The Four Dimensions of a Perfect MBA Applicant, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from Your MBA Game Plan, Third Edition: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools, © 2012 Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum. It is reprinted with permission of the publisher, Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ.  800-227-3371.  All rights reserved. […]

Buy Airfare Six Weeks in Advance

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), a company that processes airline transactions for travel agents and consumers, has analyzed 144 million transactions for domestic flights in 2011 to better understand airlines’ pricing schemes. The study found the lowest fares were available six weeks in advance of the departure date. […]

Five Money Saving Habits You’ll Want to Learn This Year

When it comes to saving money, there’s no better time to get back on track than the New Year. For some miraculous reason, January gives people hope and inspires them to change their ways. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so comical. In retrospect, everyone wishes that they had done something different the previous year. […]

Telling Your Story

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct, rescued me most of my life. – Armistead Maupin Image courtesy of PhotoSteve. As many of you know, I’m spending a lot of my spare time lately working on a pair of novels. It’s been a challenging experience – but an enjoyable one. For me, one of the biggest parts of writing fiction is understanding who the characters are. […]

Series I & Series EE Bond Purchase Limit Increased to $10,000 Each

The Treasury Department announced that, effective January 4th, 2012, you will be allowed to purchase $10,000 each of Series I and Series EE bonds per year per person. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Have a Prenup?

Getting married is oftentimes one of the best things to happen in someone's life. While most couples plan on staying together forever, sadly many marriages fall apart. Some couples recognize this and opt to sign a prenup before they say their vows. However, other couples avoid signing a prenup because they believe their love will stand the test of time. Do you have a prenup? Why or why not? […]

Absolut Repurposing: 17 Uses for Vodka

In college, I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a place where you can buy a liter of some of the finest vodka for only $3 and street stands sell bottles of the drink for 50 cents, it's no surprise that I came across some odd uses for the vodka while abroad. Here are ways (besides drinking) to make the most of it. […]

Big List of Student Discounts

If you’re barely scraping by on your university student’s income (or Mom and Dad are giving you a very limited budget), then student discounts can really help you to stretch those funds until the end of the month. The following is a list of the major discounts obtainable to those with a valid student ID card (or college email address). […]

Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

If you’ve booked a vacation for your family lately, or sent your kid off on a school-sponsored field trip, you’ve probably considered trip-cancellation insurance. These offers generally promise to reimburse you for the vacation or field trip if you need to cancel. Are these plans worth the cost? […]

The Calculus of Convenience

For several years now, I’ve lived in a sort of financial sweet spot. After paying off my debt, I realized that Kris and I had everything we really wanted or needed, so we never had to buy much for the house (except when something broke). But now that I’m on my own, I’m finding all sorts of little things I need to buy again. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Working While Traveling

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on tips for working while traveling, negotiating for a better deal, and tax strategies for salaried employees. Top 5 Articles 9 Tips for Working While Traveling — When working and traveling at the same time, make sure to set concrete work hours. […]

The Many Benefits of DIY

I will be the first to admit that the I'm not a good handyman. I'm not proficient with anything that has to do with my hands other than, well, typing. But even for someone like me, DIY has its place. This is especially true when it comes to money-related matters. Here are five reasons why you need to learn how to do-it-yourself every once in a while. […]

Your Lifetime Balance Sheet

The book Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing features an interesting look into what it calls your "lifetime balance sheet." It lists both assets and liabilities that every person has at the start of their working careers. […]

Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam

This is a review of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam. I met Andrew Hallam by accident in my email’s spam folder. It’s a bad day when a notable financial writer (and a super nice guy) gets banned from my inbox along with thousands of cheap Viagra offerings. I have nothing against Viagra ads. […]

The Four Dimensions of a Perfect MBA Applicant, Part 1

The following is an excerpt from Your MBA Game Plan, Third Edition: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools, © 2012 Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum. […]

Only Wash Full Loads of Dishes or Clothes (22/365)

This seems like common sense at first glance. If you run your dishwasher, your washing machine, or your dryer with only half a load of clothes or dishes, you’re losing out in terms of efficiency. Even if you run the machine with small load settings, the machine is still using most of the water and most of the energy of a full load. Let’s look at some actual numbers. […]

What Kind of Life Insurance Do I Need?

Who brings in the cash at your house? Is it you? Your spouse? Both of you? Although none of us want to think about this, what would happen if the person in your home responsible for bring home the paycheck were to suddenly pass away? […]

The Lonesome, Pet-Free Life

For almost as long as I’ve been living without a human roommate, I’ve enjoyed the company of my cat, Rupert. I adopted Rupert from my friend who determined his newborn daughter was allergic to cats. […]

Mitt Romney’s Tax Plan: More of the Same?

Mitt Romney is now viewed as the Republican front-runner in the race for the White House in 2012. And, of course, as a serious presidential candidate, Romney needs to have a tax plan in place. Others have floated flat tax plans, but Romney isn’t one of them. […]

Develop a Broad Network

The following is an excerpt from How Smart People Sabotage Their Job Search: 10 Mistakes Executives Make and How to Fix Them! Mistake #5: We Build a Network that Looks Just Like “Us.” “Don’t join an easy crowd. You won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.” Jim Rohn, The Treasury of QuotesI love the simplicity of this quote. […]