July 23, 2014

In praise of bottled water

A big part of personal finance advice revolves around finding ways to spend less.  Less money going out the door means more money staying in your bank account. By and by, some purchases draw an above-average amount of fire.  Bottled water is one of them. I’ve seen at least three posts over the past few weeks that include bottled water as one of those things you shouldn’t buy.  Though I do agree th […]

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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: Saving Money on Pets! Learn about saving on food, keeping vet expenses down, and frugal grooming! […]

Best Money Tips: The Career Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on everything related to your career! Top 5 Articles 50 Ways to Make Money: Maximizing, Creating, and Increasing Your Income — Asking for more benefits or perks at your current position can help you maximize your income. […]

7 Mantras to Sharpen Your Resolve to Downsize and Declutter

If the time for spring cleaning is long past, yet you still find yourself surrounded by clutter and feeling like you have way too much stuff, maybe you need a decluttering mantra — a statement or a question that you repeat to yourself as you look at each thing in your space. […]

Starting a Business

This is the part of our 2003 update. This update I am doing a little bit different than our 2002 update.  I am breaking it up into several consecutive posts and the last post will have the net worth update for 2003 followed by a glance at our 2003 budget. By doing it this way […] […]

The Guide To Buying A New Home

It’s the American Dream, right? To own your own home, to put down roots and be responsible for your own little corner of the world. This is the case for most people, but if the 2008 financial crisis has taught us anything about home ownership, it’s that owning a home is not for everyone. […]

How an Expensive Wardrobe Saves You Money

No one wants to spend more than they have to. Still, the saying "you get what you pay for" is a truism. […]

“Lock In” and Escaping the Trap

Over the course of my career, my single biggest fear – and obstacle – has been “lock in.” What’s “lock in”? It’s probably easiest to explain it with a story. Early on in my career, I found myself working at a pretty nice job. I enjoyed the work and enjoyed going into the office almost every day. […]

$4,000, $8,000, or Even $453,500 in 5 Years: A Low-Risk Investment Plan

How much can an investor accomplish in five years? Among the many possible answers, we're going to focus on two in this article: how much you could earn if you needed to use the money you invested at the end of those five years ($4k or $8k), and how much you could accomplish if those five years were used to give you a head start on a longer-term investment program ($453,500). […]

What to do during the “What’s Next?” stage of finance

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. When I first started writing for Get Rich Slowly, I’d just become interested in my finances. While I’ve always been frugal, I started to realize there was much more to personal finance than finding ways to save money. Here’s where I was, financially, at that time: I was rebuilding my recently depleted emergency fund. […]

The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make

Retail therapy is no myth. Psychologists have found that there's a real science behind the burst of joy we feel when we treat ourselves with a big, exciting purchase — no matter how impractical it may be. Unfortunately, buyer's remorse also exists. […]

One Step that Leads to Wealth

Lifehacker shares a post from Budgets are Sexy (a site I love, BTW) that guarantees you'll become wealthy if you just take one of these simple steps: 1. Max out your ROTH IRA every year ($5,500)2. Max out your 401(k) every year ($17,500)3. Max out BOTH your IRA and your 401(k) every year! ($23,000)4. […]

The 5 Best Solar Chargers

In our current age of constant connectedness through our myriad mobile devices, having our battery run out in the middle of the day can be a minor nuisance to a potentially dangerous predicament. […]

Why Do You Shop?

A few years ago, I was living paycheck to paycheck and was seriously trying to get my finances under control. I read all the tips and tricks to curb spending, yet I was failing month after month. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. […]