best personal finance http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11293/all en-US Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we spill some tips for sipping wine and other spirits for a little less than what you'd expect. Plus, we share the benefits of raised garden beds, a quick and cheap hurricane lamp tutorial, and habits for highly effective budgeting!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</strong> &mdash; Hey! Trader Joe&rsquo;s has a lot to offer the frugal drinker these days. (You can drink to the rest of the affordable tips here.) <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dollarsandsense/detail?blogid=139&amp;entry_id=56592">SF Gate</a></p> <p><strong>28 Tips to Save Money on Car Expenses and Save Thousands of Dollars</strong> &mdash; Thousands of dollars are actually there to be saved &mdash; believe me! These tips will help you get started. <a href="http://genxfinance.com/2010/03/04/28-tips-to-save-money-on-car-expenses-and-save-thousands-of-dollars/">Generation X Finance</a></p> <p><strong>How to Make Money on Facebook</strong> &mdash; Whoops! Sometimes you should rethink that status update &mdash; especially when large purchases or financial matters are being discussed. <a href="http://www.bripblap.com/2010/how-to-make-money-on-facebook/">Brip Blap</a></p> <p><strong>10 Benefits of Raised Garden Beds</strong> &mdash; We are definitely starting some raised beds after reading this post. The hard work it takes to get started is well worth it! <a href="http://beingfrugal.net/2010/03/08/10-benefits-of-raised-garden-beds/">Being Frugal</a></p> <p><strong>Quick, Easy, and Frugal Homemade Hurricane Lamps</strong> &mdash; Beautiful and affordable, these would light up any room for just a few bucks! <a href="http://www.frugalupstate.com/2010/01/quick-easy-frugal-homemade-hurricane-lamps.html">Frugal Upstate</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>The 20 Best Money Websites</strong> &mdash; This list is a great place to learn about everything going on in the world of commerce. Check out the extra commentary on iPhone apps as a bonus! <a href="http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/moneymag/1002/gallery.Best_money_websites.moneymag/">Money Mag</a> via <a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2010/03/20-best-money-websites.html">Budgets are Sexy</a></p> <p><strong>Walmart Wins: Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands </strong>&mdash; Coach, Best Buy, or Target? Which one took second place? <a href="http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/direct/e3if3d775aa9c43698eb98617ae58d04b1c">Brandweek</a> via <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/03/walmart-wins-top-10-most-valuable-retail-brands.html">Consumerist</a></p> <p><strong>7 Habits of Highly Effective Budgeting</strong> &mdash; It&rsquo;s not all about debits and credits, as this post points out. Ask the important questions to ensure a successful budget plan! <a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/money/7-habits-to-highly-effective-budgeting/">The Centsible Life</a></p> <p><strong>Eat Your Green</strong> &mdash; Want to green up your bread crumbs, mashed potatoes, or more? These simply instructions can get you into the St. Patty&rsquo;s Day spirit with ease! <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2010/03/11/how-to-make-food-green/">Slashfood</a></p> <p><strong>College Jobs That Pay Real Money</strong> &mdash; I loved the job I had in college, but admittedly, it didn&rsquo;t pay much. Check out this list of not-so-shabby college gigs that can help you pay those bills! <a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/career/students/gen-y/college-jobs-pay-real-money">Mainstreet</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance wine Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:00:01 +0000 Linsey Knerl 5789 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance: How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coconut.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="203" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we give you stunning detail into how to make your own coconut milk kefir, some tips for saving money when you move, and 3 easy ways to create a greener kitchen!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir</strong> &mdash; If you wanted to know about Coconut milk kefir, this is the article to read. It contains directions, photos, videos, and a useful Q&amp;A. Read it, and be a stranger to kefir no more! <a href="http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/03/how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir.html">Passionate Homemaker</a></p> <p><strong>Handmade Greeting Cards you Can Plant</strong> &mdash; I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;ve seen that neat seed paper that you can actually plant in your garden. Now you can make your own version of this paper, and design fun greeting cards to bloom all year! Clever instructions show you how. <a href="http://www.makeandtakes.com/handmade-plantable-greeting-card">Make and Takes</a></p> <p><strong>How to Save Money When Moving Your House</strong> &mdash; No, we&rsquo;re not talking the actual house &mdash; but rather the contents inside of it. These tips are hot, and totally practical, too! <a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-save-money-when-moving-your-house/">Good Financial Cents</a></p> <p><strong>3 Easy Steps to a Greener Kitchen</strong> &mdash; You can do a lot for the environment and your health by just focusing on three areas: cleaning, eating, and storing. See how in this post. <a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/3-easy-steps-to-a-greener-kitchen.html">Bargaineering</a></p> <p><strong>How Not to Act Old in an Interview</strong> &mdash; Even if you are old, it&rsquo;s best no to seem like an ageist. These 11 tips might give you what you need to sail through an interview without any regard to your real age. <a href="http://moneywatch.bnet.com/career-advice/article/job-interview-tips-dont-act-old/395774/">CBS MoneyWatch</a> via <a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2010/03/how-not-to-act-old-in-an-interview.html">Free Money Finance</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>7 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes</strong> &mdash; These are far more delicious-looking than anything we could buy in a box (and we&rsquo;re guessing the health benefits are outstanding, as well!) <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/recipes/healthy-granola-bar-recipes-0222">Daily Green</a></p> <p><strong>Watch Out for Wedding Photography Scams</strong> &mdash; The most important day of your life can&rsquo;t come without a few precautions. Get tips you need to keep from getting scammed. <a href="http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Wedding-Photographer-Complaints/O8xz21_g30u7iLfU7HsEuw.cspx">Fox23</a> via <a href="http://www.bbb.org/us/post/watch-out-for-wedding-photography-scams--1645">BBB Blog</a></p> <p><strong>Unleashing &ldquo;Unautomate Your Finances Into the Wild&rdquo; &mdash; </strong>Adam Baker has launched a new ebook designed to share a simple, passionate, approach to money. Check it out! <a href="http://manvsdebt.com/unleashing-unautomate-your-finances-into-the-wild/">Man Vs. Debt</a></p> <p><strong>The High Cost of Clutter</strong> &mdash; Sure, it&rsquo;s annoying to navigate around, but have you really thought about what it may be costing you in dollars and cents? Check out a new way of thinking with this guest post. <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/03/09/the-high-cost-of-clutter/">Get Rich Slowly</a></p> <p><strong>6 Phone Apps That Will Save You a Fortune</strong> &mdash; In case you missed our top 6 smart phone apps for saving money, we&rsquo;ve got them again for you! (Our fave: a clever bar-code scanner that tells you the price at all the stores you shop!) <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/02/6-phone-apps-that-will-save-you-a-fortune.html">My Life Scoop</a></p> <p><em>Thanks to Len Penzo for so graciously including us in the </em><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1012-the-best-of-the-best-in-money-and-personal-finance-12.html"><em>Best of Best in Money and Personal Finance</em></a><em>. We&rsquo;re in great company!