June 7, 2013

Best Deals for Friday 06/07

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today Cosmos Light Lamp for $7, JCPenney: Up to 70% off clearance + 10% off, Joe's New Balance Outlet: Up to 79% off, and more! […]

The Cycle of the Magi

Most of us have heard the classic story “The Gift of the Magi.” It’s a short story by O. Henry and is easily one of the most culturally known stories out there. If you’re not familiar, here’s the rough outline: it’s about young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. […]

The Lessons We Teach

Our children, like most children today, will choose something sweet when you give them a beverage choice. They’ll want fruit juice or a soda or something akin to that if I let the child make the choice. Thankfully, I’m a parent and I understand that it’s a terrible idea to establish a pattern that a beverage has to be flavored or sweet. […]

Your Take: The Stock Market Game

My friend Scott (you may remember him from those times I mentioned his charity bar tour Ghent Bar Tours) sent me this story about how the stock market game is a bad bad game… and I agree. The stock market game, if you’ve never played it as a kid, was a national competition where teams were given $100,000 in play money to “invest” in companies. […]

Ask the Readers: What will you negotiate this month?

This month’s challenge comes from Gwendolyn Pearce, who would rather be doing almost anything else than buying a car. Each month, we’ve been giving you financial challenges. Big or small, that’s up to you. But we believe that exercising these different financial skills will help to open up new possibilities of earning and saving. This June, we’re challenging readers to negotiate something. […]

10 Ways to Lower Medicare Part D Costs

My dad tells me that healthcare is one of his biggest bills in retirement. He had open bypass surgery several years ago but is otherwise healthy, walking two miles each day at the local mall and living in his own home without a chronic illness such as Parkinson’s or diabetes. His experience must be like that of many other retirees. […]

10 Ways to Save on a Night (or Day) at the Movies

Going to the movies has always been a popular form of entertainment, but the days of nickelodeon theaters are over. With movie ticket prices averaging $7.94 nationally (including matinee and children’s ticket prices), a typical night at the movies for a family of four could cost in excess of $50, including popcorn and drinks. […]

Best Money Tips: Effectively Reduce Your Food Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on reducing your food budget, social media's role in job search, and saving on your water bill. Top 5 Articles Seven Ways We Effectively Reduce Our Food Budget — Reduce your food budget by making your meals in advance and using a list. […]

What to look for when buying an energy-efficient home

This post by Krissy Schwab comes from our partner site at QuickenLoans.com. A study released in February of 2013 by the National Association of Home Builders says one of the most important qualities new home buyers want is an energy-efficient home. […]

How Minimalist Can You Really Be?

There are people out there writing about minimalism who seem to own a passport, a laptop, a toothbrush, and not much else. But that level of absolute minimalism isn't exactly possible for most people. While many of the specifics of minimalism come down to matters of personal preference, there are certain limits that are hard to go past for the average person. […]