August 2, 2013

Dollars, Calories, and Nutrition

In yesterday’s reader mailbag, a thoughtful reader asked about balancing food costs and nutrition costs. My response to him was a straightforward one: if you have dietary restrictions, then you start with those dietary restrictions as a foundation and use frugal grocery tactics within them. […]

How to Order Your Free Chex Systems Report

Chex Systems is a private database that tracks consumers’ behavior with checking accounts. The company that owns the database, Fidelity National Information Services (no relations to Fidelity Investments), is, among other things, a credit reporting agency. […]

Peaceful Sleep

It’s about 2:30 in the morning as I write this. The house is quiet and I can’t sleep, so it’s time to write a little. Every once in a while, I’ll get this horrible night of insomnia where sleep just doesn’t come. It happens maybe once a month and it’s happened since I was a little kid. […]

Your Take: Marriage Decisions Based on Credit?

So… here’s a pretty wild one. Apparently 20% of men and 30% of women say they won’t marry someone with a bad credit score, according to a poll by They polled 1,000 adults and had a few other interesting findings but that one was the most eye opening. Financial responsibility is sexy again! When I started dating my lovely wife, finances never came up. […]

Ask the Readers: What will you repair this month?

This post is from personal finance writer Gwendolyn Pearce, who, since contributing at GRS, has learned that you don’t haggle at farmers’ markets. You just don’t. It’s time for another monthly challenge. This month, we want to challenge you to look for opportunities to repair something. As with all of our challenges, this is open to some interpretation. […]

Discover Bank Review: You Know the Card, but What About the Bank?

When many of us think of Discover, we think of credit cards (including the new Discover it card). However, Discover offers standard banking services as well as credit cards. […]

Best Deals for Friday 08/02

Link for teaser title: 6.5-Quart Shoe Box $1, GNC On-The-Go Blender Set $17, 5-Piece Patio Bar Set $240, and more! […]

6 Things Every College Student Must Know About Private Student Loans

The cost of college is increasing with frightening speed. A recent report shows that it has increased 12 fold over the last 30 years. This makes paying for college more difficult than ever, especially if you're limiting yourself to federal assistance. However, there are some things that you should know about private student loans before you sign up for them. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Grocery Shopping Online

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on tips for grocery shopping online, finding success with life and money, and how your busy lifestyle is costing you. Top 5 Articles Just a Click Away: 6 Tips For Grocery Shopping Online — When grocery shopping online for the first time, start with safe items to test out the service. […]

Family loans: The new way to pay for tuition?

This article, written by Alexa Pugh, comes to us from our partners at LearnVest. Instead of asking your family for another sweater for your birthday, how about a low-interest student loan? Family loan pools—trust funds from which relatives going to school can draw low-interest loans—have become an increasingly popular way for people to help their kin ease the cost of education, Reuters reports. […]

Leave Town Fast: Essentials for Making a Last-Minute Move

A cousin of mine has had just a few weeks to plan a total relocation thanks to a job offer halfway across the country. I have also relocated out of state a time or three, so I understand the confusion and chaos that can ensue during a move, especially when it’s at the last minute. (See also: The ABC’s of DIY Moving) Relocating to a new place can be extremely exciting but also stressful. […]

As if the Grocery Shrink Ray weren’t enough

One very enjoyable stop when we’re in Vermont is Goodies Snack Bar in Addison, VT.  For a buck we can get a freakin’ huge creemee (that’s Vermont for soft-serve ice cream).  One time I made the mistake of getting a medium hard-pack ice cream cone.  The thing had well over a pint of ice cream on it.  Almost too much, even for me. In contrast, you’ve heard of the Grocery Shrink Ray, right?  That sne […]