</em></p> <p><em>We also want to give our appreciation to Fire Finance for including us in the </em><a href="http://firefinance.blogspot.com/2010/03/festival-of-frugality-220-minimalist.html"><em>Festival of Frugality #220</em></a><em>. You rock!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance coconut milk kefir Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:52:24 +0000 Linsey Knerl 5753 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-mastercard-acceptance-guidelines <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-mastercard-acceptance-guidelines" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mastercard.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we give you insight into how retailers should treat your MasterCard, 24 secret menus at your favorite eateries, and how to whip up an amazing stewed lamb ribs dish.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines</strong> &mdash; We&rsquo;ve already shared the ways that Visa can and can&rsquo;t be used at your local merchant, but what about good ol&rsquo; MC? Get the details on policies and guidelines for merchants accepting the card. <a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2010/03/05/mastercard-credit-card-acceptance-guidelines/">Five Cent Nickel</a></p> <p><strong>24 Secret Restaurant Menus Revealed</strong> &mdash; Wonder what will happen if you walk into your local McDonald&rsquo;s and ask for the Land, Sea, and Air Burger? This is just one of 100 items that may not be on your local menu, but you can still order from popular food chains! <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/secret-restaurant-menus-revealed/">Coupon Sherpa</a></p> <p><strong>Is It Smart to Co-Sign for Your Child</strong> &mdash; Parents are usually the ones that know their children the best, so why is it always a surprise when kids default on co-signed loans? These tips can help you determine if it is ever a good idea to co-sign (although each kid will be radically different &mdash; use your best judgment). <a href="http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/is-it-smart-to-co-sign-for-your-child.htm">Million Dollar Journey</a></p> <p><strong>Pop&rsquo;s Stewed Lamb Ribs Special</strong> &mdash; My goodness! If the pictures in this tutorial don&rsquo;t get you, then the simple ingredient list certainly will. This recipe is proof that patience and technique can turn any affordable recipe into a masterpiece! <a href="http://mywoodenspoon.com/pops-stewed-lamb-ribs-special/">My Wooden Spoon</a></p> <p><strong>Make Your Own Bloggy Button or Graphics with Picnik</strong> &mdash; I&rsquo;m a big Picnik fan myself, so I was glad to see someone else taking advantage of this awesome service. If you don&rsquo;t own a blog, consider these tips for making a customizable Twitter, Facebook, or forum avatar. It&rsquo;s easy! <a href="http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2010/03/make-your-own-bloggy-button-or-graphics-with-picnik-com.html">Keeping the Kingdom First</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>How to File A Consumer Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)</strong> &mdash; If you&rsquo;ve been ripped off and don&rsquo;t want to let it go, there is a legal method to filing a complaint (even if it never quite gets resolved). Check out the PSA, compliments of the FTC. <a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/how-to-file-a-consumer-complaint-federal-trade-commission-ftc/">The Digerati Life</a></p> <p><strong>6 Ways to Find Free Money</strong> &mdash; If checking under your mattress has left you disappointed, you may want to review this list for totally &ldquo;free&rdquo; money strategies. <a href="http://www.redeemingriches.com/2010/02/09/6-ways-to-find-free-money/">Redeeming Riches</a></p> <p><strong>Bad Company 401K? There May be Other Options</strong> &mdash; Not all of us get the great 401K&rsquo;s that are supposed to help us all fund our retirement in a seamless fashion. Get some good alternatives here. <a href="http://personaldividends.com/money/miranda/bad-company-401k-there-may-be-other-options">Personal Dividends</a></p> <p><strong>How to Get Work Done Anywhere</strong> &mdash; Whether you're on the road, or just trying to get a little bit accomplished on a sick day, these tools will help you get the job done.&nbsp; <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/03/how-to-get-work-done-anywhere.html">My Life Scoop</a></p> <p><strong>Zero Nutritional Difference Between Campbell&rsquo;s &ldquo;Healthy&rdquo; Tomato Soups and Regular (Just Higher Price)</strong> &mdash; Reading the label alone, there was no difference in the nutritional info provided on the &ldquo;premium&rdquo; version. What&rsquo;s your take? <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/03/tomato-soup.html">Consumerist</a></p> <p><strong>Keep Car Windows from Fogging with a Potato</strong> &mdash; Sick of your goggles and windows fogging up? Try this nifty hack that uses a potato. We&rsquo;re not kidding. <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5485831/keep-car-windows-from-fogging-with-a-potato">LifeHacker</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-mastercard-acceptance-guidelines">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-credit-where-credit-is-due-edition">Best of Personal Finance: Credit Where Credit Is Due Edition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friends-dont-let-friends">Friends Don&#039;t Let Friends...</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance MasterCard roundup Fri, 05 Mar 2010 18:00:02 +0000 Linsey Knerl 5668 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap "Choice" Steak into Gucci "Prime" Steak http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/teak.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="184" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we give you the skills to turn cheap steak into a dreamy dinner, 10 tips for making a family room top-notch, and what to do if you owe more taxes than you expected.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>How to Turn Cheap &ldquo;Choice&rdquo; Steak into Gucci &ldquo;Prime&rdquo; Steak</strong> &mdash; This technique is awesome, and likely to save some big dollars down the road! See how it&rsquo;s done, and fear cheap cuts no more! <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/163-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steaks-into-gucci-prime-steaks.html">Steamy Kitchen</a></p> <p><strong>The Room that Craigslist and Yard Sales Built</strong> &mdash; Before you write off Craigslist as a haven for junk and unworthy cast-offs, get a load of this room upgrade. <a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/the-room-that-craiglist-and-yard-sales-built/">Lazy Man and Money</a></p> <p><strong>10 Minutes to a Room You&rsquo;ll Love: Family Room</strong> &mdash; Gorgeous. That&rsquo;s how I describe the way our room would look if I were to follow these quick and affordable tips! <a href="http://www.thenester.com/2010/02/10-minutes-to-a-room-youll-love-part-1-family-room.html">Nesting Place</a></p> <p><strong>How I Made My Peace with Hiring a Housekeeper</strong> &mdash; You don&rsquo;t have to tell me why hiring a housekeeper may be a good investment at your house. You had me at &ldquo;hello.