May 23, 2013

Anonymous S, 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. Anonymous S is a 24-year-old engineer earning $67,000 a year plus bonus. […]


There have been many, many times over the past several years when I have felt completely overwhelmed by the huge gap between where I am right now and where I want to be. My big dream is to reach true financial independence. […]

Look, Mom! I’m on TV!

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. “If they cleaned this place up, it could be pretty nice.” –My mom’s take on NYC. This week my mom was kind enough to take some time off work and accompany me to New York, where I was a guest on one of her favorite shows, “Fox & Friends.” “Did you know Gretchen Carlson won Miss America?” my mom asked me when I first told her about the interview. […]

One Clever Idea You’ve Never Thought of to Save Money on a Wedding

One of the most expensive financial decisions many of us make is having a wedding. While my wedding was pretty modest (coming in at right around $3,000), the average cost of a wedding as of this writing is a little more than $28,000! Who has $28,000 to spend on a wedding — especially if you have student debt and you are hoping to save up for a house? One way to pay for your wedding is to obtain sp […]

Is Life Insurance Through Your Employer Worth It?

Life insurance tends to be pretty low on the list of financial priorities for most people, but it really shouldn’t be. If you’re married or have young children, life insurance is one of the most important things to have if others depend on you. What kind of financial hardship would your family be in if the unfortunate happened to you? […]

Reader Mailbag: Favorite Albums

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. Checking account buffer 2. Insuring collectibles 3. School now or later? 4. Traveling for music 5. Parents helping with home purchase 6. Piano lessons 7. A messy divorce 8. Hiding a credit card 9. […]

Money highlights while traveling

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. Last week, I got back from an amazing 10-day trip. Brian and I saw Stonehenge, sailed the Irish Sea, and I threw up three times. It isn’t a true vacation unless I’ve thrown up. During our journey, we had a few money-related experiences, and I took the time to journal them. We were frugal. We learned about tipping. We talked to bartenders about taxes. […]

The Top 10 DIY Jobs Homeowners Should Avoid

Doing it yourself is a great way to save money. Home improvements and repairs can be costly, and any contractor you hire to do the job will mark-up prices on materials and labor. […]

5 Ways to Save Money on Braces

The average cost of standard orthodontic treatment is approximately $5,000. This could be a little less or more depending on where you live and the severity of the case. Whether it's for your child or yourself, this is no small investment. That's why it's important to make sure that you get quality care and understand ways to keep extra costs to a minimum. […]

Best Money Tips: Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on budget travel tips you haven't heard, how to stop living paycheck to paycheck, and how today's grads can beat the odds. Top 5 Articles 5 Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard Before — When trying to travel on a budget, ask about repositioning flights or cruises. […]

The 5 Best Dryers

After looking at the list of best available washers, it’s only natural to dig into possible dryers to accompany your new washing machine. Buying a dryer is generally a simpler process than purchasing a new washer. […]

Reader Profile Update: Mark

Here's our very first Reader Profile Update. Many of you asked for this type of post -- a progress report on where past Reader Profile readers are these days financially. I think you'll really enjoy this.Today's post is from Mark, who gave us his reader profile over two year's ago. […]