June 24, 2014

Bargains and baselines

A colleague whom I respect a great deal talked with me at the end of last week.  He has a way of breaking complex things down into very simple, but profound, terms. He was explaining how a particular process works, and he appealed to my science background.  He talked about the concepts of ground, and by extension, ground truth, and baselines. How do you know how good that bargain is? A baseline is […]

3 Ways to Get Hotel Deals

Sure, you can get low hotel rates by shopping around on several websites. But if you're the type of traveler who's willing to spend a bit more time for greater savings, there are other ways to get better deals. These three hotel booking methods take some time and effort, but you'll gain access to exclusive hotel rates. […]

Best Money Tips: Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some wonderful articles on ways to plan a July 4th blowout on a budget, how bridesmaids can avoid going broke, and small business ideas for kids. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget — Having a potluck and opting for BYOB can make your July 4th celebration a frugal one. […]

17 DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Amazing (and 3 You Shouldn't Try)

When my husband and I bought our first home, I was glued to all those television DIY shows. There were so many things we wanted to do to our starter space, and the Internet hadn't yet exploded with tutorials and inspiration boards. Now? Any and every project you could ever want to do can be found with a quick search. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are Your Fourth of July Safety Tips?

For many families in the United States, Fourth of July (aka Independence Day) is a day of parades, barbecues, and fireworks. This holiday can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn dangerous if you don't follow some safety precautions. What are your Fourth of July safety tips? Have you had any close calls during past celebrations? […]

Reached Your Financial Limit? Fourteen Key Steps To Turn Your Finances Around

One of the interesting parts of running a popular website like The Simple Dollar is that you get to see the terms that people type into Google when they’re searching for your site. […]

10 Ways You Can Bend Time to Improve Your Life

Fact: Every day, we all start with 24 hours. Subtract the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and we're left with a measly 15 to 17 waking hours per day. […]

How close are you?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. A short while ago, our readers were asked (talking about your personal financial journey) “What is the next step?” J.D. offered an answer in his 2009 article: the third stage is… investing. Why? Why invest? In life, you can get income from only two sources: your work (in a job or business) your investments Most people start at No. […]

15 Life Hacks for College Students (or Anyone Else Trying to Save Money)

For many, college is the first time living away from home — and often living without a lot of money. Necessity is the mother of invention, though, this is why students discover and develop hacks to save money. Beyond the Ramen meal cliche, college students are true DIY masters that know how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. […]

How to Navigate 4 Tricky Family Money Situations

I hate awkward moments. I hate them so much that I cringe when people in a movie or a book enter into a situation that I know is going to end up awkwardly. This loathing of all things awkward means that, for years, I didn't talk to my extended family about money. […]