January 29, 2014

The Best Renters Insurance for 2014

In my last post, I shared my take on the best home insurance. With the growing popularity of renting, I conducted some additional research to determine which carriers provide the best renters insurance. After analyzing several national and local companies, Allstate stands out as the best renters insurance provider. If you want a free online quote, you can get started right away. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 1/30, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Extreme Frugality! Learn about some of the craziest ways to save money on food, entertainment, transportation, and more! […]

The 5 Best Free Tax Software for 2014

The first thing to know about free tax preparation software is that every legitimate online tax software offers a free version. If you’re new to tax software, check out my post on the best tax software to see what products rank the highest overall and to learn more about how the software works. Remember, you can start using online tax software for free and you’ll only be charged if your tax return […]

Mixing Multitasking and Focusing

Recently, I wrote an article entitled Convenience and Expenses: Why Time Management Really Matters, where I explored the connection between personal finance and time management and I promised some follow-up articles on specific elements of time management that connected deeply with personal finance. Here’s the first of these articles. People can’t spread their attention fully between two tasks. […]

3 Steps to Building a Financial Safety Net From “The Economy of You”

Nobody should have only one source of income. That’s what financial writer Kimberly Palmer claims in her new book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life.” And she makes a compelling argument — in a time when the word “recession” is still wafting through the air and it seems like full-time jobs are constantly cutting benefits and hours, one of the most […]

Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, December 2013

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Hairbrushing Edition

My daughter has wild, unruly hair that needs brushed several times a day. If she doesn’t take care of it, it starts going in every direction. The problem with that is that she really doesn’t like to brush her hair. She usually wants to do it herself and when she does, she does a rush job that begs to be finished up by one of her parents. Every once in a while, though, she asks me to do it. […]

Concierge medicine provides options ahead of Obamacare deadline

Alissa FleckThere are just over 2 months to go until the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare, and not everyone is sold on purchasing the kind of comprehensive and often pricey plans offered in the insurance exchanges set up under the law. […]

This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home

One of the quickest and least painful ways to save money is by cooking more meals at home. I'm pretty good with this practice during the workweek, but on weekends — those childhood memories of Friday night takeout pizza take over my mind and, well, empty out my wallet. A to-go pie, with average prices ranging from $9 to $16, isn't the worst culinary budget buster, that's for sure. […]

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Buy at Costco

The first Costco location (then called Price Club) opened in 1976 inside a converted airplane hangar in San Diego, California. The original business model was to serve only businesses, offering bulk products at discounted prices. The company quickly realized it could increase its sales by offering memberships to a select group of non-business owners. […]

Food spending: When bad habits attack

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. In 2010, my husband and I were pregnant with our second child. And although we were making plenty of money, we were burning through all we made at lightning speed. Yep, we were wasting it. In fact, we were spending money we didn’t even have by financing cars, miscellaneous purchases, and trips. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Things You Never Thought You Could Save On

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving on things you never thought you could save on, getting the most out of your tax refund, and personal finance principles to live by. Top 5 Articles 50 Ways to Save Money on Things You Never Thought You Could Save On — Save money on new purchases by waiting 2 weeks to use anything you buy. […]

Pay Bills Early? Only If You Want to Save Money

It's no surprise that being prompt with your bill payments saves you from late charges and frees up your income early in the month. But there are other benefits that may not be so apparent. Whether it's debt or utilities, getting your bills out of the way early can pay off even more than you think. […]

10 Ways to Save on Your Next Car Rental Without Even Trying Hard

If you're planning a road trip or flying somewhere, booking a car rental may top your list of things to do. But while you may need a set of wheels when you're away, the daily cost of a car rental can add up quickly and eat into your vacation budget. (See also: How to Budget and Track Expenses for Your Vacation) There is no such thing as a free car rental. […]

Millionaire Interviews 19

Here's the latest in my series of millionaire interviews, discussions with everyday people who have practical tips and insights into growing and managing wealth. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. […]

Longevity logic and retirement rationales

The professional association to which I belong meets the second Tuesday of the month. Afterward, many of the members in attendance hit a nearby Italian bistro for a buy-your-own dinner. Last week, I exited for home alongside another long-time association member, George, who had a train to catch. I asked if he’d commuted downtown just for the meeting, and he said he hadn’t. […]