June 23, 2014

Discount cigarette stores … where’s the bargain?

Discount cigarette stores are one of the more popular types of businesses to come into our county these days.  I think our county has at least five of them now, which for a county of less than 30,000 people seems a bit high. Two friends of mine have already expressed that we have too many of them already.  One posted on Facebook: “‘I sure wish [our county] would open another tobacco store!’ said n […]

Wantable: Designer Accessories at Discount Prices

Who says you need to pay a premium for designer goods? There are ways to get around the sticker price on the latest in fashion and beauty, if you know where to look. Here's a look at Wantable. About Wantable Wantable is a company that aims to match you up with accessories, makeup, or intimates you're sure to love. […]

Best Money Tips: Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on unusual ways to make money, maximizing a small home or apartment, and conversations when caring for elderly parents. Top 5 Articles 22 Odd and Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money — Did you know you can make extra money rounding up scrap metal or becoming a translator? […]

Is Your Doctor Helping or Hurting? This Is How to Find Out

Recently, I made the difficult decision to leave my primary care physician of nearly 20 years. Finding a replacement seemed daunting. But some digital sleuthing and real-life conversations helped me with this process. At our first meeting, my newly vetted physician quickly resolved nagging problems, showing me that mutual understanding can happen even in young relationships. […]

The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping

We've all experienced this: You need two or three items for dinner tonight, so you make a quick run to the grocery store — only to walk out 40 minutes later with 10 items you hadn't planned on buying. What happened in that "quick" trip to the store? […]

Parents and Children and Other Things

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. Parents and gifts 2. Balance transfer question 3. Best free children’s educational programs 4. Non-monthly budget items 5. Acorns? 6. Product codes 7. Mortgage strategy 8. Frustrated with sister’s family 9. […]

Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll — And Other Surprisingly Healthy Activities

So much of what we read about health revolves around the stuff we should be doing, ways to change our diet and exercise routines, and similar tips and tricks. Well, I'm here to give us all a big pat on the back for those activities we're already engaging in on a daily basis that contribute to overall wellness. Here are some things you're already doing to improve your health. […]

Motivation and money

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Especially for those of us like me who are in the midst of the long, hard slog of debt pay-down, staying motivated can be tough. How do you keep your excitement up and your determination high when financial independence is barely visible on the horizon? […]

7 Ways Immaturity Can Make You Happier and More Successful

Imagine what it would be like if life was a grand adventure and you were an intrepid explorer. For children, this is life every day. By their very nature, kids approach the world with genuine curiosity and are able to delight in the possibilities of what's waiting just over the horizon. […]

Mobile finance apps have reduced my spending…And I don’t even use them

Alissa FleckDo you want to change your spending, saving and budgeting habits, but keep putting off downloading a financial app because that would make it all just too real? Well, I have found a solution to this problem — or at the very least, a step in the right direction. […]

Do You Tip Carhops?

Here's an interesting question that's bound to get people in an uproar. :)Dave Ramsey asks whether or not you should tip your carhop. Until the end of last year, my answer would have been, "I don't go to any places that have carhops." We didn't have any restaurants in Michigan (at least convenient to us) that used them.Then we moved to Oklahoma and there's a Sonic every three blocks. […]

14 Things Insurance Agents Don't Want You to Know

Ignorance is bliss. The less that you know about how insurance works, the happier insurance agents are. As friendly as geckos, generals, cavemen, and ducks may look on TV, you shouldn't forget that insurance is a multi-billion dollar industry. These companies are out there to make money. […]

Making time for money

One can’t give financial advice for very long without realizing that most of it is not earth-shattering insight. It usually comes down to common sense. So then the challenge becomes one of analyzing why people don’t apply common sense to their finances more often. Temptation is a big reason, of course. […]