May 2013

Making Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

My children love drawing on the sidewalk and driveway in front of our house. They’ll draw huge pictures, hopscotch diagrams, long messages, and body tracings all over the place. My daughter particularly gets into this, as she recently filled a large portion of our driveway with a giant rainbow. I’m a big fan of sidewalk chalk. It keeps them engaged in creative projects. […]

LastDollar, April 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. […]

Should I Cosign a Loan?

I get this type of question all the time. A family member or a friend is trying to get a loan for some reason. Those evil banks won’t lend them any money. They want you to cosign their loan for them. […]

New Post on Wealth Lion

Just a heads up that there's a new post on Wealth Lion today titled Welcome to Wealth Lion. It gives a summary of the few posts already there plus lists upcoming posts for the next couple of weeks (hint: some details on real estate properties will be shared). :) If you're interested, you can see the post here. And as noted earlier this week, you can subscribe to Wealth Lion here. […]

Your Take: TWEETCHAT!

One of the things the cool kids are doing these days is a tweetchat. It’s where we pick a topic, everyone gets on their computers, and we have a good ole chat via Twitter. We’re going to start a tweetchat every other Thursday, starting June 6th. […]

Ask the Readers: How can I help my father get financially set?

Dealing with family members who aren’t as financially savvy or frugal as you are is a common problem. Reader Mike in New Hampshire wrote to tell us his dilemma, and he wants your thoughts on what he should do. […]

How to Compare Medicare Part D Plans: A Beginner’s Guide

Prescription drug coverage can sometimes feel overwhelming. I know — I recently navigated an authorization process for my teenage son’s acne medication that took several phone calls and 10 days to complete. […]

5 Best Online Brokerages

Starting to invest is scary enough. Having to choose an online brokerage firm adds to the complexity of launching your investment portfolio. You could choose a full-service brokerage to hold your hand. Individual transaction fees are steep, though, making this unaffordable for the investor building a portfolio through monthly contributions. […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Summer Activities for Families

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on cheap summer activities for families, teaching kids about money, and making the most of your time. Top 5 Articles 10 Cheap Summer Activities for Families — Having a neighborhood block party or taking free tours are just a couple cheap summer activities for families. […]

How to budget without regular paychecks

This post, written by Michelle Sheiman, is from our partner site LearnVest. Successful budgeting tends to depend on two things: careful planning and a steady income. The first, anyone can do. The second isn’t so simple. If you’re self-employed, you might be asking yourself: “But I don’t have a regular paycheck coming in. Can I even set up a budget? Should I bother?” You can. And, yes, you should. […]

Training Your Dog: 9 Hazardous Habits (and How to Break Them)

About six months after we moved in together, my husband started dropping hints that he wanted a dog. I was opposed to the idea because I didn’t want my social schedule to be interrupted by the responsibility of having to walk and feed the dog constantly, but more importantly, I didn’t want the creature ruining my stuff with all its disgusting doggy habits. […]

Doing the Math on Home Ownership

In 2007, Sarah and I made the decision to become homeowners. We had fixed our finances to the point where we were ready with a down payment on a modest home. […]

About Suze Orman

In our brief profile of Robert Kiyosaki, I said that few people on our Top Money Guru poll generates as much emotion as he does. Suze Orman is one of those gurus. Suze Orman is a very strong television host who uses a lot of “tough love” when it comes to dispensing financial advice. […]

Calvin, April 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Calvin is in his early 40s, earning a salary of $120,000 plus bonus as an IT project manager in New Jersey. […]

Reader Mailbag: Hardware Failure

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Elderly in financial trouble 2. Crafting projects 3. After bankruptcy 4. Making money with music 5. College savings or not? 6. Changing friends 7. Basic investing questions 8. Cheap golf 9. Difficult housing question 10. […]

About Robert Kiyosaki

Say the name Robert Kiyosaki and you can generate some pretty strong feelings from people. I can only think of one other person on the Top Money Guru poll that does that (maybe two). Most people know him from the Rich Dad Poor Dad book (and subsequent books) and know him as a fairly active real estate investor. […]

Recalibrating for self-employment: Smartphones

This post is from staff writer Holly Johnson. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my hesitation to hire out our yard work. After working 60 or more hours per week for the past year at our full-time jobs and side jobs, my husband and I had come to a crossroads. Basically, putting in so many hours meant that we were having difficulty finding time to do anything else. […]

8 Good Reasons to Learn Canning Now

Although my mother made her own preserves for years, I didn't bother to learn. I could always pick up exotic chutneys or fancy jams in local stores. We didn't live in places where we had fruit trees or many berries, so I didn't find any compelling reason to learn. […]

From Fine to Fabulous: 7 Ways to Improve Your eBay Business

Online auction heavyweight eBay has gone through a sea change since it was first launched in 1995. For sellers and buyers and alike, the site has never been more robust, feature rich, or easier to use than it is right now. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Living a Life You Love

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on living a life you love, conserving bathroom water, and carving more time out of your day. Top 5 Articles 26 Steps to Living a Life You Love — To live a life you love, define your values and get rid of clutter. […]