July 4, 2014

My 14 Frugal Declarations of Financial Independence

In honor of the 2014 Fourth of July, I've penned :14 Frugal Declarations of Financial IndependenceI declare myself free from the tyranny of:Late fees.Overdraft or NSF penalties.Disorganization and clutter.Unopened mail.Unrealistic expectations about costs, deadlines and income.Mindless or forgotten automatic monthly charges and subscriptions.Anxiety.Thoughtless purchases.The need to impress others […]

Best Money Tips: Things to Do on Your Lunch Break

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on things to do on your lunch break, money tips for new grads, and turning a cheap vacation into a first-class getaway. Top 5 Articles 11 Things to Do on Your Lunch Break — On your lunch break, consider mailing your packages or reading a book. […]

13 Creative Ways to Avoid Spending Money

Even if you know that your spending is out of control, you might not have the strength to break your shopping addiction. However, a spending problem isn't going away on its own. And although you might feel powerless over your addiction, you ultimately control whether you spend. […]

How to Switch to Collecting Experiences Instead of Things

In the old apartment Sarah and I used to live in, I had one whole wall filled with books. The bookshelf stretched from the floor to the ceiling and from wall to wall and, frankly, it was overstuffed. That bookshelf wasn’t too surprising, though. I’ve been a voracious reader since my early childhood, reading more than a book a week for as far back as I can remember. […]

Don't Let Poor Health Kill Your Retirement Fund

Poor health can destroy your finances in retirement if you fail to build both a healthy retirement fund and a healthy retirement body. Research shows that physical and financial health are closely linked. […]

Ask the Readers: Are there 1776 ways to get rich slowly?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. In honor of Independence Day, I thought it would be fun to see if we could come up with 1,776 ways to get rich slowly. After all, reaching “financial independence” these days does require some of the spirit our founding fathers had when they stood up to a tyrannical king and announced to the world that they were going to create a new nation. […]

Almost Infinite Investment Return

I was browsing through my Amazon affiliate sales the other day and noticed that I had sold copies of two great books: The Millionaire Next Door and The Richest Man in Babylon. I got to thinking about these books, what they contain, and the people who bought them. I also started to think about my own life and how it's been impacted by a few good books. […]

The 5 Best Meat Thermometers

A meat thermometer is a very important tool to have in the kitchen. By keeping an eye on the temperature, you avoid the risk of undercooking your food, leading to the possibility of food poisoning, salmonella, or E. coli. […]

Tips for First-Time Campers

This post comes from Lilly Keyes at our partner site Zing! Since June is National Camping Month, I’m sure you’re desperate to get out there and start roasting marshmallows. If you’ve never been camping before, there are some things you should think about before you start rubbing sticks together. I mean, have you ever seen anyone on a sitcom try to put up a tent? […]

Someone’s “dumb deal” is another’s false economy

Personal finance, and the difference between good and bad deals, are always a matter of context.  What could be a great deal in one context could be a lousy deal in another.  Sometimes spending more money is better than spending less; other times, it’s the opposite. When I read this article on Money Talk News which listed ten “dumb deals” that people fall for, I disagreed with most of them on the […]