April 1, 2014

Buying and Selling Stocks Is Often a Losing Strategy

After three months, my $1,000 investment portfolio, nicknamed “Feemaggeddon,” is lagging. This portfolio is part of an investing challenge, the “Grow Your Dough Throwdown.” It’s a lighthearted competition featuring several top financial bloggers. I have two goals with this portfolio. The first is to test a specific popular investing philosophy. […]

4 Ways to Minimize Your Home Energy Bill This Spring

This post first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Winter is over! Spring is here! Spring offers many opportunities to save money. Spring makes it much easier to go outside and get some exercise. You can start a vegetable garden. […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is Rebalancing?

One topic I see referenced quite often in personal finance books – especially books focused on retirement – is the idea of rebalancing. […]

How will the new Small Business Capital Act affect you?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Amid the hubbub of stock-market activity last week, the House of Representatives quietly approved a new law giving Wall Street an exclusive monopoly on funding for smaller businesses – including even your little side hustle. […]

Never Leave Home Without These 10 Essential Travel Apps

Some people will tell you that traveling — really traveling — is all about living in the moment, getting lost, and finding surprising and amazing things along the way. And I agree ... to a point. But the truth is that sometimes when you’re in a strange city, what you really want is to find some lunch right now, or somewhere — anywhere — to sleep. […]

Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Favorite Way to Save Money?

Chances are if you are a Wise Bread reader, you are interested in saving money and have learned many ways to cut your costs. There are many blogs out there that can help you keep your expenses low using money-saving tactics. From couponing to apps to thrift shops and more, everyone has their favorite ways to save money! What is your favorite way to save money? Do you love couponing? […]

When Should You Get a Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel?

Vacation rentals — that is, rooms, apartments, and houses that can be rented in lieu of hotels — started out as a little secret that only hardcore travelers shared. But since Airbnb's inception in 2007, the use of vacation rentals has grown a lot and become quite mainstream. In 2013 alone, travelers booked 6 million stays on Airbnb. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Reduce Vet Bills

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on reducing vet bills, living without a car, and haggling for a better price on everything. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Reduce Vet Bills — To reduce vet bills, shop smart for pet supplies and choose your vet wisely. […]

Improve Every Conversation With One Simple Tactic

Conversation is an important part of everyone's life. Whether you make your living conversing with people or have a job better suited to an introvert and only converse with others a few times a week, it's important to make the most of each interaction that you have with another person. (See also: How to Spice Up Conversation) Even the conversations that take place outside of work are important. […]

9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids

When we're planning family vacations, we envision leisurely days spent at the beach or exploring new cities with our angelic children at our sides. We often overlook the realities of prospective trips: long car rides, delayed planes, missed connections, and cranky children. Fortunately, there are simple steps to take your vacation from stressful to stress-free. […]

Will You Ever Be Able to Retire?

If you listen to the experts and pundits, you've heard that retirement as we know it is in serious trouble — and the current workforce can expect to work until they get too sick or too dead to keep going. […]