September 4, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 9/5, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: The Tooth Fairy! Join us as we talk about how much to give your kids, leaving gifts other than money, and using the Tooth Fairy to teach your kids about money. […]

Parental Support and the “Salad Years”

Mary writes in: “My son recently graduated from college and took a job with a startup. It doesn’t pay well, but he’s building some fantastic experience and connections and if the startup goes well he’ll be in on the ground floor. For now, though, he’s living in a tiny apartment with four other people and lives on free food from work or the cheapest stuff he can find at the store. […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress For August 2013

My wife and I continue to work hard to payoff our mortgage. As of the end of August 2013, my wife and I will have lived in our home for 3 years and 6 months. We have a conventional, fixed-rate, 15-year mortgage and our goal is to pay off our mortgage in less than ten total years. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Wednesday 09/04

Today's Featured Deal is from 1SaleADay: Shark Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop $39.99 (76% off from $159.99) This lightweight and easy to maneuver device easily cleans and sanitizes your sealed hard-floor surfaces by releasing steam when mopping to leave your floor virtually dry. The 180 degree swivel head can access hard-to-reach spaces, like under the sofa. […]

23 Secrets to Surviving New York City

Link for teaser title: Learn how to land cabs, ditch panhandlers and avoid scams. […]

Are You About To Be Scammed? 7 Red Flags

Online scams seem to be everywhere. From “work from home” scams to phishing attempts, fraudsters are out to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. However, like many dangers, there are usually red flags along the way. Here are 7 red flags that might indicate that you are about to be scammed: 1. A Social Media Friend Asks for Money Social media scams are increasingly sophisticated. […]

What clay pigeon shooting can teach you about finances

First time for everything, isn’t there? This past Labor Day weekend clay pigeon shooting showed up on my “first time” radar, courtesy of a great friend who figured that killing bright orange pieces of clay couldn’t be beat for a long weekend of fun. […]

Recalibrating for self-employment: health insurance

This post is by staff writer Holly Johnson. When I left my full-time job in April, I lost several of the valuable perks that come from working for someone else. Included in the casualties were my company-sponsored retirement plan (and 4 percent match) and my company-paid smartphone. Those two losses were somewhat easy to accept since they both had a fairly easy fix. […]

10 Things the United States Should Copy From Other Countries

For anyone who has used a passport, coming home to the United States can feel like returning to a boring family reunion. […]

How to Make a Crappy Couch Awesome Again

A couch is a big purchase, and chances are, many of you frugal readers are hacking it with a hand-me-down or Craigslist couch until the day you're able to afford your dream sofa. Instead of deploring how dreary and frumpy your old couch looks, why not take some proactive steps to get it looking great again? […]

Best Money Tips: Part Time Jobs With Benefits

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on part time jobs with benefits, times you can't afford to skimp, and how to road trip for under $100. Top 5 Articles 10 Part Time Jobs with Benefits — Companies like Starbucks and Costco offer benefits to their part time employees. […]

6 Ways to Haggle Your Way to Cheaper Rent

Don't think that housing negotiations only benefit those who purchase a home. Just about everything is negotiable, and if you fall in love with a rental that's slightly outside your housing budget, there are ways to haggle yourself to a cheaper rate. […]

Millionaire Interviews 2

This post initially ran on Wealth Lion. I have added the comments from the interviewee on that post to this one to provide more clarity. Here's the latest in my series of millionaire interviews, discussions with everyday people who have practical tips and insights into growing and managing wealth. […]

Extra bang for your discounted gift card buck

Some ways of saving money may be more trouble than they’re worth.  There is always a tradeoff between time and money and in the end it’s not always a good idea to squeeze every last cent out of every purchase. There are other ways to save money that are really, really easy, and hardly take any time at all for what you save.  If you can do more than one at once, even better — and I’ll show you how […]