May 20, 2013

What Is Fuel Efficiency Really Worth?

A few days ago, I posted an article on saving money on fuel during your commute. While all of those tips were useful, one in particular can really reduce your fuel costs when commuting – buying a more fuel-efficient car. […]

Cash Strapped? How to Start a Business With No Money

    Ever wondered how to start a business, or better yet, ever wondered how to start a business with no money? In today’s competitive marketplace, it pays to be creative. Many times with no money in there pocket, businesses and savvy entrepreneurs are born. […]

Anne and Matt, April 2013 Net Worth

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

Reader Mailbag: Graduation Season

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. Difficulty estimating freelance income 2. Graduation gift 3. Never wanting retirement 4. Why buy a premium car? 5. Prenupital agreement 6. Road trip dining 7. Low interest and minimum payments 8. […]

How to Get Away with Insider Trading

Insider trading has been going on ever since the stock market existed. Everyone is looking for an edge and no one is willing to play fair. Martha Stewart did it and was treated to several months in one of our nation’s fine institutions. Raj Rajaratnam did it and was sentenced to 11 years in prison and penalties of over $150 million. […]

My plans for a fun and frugal summer

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Maybe it’s the years of conditioning we receive as children to think of summer as an endless stretch of time to be filled with fun and relaxation. Maybe it’s the fact that my day job is at a university, and during the summer dramatically fewer students are on campus. […]

Fun and Frugal Ways to Observe Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the official American kick-off event for summer, and a time when we stop to remember lost loved ones and the sacrifices made by members of the armed service over our nation's many years of history. Here's how to save on everything from food and fun to more formal remembrance activities. […]

5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview

When you go into a job interview, you likely have rehearsed what you're going to stay to the interviewer about your skills and experience. But then comes the part of the interview when your potential employer offers you the opportunity to ask questions. […]

More money, more happiness: Do you think money can buy happiness?

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. Money and its effect on happiness is one of those topics that has been discussed over and over again. Yet, the topic fascinates the academic community and the research continues — with contradicting results every few months. […]

Best Money Tips: Money Lessons From Star Trek

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on money lessons from the new Star Trek, budget travel 101, and sending your child to preschool for less. Top 5 Articles 12 money lessons from the new Star Trek — Learn a couple lessons from Star Trek by staying in shape and remembering that sometimes intuition should rule. […]

Should Your Next Car Be Electric?

With the national average cost of a gallon of gasoline currently hovering around $3.58 (or even $4+ in some areas), filling up your car may seem like a nightmare. Car fuel is one of the most volatile categories under most families' budgets, because prices fluctuate due to a variety of factors, from Middle East tensions to oil spills or refinery fires. […]

College and Cost

When it rains, it pours. Here's yet another piece on the value of college and the costs associated with it.But this one is absurd for the title alone: In Applying to College, Is Cost a Factor? Really? We have a writer for the Wall Street Journal asking if cost is even a factor when picking a college. Is that what it's come to? […]