&rdquo; <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/02/19/how-i-made-my-peace-with-hiring-a-housekeeper/">Get Rich Slowly</a></p> <p><strong>I Owe More Taxes than Expected. Should I Hire an Accountant?</strong> &mdash; Unless you&rsquo;re looking to go into the way-back machine and do something unethical, this may not help you in the long run. Get Tax Cat&rsquo;s official stance in this article. <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/02/i-owe-more-taxes-than-i-expected-should-i-hire-an-accountant.html">Consumerist</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>The Tax Filing Deadline is April 15th, but When Should You Mail Your Return or Have it Postmarked?</strong> Tricky question, indeed. Get the details you need to keep you out of trouble with the IRS. <a href="http://genxfinance.com/2008/04/01/the-tax-filing-deadline-is-april-15th-but-when-should-you-mail-your-return-or-have-it-postmarked/">Gen X Finance</a></p> <p><strong>9 Tips to Stretch the Life of Common Household Items</strong> &mdash; Looking for a way to help your bra live longer? Don&rsquo;t laugh, just take notes. This piece is good! <a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/9-tips-to-stretch-the-life-of-common-household-items/">My Dollar Plan</a></p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve Got the Look: Four Steps to Instant Confidence</strong> &mdash; &ldquo;Keep Your Eye on the Prize&rdquo; is just one of the ways to amp up your inner confidence and appear like you own it. See the other tips in this quick read. <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com/22189/93045-you-ve-look--four-steps-instant">Divine Caroline</a></p> <p><strong>What People Say on Twitter About Tax Refunds</strong> &mdash; This cool graphic gives a great summary of the &ldquo;buzz&rdquo; online regarding taxes. What are you saying? <a href="http://blog.turbotax.intuit.com/taxes-101/what-people-say-on-twitter-about-tax-refunds/">Turbo Tax</a></p> <p><strong>The Onslaught of New Credit Card Fees Begin</strong> &mdash; It&rsquo;s here: New fee time. Get the dirt before you get charged, and guard your purchases with this need-to-know info! <a href="http://moremoney.blogs.money.cnn.com/2010/02/17/the-onslaught-of-new-credit-card-fees-begins/">CNN More Money</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-mastercard-acceptance-guidelines">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friends-dont-let-friends">Friends Don&#039;t Let Friends...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance roundup steak Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:56:03 +0000 Linsey Knerl 5380 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/credit card.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we get you ready for the new Credit Card Act, share an awesome recipe for peanut butter power bars, and help you shop for disability insurance.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</strong> &mdash; We&rsquo;ve known about it for some time, but is there something you should be actively doing to get ready? See these quick but effective tips to managing your credit in the face of change. (<a href="http://www.billshrink.com/blog/wp-content/themes/shrinkage/images/graphics/card-act-2009.jpg">Handy graphic</a>, included.) <a href="http://www.billshrink.com/blog/3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act/">Bill Shrink</a></p> <p><strong>2011 Federal Income Tax Brackets (Projected)</strong> &mdash; Speaking of change, it&rsquo;s continuing to affect our finances, especially in the subject of taxation. See where you may be affected in the (projected) upcoming tax brackets. <a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2010/02/15/2011-federal-income-tax-brackets-irs-income-tax-rates/">Five Cent Nickel</a></p> <p><strong>Peanut Butter Power Bars</strong> &mdash; Wow! These whole wheat bars are sweetened with maple syrup. Does it get any better than this? <a href="http://saltandchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/02/peanut-butter-power-bars.html">Salt and Chocolate</a></p> <p><strong>What to Look for In a Disability Insurance Policy</strong> &mdash; So much to think about, and yet, if you know your needs, shopping for disability insurance can be simple! <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704561004575013073100310794.html">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2010/02/what-to-look-for-in-a-disability-insurance-policy.html">Free Money Finance</a></p> <p><strong>A Bride&rsquo;s Lifesaver: Wedding Planning Templates</strong> &mdash; Before you rush out to buy an overpriced paper wedding planner, check out the free ones whipped up by Google Docs! <a href="http://simplystated.realsimple.com/simplystated/2010/02/a-brides-lifesaver-wedding-planning-templates-.html">Real Simple</a><o:p></o:p></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>Realistic Expectations for Making Money Through Blogging</strong> &mdash; Dreaming will only get you so far. Hard work (may) take you the rest of the way towards making some cash with your blog. <a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/2010/02/15/realistic-expectations-for-making-money-through-blogging">Consumerism Commentary</a></p> <p><strong>Tips and Tricks: Shopping Seasonal Sales</strong> &mdash; Wondering when the best time to buy a new set of tires or an electric blanket will be? Wonder no more. This list lays it all out! <a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2010/02/tips-and-tricks-shopping-seasonal-sales.html">Mummy Deals</a></p> <p><strong>When Living Cheap Catches up with You</strong> &mdash; Procrastination of the inevitable (like repairs) can only offer you a delay in paying for what you need. What do you do when everything comes due at once? Follow these steps for a bit more proactive approach. <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/02/14/when-living-cheap-catches-up-with-you/">The Simple Dollar</a></p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t Sign Your Soul Over to Student Loan Debt</strong> &mdash; This story scares me a little, especially since it could potentially affect so many of our professionals. See the details of how one graduate now carries a $555,000 student-loan burden. <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703389004575033063806327030.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_personalfinance">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/02/dont-sign-your-soul-over-to-student-loan-debt.html">Consumerist</a></p> <p><strong>Donating Breast Milk to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Haiti</st1:country-region></st1:place></strong> &mdash; Should you, or shouldn&rsquo;t you? If you&rsquo;ve got milk to spare, read this article before you consider shipping your share. <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/donating-breastmilk-to-haiti">Parenting Squad</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:41:07 +0000 Linsey Knerl 5280 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ipad.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we go over what you can expect with a new Apple iPad, how to use up the leftover juice from your canned fruit, and twelve ways to get more reading done!