March 24, 2014

Naked With Cash: Betsey S, 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. […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Dividend?

A few days ago, I was working on an article where I referred to dividends. Since I didn’t really provide any sort of explanation of what dividends were, I went looking for an article where I explained in detail what a dividend actually is and, to my amazement, I never found a good, thorough explanation of dividends! […]

Ask @WiseBread a Question for Chance to Win a iPhone 5s or GS4

Wise Bread, Jeff Rose (certified financial planner and author of Good Financial Cents) and Cricket Wireless have teamed up to bring you a live Ask the Expert Event this Tuesday, March 25th! You can win awesome prizes by asking questions via Twitter and participate by watching the event live via Youtube Stream below. Prizes for Twitter Users Cricket Wireless is giving away: One GS4 or iPhone 5 […]

Why we aren’t saving for our children’s college educations

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. For a few years, I got to skip Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 5. Save for our children’s college education? That was an easy one…since we didn’t have children, that answer was NO! But now we have two kids (soon to be three), which means our days of delaying that decision are over. […]

Change Your Life by Learning How to Admit You're Wrong

We all know the uncomfortable feeling of suddenly realizing that mistakes have been made, and the mistakes were our own. That feeling is almost always followed by the realization that there's a choice to make. You can admit the mistake, and take whatever consequences might be forthcoming, or you can try to hide your culpability and hope that no one notices. […]

10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip

The United States of America is a massive country — the third largest in the world (after Russia and Canada) in fact. One of the best ways to explore the U.S. is on a good 'ol American road trip. […]

Eight Ways to Make Your Home More Secure

Link for teaser title: Home security insider shares his best tips for securing your home. […]

Student raises $1,000 to take burrito skydiving

Kristin WongA design student from Chicago recently launched a fairly ridiculous Kickstarter campaign: He wanted to buy a burrito and graph its “deliciousness.” With an original funding goal of $8, Noboru Bitoy has blown that target out of the water. […]

Best Money Tips: Affordable Travel Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on affordable travel tips, grocery shopping for 4 on $100 a week, and ways to avoid a money pit. Top 5 Articles 10 Affordable Travel Tips to Stay Within Your Vacation Budget — Traveling during the off-season and watching for deals can help you stay within your vacation budget. […]

Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image

Your professional image — your "personal brand" — combines all of your knowledge, talent, and experience into the public face of your professional persona. The most effective personal brand not only reflects the proper image, it also works across a variety of online forms as well as in person. But even the most carefully crafted personal brand can benefit from a little tweaking. […]

6 Basics You Must Know Before You Start Investing

So, you wanna be an investor? Like, a real, stock-trading, market-following investor? It's kind of terrifying, right? You probably have friends who've lost money — or maybe even their shirts. And it's hard not to notice all the news about market crashes and bankruptcies and even fraud. Sure, you could put your money in a savings account, or some other investment with little or no risk. […]

What is the Ideal Retirement?

Here's an interesting article from Time that talks about redefining the ideal retirement. Not that there ever was ONE ideal retirement, but the generally accepted retirement a generation ago was one where you worked until 65, lived it up for 5 to 10 years, then died. As a contrast, here's what more and more people are thinking of these days: Once common and easily defined, the ideal retiremen […]

Expensive tax mistakes to avoid

Tax season is in full swing. Thanks to tax preparation software, a lot of the common mistakes (i.e., missing social security numbers) are now automatically detected. Still, they are only capable of checking for math accuracy and missing fields. They can’t optimize a tax return to get the maximum amount possible or compensate for our misunderstanding of the complicated tax code. […]