Costco does generics right

(Hah … the WordPress text editor is telling me that it’s “Saving Draft” … that’s actually what I’m going to talk about!) This past weekend I took a trip to Costco to pick up a few things.  Some places my wife and I hesitate to get generic (store) brand because it was weak, didn’t work, tasted nasty, contained ingredients that gave her a headache, and so forth.  This is a side effect of the manufac […]

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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: How to nail your job interview. Learn how to answer tough interview questions, monitor your nonverbal communication, and research the hiring company. […]

The Ten Evils (Part Three)

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes. I’ll post a segment each day this week. As mentioned previously, I was recently leafing through a book at the library discussing Japanese martial arts (I believe it was Budo Secrets) when I came upon a sidebar that listed the ten evils that prevent people from improving themselves. […]

The Best Store Rewards Cards

US News recommends five ways to save $20 or more each week. One of their tips is as follows: Sign Up for Store Rewards CardsMost major grocery stores and drugstores have their own rewards card, which you can use to get access to the sales and special discounts. Some stores, like CVS Pharmacy, also let you earn points with every purchase. […]

Cheap Fun for the Kids

With the kids out of school, I know there are a ton of parents out there trying to think of ways to keep them entertained without draining the family’s coffers.  I know I remember my mother having the same problem with the three of us.  At the beginning of every summer, we’d get bored and slowly tear up the house looking for stuff to do.  After a few days of driving her nuts, we got used to playin […]

Using Craigslist to Sell Your Stuff

I have been a big fan of Craigslist since I found out about it after college.  I don’t usually buy much from it, but I have used it to sell a bunch of things including old electronics and furniture.  In the beginning, it took a few weeks to sell an item, but now I can easily have things sold in a single weekend.  The trick has been figuring out how to make posts that can catch and hold a buyer’s i […]

All About Mutual Funds: Actively Managed Mutual Funds, Index Funds & ETFs

One of the ways that many people add diversity to their portfolios is with the help of various funds. Funds essentially represent the ability to invest in shares from multiple investments at once. […]

The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN Review

For people in certain businesses, perception is more important than reality. A real estate agent who sells high-value properties generally tries to impress his or her clients by looking the part of a high-value property real estate agent. Fancy cars, fancy meals, and fancy clothing are all part of this facade. […]

Five Questions Retirees Must Answer

The Wall Street Journal lists five questions retirees must answer as follows: 1. When should I start taking Social Security benefits? 2. Should I get a part-time job? 3. Where should I keep my money? 4. Should I pay off the mortgage?5. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Road Trip Edition

Our roadtrips tend to involve the following: podcasts, conversation, reading, napping, food produced from paper bags, increasingly frequent restroom stops, games that involve things we see outside the car windows, repeated askings of the infamous question “Are we there yet?”, and complete relief when we actually arrive at our destination. Facing the Mistakes of Life This is actually an excerpt fr […]

Extreme Couponing Creates Extreme Mess For Bargain Hunters

During what has been said to be one of the worst economic crises to hit America, those affected by downsizing and layoffs have resorted to drastic measures to put food on the table and keep on top of their mortgage payments.  This required tightening of the belt leaves little room for error. One mistake can cost families their homes, their vehicles, and their sense of security.  That’s why in toda […]

Top 5 Movie Actor Salaries

Most theatrical performers become professional actors because they have a talent or a love for what they do. They have a drive to entertain, and they can’t imagine spending their limited time on this planet doing something other than what they love. […]

Wealth: Is It Worth It? by S. Truett Cathy

When it comes to books about money, I really enjoy books that are more about philosophy and approach, than ones that prescribe a particular way of doing something using charts and forms. Financially, we’re on solid ground and so the instruction manual type of book isn’t something that will give us the most value for our time spent reading. […]

Playing to Win: Turning Money Management into a Game

I am a gamer. All my life, I’ve been a fan of games of all types. I’ve played Dungeons and Dragons since I was in the third grade. During 2000 and 2001, Kris and I had marathon bridge sessions with another couple at least once a week. I used to host monthly game nights during which my friends and I played the latest and greatest European board games. For a while, I played in chess tournaments. […]

47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Ever have a conversation that goes like this...? "What do you want to do this weekend?" *Shoulder shrug* "I dunno, whatta you wanna do?" *Shoulder shrug and sigh* "I dunno; there's nothing to ever do around here." I've had conversations like that many times in the past, but not anymore. I'm learning to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy living in the moment more. […]

Zen and the Art of Hiding Money

Recently, I emailed a Zen Buddhist priest to ask for some advice about work, money, life — the usual. I used a quote from her book, hand wash cold, in a blog post and wanted to share the piece with her, since it reflected my spiritual and emotional connection to money and work. After a short note about where I'm at in my career and where I'd like to be, I attached a link to my post. […]

Best Money Tips: Stay Healthy While Traveling

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to maintain healthy habits when traveling, how to ask for a raise, and steps to forming good financial habits. Top 5 Articles How To Maintain Healthy Habits When Traveling — Stay healthy when traveling by exercising on the road. […]

Another Creative Way to Save Money

In Thinking Outside the Box to Save Money I told the story of a guy who purchased inexpensive hotel rooms to gain free stays at expensive hotels. In the end, he got almost a 90% discount for his creative way of "working the system." Well, now we have another creative money saver (though it's an old story) -- this one even bigger. […]

Switching Jobs / Switching Careers

About three years ago, I essentially switched careers. When I look back on that decision now, what I see is that I loved my job, but I hated big aspects of my career, at least in the direction it was headed. I spent more time than I would like away from my family on trips that felt unimportant. […]