February 10, 2014

Bean foot warmers: A great use for out-of-date dried beans

I know that I’ve mentioned before that my wife knows how to do many things well.  She’s very handy.  And today, she managed to put something together that not only got rid of some dried beans that were a bit past their use-by date — OK, over three years past — but made some money in the process! A friend of ours had had these corn warmers for years.  They were flannel strips a bit under two feet l […]

Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2014

Updated: February 18, 2014 I’ve had an online stock trading account since I was 13 years old and I’ve used at least a dozen of the best online stock trading platforms. I’ve gained a few “learning experiences” from managing my own account and working as a proprietary day trader in Chicago for several years. There are over 50 online brokerages where you can open an account. […]

Some Thoughts on Assets, Liabilities, and “Free” Spending

Right at the start of my professional career, an old friend of mine sat down with me and gave me some advice that I didn’t pay much attention to at the time, to my regret. […]

Reader Mailbag: Helping Children Succeed

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. College savings or mortgage repayment? 2. Flowers for Valentine’s Day? 3. News without cable 4. Credit card with bad credit 5. LLC for hobby business? 6. Early dismissal costs? 7. Do old records have value? 8. […]

Valentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest

Michele BermanIt’s almost that time. With all that pink and red displayed in every store and jewelry commercials on heavy rotation on every channel, anyone with a significant other can feel their wallets cringing in fear at the approach of Valentine’s Day. So what is it this year? Chocolates? Flowers? A teddy bear with a heart? […]

Valentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest Official Rules

Michele BermanValentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest Official Rules No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win Open Only to Legal United States Residents Void in Rhode Island, Puerto Rico and Where Prohibited by Law PRIZE: Subject to the provisions of these Official Rules, during the Promotion Period (as defined below) of the “Bargaineering.com Valentine’s Day Contest” (the “Promotion“), [...]Valentine’s D […]

5 Expensive Products That Will Actually Save You Money

The old saying "you have to speculate to accumulate" does not just apply to those in the investment industries. If you're spending a little more to get a return on your initial outlay, that works in all aspects of life; and the purchases you make are equally applicable. (See also: 15 Items to Pay More For) Now, the word expensive is relative. What's costly for one person is peanuts to another. […]

25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money

Want to lean your grocery list, simplify your dinner routine, and wash fewer dishes? I think we're all nodding our heads in agreement here. Try one of these genius five ingredient meals tonight and see if it hits the spot. These hearty recipes are full of nutrition and will satisfy a variety tastes and diets — meat-lovers, vegetarians, gluten-free eaters, and more. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save $1,000 by summer, preparing for an enjoyable retirement, and money saving skills for your 20s, 30s, and 40s. Top 5 Articles 14 Simple Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer — If you want to save $1,000 by summer, find cheaper internet and drop your gym membership. […]

On a time crunch? Squeeze more out of your day

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When I (or others) want to improve our financial situations, most excuses involve time. I am too busy to take on another job. I don’t have time to start that business I’ve wanted to start for the last three years. I wish I could really get my financial ducks in a row, but I feel like I’m already using every spare minute of my days. […]

Your Debt Is Killing You — Here's the Cure

In the modern age, many people may think that debt is merely an unpleasant fact of life. Yes, debt is stressful, but it's not like owing money is going to kill you, right? Wrong. According to some recent studies, debt affects far more than just your finances. The stress of being in debt can cause mental and physical ailments that can shave years off your life. […]

Try a Wantable Box If You Like Pretty, High-Quality Surprises

I like pretty things. I also like getting good deals on pretty things, which can end in disappointment if said pretty thing doesn't hold up as well as I expected. I like pretty and cheap, but not, you know, cheap. […]

Six Figure Interviews 14

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 am 43 years old, happily married and have 5 children (elementary to college). […]

Financial to dos before you say “I do”

Money is a sensitive topic — even between loved ones. When my husband and I got married, money was the last thing on our mind. The only knowledge we had of each other’s finances was that neither of us had any debt, both of us had some savings. My husband didn’t even know my salary. […]