July 7, 2014

5 Banking Tips From Ronda Rousey's TKO UCF Victory

Ronda Rousey — a  mixed martial arts boxer (pictured left) — throws a mean punch, and her July 6 bout is a spot-on demonstration of the knockout power of NSF (non-sufficient funds) and overdraft fees.I am not a mixed martial arts fan, but I learned a lot about frugal living from watching Rousey's recent performanceHere are 5 things I learned about NSFs and other bank fees:1. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Gas

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on gas, upcycling ideas that will blow your mind, and how to keep your identity safe. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save Gas Money — Targeting the best day and time to buy gas can help you save at the pump. […]

Grow Your Dough Throwdown: Second Quarter Results

Through the end of the second quarter, the S&P 500 has climbed 6.22%. That’s a nice increase, and the stock market’s performance has provided me impressive gains on paper in my overall portfolio. […]

How We Use Our Time

I’m a financial analyst, not a philosopher, and yet in my writings about money I often touch on the subject of time. Generally, this is because the two are somewhat interchangeable with one another — some people sacrifice their free time to plunge headlong into their careers, while others sacrifice income to have more leisure time. […]

6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe

They used to be a luxury, but now, almost every American home has at least one smartphone. With their ability to organize and simplify so many of our daily tasks, it's no surprise that today's iPhones, Androids, and Windows-based gadgets are allowing us to be safer than ever before. Here are some of my favorite ways to use my smartphone to keep me and my six kids secure! […]

7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout

The sun is rising earlier these days, which means you can exercise earlier than usual, before your normal workday begins. Plus, who wants to go for a walk or jog outdoors when the temperatures regularly hit peaks in the 90s and humidity levels are sky high? Not me. […]

Questions About Insurance, BPA, 529s, National Parks, and More!

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. Insurance and breast pumps 2. Donations and religious groups 3. Cosigning on a mortgage 4. Cashing out whole life policy 5. Planning a “national parks” vacation 6. Baby bottles and BPA 7. Contributing to a 529 8. […]

More on motivation and money

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. In my last post, I talked about motivation and money. Motivation is a huge yet under-discussed concept in personal finance, I think. While big wins may be the quickest way to wealth, that doesn’t mean you’ll reach your goals overnight. Even if you have become wealthy, you still need motivation to manage your money and prioritize your spending. […]

8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can't Do Anywhere Else

I moved to Colorado to attend graduate school, and fully intended to return to my home in the Southeast upon graduation. That was eight years ago. In my opinion Denver's a dark horse among American metropolises. It's clean, easy to get around, chock full of fun things to do, and just a short drive away from the most beautiful mountains in the country. Looking for quick, affordable getaway? […]

An Example of How to Save a Bundle on a New Car

I've previously detailed my process for saving a fortune on a new car (and for those of you wondering, here's why I buy new cars). I've used this system to purchase three cars (four now) in the past 10 years, but had never shared the specifics on FMF. […]

Kick start your savings with goal-based accounts

Susan LadikaSaving money is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but halfway through the year, you’ve usually kicked that goal to the curb. […]