January 15, 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 and #Finfluential to participate. This week's topic: Being Finfluential! […]

Wise Bread & Cricket Wireless Team Up To Answer Your Financial Questions!

It’s a new year and time for a fresh start – including saving more, so you can do more all year round. But, sometimes we need a little help to get going on the right financial foot. […]

Fuzzy-Trace Theory and Your Money?

Fuzzy-trace theory? Fuzzy-trace theory is just an odd-sounding name for a pretty simple idea. To put it simply, the idea is that people form two different types of memories. One type, called “verbatim,” is just like it sounds – it’s a very detailed and accurate representation of something experienced or learned in the past. […]

File Taxes Online and Fire Your Accountant: 6 Reasons Why You Should Do It This Tax Season

Updated: January 21, 2014 I Saved an Extra $1,000 Using Online Tax Software I’ve been doing my taxes online for the past seven years. During those years, I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, and Washington. I was employed by three different companies. I started and closed three different businesses. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pomodoro Edition

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the “Pomodoro technique” for time management. The idea is that you break your day down into 25 minute segments. At the end of each segment, you take a five minute break. […]

This is why you’re broke, going out to eat edition

Claes BellGoing out to eat is great for a lot of reasons: no dishes, new culinary experiences, time to relax and share a meal with friends or my significant other, annoying the Internet by posting pictures of my food. But those benefits come at a price. […]

10 Great Home-Based Side-Business Ideas

The following guest post by Kimberly Palmer is based on her new book, "The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life," which comes out this week. Most work-from-home schemes are scams, or pretty close to it. Anyone who asks you to invest $500 (or more) in inventory before you've made a single sale does not have your best interests in mind. […]

9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit

OK, so you have a vacation planned to a big city, but your budget's already been shot to heck by airfare and hotel. You may feel like a lack of funds will limit your ability to have fun, but there are plenty of things to do in most cities that won't cost you a dime. In fact, one of the great things about cities is that there's a lot of free stuff built in. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for a Better Retirement

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on having a better retirement, getting ahead when living paycheck to paycheck, and sticking to your resolutions. Top 5 Articles 7 Tips for a Better Retirement — To have a better retirement, shop your insurance programs. [Forbes] Living Paycheck to Paycheck? […]

Home remodeling — when you can’t (or don’t want to) DIY

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. When my husband and I walked into our last home for the first time, we felt like we were walking right into the ’70s. With disco-era fixtures and old smelly carpet, the four bedroom colonial was quite the sight. Oh, and let’s not forget the orange laminate flooring that graced the kitchen and bathrooms. […]

The 5 Things You Need to Survive a Job Loss

Losing a job can be one of the most challenging struggles a person can face in this — or any — economy. Many people feel lost and unprepared for such an abrupt change in their lives, but it doesn't have to be that way. Having a thorough plan can help you deal not only financially, but mentally, too. Here are some things you need to have ready in case of an upheaval in your professional life. […]

10 Dumb Habits That Are Keeping You From Earning More Money

It seems like there's a constant competition within us to both work and build something that other people can use and benefit from (and ultimately make us money) or to spend our time in systems that people have already established. […]

Failing to plan is planning to fail

It’s that time again, time for the inevitable turn-of-the-year vows to eat smarter, exercise more and be nicer to friends and family. One in a hundred may actually keep those commitments and become healthier, better people in the process. […]