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>What the iPad Is and Is Not</strong> &mdash; Is it a bird? How &lsquo;bout a plane? Turns out, it&rsquo;s neither. (But it&rsquo;s still pretty cool, and this article may help you decide if it&rsquo;s worth putting down the cash to own it.) <a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/2010/01/29/what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not/">Consumerism Commentary</a></p> <p><strong>Yes, You Can Haggle at Macy&rsquo;s</strong> &mdash; Before you think that any store is above negotiating on price, think again. This writer saved $730 in a week of bargaining. <a href="http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SmartSpending/blog/page.aspx?post=1591780">Smart Spending Blog</a></p> <p><strong>Winter Detox: 12 Easy DIY Air Fresheners</strong> &mdash; Perhaps you&rsquo;ve decided to kick the commercial chemical air freshener habit with some natural remedies to freshen the air? This list is perfectly simple, affordable, and ready to go straight from your pantry! <a href="http://tipnut.com/easy-air-fresheners/">TipNut</a></p> <p><strong>3 Ways to Use &ldquo;Juice&rdquo; from Canned Fruit</strong> &mdash;What will you do with all that extra juice from the can of peaches you ate today? Turns out, there are clever ways to use it up (although I&rsquo;d be less inclined to do with this fruit in extra heavy syrup). <a href="http://www.frugalupstate.com/2010/01/quick-tip-3-ways-to-use-juice-from-canned-fruit.html">Frugal Upstate </a></p> <p><strong>Twelve Tips for Reading More</strong> &mdash; My favorite tip on this list is tip #1: Quit reading. It turns out that you don&rsquo;t have to finish every crappy book you&rsquo;ve ever started. See all the tips for the best book advice you&rsquo;ll ever read. <a href="http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/01/twelve-tips-for-reading-more.html">The Happiness Project</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>Defrag Your Mind in Five Steps</strong> &mdash; You do it to your computer (or if you&rsquo;re not, you should), why not with your brain? This clever comparison of decluttering your mind vs. how you defrag your PC is powerful and effective! <a href="http://www.dragosroua.com/how-to-defrag-your-mind-in-5-easy-steps/">Brilliantly Better</a> via <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5460700/defrag-your-mind-in-five-steps">LifeHacker</a></p> <p><strong>7 Things to Do Before You Move In</strong> &mdash; So, you&rsquo;ve found the perfect place, the lease is signed, and you&rsquo;re ready to move in. Right? Not before you change out the toilet seat (seriously). <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/painting-fixing-repairs/7-things-to-do-before-you-move-in--098386">Apartment Therapy</a></p> <p><strong>The Difference Between 0% Purchase and 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</strong> &mdash; Listen up! There is a huge difference between these two. Read on if you need a lesson in how they both work, and decide if either is the right choice for you. <a href="http://moneyning.com/credit-cards/0-credit-card-the-difference-0-purchase-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MoneyNing+%28Money+Ning%29&amp;utm_content=Pageflakes">MoneyNing</a></p> <p><strong>The 10 Worst Energy Zappers and How to Beat Them</strong> &mdash; We all figured that not getting enough sleep was a sure-fire way to come up short on energy, but toxic people? That&rsquo;s one we hadn&rsquo;t considered. Read the other 8 here in this must-see list! <a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2008/01/how-to-avoid-10-worst-energy-zappers.html">Dumb Little Man</a></p> <p><strong>New FHA Rules Affect Consumers, Housing Market, and Economy</strong> &mdash; New changes in 2010 will most likely affect you (even if you don&rsquo;t own a home). Get the details on new rules, and see how they may be felt throughout the entire economy. <a href="http://blog.creditkarma.com/in-the-news/new-fha-rules-affects-consumers-housing-market-and-economy/">Credit Karma</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance ipad Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4979 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fitness_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="197" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we look at some amazing blogs that can help you get back on the fitness track, the best way to get out of a parking ticket, myths surrounding financial advisors, and how to make your household appliances last longer!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</strong> &mdash; We&rsquo;re only 18 days into the New Year, and some of us are losing our motivation. Check out this list of blogs guaranteed to pump you up and get you back to work! <a href="http://zenhabits.net/2010/01/fitness-blogs/">Zen Habits</a></p> <p><strong>When Pigs Fly: How I Fought My Parking Ticket and Beat City Hall</strong> &mdash; Usually, when you fight the law &mdash; the law wins. See a rare exception, along with steps towards evening the odds. <a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id935-when-pigs-fly-how-i-fought-my-parking-ticket-and-beat-city-hall.html">Len Penzo</a></p> <p><strong>MythBusters: Financial Advisors</strong> &mdash; Many times we take too much solace in having a financial advisor. Know these common myths surrounding the relationship, and find out how you can keep control of your money. <a href="http://financialhighway.com/mythbusters-financial-advisors/">Financial Highway</a></p> <p><strong>5 Steps to Get You Hired as an English Teacher Abroad</strong> &mdash; College students are finding it harder than ever to find a good job after graduation. If you&rsquo;ve considered teaching English overseas as a means of making it, check out this useful starter guide. <a href="http://studenomics.com/outside-the-box-thinking/5-steps-to-get-you-hired-as-an-english-teacher-abroad/">Studenomics</a></p> <p><strong>How to Make Your Household Appliances Last Longer</strong> &mdash; Some of your most expensive household appliances are also, surprisingly, the easiest to maintain. Follow this basic checklist to avoid maintenance and replacement expenses! <a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/2010/01/14/how-to-make-your-household-appliances-last-longer.htm">Canadian Finance Blog</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke</strong> &mdash; I&rsquo;ve seen them on sale at my local grocer, but passed them by out of fear. They are artichokes, and if you follow this handy how-to, they can easily add some zest to your next meal. Fear no more. <a href="http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cook_and_eat_an_artichoke/">Simply Recipes</a></p> <p><strong>20 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom</strong> &mdash; These clever tips not only maximize space in small baths, but add a classy aesthetic touch for practically nothing! (Several of the tips include links to thorough &ldquo;how-to&rsquo;s.&rdquo;) <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/bathroom/upgrade-bathroom-decor-00000000018705/index.html">Real Simple</a></p> <p><strong>Why are Banks and Credit Card Issuers Being So Nice?