June 9, 2009

The Google Way: A Book Review (And a Chance to Win!)

By Linsey Knerl First off, let me say that even though Google is a “tech” company, you don’t need to understand or even like tech to get a whole lot out of this book.  Even with an interest in the industry, I found myself skimming over some of the beginning pages of the book, with its basic explanation of the invention of page ranking and slight references to Boolean operators.  Rest assured, tha […]

Find A Cheap Prescription and Discount Medication Using Medtipster

More ways to lower your health care costs. I’m starting to get to that age where the need for medication is beginning to creep up on me. […]

The One Thing that Makes a Winning Resume

Ok, so the title's a bit misleading. There are several parts that go into making a winning resume. That said, there's one specific part that is greater than all the others. Here's how Yahoo describes it: Tantalize them with a bulleted list of specific achievements. […]

Crappy practice is a waste of time

By Philip Brewer If you want to get good at something, you need to practice. If you're not trying to get better, and just want to enjoy doing whatever it is, there's no need to practice--do what you love and ignore anyone who wants you to do it better. But if you're going to practice, then practice. Don't do something else and call it practice. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #2 - The Fulfillment Curve

The second episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on the fulfillment curve. I talk about my own battles with overdoing it and finding a healthy balance, and relate some tips for finding good balances in your own life. Also discussed: coffee shop stereotypes, M.C. […]

A New Perspective

The following is a guest post from Glen Allsopp from PluginID. We are a generation abundant in such fine qualities as impatience, greed, and the need for a quick-fix. The "magic pill" if you like. When it comes to making money, we're the same. We want the quick, easy, cash generation solution rather than something we have to work for. […]

Using Fuelly to Track Your Gas Mileage

With gas prices rising, people are beginning to talk about fuel economy again. This year, there’s an added wrinkle to my own concerns. In April, I ditched my 2000 Ford Focus for a 2004 Mini Cooper. The old car used regular unleaded, but the new one uses premium. […]

Can credit cards be used for good, or are they just evil? (Answer to Win $10!)

By Linsey Knerl We hear both sides of the argument all the time here at Wise Bread.  Assuming that you think credit cards can be used responsibly, how would it be done?  And for those who think credit cards are evil, why do you think so, and what do you use instead? Credit cards are not one-size-fits all, and either is the average consumer.  We'd love to hear your stories of credit card use:  wha […]

Summer Cocktail Roundup

By Myscha Theriault Looking for some fresh summer cocktail ideas to ramp up your repertoire this season? I called a few folks from the beverage blogging community to see what they could recommend. […]

Achieving Your Goals Is About You

If you talked to me three or four years ago and asked me about my approach to personal finance, I would’ve told you that you should always pick the mathematically optimal path and try to adhere to it as much as possible. I was fortunate enough to have the discipline, a credit to my parents, to almost always be able to follow what I believed was the optimal path. […]

How To Do a Mid-Year Financial Checkup - Things to Think About This Summer

Most people really take a good look at their finances at two main times throughout the year: the very end or beginning of the year and come tax time. While these are great times to focus on your finances it is important to remember that the year is long and your life and the world around you is constantly changing. […]

How to Save $10k in 10 Months While Making a Low Wage in an Expensive City

I get all sorts of "I can't save that much" comments quite often here. That's why I post examples of how people have gotten rich (or at least well off) despite the fact that they didn't/don't earn very much money. The key? Spending less than they earned. And if they can do it, so can others (including you, Mr. […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 6/9/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up To 75% Off TEVA FOOTWEAR (dealnews) Teva.com knocks up to 75% off select men's and women's footwear listed in its clearance section. Plus, get free shipping on all orders via coupon code "FATHERSDAY09". Deal ends June 11.   1. […]

10 Banks Allowed to Repay TARP Bailout Money

Ten banks have now been approved by the government to being repaying taxpayers for a portion of the more than $700 billion the industry has received from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in total. […]

I Got My New Schwab Visa

Just a quick note to let you all know I received my 2% Schwab Visa credit card this past weekend. I called to activate the card, then called another number (a pain, why couldn't it be the same number?) to link it to my Schwab brokerage account. Now I'm ready to charge away! I'll keep you all updated on the card if anything interesting occurs. […]

Do You Get Satisfaction?

It seems like as long as we’ve had the Web, we’ve had support forums, usually for software, probably because you can’t depend on software to work the same way twice in a row. Sometimes the support forum is managed and moderated by the company that makes the product, and more often you can find one populated by people who just want to help (and/or call you a l0s3r). […]

Should You Write ‘SEE ID’ or Sign Your Credit Cards?

Last week I had lunch with Hardy, a Get Rich Slowly reader here in Portland. We chatted about life (and personal finance) over burgers and fries. He generously offered to pay the bill. When the waitress returned with the credit card slip, she asked to see his driver license. “What was that all about?” I asked. “Asking for my ID?” said Hardy. I nodded. […]

Smart Money 2009 Best Online Brokers

Another year, another Smart Money broker survey! We’ve been reviewing SmartMoney’s best broker series for several years now (here’s 2008) and it’s always valuable to see how the different brokers fare from year to year. […]

Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party is a great way to spend time with family and friends. It gives you a chance to relax over a good meal and catch up with everyone, and doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, I’ve asked friends to help me out as I try and put together a guide to dinner parties that can help reduce stress. […]