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Living large on a small budget. Despite what you may have heard, you don't have to sacrifice your financial independence to enjoy life. We believe people on a budget can still enjoy fabulous and fun lives.

Latest Posts from Wise Bread (page 485)

7 Common Investing Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Looking back on my years of investing, I notice some small and some big mistakes I’ve made along the way.  As I’ve talked to other people, I’ve found that others have made the same mistakes. In order to help you learn, I’ve complied this list of the top investing mistakes. 1. […]

6 Ways to Win Free Stuff from Blog Giveaways

Some of you may recall that I used be a hardcore sweeper. My past winnings included everything from trips to cash to a private movie screening. In the years since I wrote that article, the landscape of prize promotions has changed drastically. […]

Should a Second Marriage Be Celebrated (and Paid for) Like the First?

We recently had occasion to be in a wedding — a second wedding for the bride and groom. While I'm all about celebrating the union between two individuals, I couldn't help but question whether we really had to celebrate it with the same gusto that we did just a few years prior for this individual's first wedding. […]

Choosing Your Path to Prosperity

Let's imagine for a second that there is a contest going on where you can earn a cool $1,000,000 for finding a coin lying on the floor somewhere in a dark room. […]

Get Out There! The Power of Vulnerability

Guess what? I’m not perfect. I get scared. I worry about my future. I want people to like me. I am afraid of loving somebody who doesn’t love me back. And I can’t stand the idea of people talking behind my back or accusing me of things I haven’t done. These are a few of my vulnerabilities, out there for the world to see. […]

Beyond Debt-Free: Getting By in the New Economy

For most Americans, the pinnacle of financial independence centers on some vague notion of living debt-free. This debt-free life comes either through amazing feats of financial discipline during our working years, or as a final hard-won reward in retirement. […]

5 Things We Learned When Our Car Was Stolen

My family just moved cross-country. Moving is always crazy, but ours was further complicated by the fact that one of our cars, loaded down with stuff, was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Las Vegas. Over the last several weeks, we’ve waded through paperwork and spent quite a bit of time on the phone. […]

Energy Efficient Mortgages: Borrowing More to Save

As deep, dreary winter sets in, bone-rattling cold is whistling into the cracks and crevices of homes across the country.  We've been taping sheets of plastic to the windows in our Midwestern abode. […]