April 25, 2014

Reflections on a Tiny House

Over the past week, I’ve been fascinated by a number of articles describing tiny homes – those measuring 100 square feet or smaller. Here’s an example: This type of house is outside the realm of possibility of most families. […]

Living Life

One of the biggest arguments against being “frugal” is that it restricts you from “living life.” Whenever I hear that argument, I usually think that the person involved isn’t actually being frugal at all. […]

Free E-Book on Finance Basics...Kind Of

A reader recently sent me an article titled The Key to Build Wealth? Start Slowly. The article itself was pretty basic, but also good, so when it mentioned that the author interviewed was giving his e-book away free on April 25, I made a note to check it out. So I went to Amazon this morning, and the book is not free (as of this posting, maybe it will be later) but was still 99 cents. […]

Naked With Cash: Betsey S, March 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. […]

Ask the Readers: What’s your embarrassing money moment?

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. A few weeks ago, I had an embarrassing money moment. I was in a checkout lane. The cashier had just scanned several heavy boxes that held my to-be-assembled bookshelf, and my debit card was declined. […]

14 Frugal Ways to Meet and Stay in Touch With People Around the World

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Want to broaden your horizons? Learn new languages? Understand other cultures? […]

How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans

More and more people are cutting loose their cable TV providers nowadays, and no wonder. Cable and satellite services offer big packages of channels for big fees, and have been refusing to provide less expensive a la carte options. Streaming online services have been winning over longtime cable customers by offering selections of programming at much smaller monthly prices. […]

How to Pay Less for Your Next Vacation

You can find really great travel deals online. With numerous price comparison websites for flights, hotels, and car rentals, it's easy to identify the cheapest online options. (See also: Get the Lowest Rates From Travel Websites) But the prices you see on the Internet may not be the best deals available. […]

How Much Should You Save for Retirement?

This is a guest post from J.D. Roth, who founded the blog Get Rich Slowly in 2006. Roth wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual and is the "Your Money" columnist for Entrepreneur magazine. His latest project is a year-long course on how to master your money, which explains how to slash costs and boost income so that you can pursue early retirement and other goals. […]

8 Ways to Track Your Diet and Fitness for Free

So, you have a health or fitness goal and you've started hard work toward getting there, but you're still having trouble hitting your mark. Not a problem! One of the most motivating ways to stay the course is by documenting your progress. Whether it's toward a certain number on the scale or particular finish time at an upcoming race, logging food/exercise/etc. […]

Best Money Tips: Things That Are Raising Your Energy Bill

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on things that are raising your energy bill, updating your kitchen on a budget, and vehicles with the longest lifespan. Top 5 Articles 8 Things That Are Raising Your Energy Bill — Having a dirty air conditioner and relying on central heating are raising your energy bill. […]

6 Steps to Take When You Have More Bills Than Income

Many of us experience a point in life in which we have more bills than income. Debt might be piling up, and you also have other bills, like rent and insurance, to cover. At some point, it becomes difficult to cope with the mounting debt and growing bill obligations. […]

Frequent Flier Miles Will Soon Favor the Rich

This post comes from Libby Kane at our partner site LearnVest.com. We don’t need to tell you that air travel is expensive. That’s even with airline loyalty programs, which generally grant frequent-flier miles to travelers based on the distance traveled. These are later redeemed for a free trip (or part of a trip). But rewarding customers this way is slowly being abandoned by the industry. […]