</strong> Well, they actually may not be. Read on for details. <a href="http://money.blogs.time.com/2010/01/18/why-are-banks-and-credit-card-issuers-being-so-nice/">TIME</a></p> <p><strong>Save Your Loved Jeans with Denim Therapy</strong> &mdash; Spending $56 dollars to have your fave pair of jeans brought back to life may not be practical. Then again, depending on how much you paid for them to begin with (and how much you love them), it may be. <a href="http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2010/1/15/save-your-loved-jeans-with-denim-therapy.html">Hack College</a></p> <p><strong>How to Improve a Good Credit Score</strong> &mdash; What&rsquo;s a &ldquo;good&rdquo; credit score? Why would you need it any better? Jim answers these questions and more. <a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/how-to-improve-a-good-credit-score.html">Bargaineering</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-mastercard-acceptance-guidelines">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friends-dont-let-friends">Friends Don&#039;t Let Friends...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance roundup Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:48:53 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4732 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Make Sure Your Haiti Donation goes to Quake Aid http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-make-sure-your-haiti-donation-goes-to-quake-aid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-make-sure-your-haiti-donation-goes-to-quake-aid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/money_6.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we tell you tips for making sure that your Haiti relief donations are getting where they need to go, 8 great movie rentals that offer a return on your investment, and a tutorial for making your own fabric softener pouches.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>Make Sure Your Haiti Donation goes to Quake Aid</strong> &mdash; If you&rsquo;ve been following the quake situation at all, you know that there has been a fair amount of controversy surrounding financial donations and how to make sure they are going to the people who really need them most in Haiti. This guide is quick, to the point, and likely to help answer most of your questions. <a href="http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SmartSpending/blog/page.aspx?post=1551450">Smart Spending</a></p> <p><strong>All-Natural Fabric Softener</strong> &mdash; Looking for a safe and inexpensive way to soften up your laundry loads? These easy-to-make (and rather cute) pouches are the way to go! <a href="http://pepperpaints.com/2010/01/07/all-natural-fabric-softener/">Pepper Paints</a> via <a href="http://momadvice.com/blog/2010/01/amys-notebook-01-13-10">MomAdvice</a></p> <p><strong>Great Movie Rentals that Will Pay You Back</strong> &mdash; There&rsquo;s a lesson in many movies, and these are no different. Catch some entertaining financial wisdom from this list of flicks! <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/great-movie-rentals-that-will-pay-you-back.html">Kiplinger</a> via <a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2010/01/eight-great-movie-rentals-that-will-pay-you-back.html">Free Money Finance</a></p> <p><strong>Can Your Comments Affect Your Credit? Yup.</strong> We were all slightly aware of the fact that future employers (and old high school flames) were watching our activities online, but creditors? Come on! <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/esandberg/detail??blogid=132&amp;entry_id=55190">SF Gate</a> via <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/01/how-your-online-life-can-mess-with-your-credit.html">Consumerist</a></p> <p><strong>Beef Roast Marinara</strong> &mdash; I love any cook who uses the sound advice to freeze green peppers for use in the off season. Check out what she does with them in this tasty tribute to marinara. (It costs less than $5 a meal!) <a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/01/beef-roast-marinara.html">$5 Dinners</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>Pack a Gun to Protect Valuables from Airline Theft of Loss</strong> &mdash; Eek! Unless you&rsquo;re a U.S. Air Marshall, we&rsquo;re not suggesting that you actually pack heat when boarding your next flight. This interesting article introducing us to the potential security that starter pistols may (or may not) provide, is a head-scratching read, nonetheless. <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5448014/pack-a-gun-to-protect-valuables-from-airline-theft-or-loss">LifeHacker</a></p> <p><strong>Your Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It Is and Why You Should Care</strong> &mdash; You&rsquo;ll hear this phrase a lot when discussing the factors that lead to your credit score. Scan this quick read to be sure you understand how important debt-to-income ratio is in your personal finance portfolio. <a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2010/01/14/your-debt-to-income-ratio-what-it-is-and-why-you-should-care/">Five Cent Nickel</a></p> <p><strong>What Rights Do Renters Have When Their Landlord Goes into Foreclosure?</strong> It&rsquo;s a scary situation, but it&rsquo;s also becoming more common. Find out what you can expect if it happens to you. <a href="http://queercents.com/2010/01/11/what-rights-do-renters-have-when-their-landlord-goes-into-foreclosure/">QueerCents</a></p> <p><strong>Living on a Cash-Only Diet</strong> &mdash; It is possible to escape credit altogether and operate on a cash-only basis. If you&rsquo;re determined to follow this path, here&rsquo;s some inspirational reading. <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/108330/living-on-a-cash-only-diet;_ylt=Ao16zG1wsnOHY94omeF_KyFbrdIF;_ylu=X3oDMTExaW4zbGowBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNiYl9zZWN0aW9uBHNsawNyZWFkbW9yZQ--?mod=bb-budgeting">CNN Money</a></p> <p><strong>Homemade Gummi Candy</strong> &mdash; You can mold them into little bears, if you wish, but the point is that they are yummy, cheap, and super adorable! (This would make a great project for kids on a long weekend.) They just require some Jello and a bit of patience. <a href="http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/01/06/homemade-gummi-candy/">Skip to My Lou</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-make-sure-your-haiti-donation-goes-to-quake-aid">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance haiti aid Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:56:23 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4699 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Homemade Poptarts http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-make-homemade-poptarts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-make-homemade-poptarts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/poptarts.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. Today, we share a recipe for homemade poptarts, the right way to rock a t-shirt, and frugal ways to train for a marathon (or a half marathon). Think you might want to participate in a man vs. food-type challenge in order to score some free grub? We've got a guide for that, too!