May 2, 2014

The Money Trade

If I had to point to one idea that really shook my financial thinking and showed me the value of turning my finances around, it was the concept of exchanging my life’s energy for money, as explained in the wonderful book Your Money or Your Life. The idea is actually pretty simple on the surface. One of the big arguments in the book is that people trade pieces of their life’s energy for money. […]

Some Thoughts on Self-Directed Education and Massive Open Online Courses

If you’ve been following news in the world of higher education over the past several years, one of the biggest issues is the potential transformative nature of free online self-directed education. These are often referred to as MOOCs – massive open online courses. There has been an explosion of really good online learning sites. […]

Ask the Readers: Do you stress-test your finances?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. As J.D. Roth put it, “Failure is okay.” We all experience it, and we each have to figure out how to deal with it. Some people even study it. In fact, studying failure is a very productive thing to do. A stress-test can be used to study failure in a proactive sense. […]

What We've Learned from Millionaires

I've completed 22 interviews with millionaires (here's the millionaire category in case you want to read them) and after the third one there were already patterns in their answers. So with all the responses we have now, I thought I would summarize what we've learned from this group with very high net worths. Here are some common denominators: Millionaires have high incomes. […]

The Needless 9: Insane Luxury Items For You to Laugh At

The frugal spender may not have all the things that money can buy, but she will have one thing it can't: the ability to laugh at the absurd products other people waste their savings on. […]

30 Meaningful Mother's Day Gifts for Every Budget

Like many holidays, we all know how commercialized Mother's Day can be. A lot of times people just give the typical flowers or chocolates, the same old requisite gifts. […]

20 Essential Life Hacks for Summer

Ready for summer? Me too. If you're looking for ways to prepare for the warm weather, we have you covered. This handy list will get you through anything from keeping bugs away to baking dashboard cookies. If you have any fun life hacks to add to this list, please leave them in the comments! (See also: Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps Towards Getting Today's Finances in Order

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on getting today's finances in order, insurance policies you can live without, and how to use eBay to turn clutter into cash. Top 5 Articles 6 Steps Towards Getting Today's Finances in Order — To get your finances in order, look for patterns and generate extra income. […]

You Can Visit Europe for a Lot Cheaper Than You Think — Here's How

As far as foreign travel is concerned, Europe is one of the most romanticized continents in the world. Indeed there is much to do there, from sipping wine under the Eiffel Tower to taking in a bullfight in Spain to zipping along Rome's cobbled streets on a Vespa. […]

15 Great Things You Could Do If You Just Got Rid of Your Debt

"The average US household credit card debt stands at $15,191," according to the Federal Reserve and other government data. Given the statistics, debt is definitely a part of our society; but this doesn't suggest that it's okay to finance our entire lives. I understand that if it weren't for loans, many wouldn't be able to purchase a home, a car, or go to college. […]

8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search

Let's assume you are perfectly qualified for a job you find on Craigslist or LinkedIn, saw in the classifieds (really?), or learned about from a friend. You have the skills. You have the experience. Great. Unfortunately, unless it's a very specialized job, many, many other candidates will be perfectly qualified, too. […]

The Myth of the Post-Retirement Worker

This post comes from Libby Kane at our partner site By now, you’re probably aware that the average American is woefully underprepared when it comes to saving for retirement. “That’s okay,” you might think. “I can always just work for a few more years, or take on a part-time job to cover my expenses.” That’s a common belief many of us hold. […]

These Are the 4 Terms You Need to Know to Get Started in Stocks

Whether you are looking to set up your nest egg or start a new life as a rapid fire day trader, the stock market can be simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. Movies like "The Wolf of Wall Street" simplify the world of shares and trading, making it appear as though anyone with half a brain can jump in and make a fortune. […]