June 9, 2014

Eight Great Free (Or Nearly Free) Summer-Long Projects for Children

Last summer, my two oldest children embarked on a summer-long project that they ended up taking a ton of pride in. In fact, we expanded that summer project and are repeating it again this summer to their great enthusiasm. (What project was it? It’s the first one on this list.) We learned a few lessons from the project, though. Kids won’t latch onto any project you suggest. […]

7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape

I'm happy to cast off those bulky sweaters and shapeless layers now that summer is just around the corner. In fact, I've been weeding through my closet to find warmer weather clothing this week, and one of my bad habits finally caught up with me. I'm notoriously awful at trying things on before I buy them. […]

Best Money Tips: Eat Less and Lower Your Grocery Bill

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some wonderful articles on eating less and lowering your grocery bill, avoiding getting ripped off while traveling, and protecting yourself from identity thieves. Top 5 Articles 6 Tips to Eat Less and Lower Your Grocery Bill — Loading up on protein and taking smaller bites can help you eat less and lower your grocery bill. […]

6 "As Seen on TV" Kitchen Gadgets That Are Actually Worth the Money

This post is for people who think cooking should be fun, love kitchen gadgets, and appreciate a good bargain. You may also find yourself agreeing with me when I say I think the "As Seen on TV" ads are really over-the-top and pretty corny. However, once in a while, darned if you don't see a commercial and wonder… "Hmm, does that really work?" If you fit this criteria, read on. 1. […]

Reader Mailbag: Word Association

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Retirement and asset allocation 2. Breaking the bar routine 3. Regular or Roth TSP? 4. Game night and small kids 5. Financial seminar scam 6. Income question 7. Buying slow cooker for life 8. Is college useful? 9. […]

7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes

Online classes are all the rage, and with good reason: The cost of higher education has skyrocketed. Those unwilling (or unable) to take on a mountain of student loan debt are forced to seek alternatives, and for many, that means earning a degree online. […]

Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets

It's that time again. De-clutterers unite! After a big spring cleaning of your house, it's time to unload your unwanted items and put some extra cash in your own pocket. Why not sell like the big boys do? 1. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise Big box retailers know the power of advertising when it comes to the big one day sale. […]

Student loan update: Interest rate edition

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. In my last progress report, I mentioned that I took my student loans off Kwik-pay (autodebit) until after closing on my house. The thinking was that I’d have the money just in case things didn’t go smoothly with the house and move. Originally, I thought I’d re-enable the automatic payments after closing. […]

Personal Finance is Now a Required High School Class

Not that this is new news for everyone as I'm sure many high schools have offered personal finance classes for some time, but here's a story originating from a town near where I used to live. It's about the Rockford, Michigan high school now requiring a personal finance class for all seniors. The details: The Dave Ramsey curriculum is used as the foundation for the course. […]

You Can Guarantee a Win and 9 Other Bizarre Facts About the Lottery

It's something many of us dream about, but few will ever experience: Winning the lottery. The idea of buying a ticket for a few bucks and turning it into hundreds of millions of dollars overnight is tempting to say the least. We all know it's not very likely to happen. Still, that doesn't stop millions of us playing it every week. […]

The economics of running out

In a sense, personal finance is a battle of conservation. People manage their resources in the hopes they won’t run out of the essentials — only what people find essential can differ. This centers around the fear of losing money or some other aspect of your financial life, and overcoming that fear should involve some element of minimizing the reality of it happening. Offensive vs. […]

Are hamsters the cheapest, yet cutest, pets ever?

Jen A. MillerWe shall now pause to consider one of the Internet’s most hotly debated financial topics: The relative worth of hamsters. Well, to be honest, we aren’t going to waste so much as a pixel on the curmudgeonly views of hamster haters. (What is wrong with some people?) But we will take a realistic, dollars-and-cents look [...]Are hamsters the cheapest, yet cutest, pets ever? […]