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>Homemade Poptarts</strong> &mdash; Wow! I never thought these commercial convenience foods could ever be duplicated, but I was wrong. Check out the delicious photos of this experiment and pick your favorite flavor (brown sugar?). <a href="http://wiseanticsoflife.blogspot.com/2010/01/homemade-poptarts-make-your-own-monday.html">Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker</a></p> <p><strong>Place Your Bets: 40 Gut-Busting Restaurant Challenges for Free Food</strong> &mdash; Any Man Vs. Food fans out there? If so, you may be familiar with restaurant &ldquo;challenges&rdquo; that offer your entire meal free &mdash; provided you can scarf disgusting amounts of food within a given time period. The curious and the famished will enjoy this post. <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/place-your-bets-40-gut-busing-restaurant-challenges-for-free-food/">Coupon Sherpa</a></p> <p><strong>A Frugal Way to Train for Your First Half or Full Marathon</strong> &mdash; So you&rsquo;ve decided to take the plunge and run in a marathon&hellip;good for you! Have you figured out how much you&rsquo;ll spend yet on training? If not, this post is full of little-known tips, freebies, and resources for whipping you into shape on the cheap! <a href="http://www.moneyhelpforchristians.com/train-for-your-first-half-or-full-marathon/">Money Help for Christians</a></p> <p><strong>The Fashionista&rsquo;s Guide to the T-shirt. Yes, the T-shirt</strong>. Whether you spend $30 bucks for a really nice tee, or not, the basic principles of rocking a t-shirt still apply. Check them out for a fashionable effect. <a href="http://www.lifetimemoms.com/beauty-style/fashionistas-guide-t-shirt-yes-t-shirt">Lifetime Moms</a></p> <p><strong>Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel</strong> &mdash; This charming tutorial takes a whole lotta boards and a little bit of vision. The result is an amazing replacement for that out-of-date piece of furniture in the middle of the wall. <a href="http://smallnotebook.org/2009/12/29/building-a-stacked-wood-fireplace-mantel/">Small Notebook</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>Bye, Bye, Banks: Time to Join a Credit Union</strong> &mdash; We&rsquo;ve heard our readers sing the praises of credit unions, but what makes them so special? This special report may have you wanting to switch (if one is available in your area). <a href="http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/article/bye-bye-banks-time-to-join-a-credit-union/382953/">CBS Moneywatch</a></p> <p><strong>5 Benefits of a Task Management System</strong> &mdash; Have too much to do and not enough time?&nbsp;&nbsp;FInd out how to pick the perfect task management system to help you organize your life.&nbsp; <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/01/5-benefits-of-a-task-management-system.html">Life Scoop</a></p> <p><strong>9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income</strong> &mdash; We&rsquo;re not talking a leaky faucet in the bathroom adding to your water bill &mdash; we ARE talking the costs associated with just having a job (your own cell phone, for example). See 8 other pesky, hidden costs that you may be spending too much on! <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/01/11/9-sneaky-expenses-that-eat-away-at-your-income/">Get Rich Slowly</a></p> <p><strong>Properly Care for and Feed Your New HDTV</strong> &mdash; Assuming you have one (if not, check out the next cool link), you&rsquo;ll need to know the &ldquo;right&rdquo; way to keep it working and performing like a champ. This Wiki shows you how. <a href="http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Clean_and_Maintain_Plasma_TVs">Wired</a> via <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5446409/properly-care-for-and-feed-your-new-hdtv">Lifehacker</a></p> <p><strong>Enter to Win a 40&rdquo; HDTV</strong> &mdash; Our own <a href="http://wisebread.com/stacy-johnson">Stacy Johnson</a> has released a new book &ldquo;Life or Debt 2010&rdquo; and wants to celebrate by offering readers a chance to win! Check out the details for entry. <a href="http://hdtv.lifeordebt.org/">Life or Debt</a></p> <p><strong>Homemade Firestarters</strong> &mdash; Those starter sticks from the hardware store are expensive! Looking for a quick way to start your fireplace or wood stove without the budgetary inconvenience? This quick recipe makes use of the old Christmas tree thrown out by the curb AND gives you plenty of starter for the whole winter! <a href="http://wisdomofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/01/homemade-firestarters.html">Wisdom of the Moon</a></p> <p>Thanks to the following carnivals for including us in their latest editions:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make It From Scratch Carnival</strong> &mdash; <a href="http://gottalittlespacetofill.blogspot.com/2010/01/make-it-from-scratch-carnival.html">Gotta Little Space to Fill</a></li> <li><strong>Festival of Frugality</strong> &mdash; <a href="http://www.yesiamcheap.com/index.php?/archives/130-Festival-of-Frugality-212-New-Beginnings-Edition.html">Yes, I Am Cheap</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-make-homemade-poptarts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:21:29 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4623 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/speeding ticket.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-of-personal-finance">Best of Personal Finance</a></strong> roundup. In this article, we show you what &quot;naughty&quot; purchases you should avoid putting on your credit card, how to cook a pork roast, and 7 truths about becoming a celebrity assistant (just in case you're being considered for a promotion). We also share some of the most yummy Christmas Cookie recipes, ever!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><strong>How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases</strong> &mdash; Did you know that your purchasing history can help creditor create a profile for future credit risk scoring? Things you shouldn&rsquo;t put on your credit cards can include: speeding tickets, adult bookstore purchases, and a few other &ldquo;unmentionables.&rdquo; Get the dirty details here. <a href="http://www.realmofprosperity.com/2009/12/how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases">Realm of Prosperity</a></p> <p><strong>Five Festive Christmas Cookies to Share With Family and Friends</strong> &mdash; This post came as a result of technical difficulties on a planned video post (so Kris came to the rescue with some of the most fabulous cookie recipes I&rsquo;ve ever seen). Can we admit that we&rsquo;re kind of glad things didn&rsquo;t work out for the original post? This topic (and the Oreo Cookie Truffle recipe) is definitely sweeter! <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2009/12/18/five-festive-christmas-cookies-to-share-with-family-and-friends/">Get Rich Slowly</a></p> <p><strong>How to Cook a Pork Roast</strong> &mdash; Even if you don&rsquo;t eat pig, this tasty tutorial gives you all the tips you need to roast any hunk of meat for a special occasion. Yummy looking and super-juicy, there is no excuse to pass it up! <a href="http://startcooking.com/blog/198/How-to-Cook-a-Pork-Roast">StartCooking.com</a></p> <p><strong>7 Truths About Becoming a Celebrity Assistant</strong> &mdash; Did George Clooney recently offer you the dream job of becoming his right-hand man (or woman?) Not so fast. These awesome facts give you the inside scoop on being a celebrity assistant &mdash; assuming anything would keep you away from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com/22277/89293-seven-truths-becoming-celebrity-assistant">Divine Caroline</a></p> <p><strong>8 Names You Know, R.I.P</strong> &mdash; As a Saturn driver, this piece makes me especially sad. See what other brands were loved (and lost) in 2009. <a href="http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/news/0912/gallery.brands_we_lost/index.html">CNNMoney.com</a></p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>AMC Theaters Ban Outside Snacks</strong> &mdash; So it&rsquo;s official: Sneaking in outside food at your local AMC is not only slightly unethical, it&rsquo;s totally against policy.