June 17, 2013

Breaking Even on Rechargeable Batteries

My computer mouse uses two AA batteries. Our television remote control does, too, as does our DVD player remote. Our son’s fish tank filter uses two AA batteries as a backup. Our small flashlight uses AA batteries, and our large flashlight uses an adapter that allows it to use AA batteries. I don’t even want to speculate how many of their toys use AA or AAA batteries, but it’s quite a few. […]

Best Deals for Monday 06/17

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals Travel accessories at Deal Genius from $5, HDMI to VGA Adapter $30, New Balance 1010 Men's Running Shoes $30, AE Outfitters 50% off clearance, and more! […]

Bank of America Allegedly Lied to Homeowners Seeking Modifications

It’s no surprise that Bank of America is caught up in yet another scandal. This bank is no stranger to lawsuits for various practices, and the bank is now the subject of a class action lawsuit involving the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). HAMP was a government program supported by the U.S. […]

Reader Mailbag: Fresh Salad Greens

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. IRA worry 2. Replacing a toilet 3. Foreclosure or not? 4. Pension or 401(k) 5. Retirement plan for older folks 6. Sell first or move first? 7. Free financial counseling? 8. Trying to understand treasury bills 9. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of June 17

Just a reminder that Wealth Lion is up and running with posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Here are the latest posts: My Real Estate Objectives and Strategy - What I'm trying to accomplish by investing in rental real estate and how I'm going about it. My Multiple Streams of Income - Details on the various ways I make money. […]

Could a 529 Plan Mess Up Your Child’s Financial Aid?

As you work to save up enough money to send your child to college, one of the tools at your disposal is the 529 plan. This plan allows you to put money to work on behalf of your child. With a 529, money grows tax-free — as long as it is used for qualified education expenses. But could the 529 be a little too effective? […]

Fun Facts about the Forbes 2013 World’s Highest Paid Athletes

I love all of Forbes’ sports related money/valuation/richest lists. Every year I take a peek at the World’s Highest Paid list and I’m not terribly surprised that the names that dot the top. So who makes up the top five? Tiger Woods, Roger Rederer, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Drew Brees. Total take? $322.3 million. If you add the second half of the top ten, total earnings is $552.50 million. […]

Why my garden won’t replace my CSA subscription

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I told the checker at the grocery co-op where I shop that I didn’t need a receipt. “I don’t want to keep track of how much I’m spending on my garden,” I told him. My modest cart had carrots and apples and popcorn — staples! — and tomato, lettuce, basil and lavender starts. The reason I don’t want to know: I’m worried it won’t pencil out. […]

Maximize the Value of Your Airline Miles and Points

When people learn how much I travel, and how little I pay, they typically want to get in on the deal. And while everyone recognizes that earning points and miles is a challenge, few realize that learning the best way to spend them is at least as important. […]

Lessons in Simple Living From Extreme Minimalists

I write about frugality, and I try to follow my own advice, but I am by no means a minimalist. My kitchen is bursting with gadgets and appliances, my drawers with clothes, and my shelves with books. I haul in plenty of art and nick nacks and other pretty things, too. I'm no hoarder, but I have lots of things I use, that I might use, or even that I like to look at. […]

How to help your family after you are gone

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. Death. Nothing in this life is certain but that except death, but that is the one thing almost everyone prefers not to think about. It is depressing to think about our own demise. Why think about something that depresses you? Because it is not about me, it is about the loved ones I leave behind. […]

Best Money Tips: Money Saving Tips for Seniors

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on money saving tips for seniors, avoiding online rental scams, and getting out of debt. Top 5 Articles Money Saving Tips for Seniors — To save money, seniors can take advantage of senior discounts and check into lowering their taxes. […]

Save More by Avoiding Multiple Bank Accounts

Want to save more? Keep it simple. Conventional wisdom holds that people should spread savings across different accounts, and the typical American has multiple checking and savings and other types of financial accounts. However, they're more likely to save more with just one savings account, according to a new study by a University of Kansas researcher. […]