May 6, 2014

3 Marriage-Saving Approaches to Take if Your Spouse’s Spending is Out of Control

This article was first posted at U.S. News and World Report Money. It’s a common story. One partner in a marriage realizes the value of financial responsibility and starts working in earnest to improve the couple’s financial situation. Meanwhile, the other partner hasn’t had that epiphany and prefers to continue old financial habits. Inevitably, these situations end up in conflict. […]

How to Win the War Between Consumers and Creators

As the title implies, there is a war between consumers and creators, and the battles in this war are played out with money. It’s a war I’ve been seeing from both sides of the trenches. I am a consumer, but more than that, I’ve been writing and thinking about consumer behavior from an empowerment perspective for more than a decade. […]

Large Portions and Doggie Bags

There’s a small family-owned restaurant that Sarah and I take our family to regularly. We like the employees and the owners there and have become something like “regulars,” as it’s a place we’re comfortable taking our children to for a pleasant and peaceful meal. Anyway, as we were examining the menus during our last visit, I was distracted by the prices on some of the offerings. […]

Eating healthy on a slim budget

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. I spend almost as much on groceries as I do on my mortgage. Now, before you spit your coffee all over your keyboard, you should know that my mortgage is pretty low, lower than what some of my friends pay in rent. […]

Ask the Readers: What Is the Best Lesson You Learned From Your Mom?

We learn so much from the people who raised us — for better or worse! With Mother's Day just around the corner, let's talk about the things we learned from mom. What is the best lesson you learned from your mom? Is it something you appreciated at the time, or did you resist as children do? […]

Best Money Tips: 7 Frugal Ideas to Celebrate Mother's Day

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on frugal ideas to celebrate Mother's Day, things beginners must know about saving for retirement, and how to fill the hours after a layoff. Top 5 Articles Don't Go Broke Celebrating Mother's Day - 7 Frugal Ideas — Opt to make dinner yourself and give mom a no work day for Mother's Day. […]

This Is How You Dress Like Don Draper on the Cheap

Looking for that 1960s look for when you head down to the office? It's a lot easier than you think. Few television shows have had such an impact on popular culture as "Mad Men." No one, so far as we know, is looking to dress like Jesse Pinkman from "Breaking Bad." Lots of guys, however, are looking for the perfect Don Draper-esque suit or hat. […]

6 Surprising Reasons You Still Need a Travel Agent

With online travel booking becoming the norm, it may seem like there's no room left in the industry for travel agents. The number of travel agent retailers has indeed dropped from its peak of 34,000 in the mid-1990s to about 13,000. But travel agents are not yet obsolete; they still own as much as one-third of the U.S. […]

10 Reasons Why You're Not Reaching Your Goals (and How to Change That)

Whether you make goals when you crack open a new calendar or at times of self-reflection, why does achieving them often seem elusive? Here are 10 reasons why you may not be reaching your goals — and how you can overcome these obstacles, turning your goals into realities. (See also: 6 Steps to Achieving Your Goals) 1. […]

The Only 4 Things You Need to Do to Start Investing

Do you want to get rich through investing one day? Do you think it's even possible? Well, it is. And the best part about investing is that it's simple. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, and it's also not rocket science. I'm going to show you four simple and actionable steps you can take. After reading this article, you'll be able to just follow the directions and start investing right away. […]

5 Things No One Is Telling You About Success

Everyone wants to be successful. For some, success is found in strong relationships. For others, it's accomplishments or influence. And of course, few of us have a definition of success that doesn't factor in finances. There is certainly no shortage of material dedicated to helping us achieve any number of "successful" lifestyles. […]

5 Painless Ways to Manage Money With Your Partner

Whenever I see a talk show or reality show that deals with finances, I'm always most amazed by the couples. "She makes about $60,000 per year ... I think." "I know he has credit card debt, I just don't know how much." These are the kinds of things I hear people say about their spouses and their money. […]