June 4, 2014

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 6/5, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Having a Frugal Father's Day! Learn about frugal gifts for dad, throwing an affordable Father's Day celebration, and more! […]

The Unhappy Call

A few days ago, I called my internet service provider. I had an issue I wanted to discuss with their customer service people. Don’t get me wrong – I actually really like my internet service provider. They have fast service when there’s a problem and there’s rarely a problem. The speeds are consistent and don’t vary much at all throughout the day. The problem is that they’re expensive. […]

Best Money Tips: Secrets for Financial Success

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on secrets for financial success, ways to make an extra $500 a month, and frugal ways to enjoy summer. Top 5 Articles 38 Secrets for Financial Success: My Personal Finance Manifesto — Always remember that when it comes to saving money, patience is a virtue. […]

5 Surprising Ways to Get Deals

All of our usual shopping haunts have data on our browsing and purchasing habits. While that can be disconcerting, we can use it to our advantage. Our shopping behaviors can reward us with cool stuff like coupon codes, discounts, free shipping, and bonus gifts. Here are five surprising ways to game the system and get deals. (See also: 50 Best Coupon code Sites) 1. […]

31 Delicious, Cheap Recipes That Use Up Your Herb Garden

I have murdered plants in my garden ranging from artichokes to zucchini, but the herbs thrive. And thrive. My basil and oregano look more like shrubs. The lavender staged a garden takeover while the rosemary attempted to build its own hedge. (See also: How to Store Herbs) What to DO with all of these herbs? Cookies Yes, I know, leave it to me to find cookie recipes to use up herbs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Circle Edition

Recently, I read Dave Eggers’ wonderful novel The Circle, which, like every great novel, manages to simultaneously work as a page-turner and as a thought-provoker. The big ideas behind The Circle focus on privacy in the era of the internet and big data and branch out into the meaning of social networks like Twitter and Facebook and the intrusion and lack of privacy brought on by data collection. T […]

The Best Time of the Day to Do Everything

Our bodies run on a circadian rhythm that affects our mood and energy throughout the day. It follows that certain tasks are better suited for certain times of the day, when our body is in sync with those tasks. (See also: Finding Your Best Work Hours) That said, there are many tasks for which it is difficult to find a consensus for the best time. […]

Act surprised: Your wedding ring is a terrible investment

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. Divorce. It’s an unattractive yet common end to a relatively high percentage of marriages in the U.S. In fact, as many as 50 percent of American marriages end this way, often leaving catastrophic personal and financial consequences that linger for years. The division of assets. Alimony. Child Custody Issues. Who gets the Stuff? […]

9 Travel Expenses You Forgot to Budget For

When I prepare a budget for a trip, I like to add a padding of about 20% to my original estimate for unexpected expenses. It's difficult to anticipate every single expense that you'll encounter when you travel, but here are some common costs that could trip you up. (See also: Negotiate All Your Travel: The Ultimate Guide) 1. Departure Taxes Some countries impose departure taxes when you leave. […]

What's Your Target Retirement Age?

Money magazine recently asked its readers what their retirement ages were. The responses: 35% - Before 60 34% - 60 to 64 23% - 65 to 69 8% - 70 or older My reaction? […]

A Lot of People Don't Understand What Money Really Is — Do You?

What is money, really? I'm not talking about the physical or economic properties of currency. I'm talking about what money means to you — and whether you work for it or it works for you. Once you understand what money really is, then you can harness it to suit your needs. […]

Sensational Way to Triumph in Negotiations

Before reading this post, please grab a steaming cup of coffee, and recline in the most comfortable chair you can find. If one is near, lift a warm puppy to your lap and stroke the soft, furry pet as you read. All set? Proceed. When professor and author Thalma Lobel was ready to finalize the sale of her Tel Aviv apartment, she sat down with the buyer for final negotiations. […]