January 17, 2014

When Price Per Unit Fails You

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I were dining at a nice restaurant. As we were ordering, the waiter told us a bit about their wine cellar and showed us a wine list while also making recommendations for good pairings with our food. We looked at the list and eventually decided to order a bottle of wine. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Friday 01/17

50% Off or More on Women's Designer Boots - Shop brands like Stuart Weitzman, Vivienne Westwood, Taryn Rose, and more! 50% Off or More Hanes Men's Underwear - Choose from Boxer Briefs, Classics Boxers, Sport Briefs, Crew Neck Tees, and more! 50% or More Off DKNYC Women's Clothing - Over a hundred tops, dresses, pants, jackets, and more. Black and White Diamond 3 Stone Heart Pendant Necklace - L […]

Anne and Matt, December 2013 Net Worth

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

Five Simple Steps to Start Preparing for Tax Season

Like many Americans, I loathe tax season. Collecting documents, filling out forms, sending money to Uncle Sam – it adds up to a process that I frankly don’t really enjoy. Still, it has to be done each year and the time to do so is nearly upon us. Here are a few steps to take well before actually filing our taxes that helps make the filing process that much easier. […]

Tricks to Make Flying in Coach Feel (Almost) Luxurious

Are you uncomfortable while flying? Cramped? Crowded? Well try this on for size: airplane seats are shrinking even more. In the 1990s, the average airplane seat was 18.5 inches wide. Today, they're 16.5 inches wide. And while seats are getting smaller, passengers are getting bigger! In the 1960s, average females weighed 140 pounds and males weighed 166 pounds. […]

How to Move From Being Busy to Actually Getting Things Done

Today more than ever, we all seem to get busier and busier, with many feeling like they've become so busy that nothing productive actually gets done. If you're feeling like you're running around in circles, here are some tips on how to move towards getting more things done in the same amount of time. […]

Ask the Readers: How much are you willing to spend to save a sick pet?

This article is by managing editor Ellen Cannon. Four years ago, my beloved kitty Zito developed kidney problems. She was only five years old, and her littermate, Mikey, was fine and healthy. But Zito had stopped eating and wasn’t drinking much water. I took her to the vet. […]

Best Money Tips: 100+ Things to Do Before You Die

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things to do before you die, getting the best deal on an engagement ring, and reducing the cost of your commute. Top 5 Articles 100+ Things to Do Before You Die — If you have a bucket list, consider adding horseback riding in the ocean and staying in an overwater bungalow to your list. […]

4 Reasons Why You Don't Have Financial Common Sense (and How to Get It)

If you're always in the hole, you may look anywhere for financial help. You may listen to financial experts on TV, read their books, or pay to attend their seminars on money management and debt elimination. (See also: 10 Sites and Apps That Help Manage Your Finances) The truth is, improving one's financial outlook can be as simple as having financial common sense. […]

Six Figure Interviews 10

Here's the latest in my series of six figure interviews, discussions with everyday people who have grown their incomes to at least $100,000 annually. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. Let's get started...Tell us a bit about yourself (age, marital status, kids, where you live, etc.)I'm 43 years old. I've been married for 12 years. I have on kid who is 8. […]

Popular Homeowner Tax Benefits Might Disappear in 2014

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing If you’re a tax-paying homeowner, there might be some bad news on the horizon. Our legislators in Washington, D.C. haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on a lot of things in 2013. […]

GE Capital Bank Review

General Electric has been active in the financing business for a very long time, but not in a way that hits you in the face. Don’t let their obscurity fool you, though. In banking, size has its advantages and, in terms of assets, General Electric is a powerhouse. Its banking operations have survived a number of recessions, including the Great Recession, and even grown. […]

Ally Bank Review

Few banks have had as profound an impact on our daily lives as Ally Bank. Back in the time of Model T Fords, all automobiles were paid for in cash. General Motors created the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in 1919 to offer their customers easy access to credit, helping more individuals to afford their own automobile. […]

Mutual of Omaha Bank Review

Mutual of Omaha has been a well-known player in the insurance industry for more than a century. In 2007, Mutual of Omaha created an affiliate company, Omaha Financial Holdings, Inc., (OFHI) to explore the banking sector. […]

Evaluating the best banks in America

Banking in America is unique. No other country has as many banks, and types of banks, as the United States. Most countries in Europe have about four or five big banks… and that’s it. When there are so few competitors, they all tend to be alike, and not all that consumer-friendly. The plethora of banks in America is good news, but the news is not all good. […]

Credit card protection from Chase that I didn’t know that I had

Our primary credit card was compromised.  Again. We noticed a spurious $9.84 charge when looking over our Chase Sapphire statement.  A quick visit to the website and a bit of Googling revealed the bad news. So we called up Chase, reported the transaction, and they credited it back to us, no questions asked (they’re good like that).  They canceled our current card, and rushed us a new one for free, […]