July 2, 2014

How much should you spend on your wedding?

As the father of a daughter, I’ll likely be thinking about wedding costs a lot sooner than I want.  I’m reminded of this every day as I watch my baby girl grow up at record speed. Unless tradition reverses course, I’ll be expected to foot the bill.  That’s what happens when the coin toss shows up “female.” The link on the MSN homepage to this article was titled “How much does the average wedding c […]

No Dixie Cups in My House...Saving Money With Glass Jars

There are no Dixie Cups in my home for political, financial and environmental reasons. I am saving money by using recycled glass jars instead of paper cups.Here's how it works: After I finish up spaghetti sauce, pickles or whatever, I run the empty container through the dishwasher. Recycled and re-purposed old glass jars become new drinking cups, and I have dozens of them. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 7/3, 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 one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Keeping the 4th of July Frugal! Learn about saving on food and drinks when throwing a 4th of July bash and frugal ways to keep kids entertained! […]

What Is the Best Savings Rate?

People like rules of thumb and quick answers. When a complicated question can be answered by an authority with a simple response, the reaction is likely to be one of two possibilities: a feeling of well-being and satisfaction if the questioner is meeting the requirements, or motivation to improve if the ideal situation is not being met. […]

12 Things People With Good Communication Skills Never Do

What you say is important, but so is how you say it. Whether you're a waiter or a CEO, an introvert or the life of the party, everyone can benefit from communicating more clearly and confidently. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Over $15,000 a Year

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to save over $15,000 a year, things to remove from your resume, and avoiding financial scams. Top 5 Articles How to Save Money — Over $15,000 a Year — Menu planning and eating what you already have are a couple ways to help you work towards saving $15,000 a year. […]

8 Common Pieces of Emotional Baggage (and How to Ditch Them)

I hate the weight of unnecessary stuff. That's why I fly with just a carry-on and never take a purse or jacket into concerts. But excess baggage isn't only physical. As we travel through life, we collect emotional baggage as well. And just like lugging a roller bag that's missing one wheel through the airport, emotional baggage can really slow us down. […]

The Retirement Guide

With the future of Social Security and pension plans as unstable as ever, saving for retirement carries a whole new meaning today. In 1950, there were 16.5 people paying into Social Security for every beneficiary. In 2010, that ratio became 2.9 to 1. If this trend continues, depending on how young you are, Social Security may not even exist for you in its current form. […]

8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney

School's out and it's time for summer vacation. You may be tempted to head down to Orlando and spend hundreds of dollars for a multi-day pass to Disney World. I love Mickey Mouse as much as the next guy, but it's worth learning about the plethora of other theme and amusement parks around the country that offer fantastic experiences for a fraction of the cost. […]

How to Handle Being Ashamed of Being Frugal

The simple maxim of spending less than you earn stands at the heart of personal finance success. If you can consistently do that one thing, you’re going to succeed when it comes to personal finance. I repeat that idea all the time because it’s so true – it’s the core of everything. People get into financial trouble when they don’t follow that maxim. […]

The Most Valuable Thing Debt Takes From You Isn't Money — It's This

Financial planners always stress the miracle of compound interest. The earlier you start saving, the more compound interest works in your favor. Time is on your side. When you have debt, however, compound interest is the worst. It's what makes paying down credit card debt so difficult. It's one of those things that make it harder to gain financial independence. […]

I Still Buy Stuff I Do Not Need

I have been writing about personal finance (as in, my own) for nearly a decade.  In that time, I’ve had some financial success – paying off my consumer debt, purchasing a new home – and some blogging success – mentioned in the New York Times, interviewed on television and on radio – but the truth is: I still buy stuff I do not need. I also use unnecessary dashes and commas when I write, but that’s […]

Student loan debt: Learning to save yourself

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. In late 2008, Lance Cothern reunited with his high school girlfriend Tori after several years apart. Lance was almost ready to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and Tori was a sophomore studying nursing at a four-year public university at the time. […]

6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel

When you spend most of your time either at home or at the office, you probably take your Wi-Fi signal for granted. Then when you travel, suddenly connecting to a Wi-Fi network becomes a privilege. Sometimes you can enjoy it for free; at other times you have to pay high premiums for it. But with a little bit of planning, you can get free or cheap Wi-Fi almost anywhere. Here's how. […]

I Just Cashed in $1,600 in Credit Card Rewards

I haven't written much about credit card rewards lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been using cards that pay rewards. I have been using them -- and as much as possible.I've discussed previously that I prefer to use cards that offer cash back as I can then use the money on whatever I like -- not just on what the rewards programs offer. […]

The 5 Best Fitness Trackers

Maintaining good health can be a difficult task without the right motivation, but fortunately, there are many tools available to help you support a healthy lifestyle. […]

A Pearl of Wisdom About the Burden of Wealth

I don’t know how the reading list looked in your high school English classes. But in mine, the teachers clearly believed we kids should absorb books that achieved, to quote Woody Allen, “total heaviosity.” These serious message novels were chosen to shake us out of our suburban-bred complacent lethargy. They were profound. They were penetrating. They were pithy. They exhibited great gobs of pith. […]