April 16, 2014

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 4/17, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #YourFinancialLife to participate. This week's topic: Your Finances: What Matters! Join us as we talk about the different components that make up your financial life! […]

The Pasta Sauce Conundrum

Two or three times a month, my family enjoys an evening meal that features pasta of some kind. We might enjoy spaghetti or lasagna or something else, depending on the mood. However, when I go to the store to buy pasta sauce, I absolutely cringe at the prices. The “cheap” sauces are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and taste overly sweet. […]

Want to Fail? Ignore Survivorship Bias.

Whether you’re making a decision that has apparent, immediate consequences that could affect the rest of your life, like deciding to quit your job and open a business, or making a purchasing decision big or small, it is worthwhile to gather information and think about the future. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Take Action Edition

A friend recently pointed me to the research work of Jennifer Aaker, a researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. […]

Giving makes us happier, but what if you don’t have much to give?

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s that I’m in a better financial place than I was just a few years ago, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot more about giving back. In recent years, it’s becoming more important to me to be socially conscious and charitable. I’m secure, I’m healthy, and I’m free. […]

8 of Your Childhood Heroes Filed for Bankruptcy

Every schoolchild learns about Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, but few hear about his earlier declaration…for bankruptcy. And Honest Abe's not the only role model to have filed. Some of our most successful businessmen, celebrated creatives, and upstanding philanthropists have at one time gone up for Chapter 11. […]

8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying

Airlines are using more and more excuses to tack on extra fees to your airfare. Services that used to be included in the airfare are now only provided if you're willing to dig deeper into your pocket. (See also: 37 Hidden Travel Fees) Sure, you can avoid paying these charges by going with just the basics. But as with everything else, you get what you pay for. […]

Make Your Fridge Last (Almost) Forever With These 8 Tips

After the furnace, the most important appliance in your home is probably the refrigerator. It's also one of the most expensive ones. When you spend $1,000 or more on an item, you want it to last for many years. (See also: Best Refrigerators) The tips below will ensure that your fridge is running efficiently and for years beyond the warranty. 1. […]

Are You in Your Dream Job?

A reader wrote the following comment to Money magazine in its April issue: One of the facts and figures packed into your March issue stood out: the Money Poll item that 14% of people are in their dream career. So 43 out of 50 commuters are going somewhere other than where they would like. Wow. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Start Investing

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on how to start investing, time management for part-time entrepreneurs, and home staging on a budget. Top 5 Articles How to start investing — If you are just getting started with investing, remember to not try to beat the market and keep fees low. […]

Save Money With These 10 Homemade, Healthy Energy and Sports Drinks

As a runner, a lot of my spare time is spent logging miles and cooking healthy foods to fuel my activity. Beyond food, though,  there's this whole world of beverages — and they can be quite expensive. But while basic water is important for hydration, the benefits of sports drinks shouldn't be overlooked with regard to energy, electrolyte balance, and vitamin content. […]

Score Coupons for Every Online Store (Even the Ones That "Don't Have Coupons")

When shopping online, you've probably become accustomed to using coupons as a means of saving money. Sometimes you're lucky enough to receive coupons via email from your favorite retailers; sometimes you have to take the time to scour the Internet, searching far and wide for a deal that can help you save. […]

Slam Dunk Personal Finance Tips From the NBA

Are you a basketball junkie? Did you know that a lot of the steps that lead to success on the hardwood also lead to success with your money? Yep, it's true. In fact, here are five lessons you can learn from the court that apply to your finances. (See also: How to Save Money on Live Sporting Events) 1. […]

How your life is changing in a Heartbleed

No, that’s not a typo. If you haven’t heard of “Heartbleed” yet, listen up. Events that radically change our lives don’t come along that often. The 9/11 attacks changed not only how we travel, but how we think and act when we go out. Having your belongings searched when you go out to a ballgame was unthinkable before; now it’s routine. […]