Infinite Games

When I was going through the items in our garage loft as part of a spring cleaning of the garage, I came across a small shoebox that’s been a part of our camping gear for years. When I opened the top of it and peered inside, I got excited. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #16

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

How to Grow Your First Garden

This guest post is from Jane Sanders of DebtManagement, a writer whose two biggest passions are gardening and personal finance. Starting a vegetable garden can be one of the most rewarding hobbies you ever pursue. Gardening is a source of relaxation and exercise, while yielding hundreds of dollars worth of fresh and delicious produce. […]

Where in the World Should You Invest?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Finding countries where you can plant your investments in fertile soil may be one of the most important asset allocation decisions you make for the next several years. In 2002 I coauthored a column with my father, George Marotta, entitled "Will the US Go the Way of Japan?" in the "Charlottesville Business Journal." Our answer to the q […]

Dinner With My Family #14: Kung Pao Shrimp Skillet Meal

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. When I was a college student, one of the meals I consistently ate was ramen noodles. I could often pick up twelve packages of it for $1. […]

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express Review

There once was a time that pulling out your “gold card” showed you were an important person in the world. If you can remember that far back, you know that credit card issuers reserved gold status for people with high incomes. These days however, gold status means absolutely nothing in the credit card world. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 22nd

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad taxes are behind me for another year. Even though I use an accountant and she takes care of most of the dirty work it’s always nice to get back to focusing on more important financial matters. For me that means taking care of business of having a new tenant in our rental and doing some home repairs after some bad storms roared through. […]

Do Extreme Savers Even Need to Worry About Retirement?

I got a wonderful email from Alison about extreme saving practices and how they impact retirement. I originally intended to include it in yesterday’s mailbag, but my response grew so long that I felt it needed a post of its own. Take it away, Alison: I’ve recently read Your Money or Your Life and wanted to ask you a question about some of their unstated implications. […]

Struggling to Survive on $250,000 Per Year?

Over the past year or so, we’ve seen a lot of debate over the definition of wealthy. […]

Moving Back With The ‘Rents to Take Care of My Finances

This is a guest article by Glen Craig, the publisher of Free From Broke and Parenting Family Money. See how he currently deals with his family and finances and find out how you can too. In the article, Glen shares his story of how moving back with this parents provided a second chance for his financial life, mirroring a similar experience in my life. […]

Your Take: How do you feel about panhandlers?

This is a topic that has been the subject of previous Friday Your Take’s (do you give to panhandlers?) but after reading this column by Derek Thompson, an associate editor at The Atlantic, I thought it’s something that deserved another look. […]

Ask the Readers: Should We Rent or Should We Buy?

Is it better to rent or buy? We’ve discussed this age-old housing question several times in the past, but it’s always been on a theoretical level. […]

8 Tasks You Shouldn't Skip During Spring Cleaning

I’m an absolute neat freak who demands that everything be in its proper place — that is, the place that I decide is the proper place (I’m a control freak too) — at all times. Just because I’m neat, however, doesn’t mean I’m clean. I mean, I am — I’m not a skuzzball — but I’m more of a surface cleaner. […]

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is a day when businesses and individuals show their commitment to preserving the environment and promoting sustainability around the globe. The idea for the occasion came to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson after observing the devastation following the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969 (it was the largest oil spill in the U.S. […]

Best Money Tips: Eating Well on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on eating well on a budget, tips to improve your personal finances, and tips for changing your spending habits. Top 5 Articles How To Keep Eating Well On a Budget — Eat well when you are on a budget by cooking enough food to last a few days. […]

6 Expenses Worth Haggling Over

Perhaps more than ever, consumers are trying to squeeze the most out of their dollars. You have to pick and choose your spots, but there's an insider art to truly wringing out every last dime — haggling. Such an ugly name. […]

How to Sell Your Boss on Telecommuting

In my post Reader Profile: Steve, Steve said this about his current working situation: One of my most important financial (and quality of life) moves was when I informed a supervisor that instead of a pay raise, I wanted to telecommute.  I thought it would be a tough sell, but the reply was basically “you had me at no pay raise…”.  I realized later the sell was already made by years of dependab […]

5 Resources to Help Moms Jump Start Their Online Career

Many moms are making it big these days, using their abilities to multi-task, problem-solve, and roll with the punches to start thriving businesses based from the internet. While not everyone will easily replace a full-time income with their startup, many can fuel a passion and create much-needed cash flow with the right tools and guidance.  […]

The First Word Is Always the Hardest

One of the most valuable personal finance tools in our repertoire is communication. Communication with your boss. Communication with your partner. Communication with your children. Communication with the IRS. Communication with your friends. Communication with a retailer. Communicating well with these people is incredibly valuable. […]

Free Round-Trip Tickets with British Airways Card (or, J.D. Discovers Travel Hacking)

Yesterday, I met with a group of local Portland bloggers to plan for world domination. Over the past year, we’ve met regularly to organize an upcoming conference for readers of Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity. Usually our conversation is focused on gift bags and tour groups and the absolute racket that is event catering. ($15 cups of coffee? Give me that job, please. […]