June 24, 2013

Save Money And Consume Less In The Kitchen

I love coupons, and routinely use them to save money on groceries.  However, I think that it is also important to focus on, shall we say, post-purchase frugality. Start with smaller portions - We are a family of five, with three children.  Often, our kids will put more on their plates than they can actually eat.  Start them off with a smaller portion and then allow for seconds.  This also works fo […]

Teaching the Idea of Trading Effort for Money

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, Sarah and I have a pretty straightforward policy when it comes to allowances for our children. To reiterate the highlights: + Our children get $0.50 times their age each week for allowance. This means that a six year old would get $3.00 per week under this system. + They’re required to split their allowance up among a few things. […]

Best Deals for Monday 06/24

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals 50% off Sephora by OPI Nail Polish, New Balance Men's Cross-Trainers $36, Classic Shapewear Panties + Thongs $4, and Home Depot takes up to $1,200 off appliances. […]

Four Reasons to Talk Honestly About Money

Prior to starting Consumerism Commentary, I didn’t talk about money. I’d encountered money problems with friends and families, and dealt with the problems as they came, but except for a conversation later on with my father once I was starting to improve my financial situation, it just wasn’t a topic for general discussion. People don’t like talking about money. […]

How to Find a Mentor to Help Your Career

“Mentors can provide valuable advice, counsel, advocacy and networking assistance,” says Lynne Sarikas, director of Northeastern University’s MBA Career Center. “They can be a valuable career resource. […]

College Without Loans: Where to Find Scholarships

We hear a lot of “gloom and doom” reporting about the student loan crisis, but there’s a positive side to paying for college — scholarships. Each year, there are millions of dollars in scholarships available to students, and unlike loans, you don’t need to pay them back. […]

10 Easy Plumbing Repairs That Don't Require a Plumber

When I wrote for the HVAC and plumbing industry, DIY articles and blog posts were frowned upon. After all, why teach people to do it themselves when the plumbers can overcharge them for an easy repair? […]

10 More Scams Everyone Should Know About

Regular readers of my articles will know I like to keep Wise Bread readers informed on various scams, cons, and other nasty ways to lose your hard-earned money. Well, it's time for another round-up of scams and tips that have been sent me by victims and/or watchdogs. Remember — forewarned is forearmed. (See also: 10 Scams to Avoid in 2011) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Find Cheap Flights

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to find cheap flights, simple DIY frugal tips, and cheap anniversary ideas. Top 5 Articles How to Find Cheap Flights and Get the Best Airline Ticket Deals — To find the best airline tickets, consider all carriers and be flexible. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sandboxes

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. Laundry soap question 2. LED bulbs 3. Anticipating marriage 4. Ultra-frugal clothes washing 5. Applying for multiple credit cards 6. Teaching children simpler tastes 7. Paying estimated taxes 8. Engagement ring 9. […]

Top Money Guru Results: Community Results

I want to thank everyone who voted in our Top Money Guru poll and sharing who they considered as their top money guru! Before we get to the results, there were a few interesting voting patterns we noticed and we wanted to share that with you. One thing we discovered was that most people voted along “guru lines,” as in Clark Howard for everything (and Suze Orman for Least!). […]

My teens spent $400 on fast food last month (and how I learned to deal with it)

This guest post is from Naomi Mannino. Naomi is a freelance consumer personal finance and health journalist who reports on health, medical and personal finance news and how it will affect your life today. You can follow Naomi on Twitter @naomimannino. My 19-year-old daughter came to me sobbing and wanting to borrow $20 for a concert because she didn’t have any money. […]

Kids and credit cards — and chainsaws

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I recently did an analysis for CardRatings.com of some polling data on when parents thought was the right time to let their kids use a credit card. In thinking about this, it occurred to me that it’s a bit like asking when it’s OK to let a kid use a chainsaw — the answer depends very much on who the kid is, but in any case it’s a scary thought. […]