August 19, 2009

Work Stress and Workplace Conflict: Dealing With A Difficult Job Environment

Do you think you’ve got a tough job? How do you face difficult people or tough situations at your workplace? Most work places are pressure cookers where stress and conflict are commonly endured. How many of us find ourselves burned out several months after the honeymoon phase at a new job is over? […]


Recently, a brilliant little article popped up over at Five Cent Nickel, outlining the idea that one’s take on long-term investment performance is often a matter of perspective. I go even further: almost every assumption that you base your money decisions - and even your other life decisions - on is a matter of perspective. Take me. […]

How to Take Advantage of Free Extended Warranty from Your Credit Card Issuer

By Xin Lu A couple weeks ago my husband and I were watching a movie on our Playstation 3, and suddenly the disc stopped spinning. After some investigating it seemed like the entire Blu-ray player stopped functioning. […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 8/19/09

By Lynn Truong Today's WISEBUY.  Lands' End Clearance Sale: Up to 65% off Lands' End takes up to 65% off overstock apparel and accessories as part of its Summer Clearance Sale. Use promotion code AUG18 and PIN 1792 to get free shipping. Coupon ends 8/20. Get their Women Plain Classic Hollywood Pant for just $7.99, down from $29.50! (via dealnews)   1. […]

Understanding BATNA

BATNA is a well known negotiation acronym that stands for “best alternative to the negotiated agreement.” If you’re familiar with the concept of opportunity cost, then BATNA will sound very familiar. The idea behind opportunity cost is that the price of something isn’t just the number listed on the tag. There’s an opportunity cost involved and that cost is the price of the next best alternative. […]

Best of Personal Finance: 41 Financial Calculators for Major Life Decisions

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. If you've ever wanted to make a million bucks from eating lunch, learn how to raise a $221,000 baby (not from the black market, either), or cook over 4 dozen different ramen dishes, we've got the goods for you! Top 5 Articles of the Week Life or Debt? […]

Preserving the Harvest

This is a guest post from SD Guy of If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Depending on where you live and when you planted your garden, you’ve most likely been enjoying the fruits of your labor. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Never Eat Alone Book Club Edition

The recent Total Money Makeover book club seems to have been a huge success. Two times a week seems to work, and focusing on discussion-oriented points in the book made it quite interesting as well. As a result, I’m going to follow it with another book club, starting on Wednesday, September 2. […]

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits – Eligibility Requirements

While I’ve talked about the importance of having disability insurance in the past, a lot of questions still arise regarding Social Security disability benefits. Everyone seems to have a story, or know someone who’s receiving Social Security disability, so there is always some skepticism as to whether or not outside coverage is needed. […]

How to Get Good Advice

By Julie Rains Sometimes the shortest and best path to making a decision or solving a problem is to ask for insights from a wise person. Here are ways to make sure you are getting good advice. Figure out precisely what you need advice on. Just like a research paper, you can get the best results if you narrow your topic, though you may have to search for sources who have the expertise you need. […]

What’s the Difference Between High-Income Earners and Low-Income Earners?

In June, a user at Ask Metafilter wondered: What are the differences between someone who makes $100,000/year and someone who makes $30,000? As you might expect, this question generated a lot of discussion — all of it interesting. […]

How to Save Money at Baseball Games

I am not a very good baseball fan. I grew up with the Mets as the team of choice in my family although none of us were much into sports. This loyalty was solidified with the team’s World Series win in 1986 when I was ten years old, the prime age for baseball fandom. Now with a girlfriend who has lived her entire life practically next door to the Mets, I have returned to my old ways. […]

Four Rules of Thumb In Need of Refreshing

Rules of thumb are great. They teach you a little nugget of wisdom and have been vetted by generations of experience. Don’t swim thirty minutes after eating, don’t mix hard liquor and beer, and don’t date your relatives. Follow those rules of thumb and you’ll live a happy and healthy life. The same can be said about financial rules of thumb. […]

Classic FMF, Part 1

I'm on my last vacation of the summer over the next few days and FMF will be taking a break with me. However, I thought I would highlight my most-often-referred to posts, "classic Free Money Finance" if you prefer, once each day while I'm gone as a refresher before we get back to our regular programming next week. […]

An important Carnival of Debt Reduction announcement

(This post is a bit off-topic but I want to get the word out quickly on this.) I’ll take time now to thank Debt Sucks for hosting this week’s Carnival of Debt Reduction and also for his next post on why he’s never, ever hosting a blog carnival again. I’ve been watching as hosting carnivals has gotten to be more and more work for very little reward.  There were thirty submissions to Jake’s carnival […]