September 2, 2009

Make Your Own Designer Clothes? The Price of Fashion

Admittedly, I’m not the most fashion conscious person in the world. I don’t care about the latest look or what brand people are wearing or where fads and trends are going. It’s just not my style (yeah, lame pun intended ). But there are people in my family who are highly brand conscious and who take fashion *very* seriously (and that’s an understatement). […]

Fixing the Ferret: Lessons From a Faulty Toy

My daughter fixed her ferret with a foot of fishing string. As such, our story about a defective toy has a happy ending. Our quick repair taught us valuable lessons. Here's what we have learned:Hit the return button. Why didn't we return the broken toy, asked one reader after reading the original story: Cheated By a Ferret: One Child's Lesson. […]

Never Eat Alone: Don’t Keep Score

This is the first of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. […]

Why Do Some Wealthy People End Up Broke?

US News covers the recent Annie Leibovitz debt problem that I highlighted awhile back. At the end of the piece they grapple with the question of why so many famous, high-earners spend so much more than they earn and eventually go broke: In all three cases, the celebrities in question spent far more than they earned, and eventually, those habits caught up with them. […]

Buying a Home Without the Money

By WC Porter Buying your first place is stressful enough, but trying to buy it when you don't have the money is even worse. I recently confessed that I don't have the 20% down payment for the place M and I want to buy. […]

Southwest Air’s $10 Boarding Upgrade

Southwest Air, which is the airline I consider when I feel like saving upwards of 50% off the price of a ticket, today introduced a new option for boarding before other people. If you’ve never flown Southwest before, you may not know that they don’t assign seats like, well, every other airline I can think of. […]

Best of Personal Finance: Recession Gives Rise to Bad Haircuts

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. This week brings a brief explanation of yard sale litigation, how the recession is bringing in some bad hair business, and the top ten places to relocate or retire. […]

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

My wife told me that when she was a child, her mom would make her homemade apple pie on the first day of school. Now I, being the awesomest husband in the world, remembered this and decided I’d surprise her after her first day of grad school. I thought it was going to be harder but it turns out making homemade apple pie is remarkably simple. […]

How to Prepare a Plain Text Resume

By Xin Lu In my last article I gave several reasons why you need a plain text resume to apply for jobs online. This post is a short guide to preparing your resume in plain text. 1. Choose a text editor Your options are really limitless here. A popular choice on Windows is Notepad. In Linux I usually use emacs or vi. You can also use a web based editor such as EditPad. […]

Men Paying for Dinner: Is It More Romantic?

This is a guest article by Well-Heeled, creator of the blog Well-Heeled, With a Mission. If you enjoy this article, subscribe to her blog using her RSS feed. Last week, boyfriend picked me up at my apartment. I dressed up in a red dress and put on sparkly earrings. We went to one of my favorite restaurants and ate by candlelight. […]

The Best Way to Make Your Resume Stand Out

In response to my post titled Which is Best for a Resume?, one reader asked this question: The bigger question to me is this: how to get your resume noticed, and how to keep it from ending up on the "resume pile of death" with the other 500 resumes the company has just received. I think you can make a big impact by how you deliver or package your resume. Get creative. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 9/2/09

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Should You Buy Disability Insurance?

I occasionally receive questions from readers that ask about a number of financial issues, and a recent reader asked: “Is is smart to buy disability insurance?” Of course, without understanding someone’s complete financial situation it is impossible to give a straight “yes” or “no” answer, but I can provide some insight as to when it is a good idea to buy disability insurance. Before jumping into […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Mad Men Edition

Recently, I dug out a copy of Mad Men: Season 1 on DVD that I’d received for a gift a long time ago and never watched. And now I’m thoroughly hooked. For once, the hype was right on. The only problem now is that season 3 is airing on television and I’ve yet to see season 2. […]

Are Most Businesses Going Green Just to Save Some Green?

By Paul Michael I heard an interesting story the other day. A radio DJ was annoyed because when he went to pick up his boarding passes from the check in counter, he was handed them without any kind of ticket wallet to keep them together. […]

On the Road to Financial Independence

It’s been a long time since I wrote about the general state of my financial affairs. A few readers have written to express concern that I’ve lost my way. I haven’t. If anything, I’m more devoted to this stuff than ever. But as I wrote earlier this year, I’ve entered a different stage of money management. […]

5 Reasons to Take Another Look at DRIPs

This is a guest article written by Clare, the founder of MoneyEnergy, where she writes about international dividend investing, DRIPs, and increasing your cashflow. […]

Roth IRA Account Explained

This Foundation post is dedicated to what I consider the best retirement weapon available – the Roth IRA account. The Roth IRA was championed by Senator William Roth of Delaware and created with the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, signed by President Clinton. The primary tax benefit of the Roth IRA, at least the one most lauded, is that your account’s appreciation and earnings are tax free. […]

0% Credit Card Hop Scotch: Not a Kids Game

This is a guest post from Andy Jolls, a former FICO executive and founder of VideoCreditScore. If you like what you see here, please consider checking out his videos and/or subscribing to his RSS feed. A few years ago, a friend of mine was engaged in 0% credit card hopping. […]