December 17, 2013

How to Approach Retirement Catch-Up

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. It’s pretty well established that if you start saving about 10% of your income for retirement starting at age 25 or so, you’re going to be in excellent shape for retirement when you hit age 65. […]

Frugality, Hot Water, and Health

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I traveled to spend Thanksgiving at the home of some of our extended family members. The first morning we were there, I grabbed some clothes and headed for the bathroom to take a shower. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Regift?

We've all received at least one gift that we can only respond with, "Um...thanks?" One way to deal with such a gift is to pass it along to someone who will actually appreciate it. But regifting comes with a whole host of dos and don'ts, especially if you're worried about hurt feelings. Do you regift? What personal rules do you follow when it comes to regifting? […]

68% of Shoppers Are Getting Ripped Off

Haggling is no longer limited to car dealerships, swap meets, and yard sales. Nor do you have to follow strict retailer rules on price-matching (like not accepting Amazon pricing). […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Tuesday 12/17

50% Off Infant and Preschool Toys - Today only, save 50% on select infant and preschool toys, including toy rockets and dump trucks, doctor playsets, A-to-Z animal blocks, and more from Green Toys, Hape, B.Toys, Kid-O, and other top brands. 50% Off Binocular Markdowns - Save on a selection of binoculars, telescopes, and more. Koss KSC75 Portable Headphones $9.99 (from $19.99) - Koss' KSC75 Titan […]

Money lessons from the Grinch, Scrooge, and Buddy the Elf

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Every December, my husband and I have a Christmas movie marathon. We watch as many holiday movies as we can between December 1 and December 31, which is a fun way to get into the spirit. […]

Best Money Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving at the movies, throwing a cheap and easy holiday party, and why investing your emergency fund is a bad idea. Top 5 Articles The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies - 45 Tips! — Save money at the movies by signing up for rewards programs and buying in bulk. […]

6 Ways to Have a Great Late-Night Workout

Finding time to exercise can be a challenge for busy people. If you're like me, one of the few times I can find to workout is late at night, after the boss is happy, the kids are asleep, and the dishes are done. I've found it to be a relaxing time to exercise because the gym is usually not crowded, and I don't feel rushed. […]

My Retirement Plan

I am not going to settle for a barely-getting-by retirement. I haven't worked all my life to sit and just make ends meet for my golden years -- simply surviving until I die.I am not going to settle for a retirement where my money may or may not run out when (and if) I'm 85, 90, or 95. […]

12 Fun Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff

Giving an experience, or even one's time, as a holiday gift, in the place of things that people may not really want, is becoming more and more popular. Think about it. Giving an experience means that your recipient won't have something else to clutter their home, and it means that they get to do something that is fun and meaningful for them. […]

20 Great, Free Gift Ideas

Link for teaser title: You don't need money to give great gifts — instead, give the gift of your time with one of these awesome ideas. […]

Nice pants (price) – racing to the bottom with loss leaders

JC Penney’s will be luring customers into its stores with pants priced at under two bucks this holiday season.  I do give them quite a bit of credit on that one.  Among discounted Blu-Ray players, large screen TVs, and laptops, pants at better than thrift store prices is so … ordinary.  But so practical!  If I were to try for one (or a dozen) of these, I might have a shot.  I wouldn’t have had to […]