March 27, 2014

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Link for teaser title: A soak in a hot tub can do wonders for your sleep, arthritis and many other ailments. […]

Naked With Cash: Brian, 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. […]

The Best Credit Monitoring Service for 2015

Now is the time to find the best credit monitoring service so you can protect yourself from identity theft. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 18% of adults had some form of personal data stolen last year — up from 11% in 2013. The year was also marked by a number of massive breaches at high-profile companies, including JPMorgan, Target, Home Depot, and eBay. […]

Avoiding Doing It Yourself

I like doing things myself, whenever I can do it. Yesterday, when I posted a list of eight DIY tasks for spring, I relish the opportunity to do things like that. Sometimes, I even go beyond what I think I should be doing … in fact, that’s why our basement toilet has the water supply turned off right now. (I need to head to the hardware store.) Not too long ago, I was looking at a friend’s car. […]

Reader Mailbag: Participation

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. Small business advice 2. Cost-effective couponing strategy 3. Living paycheck to paycheck? 4. 401(k) withdrawal advice 5. Husband cheating – what now? 6. Old toothbrushes 7. Roth versus Traditional IRAs 8. […]

How you, too, can DRIP with cash!

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. In my previous post, I listed three things you need to start investing. Number three was opportunities. Sometimes those opportunities are unique, one-off types of things; however, they can just as easily be something that’s always been out there but you just weren’t aware of them because you weren’t paying attention to investing. […]

50 Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund

If you'll be getting a tax refund this year, you can probably think of a million things to do with your check. It's your cash, therefore you're free to do whatever you please. But since you're reading Wise Bread, you probably want to make good use of your refund. (See also: Why You Blow Your Tax Refund) Here are 50 smart things to do with your tax refund this year. 1. […]

15 Cheap and Ingenious Ways to Upgrade Your Furniture

Don't have the money to buy a new sectional for the living room? Still making it work with hand-me-downs from your parents? Don't worry if you can't spend the big bucks on updating your furniture yet — there are plenty of fast and easy ways to refresh your home on the cheap. Use these thrifty finds and innovative solutions to make the most of what you already have. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving Time and Reducing Stress

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving time and reducing stress, how to do the right tasks in the right order, and the biggest tax audit triggers. Top 5 Articles The 5 Commandments for Saving Time and Reducing Stress — If you want to save time and reduce stress, organize and balance your time. […]

5 Ways to Get Someone to Say "Yes"

Negotiating can be an art form in itself. Often, we get in situations where we need someone else to give in so that we can move forward, and knowing how to get someone on your side can be an essential tool in life. Here are some ways to get someone to say "Yes." (See also: Negotiating Higher Pay at Your Next Job) 1. […]

6 Things You Can Do to Help an Unemployed Friend Find a Job

While the nation's economy is improving from the depths of despair we experienced in 2008 – 2009, finding a job is still a challenge for a large number of people. Currently, I have a few friends who are looking for new jobs, some unemployed, some underemployed, and others who want to trade in their current jobs for new ones. […]

The 5 Best Robotic Vacuums

While robots are not quite as ubiquitous as we might have imagined them to be in the 21st century, there are still a number of different automated, robotic devices that can make our lives a bit simpler. The most iconic of these domestic robots would be the robotic vacuum, first made popular by the original Roomba. […]