October 2013

Choose your life’s mate wisely

This might seem to be a bit of an odd post on a personal finance and bargain website. But it’s one of the more important choices that people make in a lifetime. […]

Trick or Treat! Halloween Candy as a Personal Finance Lesson

This evening, my children will be dressing up and running about in their neighborhood, knocking on doors and requesting candy. If they match last year’s performance, they’ll be bringing home multiple pounds of mini candy bars, Sweet Tarts, and other goodies. Naturally, they’ll eat a few pieces while they’re out and about – I certainly did when I was their age. […]

Why you spend more when you use a credit card

Miranda MarquitEver feel like you go on bigger spending binges when you use a credit card than you would have with cash? You’re not the only one. There’s a lot of research that suggests using a credit card to make purchases usually means that those purchases are bigger than what we’d make with cash. […]

The Chase Freedom Lifestyle Index: Finding a Story Amid Data

In terms of credit card offers, Chase Freedom is one of the most popular. This is the card that was selected by expert personal financial bloggers to win the Fourth Annual Plutus Award for Best Credit Card Offer, most likely due to its cash back program, a sign-up bonus, and the strength of the Chase brand in terms of consumer credit cards. […]

Reader Mailbag: Happy Halloween

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. Wedding gift conundrum 2. Cheap and healthy lunches 3. Refund concerns 4. Prayer and personal finance 5. Unsure about next investment steps 6. Child’s expensive birthday requests 7. Getting rid of documents 8. […]

Watch out: Car vandalism spikes on Halloween

Claes BellIf you have a garage attached to your house or access to a parking garage you may want to take advantage of it to protect your car tonight. Halloween is the worst day of the year for acts of car vandalism, according to a recent analysis by the Highway Data Loss Institute. […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Bargain

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. “My family’s coming over for Thanksgiving,” I told Kim last week. “Really?” she said. “Where are they going to sit?” Good point. When I moved in, my condo was sparsely furnished. […]

25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting

Variety is more than just the spice of life; it expands our experience and makes our lives more fulfilling. Unfortunately, many of us are bound to tight, overwhelming schedules that leave little room for novelty or adventure. The good news is that making your life more interesting is easy if you are willing to make small departures from the norm. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Thursday 10/31

Today only! WearEver 10-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set $54.99 (from $149.99) - Save $95! […]

Why a 50-Year-Old Gadget May Be the Best Cure for Insomnia

Babies are known to sleep better when they're near the sound of a vacuum cleaner, noise of blow dryers, or soft hums of fans. So-called "white noise" is not just for restless infants, either. Sleep experts now recommend white noise for insomnia sufferers of all ages because it's an effective alternative to "pharmacological" treatments — pills — for sleeplessness. […]

10 Overlooked Places That Take Charitable Donations

Most of us have go-to donation centers that we visit when we want to unload our old clothes, toys, and housewares — places like the Goodwill and Salvation Army come to mind — but there are lots of other places right in your neighborhood that will gladly take unwanted items off your hands and give them a new life and purpose. Take a look at these 10 often overlooked places for donations. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money at Trader Joe's

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money at Trader Joe's, career lessons from cats, and things extraordinary people give to others. Top 5 Articles How To Save Money At Trader Joe's — Save money at Trader Joe's by using manufacturer coupons and taking advantage of giveaways. […]

The 5 Best 3D Televisions

Televisions have come a long way from the black-and-white boxes of the early 20th century. Today's TVs can broadcast in stunningly clear high definition, connect to the Internet, and communicate with your other electronic devices. Most of all, TVs are now following the common movie trend of also broadcasting in 3D, making the images you see feel like they're coming to life. […]

Six Figure Interviews 4

Here's the latest in my series of six figure interviews, discussions with everyday people who have grown their incomes to at least $100,000 annually. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 10/31, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Staying Healthy During the Holidays! Learn about fighting off colds, going to the doctor, and more! […]

Inequality Among Children

When I was younger, I was always frustrated when my parents didn’t treat their children exactly the same. I thought it was unfair when they would do something to help one of my brothers, but I also thought it was unfair when they would do something to help me individually. […]

McDonald’s Dollar Menu to disappear soon

Claes BellIf you’re the type who has a $1-a-day McDonald’s habit, prepare to be disappointed. McDonald’s “Dollar Menu” will suddenly disappear starting Nov. 4 (no word yet on whether the Hamburglar is involved). […]

Unit pricing can tell an interesting story

Even though our $80 Keurig machine isn’t ending up to be much of a bargain, we do still buy K-cups for the thing.  They’re convenient and decent in a pinch, and cost less than buying coffee out. Costco regularly has good deals on K-cups.  They end up being about half the price of what we’d pay in a grocery store. Costco sells several brands.  We looked at the unit pricing, and almost bought one ki […]

When Do You Call Out of Work Sick?

Looking back over my career, which for me started in non-profit out of college in 1998 and 1999, included teaching middle school and high school, transitioned into the finance industry, and eventually culminated in working for myself full-time, I’ve had an opportunity to consider my approach to “sick days.” In the early days, I took as many sick days as possible. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Taking Things for Granted Edition

It’s so easy to take things for granted in our lives. We have a good thing that lasts and, before long, we kind of assume that good thing will last forever. No good thing lasts forever without some care and maintenance. Relationships. Health. Nothing. You have to give something of yourself to maintain everything of worth in your life. […]