November 6, 2013

Honing a Budget

Lauren writes in: “I’ve been using budgeting software You Need A Budget to help me build a budget for our family and I think it works great! I only have one problem and it’s something I don’t really think software can help with. At the end of the month, we have certain amounts budgeted for certain things, but when we’re under those amounts, we feel like we’re supposed to spend that money. […]

The big list of restaurant birthday freebies

Miranda MarquitMy birthday is coming up, and while I don’t make a huge deal of my birthday, I do like to go out and enjoy a nice steak dinner. But what’s even better than a steak dinner? A free steak dinner! There are plenty of restaurants willing to provide you with something free on your birthday. Why? […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 11/7, 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: Renters Insurance: Myths vs. Facts! […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tell Someone You Love Them Edition

It’s never a bad time to tell someone that you love them and that you value them. However, if you pass on that opportunity, you might not get a chance to replicate it. I’d rather tell someone that I care about them a bit more often than I should than to miss that chance. How about you? Stuck in a Rut? These Tips Can Help You Turn Your Life Around. […]

Want to do well financially? Don’t listen to baby boomers

Claes BellI’m a little annoyed with the baby boomers these days. While many younger people are having well-documented trouble finding jobs, there seem to be a lot of boomers making good money writing crotchety op-eds about all the ways that millennials fall short. They’re not career oriented enough, they say. They’re too dependent on their parents, [...]Want to do well financially? […]

Why do coupon redemption rules require an engineering degree?

I know that my wife tolerates a lot.  Even though she’ll say that I’m worlds different than when we first got married, I still occasionally work on increasing my troll level.  You know — for trolling.  I’m getting really close to Level 46. Before we went to Costco for some hot and heavy unit pricing action, we went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  (Well, my wife went there first, and my daughter and […]

Lifestyle inflation: Can it be done responsibly?

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Lifestyle inflation gets a bad rap, and understandably so. It’s so darn tempting and so many of us seem to have a serious problem controlling it. But inherently, lifestyle inflation isn’t a bad thing. […]

Cool, Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

If you love being online but are anxious about your finances, don't fear, savvy browser. Now you can use your online prowess to earn cash, rewards, huge discounts, and more. With a couple clicks, you can be making some serious income using these 11 great sites for making money online. (See also: 20+ Ways to Make Money Today) Swagbucks Like taking surveys and finding good deals? […]

Millionaire Interviews 12

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. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. Let's get started... How old are you (and spouse if applicable, plus how long you've been married)? I am 57, my spouse is 50. […]

15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks

What is a geek? Well, I think it's safe to say most of us have a little bit of geek in us these days. I know I'm a complete geek when it comes to things like "Star Wars," "Breaking Bad," "Sherlock," and a whole bunch of movies and TV shows too numerous to mention. In fact, the term geek has become something to be celebrated, equating to an extreme love of many aspects of our society. […]

Best Money Tips: Talking to Kids About Family Finances

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on taking to kids about family finances, saving money to live your dream, and cutting costs without cutting corners. Top 5 Articles 10 Tips for Talking to Kids About Family Finances — When talking to your kids about family finances, talk to them at their age level. […]

10 Mantras That Will Transform Your Life

Did you ever hear a song and think nothing of it at the time? Then one day, you hear it again, and your feelings sync right up to the lyrics and the rhythm? Before you know it, it's suddenly your favorite song. You give it the "thumbs up" on Pandora, you buy it on iTunes, and you play it on repeat. […]

The two-word secret to personal finance success

It wasn’t long ago I suggested in this space there was a one-word reason for the colossal indebtedness of Americans. That word, I ventured, was “supersize.” By supersizing everything from combo meals to homes and cars, folks nationwide were ensuring they’d suffer supersized debt burdens and super-slender savings, I wrote. […]