Articles on Personal Finance

Removing Car Scratches: The Revenge of the Frugal Body Shop

Scratches are annoying and prevalent forms of car damage. We all get them, they really look awful and I've been hunting for new and old techniques for removal. Here are a few.

Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply

Dents suck. And so does the cost to repair them. Here are quick and cheap ways to remove dents.

Don't Overpay While Driving - Put Down Your Cell and Save $101

My home state of Washington is set to require, by law, that drivers who want to yack on the cell phone use a hands-free set or earpiece. [more]

The seven deadly sins of consumerism (and the frugal redemption).

Sit ye down, hold your loved ones tight, and get ready for the seven deadliest sins of the modern day consumer. (By the way, I know I’m a movie buff when I can reference two of the greatest films ever made in one blog headline. [more]

Last Minute Tax-Filing? Extended Post Office Hours and More

Isn't it weird that there isn't a central list of post offices at, oh I don't know, say, USPS.com, that tells you which post office branches are going to be open late tonight for last-minute filers? [more]

Top 10 Tax Urban Legends, Myths and Rumors.

Hey, it's tax time again. If you've already looked at my other post on weird tax deductions , you'll know I like looking at the lighter side of taxation. [more]

You link us! You really, really link us!

It's time for our weekly round-up of link-love. Thanks to all who have linked to our site. We love you right back. [more]

Can Acetone Dramatically Increase Your Gas Mileage?

Can acetone dramatically increase your gas mileage? Wise Bread reader Kip Kay told us that by adding pure acetone into his gas tank, his car now gets 10 extra miles per gallon.

83rd Carnival of Debt Reduction Webcomics Edition

Welcome fellow taxpayers and Lifehackers to the 83rd Carnival of Debt Reduction! To alleviate some of the tax day gloom, I randomly attached some links to webcomics throughout the posts. Think of them as easter eggs you never knew you wanted. [more]

20 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Here are the tips I've garnered for how to rent well and get your money back.

What are your chances of getting audited by the IRS? Your guess is probably wrong

According to this Kiplinger's tax tip video, only 1 in 150 personal tax returns get audited. Realistically speaking, your odds of getting audited are probably even lower than that. In fact, it's virtually zero. [more]

Intimidated by Retirement Investing? Get Professional Help!

It might seem like something of a no-brainer to ask for professional investment advice, particularly about retirement. That said, there's still an astonishing number of people I know who don't. [more]

Link Me, Baby! Sending Out Thankful Vibes

Wise Bread is always grateful for the links we get from friends and even rivals. [more]

Money Metaphors (You wouldn't punch a kitten, would you?)

Equating my money, emotionally, with something that I find dear and worthy of protection, may force me to treat my money with the respect it deserves.

Ask the Readers

Usually, I have a lot to write about. But today? Today there's only one thing I can write about, because this thing is driving me crazy. [more]

20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions

Well, it's that time again. The tax deadline is just around the corner. If you still haven't done your return, take a look at the top 20 funky, strange and outrageous deductions

Why you can't trust a real estate agent.

Surely a real estate agent would want to get you the very best price for your home. After all, they earn commission. The more they sell it for, the more they make, right? [more]

Can't Afford to Pay the IRS?

Even though I have a couple of extra days to file my tax returns this year, I won't be able to come up with enough to pay the IRS what I owe. The age old question about paying now or later came to a head for me this year, when I chose the " [more]

Tiny Nestegg? Retire abroad!

Can't afford to live on your pension or Social Security in the U.S.? Why not find a cheaper place to live? No, not Canada - the other communist mecca... that's right, China! Ha ha! I know I'll get all kinds of flack for that one. [more]

Being asthmatic just got more expensive

Feeling wheezy? Asthma attack coming on? Reaching for that inhaler? Let's stop and think about the CPP (cost per puff). Oh, it may not seem like much now, but that will all change soon. [more]