December 10, 2013

Bank review: American Express Bank

American Express is a brand that is almost synonymous with credit cards, but in recent years they have also built a sizable base of deposit customers. By offering very competitive online savings rates, American Express Bank has grown its deposits from $7.2 billion to $26.5 billion in just five years. […]

Have Escape Weekends Without Breaking the Bank

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. My wife and I have three children in elementary school and/or preschool, so the opportunity for “escape weekends” have been few and far between for a very long time. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Tuesday 12/10

40% off Lodge 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet - Pre-seasoned and ready to use. 37% off Disney Princess Movies - In celebration of the release of Disney's "Frozen" in theaters, save up to 37% off Disney Princess movies on Blu-ray and DVD including "Cinderella," "Tangled," "Brave," "The Princess and the Frog," and more. 49% off All-American Pressure Cooker/Canner - 15-1/2-quart pressure cooker/canner ho […]

Getting Ready For 2014

It’s almost Christmas!  I cannot believe (he says, in old-man voice) just how quickly this year has flown by.  It’s almost 2014.  Wow. This year has been an interesting year for our family.  We continue to move forward with our financial plan – paying off mortgage and saving for the future – and we are excited for the next year. My wife and I have created a list of financial goals for 2014.  I’ll […]

Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College

For a lot of people, going to a four year college seems like an automatic choice when they graduate from high school. The reason is obvious – more income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus $45,000). […]

Can you own a pet in a big city without going broke?

Alissa FleckWhen I first adopted my cat one year ago from the rescue group with which I was volunteering in Manhattan, I naively believed, beyond basic necessities, she’d be relatively low-cost. It turns out the “basic necessities” of pet ownership equate to approximately those of raising an actual human child. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Keep Warm on a Budget?

Brr, it's cold outside! (Or maybe not, depending on where you live.) One way to keep warm is to blast the heater all through season...but that might not be the most economical approach. How do you keep warm on a budget? Do you do any home winterization prep? […]

A primer on the most important economic metric (part 3)

This is a guest post (part 3 in a 3-part series) by Sam, author of Financial Samurai, “How to Engineer Your Layoff,” and founder of the Yakezie Network. Part 1 is A primer on the most important economic metric and Part 2 is A primer on the most important economic metric (part 2). TREASURY YIELDS AND YOUR NET WORTH Feeling financially emboldened yet? […]

Best Money Tips: Easy Ways to Increase Your Income

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to increase your income, DIY gifts for the holidays, and guidelines for holiday tipping. Top 5 Articles 7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Income — To increase your income, complete various tasks online or turn your car into a billboard. […]

8 DIYs For a Sparkling Clean Bathroom

Transform your bathroom into the best room in the house with DIYs that save you money and keep things nice and clean. And all of these cleaners are so easy to put together, which makes having them on hand a big plus. […]

15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter

As a Brit, I was not a big eater of peanut butter growing up. To be honest, I rarely ate it in college or beyond either. Then I came to America, where peanut butter is as common in the kitchen as milk, eggs, and flour. And now, I'm a regular eater of PB&Js. (See also: 11 Ways to Update Your PB&J) But when you're not putting peanut butter in a sandwich, what else can you do with it? […]

10 Great Gifts for Teachers

Link for teaser title: No more apples, mugs, or other unwanted gifts. This year, consider one of these 10 winners, all suggested by teachers. […]

CNN Money Versus Dave Ramsey

Did anyone see this piece from CNN Money? Here's a summary of it: People love Dave. he has 7.7 million weekly listeners, packs arenas, and is at the top of the list when people are asked who they want financial advice from. (Plus he hangs out with really cool people). :) Money likes most of his advice -- the stuff centered on staying out of debt, saving, and planning for the long-term. […]