postal Service has been dealing with. They’ve been raising stamp prices annually, they’ve closed a bunch of locations, and have been looking for more ways to save. Despite these changes, they’re still bleeding money. […]

Are We Being Taxed to Death?

During the election season this year, there was a big deal made about how almost 50% of Americans don’t pay taxes. Endless soundbites about “the 47%” made the rounds, and there was quite a to-do about how more people should be paying taxes. However, what some people forgot in the debate is that the number cited refers to federal income tax. […]

U.S. Postal Service Ending Saturday Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced today that Saturday delivery of first-class items will end in August. When I asked a few years ago whether we should eliminate the Postal Service entirely, the question generated a good discussion, with many readers agreeing that the best solution to the perennial problem of the service not generating enough revenue to operate would be to cut back service. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Barefoot Edition

Most of the time, when I’m working at home, I’m barefoot. I don’t like wearing socks, even in the heart of winter. During the summer, this isn’t a problem. If I want to go work outside, I just go outside barefoot. This doesn’t quite work in the winter, of course, so I’ll often literally put on socks and shoes just to go outside. […]

BB&T $125 Checking Account Promotional Bonus

It’s been a while since I wrote about a nice bank deal but if you’re in the market for a brick and mortar bank, BB&T is offering a $125 checking account bonus for new account holders if you meet their criteria by May 31st, 2013. I tend not to write as often about similarly incentivized credit card offers because credit card applications have a negative impact on your credit score. […]

Merchants can charge credit card fees to customers. But so what?

I was unaware of this until I read DollarVersity’s article that alerted me to a recent ruling against Visa and MasterCard which forces them to allow merchants to pass on credit card fees to their customers. The settlement was on the order of $6+ billion.  The official site is here. Can a business charge a credit card fee?  Now they can under some circumstances. It costs businesses to accept credit […]

Wise Bread's Guide to Valentine's Day

Ah, February — when romance is in the air. Sure, that romance may be forecfully pumped into the air by stores and restaurants — but it's in the air nonetheless. […]

Delicious Ways to Prepare Affordable White Fish

I often hear that many people are mystified about how to choose and cook fish or how to find fish that fits their budget. White fish, of which there are many types, is usually very affordable. Even better? It's suitable for a variety of preparations. (See also: How to Shop for Fresh Fish) What to Look for in a Piece of Fish First of all, do not assume that fresh fish is always best. […]

Relationship deal breakers, then and now

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. I recently had breakfast with a woman I dated almost 20 years ago, soon after I graduated from college. […]

Best Money Tips: Cool Things to Do With Hotel Amenities

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on cool things to do with hotel amenities, free ways to say 'I love you,' and how to make an interviewer like you. Top 5 Articles 8 Cool Things To Do With Hotel Amenities — Use the hotel soap you scored on your last vacation to make detergent. […]

How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook

We all have things we don’t need or want. The traditional avenues of selling your stuff — such as Craigslist or eBay — seem to be overly competitive, or worse, a little unsafe. I’ve recently taken to Facebook to get rid of unwanted items and even pick up a few things that would have been cumbersome to buy through those other online channels. […]

Financial to Do List for 2013

You have already seen my 2013 financial resolutions. Now Fox Business suggests a financial to do list for 2013 of their own as follows: Analyze your entertainment budget. Put one savings on auto-pilot. Max out your credit cards -- not with borrowing, but with rewards. Refinance your mortgage. Buy life insurance. Adjust your 401(k) settings. Update your resume. […]

The Simple Dollar Redesign to Come

I’m excited to announce a few upcoming changes to the look and feel of The Simple Dollar. Since kicking everything off at the end of 2006, I’ve pretty much kept the overall design the same, but after seeing what a redesign can do for a site, I realized The Simple Dollar could benefit from some basic changes. I let some design people I trust pitch me a new look to the site’s menus and blog. […]