March 21, 2014

The Challenge of Frugality and Good Nutrition

The other day, I went through a local grocery store flyer and marked items as either being “healthy” or “unhealthy.” I was curious as to whether items on sale were items that provided good long-term nutrition for people or not. Of course, the first problem is defining what “healthy” and “unhealthy” means. […]

How to Find the Best Savings Account in 2014

Looking for places to grow your money without much risk is difficult these days, but finding the best savings account might be a good place to start. Although your money will be safe there, the average American is hardly capitalizing on any gains. According to CNN Money, the average savings account last year had only a 0.06% APY (annual percentage yield, or interest). […]

Personal Finance 101: Percentages

Markie writes in: My biggest struggle with personal finance is the numbers. I am terrible at math. When I look at percentages and stuff, I just want to lock down and tune out. This is actually a pretty common thing. One of the brightest people I know – an amazing writer who is a creator of endless good ideas – struggles with the math needed to balance her checkbook. […]

Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, February 2014

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. […]

7 Ways to Help Your Parents Save Money

It can be difficult to have financial conversations with your parents as they get older. Maybe your family never really talked about money, or maybe your parents don’t want to discuss their financial life because they feel like they’d be giving up part of their independence. […]

Ask the Readers: What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 2)

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Part 1 is “What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 1) “ There are so many people desperately trying to make ends meet and failing at it – whether because of their own failures or because of terrible misfortune. And it’s hard. […]

10 Ways to Get Stronger Bones Without Eating Dairy

Bone health is something we all must consider long before we become seniors. Most people reach their maximum bone mass between ages 25 and 30. By age 40, we begin to lose bone mass. The loss of bone mass leads to osteoporosis — a condition that makes bones more brittle and susceptible to breaks. […]

Things You Must Know to Protect Yourself in an Auto Accident

Every year there are six million car accidents in the United States, with over 30,000 involving fatalities. Knowing what to do in a life-threatening situation can be crucial to your survival. Here are some tips on what to do in a car accident. (See also: Emergency Situations You Must Prepare For) 1. Prepare Yourself in Advance Being prepared for emergencies is always beneficial. […]

Best Money Tips: Insurance That Saves You Big in the Long Run

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on insurance that will save you big, people who can save you time, money and stress, and getting started with investing. Top 5 Articles Looking Ahead: Five Types of Insurance That Save You Big in the Long Run — Life insurance and health insurance can save you money in the long run. […]

This Is the Best Music to Listen to If You Want to Be Productive

I prefer to work in silence. I don't want any background noise, including music, loud talking, or a TV on. In the working world, I'm probably in the minority. Music can help workers relax, get excited about their work, and drown out distractions such as traffic noise or talkative office workers. […]

Dividend Investing Basics

I'm considering using dividend investing as a key part of my retirement plan. But I must admit that I don't know much about it. […]

10 Tips to Up Your Chances of Getting an Email Response

We're all familiar with the feeling that the emails we sent must have been sucked into some black hole because we never received a response. Sure, it's possible that your email went straight to spam, but the more likely scenario is either the recipient isn't interested or is too busy to respond. […]

Three low-cost ways to capture your wedding day

This article comes from Christine Bilger from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog. You know what’s expensive? Wedding photography. You know what’s even more expensive? Videography. I’m not going to deny that I had more than a little sticker shock when I started looking for a wedding photographer. Unfortunately, I also really want a videographer – which isn’t in the budget. […]