Making It All Work – Getting Control: Capturing

This is the fifth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. This chapter is where the meat of the book begins, in my opinion, this chapter and the ten that follow it make up the heart of the book. […]

Eat 256 Big Macs to Win a $5 Gift Card

One of my most popular articles on Wise Bread is about cracking the McDonald's Monopoly game. In it, I outline the rare pieces and how many of them are in circulation. Well, someone has decided to take that information one step further. […]

6 Indirect Ways Taxes to the Rich May Hurt You

With Congress taking their time with the discussion of extending the Bush tax cuts, everyone seems to have stated their opinion on whether high income earners should have their taxes raised. […]

Social Security and Retirement Planning

Have you ever looked closely at that Social Security statement that shows up in the mail around your birthday? Have you ever really analyzed it, or did you just check if your earnings were correct and file it away? […]

7 DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home for Cheap

There are two kinds of home winterization tips. The first variety often involves spending a load of money to upgrade your energy efficiency. […]

Guest Post: Now is the Time to Think Long-Term

I've got a guest post up at Get Rich Slowly on why now — when interest rates are very low — is the time to think long-term. About twenty-five years ago (as an example of long-term thinking), I had a whimsical investment idea: Buy some cheap land and plant hardwood trees. […]

Income Infatuation and Online Dating

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday.There are 14 income selections one must choose on a particular online dating site my friend Craig recently joined. […]

Betterment Review

Betterment was named one of the Finovate Fall 2010 Best in Shows and they’re looking to make investing as simple as possible. The basic idea is that you open an account at Betterment (they are a registered broker-dealer), deposit funds, pick an allocation, and then go about your day. […]

Giving Away, Not Selling, My Stuff

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Ever since I cleaned out my closet, I’ve gotten more and more ruthless, editing more and adding less. The result of deleting items from drawers and hangers is two large brown boxes taking up floor space in the closet, overflowing with castaways. […]

The Student Makes the Difference, Not the College

I have been reading the best book I've ever read on preparing financially for college. The book is Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents and I've been sharing a bit of it over the past several days. Today I'll share a bit more. […]

The tooth fairy pushes credit?!

The son of one of my high school classmates lost a tooth.  He’s similar in age to my daughter.  Here’s the brief exchange from my classmate and her son: My classmate:  “[Son], what do you think the tooth fairy will bring?” Her son:  “Maybe she can bring me a credit card!” Out of the mouths of babes, huh? […]

Gold ETF Investing Options For Your Money

We take a look at ETF investing in a popular precious metal. Regardless of what goes on in the investment markets, gold is one of those asset classes that investors closely keep track of. Some would argue that gold is one of the oldest investable commodities. […]

Degrees of Want

I received an iPod Touch as a Christmas gift in 2008. Since then, I have used and absued the thing at a level perhaps beyond what Apple ever intended. I’ve used it as a constant pocket notebook. I’ve used it as a podcast and music player every time I go on a walk (usually several times a week). I also use it as a pedometer to help record my exercise. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a Townhouse

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Back in 2006, I purchased a townhouse in central Florida at the peak price point (after encouragement from my parents). […]

PageOnce Review: Mobile Money Management

PageOnce is a personal finance management tool and one of the companies I met at Finovate Fall 2010. I think one of the reasons why I hadn’t heard of them before is because I don’t have a “smart” phone. […]

Now $1 Million is Not Enough to Live On

We've already covered one story of a couple who can't make it on $100,000 a year and another who can't make ends meet on $250,000 a year. Now, here's a family who is struggling to make it on $1 million a year. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Firefighters Let House Burn and Pets Die Over $75. Enjoy! […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Credit Scores

ShareThisOver the past few years, consumers have been increasingly aware of the importance of a credit score. If you plan to borrow money (i.e., car loan or mortgage), your credit score is a major factor that determines your ability to get the loan and the interest rate you are eligible for. […]

Reader Mailbag: Cold

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. Building website skills 2. Which credit counseling service? 3. Serious mortgage trouble 4. Thermostats, nighttime temperatures, and kids 5. Shady credit union practices 6. Direct stock purchasing 7. Frozen interest rates? 8. […]