January 8, 2014

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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: Living Rich Without Breaking the Bank! […]

The Decision Stack

Let’s say I’m sitting at a coffee shop waiting on a friend to arrive. I have a warm cup of something delicious on the table in front of me and I’m reading a website on my phone. It’s a simple story, right? […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Solo Journey Edition

A solo journey is rarely a successful one. Virtually every single significant thing that I’ve found success with in my life has been aided in a very large way. Many of those things were aided by my wife, Sarah. Others have been aided by coworkers and mentors. Here’s the catch: most of the time, as the journey to success was happening, I didn’t see how much they were helping me. […]

Billshit: A line-by-line look at your bloated, horrible cable bill

Kristin WongI know. Here I am, a person who writes about living frugally and saving money and all that, and I still subscribe to one of the biggest rip-offs of all time: Cable TV. I’m not proud of it, and I blame Breaking Bad. […]

It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute

I'm habitually running an hour or a day or a week behind. The upside of this chronic lateness is that I've found that waiting until the last minute to buy things often leads to unexpected discounts. Here are some ways that the latecomer gets more deals than the early bird (and deals are better than worms, don't you think?). (See also: 16 Amazon Deal Hacks) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: 123 Ways to Save Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on 123 ways to save money, avoiding debt in the New Year, and toxic habits to drop. Top 5 Articles 123 Ways To Save Money - Finance Bloggers Share Their Tips — Save money by reviewing your expenses regularly and being willing to shop at thrift stores. […]

Credit unions vs. banks: Things to consider

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. One of my money resolutions for 2014 is to switch banks. I’ve been a long-time customer of a big bank that, in recent years, has stood out among headlines that reveal sneaky and unethical business practices. That’s not the only reason I’m switching, but it does help me want to change. […]

10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy in Bulk

When you think of buying in bulk, you think of the staple items that are often seen in Costco and Sam's Club. Canned food, packages of T-shirts, and laundry detergent are some of the "no-brainers" when it comes to buying bulk. (See also: Bulk Buying Guide) But what about some of the less obvious bulk items? Let's take a step back. Buying in bulk can happen one of two ways. […]

One Simple Trick to Get the Best Tax Benefit From Your Retirement Portfolio

The most basic strategy for long-term investing is asset allocation. But keeping to an allocation means rebalancing your portfolio, and rebalancing is fraught with complications — one big one being the tax implications of the sales you need to make. A simple trick can help you deal with that issue, but first let's take a closer look at asset allocation and rebalancing. […]

30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 13 through 15

Today we are going to continue listing the 30 steps anyone can take to have great finances. If you are new to this series, please read through the steps we've already covered, starting with 30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 1 through 3, before reading this post.Last time we discussed ideas for making extra income. […]

The 5 Best Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

With the gradual phasing out of incandescent light bulbs, folks looking to illuminate their households need to look toward more energy efficient light bulbs in order to do the job. Fortunately, energy efficient bulbs are not only good for the environment, they're also good for your wallet; the average compact fluorescent light bulb will save you about $6 per year per light bulb. […]

2014: Another good year?

Twenty-thirteen is the year the Haves and the Have Nots came to prominence, dressed up as a new TV series which opened on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The title of the show alludes, of course, to the notion that there is a distinction between those with high incomes and/or a high net worth, and, well, the rest of us. […]