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Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Holiday Travel?

We are officially in the midst of the holiday season and many of us have travel plans! Whether you are headed to family or friend's homes for the holidays, if you are traveling chances are you are trying to figure out how to save on your holiday travel plans. […]

11 Ways to Have Fun at Your In-Laws

Visiting in-laws can seem like competing on "Survivor." You have to learn to thrive in a foreign environment amid unfamiliar ways. Though I have never been on a reality television show, I have made numerous visits to the homes of my husband's family, just the two of us in the beginning and later accompanied by children. I have learned survivor-like skills such as how to accept and overcome chal […]

How Traditional Banking Practices Can Make You Poor

There are certain specific connotations with the word bank: impressive marble-floored buildings with high counters, smiling tellers, and huge vaults. Not to mention cash, free coffee, and, if you’ve got a particularly friendly local bank branch, cookies for the kids. But the banking industry is changing. We no longer count on our brick-and-mortar branches for all of our banking needs. […]

Lessons in Frugality From "The Walking Dead"

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” isn’t your usual weeknight television fare. The cable series, adapted from the best-selling graphic novels of the same name, is known for its twisting plots, intense zombie (“walker”) action sequences, mind-blowingly realistic (and gory) zombie makeup, and complicated character relationships. […]

Shoppers to Spend Less This Holiday Season

One of my favorite holiday songs is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But I’ll admit that during some points of the season, I feel like changing the words to “It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year.” And it’s not just because you have to attend company parties, find time to decorate the house, or compliment your Aunt Sara’s cranberry nut dessert (even though you can’t stand it). […]

Reusable Gift Wrapping: The Wrap That Keeps on Giving

Ah, what a wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season of beautiful litter. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, holiday wrapping is responsible for a 25% spike in trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Oh, I know. You are really, really good about recycling. You’d never throw all the used wrapping paper into the trash. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to cut hair care costs, rules for regifting, and getting the most from social security. Top 5 Articles 19 ways to cut hair care costs — Choosing a low-maintenance cut is a good way to save on hair care costs. […]

From Beanie Babies to Baubles: 5 Unconventional Investments

If you're bored with stocks and bonds and seeking a taste of the exotic, you might be interested in unconventional investments. Unconventional investments can help protect you against stock market volatility because they don't drop — and might even rise — when stocks sink. At least that's the theory, anyway. […]

The "Secret" Credit Card Perk That Saved Me $300

What’s a homeowner’s nightmare? You take nine months to redo your kitchen, spend an enormous amount of money, read all sorts reviews to ensure that you’re buying the best appliances, spend a full day installing a monstrosity of an over-the-range microwave (55 pounds!), and two years later that microwave breaks, nearly a year beyond the manufacturer’s warranty. What’s a homeowner’s lucky break? […]

Ways to Make Money Over the Holiday Break

Your bank account will likely take a bit of a hit over the holidays, but you can balance out what’s going out by bringing more in if you commit to making money during your time off. To light your financial yuletide fire, here are a few ideas on how to pad your pockets over the holiday break. […]