January 30, 2014

Best Credit Cards for Students in 2014

Updated: February 5, 2014 The best credit cards for college students hold one major advantage over the other sources of funding that can be used to pay for college expenses: Student credit cards help students establish credit while other methods of funding do not. Sure, you can give your kid a prepaid debit card and fill it up occasionally, but they won’t learn the responsibility of paying bills o […]

Does the “$4 Per Gallon Savings Plan” Really Work?

Dana writes in: “I loved your recent article on the 52 week savings plan. I shared it with my friends on Facebook. Lately several of my friends have been sharing a “$4 a gallon savings plan” lately and I was wondering if you could look at this plan too! […]

Reader Mailbag: Super Bowl Plans

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Update on “dream home” savings 2. Heroes? 3. Gift tax question 4. Discount glasses 5. Buying house without mortgage 6. Door locks 7. Business as retirement plan? 8. Robert Kiyosaki 9. Evening MBA good idea? 10. […]

Michaels offers handy DIY solutions for customers exposed in possible data breach

Claes BellAnother week, another retailer announcing a possible data breach that could compromise customer data and expose them to the risk of financial fraud. A few weeks ago, it was Target, then Neiman Marcus (who, like Target, is offering free identity theft protection for a year). […]

5 DIY Laundry Detergent Recipes

Grocery shopping is one of my favorite activities. I'm relatively confident when picking and choosing my whole and packaged foods. I can evaluate freshness, scan labels, and quickly figure nutritional contents through much practice and passion. When it comes to buying household cleaning products, though, I become rather paralyzed. […]

Great Whisky and Spirit Gifts for Less Than $25

Are you looking to find a gift for your spirits aficionado friend? Are you on a budget? (Or simply want to get the biggest bang for your buck? […]

Can we really change our financial habits if our backs aren’t against the wall?

This article is by staff writer Sam, the Financial Samurai. I recently had a discussion with a friend who made an argument why it’s better to eat out in Manhattan than to save money by cooking because of the convenience and the joy of eating with friends. I’m all for breaking bread with good people, just not so much if you’re concerned about income. […]

Best Money Tips: Tax Audit Flags

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on tax audit flags, tips for lowering your heating bill, and tips for easing back into work after vacation. Top 5 Articles 25 Tax Audit Flags — Drastic income changes and off the charts itemized deductions can be tax audit red flags. […]

5 Personal Finance Lessons From “The Hobbit”

It's hard not to be inspired by stories and characters in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." The books and movies may contain fantastic realms and amazing creatures, but they are also grounded in reality, especially when it comes to Bilbo Baggins. Of all the characters in Middle Earth, he's the one most of us can relate to. He's flawed, charming, fearful, anxious, funny, and very human. […]

The 5 Best Mops

Of all the household cleaning chores to be done, mopping is by far one of the most daunting. The prep time involved with sweeping first, then the actual mopping itself, and finally waiting for the floors to dry can suck up a large chunk of the day depending on how much surface area there is. […]

Reader Profile: JV

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Naked With Cash: Brian, 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. […]