May 31, 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. […]