&lt; So what&rsquo;s a hungry and frugal movie-goer to do? Read on for details of other movie theater policies and how you can cope. <a href="http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SmartSpending/blog/page.aspx?post=1409890">SmartSpending</a></p> <p><strong>Brazen Careerist&rsquo;s Best Blog Posts of 2009</strong> &mdash; This nifty list features some of the best work, life, and productivity posts that the Brazen Careerist has published in 2009. Of special interest? Our own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wc-porter">WC</a> is in the running with <a href="http://www.brazencareerist.com/2009/04/21/on-salaries-why-we-want-more-money-0">Why We Want More Money</a>! <a href="http://www.brazencareerist.com/2009/12/17/brazen-careerists-best-featured-blog-posts-of-2009">The Brazen Careerist</a></p> <p><strong>Life Without Cable TV: Week One</strong> &mdash; This truthful look at whether it&rsquo;s possible to make the transition from paid cable services to free or pay-per-view alternatives gives us much to think about. Yes, it is possible to buy all those HBO shows from iTunes and save big bucks! <a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/2009/12/18/life-without-cable-tv-week-one/">Consumerism Commentary</a></p> <p><strong>Grilling Guide: Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage</strong> &mdash; These 8 questions could save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of stress and worry. Get a list of things to ask, and the answers you need to hear, before you apply for that mortgage. <a href="http://www.filife.com/guides/grilling-guide-questions-to-ask-when-shopping-for-a-mortgage">FiLife</a></p> <p><strong>Army Wives Home Deco: Create Your Own Hump Bar</strong> &mdash; Lifetime&rsquo;s series &ldquo;Army Wives&rdquo; inspired this unique idea for a clever home &ldquo;Hump Bar.&rdquo; Whether you choose to serve liquor, or just fancy coffee drinks, the tips are clever, fashionable, and frugal to employ. <a href="http://www.lifetimemoms.com/home/army-wives-home-deco-create-your-own-hump-bar">Lifetime Moms</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-hide-naughty-credit-card-purchases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance Fri, 18 Dec 2009 19:00:40 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4173 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance: The 25 Best Places to Retire http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-the-25-best-places-to-retire <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-the-25-best-places-to-retire" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/retired.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&rsquo;s Best of Personal Finance Roundup. This week, we look at ways to save money on your child&rsquo;s school pictures, how to pull together a tasty gourmet meal from goods you get at a dollar store, and where to retire in style.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles of the Week</h2> <p><strong>25 Best Places to Retire</strong> &ndash; Looking for a place to kick up your feet &ndash; for the rest of your life? This vivid list of the top destinations to quit work and start relaxing features Port Charlotte, Florida in a surprising top spot! <a href="http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/moneymag/0909/gallery.bpretire_top25.moneymag/index.html">CNN Money</a></p> <p><strong>3 Ways to Save Money on School Pictures</strong> &ndash; What?!? You mean you don&rsquo;t think the $80+ for a deluxe photo package of your six-year-old is a practical expense? Pshaw. Before you fill out the form for your school&rsquo;s photography service, you have to read these great tips (with photos, of course!) <a href="http://www.frugalupstate.com/2009/09/3-ways-to-save-money-on-school-pictures.html">Frugal Upstate</a></p> <p><strong>Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Recharge Your Towels</strong> &ndash; Old towels not as soft as they used to be? New towels about as absorbent as a tub of butter? Try these tips for breathing some life back into those nasty towels. <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-New-Towels-More-Absorbent">WikiHow</a> via <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5362234/use-vinegar-and-baking-soda-to-recharge-your-towels">LifeHacker</a></p> <p><strong>Roasted Chicken with Black Beans and Yams</strong> &ndash; This guy is truly entertaining to read. Dubbed &ldquo;The 99Cent Chef&rdquo; due to his penchant for hitting up the dollar store for each of his ingredients, he attempts to recreate real food with components that cost no more than a buck. This meal features a tasty &ldquo;after&rdquo; pic, along with a well-documented shopping experience. <a href="http://the99centchef.blogspot.com/2009/09/roasted-chicken-with-black-beans-and.html">The 99 Cent Chef</a></p> <p><strong>Business Card Doodles</strong> &ndash; Trent&rsquo;s latest foray into scribbling on the back of business cards shows that the guy is truly frugal. (Why waste a sheet of paper, when you can use the back of a perfectly good business card.) Even more apparent is his desire to share his deepest thoughts on personal finance and money &ndash; via cartoons. I recommend his original <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/11/29/everything-you-ever-really-needed-to-know-about-personal-finance-on-the-back-of-five-business-cards/">Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards</a>, as well. <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/09/21/4312/">The Simple Dollar</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><strong>How to Write a Cover Letter (That Gets Interviews)</strong> &ndash; OK, OK. So she doesn&rsquo;t actually tell you how to write a first-rate cover letter (yet). What she does provide, however, is a list of resources for getting the resume down pat, kick-starting your job hunt, and choosing the perfect career. She also sets the stage for what I can only imagine will be an exciting and pointed tutorial on how to put together a cover letter that kills. Can&rsquo;t wait! <a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/2009/09/20/series-how-to-write-a-cover-letter/">Squawkfox</a></p> <p><strong>7 Tips to Get the Most out of a Sample Sale</strong> &ndash; New to sample sales? Think you already know how to get the best price on the hottest luxury items? With extra commentary from <a href="http://www.shefinds.com/">SheFinds.com</a> expert Michelle Madhok, this checklist is a must-read! <a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/deals/7-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-sample-sale/">SmartMoney</a></p> <p><strong>Couple Finds Traded-In Clunker for Sale</strong> &ndash; Don&rsquo;t be too surprised to see the car you dumped during the &ldquo;cash for clunkers&rdquo; drive still on the road (or in a dealer&rsquo;s back lot). This tale of one couple&rsquo;s experience is not uncommon, and isn&rsquo;t a violation, after all! <a href="http://consumerist.com/5364873/couple-finds-traded+in-clunker-for-sale">Consumerist</a></p> <p><strong>Time to Read the Writing on the Wall</strong> &ndash; Have you seen my stapler? If you&rsquo;ve found yourself more like Milton from Office Space than the cheerful worker you&rsquo;d really like resemble, take this assessment to see what your next steps should be. <a href="http://www.bripblap.com/2009/time-to-read-the-writing-on-the-wall/">Brip Blap</a></p> <p><strong>How to Request USPS Hold Mail Service Online</strong> &ndash; I&rsquo;ve actually needed this service once or twice, but wasn&rsquo;t sure of all the steps. This quick set of steps makes it very clear (and even offers an option to skip the stamp and hand your form to your postal carrier!). <a href="http://www.moneybluebook.com/how-to-request-usps-hold-mail-service-online/">Money Blue Book</a></p> <p><strong>This is Huge: $250 Dominick&rsquo;s Giveaway</strong> &ndash; Just another reason to wish I had a Dominick&rsquo;s in my area of the country. This giveaway from our own Carrie Kirby over at her Chicago Now blog ends this Friday, September 25th. So move, people! <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2009/09/this-is-huge-250-dominicks-giveaway.html">Chicago Now&rsquo;s Frugalista</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-the-25-best-places-to-retire">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:00:02 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3636 at http://www.wisebread.com Best of Personal Finance: Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-common-car-dealer-phrases-to-watch-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-of-personal-finance-common-car-dealer-phrases-to-watch-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gorilla.