May 22, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 5/23, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 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 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Credit Usage: Men vs. Women! Learn who has better credit scores, higher levels of debt, and who is more likely to miss mortgage payments between men and women. […]

The Statement Game

Once a month, our banks and credit card issuers send us a statement in the mail (or online) outlining every single item that we spent our money on over the last month. We can see a big list of the checks we wrote, the stores we swiped our card at, the online shops we conducted business with – all in one place. There was a time when I dreaded seeing these statements. […]

Cheap Gift Ideas

Whether it be anniversary gift ideas, gift ideas for boyfriend, gift ideas for girlfriend,  christmas gift ideas, gift ideas for men, gift ideas for women, mothers day gift ideas, fathers day gift ideas, wedding anniversary gifts, wedding gift ideas, graduation gift ideas, birthday gift ideas, green gift ideas, last minute gift ideas, retirement gift ideas, and the list goes on and on. […]

SteveDH, 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. SteveDH is retired, and he and his wife have two grown kids. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tornado Edition

My condolences and prayers go out to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado and other weather events in recent days. We drove pretty close to one on Sunday night and witnessed an overturned semi thanks to the sheer force of what was almost assuredly a small tornado. Prayers and condolences don’t go very far, though, if they’re not followed with action. […]

The Suit Buying Secret They Don’t Want You to Know

This is a guest post from Michael of Financial Ramblings. Editor’s Note: I was chatting with Michael the other day when he told me his story about buying a suit at a major men’s retailer. He told me how he walked in expecting it to be your typical retail experience, that is you pay what’s listed, but discovered that it was closer to buying a car. […]

Should you ever work for free?

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I lose count of my “jobs” these days: my literary writing (that theoretically pays, or had better one day or else), a nonprofit board on which I serve as president, and the magazine I started last summer. While I certainly put the same intensity into everything, I can definitely say that I work more hours for free than I do for pay. […]

5 Reasons to Travel Off the Beaten Path

Traveling has been a passion of mine, but growing older and raising a family doesn’t allow for as much downtime as I had in my 20s. However, we still make every effort of getting out of town and visiting new places. (See also: Housesit on Your Next Vacation) We don’t often schedule trips to world-famous tourist destinations. […]

8 Ways to Buy Jeans on the Cheap

There was a time — mostly when I was in high school and college — that I would drop serious coin on new jeans (ironic, because I had no money in those days). The average cost of my jeans back then was about $70 a pair, but I’ve spent upwards of $120 on premium denim in the past. As I’ve gotten older, however, my affinity for the trendiest clothing has waned. […]

Best Money Tips: Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on writing a Craigslist ad that sells, things to spend your money on other than gas, and breathing life into stale bread. Top 5 Articles Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells — To write a Craigslist ad that sells, make sure to list the condition of the item up for sale. […]

Working longer: Fallback or fallacy?

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. The following has occurred to me countless times; maybe it has you as well. Perhaps you’ve even been the one to utter those oft-repeated words. Two or more people are talking about how far behind they are in saving for retirement. […]

Choosing the Right Mortgage Loan: 15 or 30 Years?

When my husband and I decided to refinance our home earlier this year, we were faced with the major decision all home loan borrowers face — 15-year mortgage or 30-year mortgage? Whether you are buying a home for the first time or whether you're an old pro at the refinancing game, you need to determine whether it makes more sense for you to get a 15-year mortgage or a 30-year mortgage. […]

Real Retirement Advice from Real People

The following is a guest post from Gerrid Smith is CEO of the charity-focused coupon website, Save1. They provide coupons and deals from over 5,000 online stores! Each time a coupon is used, they provide a meal to a child in need. There’s no lack of how-to retirement articles online. You can learn about everything from travel to estate planning. […]