July 16, 2014

Five things about discarded items that shouldn’t scare you off

It’s not a secret that people give away or throw away lots and lots of stuff.  Stuff that’s outlasted its usefulness.  Stuff that’s broken.  Stuff that reminded them every day of their lousy purchase. We’ve gotten useful castaway items right from within our subdivision.  We scored a nearly-complete set of patio furniture that just needed a little bit of cleaning. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 7/17, 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: Making a Better Budget! Learn about including goals in your budget, tracking your spending, and allowing "buffer zones" within your spending categories! […]

Best Money Tips Roundup: The Frugal Education Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on keeping your education productive and frugal. Top 5 Articles 17 Back to School Clothes Shopping Tips to Save Money on Kids — Doing a clothing swap and having a budget can help you save when it comes to shopping for new clothes for back to school. […]

Ambitious People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?

It's the self-starters and go-getters among us who always seem to stay neck-and-neck with their dreams rather than chasing them from behind. What gives them a leg-up is their ambition. And while ambition can't be bought, there are material tools available to help us develop our initiative and drive. […]

7 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Slow Cooker

A slow cookers is one of the best tools for making delicious, easy meals (which can conveniently be ready right when you get home from work). Make your slow cooker recipes even more awesome with these seven tricks. (See also: 35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians) 1. […]

9 Good Reasons to Choose a Credit Union Instead of a Bank

I am huge believer in credit unions. When I first arrived to the U.S., I only had my savings and my dreams of completing a MBA degree. As an immigrant I didn't have a credit history or a U.S. bank account. This meant that many big names in banking were hesitant to give me a chance. This made qualifying for a credit card or becoming eligible for a car loan very challenging. […]

Castles, Ranches, and Other Weird, Affordable Hotel Alternatives

When you hear the phrase "travel accommodation," do you automatically think of hotels? They're the safe, default option for many travelers. But forgoing hotels doesn't have to mean giving up cleanliness and basic amenities. […]

The 5 Best Smartwatches

Smartwatches are quickly developing into one of the top new trends of smart gadgets to hit the tech world. Designed to work with the current smartphones, smartwatches allow you to see any incoming call, text, or email received on your phone right on the watch, and that’s just one of their many possible functions. […]

How to Build a Successful “Shopping Hierarchy”

Last month, I wrote a popular article for U.S. News and World Report about “shopping hierarchies.” Here’s how I defined “shopping hierarchy” in that article: However, there’s stronger strategy you can apply that affects the price of almost everything you buy. I call it the “shopping hierarchy” strategy. […]

Breaking the stress spending cycle

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Lately, life has been a little hectic. I have a full schedule of work. I’m trying to plan a surprise party. I’m working on three different passion projects. My laundry needs to be washed. Hell, I need to be washed. It’s noon and I haven’t even showered. I don’t mind a packed schedule, and I’ve learned to better manage my time. […]

Capital Gains Tax Gets More Complicated

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I have made my share of tax mistakes when selling assets, but have also used market downturns (like 2008) and charitable donations of stock (as he notes below) to strategically readjust my holdings. […]

Silence Not Golden in Intergenerational Family Finance

The last time I ran into one of my favorite cousins, the conversation soon turned to which far-flung family members she had recently heard from. She divulged she hadn’t yet heard from my youngest cousin, her younger brother, about his recent trip to Southwest Michigan. That was not new, as she’d called another of my cousins, her older brother, two weeks earlier and had yet to hear back. […]