March 6, 2013

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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: How to Save on Pets! Learn about saving on food, boarding, and vet bills! […]

The Strength of Your Safety Net

I tend to view life as being something like a high wire act at the circus. We balance ourselves on that high wire and attempt to walk through life. We’re carrying a lot of weight to make the balancing act even trickier – children, marriage, and other responsibilities. Eventually, something happens and we fall. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 45-48

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

What are the REAL Causes of Bankruptcy?

“The popular conception is that people who file bankruptcy buy about three TVs a week and then fly to Aruba to relax,” Daniel Gershburg, Esq., says. Gershburg is a bankruptcy lawyer in New York City, and he sees a number of cases each year. “Realistically, only a handful of cases fall into that category. […]

Barclays Online Savings Review

Barclays has enjoyed a long and storied history as a financial industry leader in the United Kingdom. While those of us in the United States often consider a financial company to be historied once it passes its centennial, Barclays was founded in 1690. As an organization, the bank is older than our country. The brand made its entrance in the United States recently. […]

When Will the Bull Market End?

Not quite four years ago — on March 9, 2009 — the stock market bottomed out. The Dow Jones Industrial average hit 6507.04, the S&P 500 hit 676.53, and the NASDAQ hit 1268.64. At that point, all three indices had fallen by more than 50% since their pre-bear peaks in October 2007. And yet, here we are. […]

Huh. CostCo Gas Authorization Hold on Credit Card is $150

I’ve been getting gas at my local Costco ever since the wife and I moved in the area 8 months ago — its not always the cheapest in the area, but given Costco is only 5 minutes away from the house and the line isn’t too terribly crazy, its my usual prefer choice to get gas (I’m probably using it more to justify the Costco membership too). Imagine my surprise today when I finally looked at my AmEx’s […]

Do You Work More Than 40 Hours a Week?

I only discovered this INC article published on the Time website in which Geoffrey James discussed the diminishing returns of working more than forty hours a week for more than a few weeks. The article starts with the realization, remember this was written in early 2012, that the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, went home at 5:30pm every day to be with her kids. […]

Prepare for federal employee furlough with a furlough practice budget

At the beginning of this month, sequestration went into effect.  This means sweeping cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year’s budget.  To shore up this shortfall, many agencies are furloughing employees during this time, which effectively is a partial layoff. I live in an area with a lot of federal government employees, many of whom are my friends, and the furlough will affect them if it’s carr […]

6 Ways to Get Paid for Saving Money

You can make money by saving money, apart from interest, dividends, and investment earnings. These methods deliver bonuses in ways you may not have recognized as getting paid to save. (See also: The 5 Best Online Savings Accounts) 1. Claim the Saver's Credit This money comes from the federal government via the IRS. […]

8 Easy Easter Crafts for Busy Families on a Budget

If you find yourself balking at the thought of the price tag associated with the fancy outfits, elaborate family dinners, and giant neighborhood egg hunts that come with the holiday, chill out. There are plenty of cheap and fun things to do for Easter, including making your own Easter crafts instead of spending too much at the store. Here are a handful of simple ones to get you started. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Ask for a Raise

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on how to ask for a raise, saving on summer camp, and signs you need a vacation. Top 5 Articles How To Ask For A Raise - 7 Tips — When asking for a raise, it's important to show quantifiable results. […]

Play hooky for money

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. We at Fool HQ did it again: We had a company-wide financial health day. As we did three years ago, we encouraged Fool employees to clear their professional decks in order to tackle personal financial tasks. […]

The False Allure of Compound Interest

You've seen compound interest stories. Just save $10 or $50 a week or a month and in 25 or 35 years you'll have a fortune! It's not so simple. (See also: Non-Financial Investments) The compound interest story isn't wrong, exactly; it's simply misleading. It's misleading for two big reasons. First, because things change. […]

Help a Reader: When to Buy a Car

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: When is the right time to buy a new(er) car? I currently drive a 2000 BMW 323i with 125,000 miles. I am getting frustrated with spending $1500-2000 a year for maintenance and repairs on a car with a KBB value of ~$5000. I need help deciding if it is time to buy a newer and more reliable car. […]