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's&nbsp;Best of Personal Finance&nbsp;roundup. This week we&rsquo;ll share the ins and outs of a credit freeze, how to make your own deodorant, and some thrift store shopping tips.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(And a hysterical anatomical reference that is surprisingly evocative.)</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles of the Week</h2> <p><b style="">Using Life Roles to Organize Your Budget</b> &ndash; I am a mother, daughter, wife, blogger, and wiper of many snotty noses &ndash; thankfully, there is a budget perfect for me and all 12 of my often wrinkled hats.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This post helps you decide your life roles, which ones come first, and how your budget can accurately reflect what you want to do in life.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.fiscalfizzle.com/2009/09/roles-budget/">Fiscal Fizzle</a></p> <p><b style="">The Why and How of Credit Freeze</b> &ndash; You&rsquo;ve heard of it, but probably won&rsquo;t use it until something goes terribly wrong: credit freezing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here&rsquo;s the skinny on what it is, why it works, and how to get it done right.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.stopbuyingcrap.com/credit-related/credit-freeze/">Stop Buying Crap</a></p> <p><b style="">25 Essentials That are Cheaper and Better to Make at Home</b> &ndash; With over a dozen items I&rsquo;ve made myself, and a few more that I&rsquo;ve been a little too frightened to try, Adam shares tips for getting started making your own candy, pesticides, and deodorant.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Just don&rsquo;t make them with the same mixing bowl.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://manvsdebt.com/25-essentials-that-are-better-and-cheaper-to-make-at-home/">Man Vs. Debt</a>.</p> <p><b style="">Squash Minimum Purchase Fees With Wallet-size Merchant Agreement</b> &ndash; Ticked off that your local sub shop requires a $6 minimum purchase in order accept a credit card? Not interested in adding on chips and a pickle? Check out this finance hack designed to read them your rights. (We love lamination.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://consumerist.com/5354973/squash-minimum-purchase-fees-with-wallet+sized-merchant-agreement">Consumerist</a></p> <p><b style="">&ldquo;Up To&rdquo; and Other Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For</b> &ndash; When a journalist from Edmunds went undercover to learn the seedier side of selling cars, the result was a unique translation of what to &ldquo;say&rdquo; to a dealership to get what you &ldquo;mean.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying/articles/42962/page003.html">Edmunds</a> via <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5354898/up-to-and-other-common-car-dealer-phrases-to-watch-for">Lifehacker</a></p> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <h2>Other Essential <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Reading</st1:city></st1:place></h2> <p><strong>When Does Frugality Turn Into Theft?</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s been discussed a lot in the world of saving money, but these specific examples of &ldquo;super savings&rdquo; border on the criminal.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Using fake coupons in the self-checkout line probably takes the cake.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.savingadvice.com/blog/2009/09/02/105111_when-does-frugality-turn-into-theft.html">Saving Advice</a></p> <p><b style="">Chicken Pasta Primavera ($5 Dinner Challenge)</b> &ndash; If having pasta for under $5 a meal doesn&rsquo;t usually float your boat, then you have to check out this rendition, featuring a homemade white sauce and fresh veggies.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><st1:place w:st="on">Erin</st1:place>&rsquo;s photos will knock some excitement into your next meal plan, too.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/2009/09/pasta-primavera-2.html">5 Dollar Dinners</a></p> <p><b style="">The Craigslist Penis Effect</b> &ndash; OK, so part of me feels like this is linkbait, but the other part of me (the part that met her husband on an online dating site) can really appreciate the candor AND truth in this article.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you get nothing else out of Ramit&rsquo;s relatively benign observations, take away the fact that being at least mediocre can actually help you dominate in many areas of life &ndash; especially on Craigslist personals.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/the-craigslist-penis-effect/">I Will Teach You To Be Rich</a></p> <p><b style="">Thrift Store Shopping Tips</b> &ndash; I&rsquo;ve done quite a bit of thrift store shopping, and I still had never heard of at least one of these tips.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Best tip: Remember to plug in and test out your turntable BEFORE you leave the store.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.singleguymoney.com/2009/09/thrift-store-shopping-tips.html">Single Guy Money</a></p> <p><b style="">Deals to Expect on Black Friday</b> &ndash; We&rsquo;ve interviewed Dan from DealNews before, so we know that he&rsquo;s a Black Friday shopping guru.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Read what he thinks will be the hottest deals this year at retailers across the country. (Hint: the low-end netbook for less than $130 may get many shoppers out of bed early!)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://blogs.moneycentral.msn.com/smartspending/archive/2009/09/08/deals-to-expect-on-black-friday.aspx">MSN Smart Spending</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-common-car-dealer-phrases-to-watch-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steak-into-gucci-prime-steak">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap &quot;Choice&quot; Steak into Gucci &quot;Prime&quot; Steak</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-what-the-ipad-is-and-is-not">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-how-to-be-a-cheap-drunk-with-taste">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-3-ways-to-prepare-for-the-card-act">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-roundup-20-amazing-fitness-blogs-to-inspire-you">Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 20+ Amazing Fitness Blogs to Inspire You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best personal finance Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:48:58 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3584 at http://www.wisebread.com