October 16, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 10/17, 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: Saving on Halloween! […]

The Truth Behind The “Perfect” Dinner Party (or Anything Else “Perfect”)

Not too long ago, I read an article in an issue of Bon Appetit about Mimi Thorisson, who publishes a blog called Manger. The magazine article included quite a few wonderful photographs of Mimi and her family preparing for and hosting a dinner party. (Here’s part of that article.) It looked fabulous. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Overload Edition

As many of you know, I use the online reservation system at my local library to get on the waitlist for new books as they come out. […]

Free layaway: Is it a good deal?

Kristin WongIn the next few weeks, stores and online retailers will be bombarded with holiday shoppers. In an effort to encourage spending, some stores are offering free layaway programs. Toys ‘R’ Us, for example, boasts, “No upfront fees!” on their website. And in August, Walmart introduced “free layaway with no opening fee,” according to a press [...]Free layaway: Is it a good deal? […]

Imagining your future self, continued

Claes BellLast week I wrote about a study that suggested visualizing your future self is a good way to get motivated to save for the future. […]

The small-house experiment (Part 1)

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how my husband and I are moving to be closer to his new job. Well, it’s been a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty ever since. Since I wrote that post, we put our house on the market and began the search for a new home. […]

How to Choose and Store Fruit for Maximum Freshness and Flavor

Do you stand in the produce section poking and prodding your fruit before making your picks? That's OK in some instances, since many fruits continue ripening after they've been picked. But not all fruits are created equal. For some, the ripening process stops once they're plucked from the plant from which they came. How do you know which fruits continue ripening and which don't? […]

Best Money Tips: Live on One Income and Still Feel Loaded

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on living on one income and still feeling loaded, 101 Halloween costumes to make on the cheap, and investing mistakes you are making. Top 5 Articles How to Live on One Income and Still Feel Loaded — Embracing simplicity and cooking at home can enable you to live on one income and still feel rich. […]

20 Most Useful Pet Food Websites

Pet food costs can add up, so pet owners are always looking for an opportunity to save money while keeping their four-legged companions well-fed. Most online pet food vendors specialize in high-end, hard-to-find brands, so if your pet is content with regular ol' chow, you might be better off sticking to your grocery store and saving on shipping and handling costs. […]

Help a Reader: Career Move or Not?

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a 20 year veteran of a major city police department in the Northeast.  My current base salary is 82,000/year.  Between court time and voluntary overtime I usually make another 25-30 thousand per year.  That also means that I work and average of 60 hours per week.  The minimum I ever work is 50 hours but some weeks I work over 70 hours.  Du […]

How to prepare financially for a bundle of joy

We will be welcoming our first child in less than a week. We started having a lot of conversations about starting a family a couple of years ago and have been preparing for it, including moving from dual incomes to one. It has been a roller coaster ride for us — emotionally, mentally, financially and physically. Of course, we cannot prepare for everything, but we wanted to do our best. […]