Five Money Moves No One Should Ever Make… Ever

Payday loans, with their obscene interest rates, can lead to perpetual indebtedness. Photo: Paul Sableman Donald Trump is famous for much more than his popular television show and confusing hairstyle; he’s also famous for being very, very rich. […]

5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think

If you think you're getting a great bargain by shopping at big box stores that market themselves as purveyors of incredibly low prices, you may want to think again. Consider the alluring "loss leader" pricing strategy, for example. America's discount retailers draw you in by selling... […]

5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think

If you think you're getting a great bargain by shopping at big box stores that market themselves as purveyors of incredibly low prices, you may want to think again. Consider the alluring "loss leader" pricing strategy, for example. America's discount retailers draw you in by selling... […]

Choosing the Wrong Color Can Cost You Big on These Purchases

People generally chalk up color to personal preference when making a purchase, but what about those times when that choice can actually cost money? Strangely, I spend a lot of brain space thinking about the impact of color on my finances. I'm typing this article from the comfort of my new coral... […]

Choosing the Wrong Color Can Cost You Big on These Purchases

People generally chalk up color to personal preference when making a purchase, but what about those times when that choice can actually cost money? Strangely, I spend a lot of brain space thinking about the impact of color on my finances. I'm typing this article from the comfort of my new coral... […]

Questions About Bed Sheets, Used CDs, Health Insurance, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Health insurance and job switching 2. Hosting guests at home? 3. Balancing retirement and college savings 4. Wonderful money free weekends! 5. Time to become a homeowner? 6. When to toss old clothes 7. […]

Questions About Bed Sheets, Used CDs, Health Insurance, and More!

Photo: Callum Baker What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five-word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Health insurance and job switching 2. Hosting guests at home? 3. Balancing retirement and college savings 4. Wonderful money free weekends! 5. Time to become a homeowner? 6. When to toss old clothes 7. […]

4 Great Investments That Sounded Really Stupid in the 2000s

Ridicule and high return are often positively correlated. In the 1970's, there was the pet rock craze, which reportedly made $15 million in its first six months. Now fast forward to 1989 — would you have invested in the penny stock of a homebrew computer maker? Well, a $5,000 investment in... […]

More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

Expecting lots of caps and gowns in your future? Here are tips on saving for more than one child’s education. Photo: Josh Granier A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family for his higher education. […]

More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

Expecting lots of caps and gowns in your future? Here are tips on saving for more than one child’s education. Photo: Josh Granier A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family for his higher education. […]

10 Things in Your Basement You Should Throw Out Today

I hate to admit it, but I'm a basement hoarder. My subterranean lair is the slightly moldy home to any and every item that I cannot decide what to do with. If it weren't for the fact that our washer and dryer reside in the basement, there probably wouldn't even be room to walk down there. (See... […]

10 Things in Your Basement You Should Throw Out Today

I hate to admit it, but I'm a basement hoarder. My subterranean lair is the slightly moldy home to any and every item that I cannot decide what to do with. If it weren't for the fact that our washer and dryer reside in the basement, there probably wouldn't even be room to walk down there. (See... […]

Advantages of online grocery shopping

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. As someone who doesn’t like to shop for groceries (or lug them all from my car to the house), the thought of finding a service that helps me avoid the check-out line altogether is very appealing. A service that would put my groceries away would be even more amazing, but I won’t get carried away. […]

5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models

Some people are born genetically gifted. People like Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Tyson Beckford may all work very hard to maintain their ravishing good looks, but let's be honest… they started with a huge advantage. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these people are... […]

5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models

Some people are born genetically gifted. People like Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Tyson Beckford may all work very hard to maintain their ravishing good looks, but let's be honest… they started with a huge advantage. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these people are... […]

Four Tricks to Keep Your Food Spending at $50 a Week

Unless you have superhuman discipline, use only cash to help you stay within your budget. Photo: torbakhopper My New Year’s resolution wasn’t very glamorous. I didn’t decide to learn French or perfect certain yoga poses or save the world one good deed at a time. […]

How One Social Media Mistake Can Wreck Your Financial Future

Once you click ‘send’ or post something online, you have lost control of your words, and making them disappear later is next to impossible. More than 100 years before Facebook was conceived in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Mark Twain, one of America’s most beloved authors, offered some words of wisdom that make a lot of sense for social media users today: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and […]

How One Social Media Mistake Can Wreck Your Financial Future

Once you click ‘send’ or post something online, you have lost control of your words, and making them disappear later is next to impossible. More than 100 years before Facebook was conceived in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Mark Twain, one of America’s most beloved authors, offered some words of wisdom that make a lot of sense for social media users today: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and […]

Brian Williams' $5 Million Fib: 4 Little Lies that Can Cost You Your Job

It was a $5 million fib. Maybe even more expensive than that. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams' war story tall tale cost him six months pay, and considering his freshly signed five-year, $50 million contract, that's an expensive white lie. The fact is, he's likely never to return to the... […]

Brian Williams' $5 Million Fib: 4 Little Lies that Can Cost You Your Job

It was a $5 million fib. Maybe even more expensive than that. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams' war story tall tale cost him six months pay, and considering his freshly signed five-year, $50 million contract, that's an expensive white lie. The fact is, he's likely never to return to the... […]