February 19, 2010

A Little Bit of Blog Housekeeping

At long last, I’m officially finished with Your Money: The Missing Manual. No more writing. No more editing. No more nothing. The book is in my publisher’s hands, and they’re sending it to press on the 26th. It’ll be in stores sometime in March, but you can pre-order it now. Now that I’ve completed this Herculean task, it’s time for a break. […]

Hedging Your Stock Investments: The Basics

More stock investing tips on the subject of hedging. Money is money, no matter what currency. Once you’ve opened an online broker account and consider yourself a stock investor, there are a few basic things you’ll need to think about when dealing with your investments: you’ll want to grow your portfolio but you’ll also want to protect any gains that you do make with that portfolio. […]

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: What’s the Difference?

I just ran across an interesting post about hiring a housekeeper over at GetRichSlowly. In the comments, a reader asked JD about how they handle the tax issues. His response was: Our housekeeper is not our employee; she is an independent contractor. Because of this, taxes aren’t an issue. This is a convenient answer, but is it true? […]

Making Retirement Savings Tangible

Monica writes in: The one financial thing I haven’t done for myself yet is start saving for retirement. The problem is that I don’t ever want to retire and if I imagine a situation where I actually am retired, I just don’t want to envision it at all. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap "Choice" Steak into Gucci "Prime" Steak

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we give you the skills to turn cheap steak into a dreamy dinner, 10 tips for making a family room top-notch, and what to do if you owe more taxes than you expected. Top 5 Articles How to Turn Cheap “Choice” Steak into Gucci “Prime” Steak — This technique is awesome, and likely to save some big dollars down the road! […]

More Thoughts on Precious Metals

After our discussion about buying physical assets (which was quite lively and fun, BTW), I ran into this piece from Kiplinger talking about investing in precious-metals ETFs. Still, I'm not sure it's the right move. […]

Smithee’s First Vacation with Cash

I’m currently winging my way down to San Antonio (where The Alamo is), except in a car and not with wings. My wife and I are signed up to join some of the members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society with an investigation of spirit activity in a gorgeous inn. […]

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Make Cents of Healthcare with a PHR

By Derek Allen I just graduated from FSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. During my time there, I had the opportunity to take Health Informatics taught by Ebrahim Randeree. It was an eye-opening experience that delved deep into all aspects of IT in the healthcare industry. […]

E-Book Review: Discover Your New Job Online

By Julie Rains In Discover Your New Job Online, a new e-Book by Thursday Bram, this Wise Bread blogger takes readers through the steps of landing a job using online tools. Here's an overview of the steps and samples of the online resources. 1. Get started by defining your career goals and job requirements. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 57-60

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 19th

This week I wanted to kick off the Friday Finance Findings with a few fun pieces of trivia about money. China was the first country to use paper money. Ancient paper money can be traced back to the Pai-Lu P’i-pi (white deer-skin money) of Han Dynasty (140 BC) and the Fei-Chien (flying money) of Tang Dynasty (618 AD). […]

The Gradual Shift

When I hit my financial bottom, I realized that a lot of things in my life needed to change. I went through my closets and sold off a lot of my entertainment collections. I started trying out every frugal tactic under the sun. I created a debt repayment plan and hammered some of my debts with the money I made from the sales and from the frugality. […]

More Evidence. More Deals. Would You Ever Trust Toyota Again?

By Paul Michael Recently, Xin Lu wrote an article about the falling price of used Toyota cars. The price drop obviously came about as a result of the 8.5 million cars Toyota recalled globally, due to serious mechanical failures that led to deadly accidents. How many deadly accidents? […]

E*TRADE Bank Moving Customers to Discover Bank

A number of E*TRADE Bank customers have written to Consumerism Commentary to inform me of this recent news. E*TRADE is planning to move its banking customers to Discover Bank. I have a savings account at E*TRADE but I have not yet received any communication from the bank.Thanks to E*TRADE’s fast external ACH transfers, the bank has earned a spot on my list of the best online savings accounts. […]

Highest Paying College Degrees

Earlier this week, I ran across some interesting data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. More specifically, they had a listing of the ten highest paying college degrees of 2010. Note that they’re talking specifically about Bachelor’s degrees here, so things like doctors, lawyers, etc. are off limits. […]

Your Take: Your Cleverest Money Hacks

Throughout the years, I’ve seen some clever “money hacks” as a result of just keeping myself aware of the latest trends and tricks in personal finance. I’ve also had the great pleasure of reading all of your comments through the years and I know you guys are a very clever bunch, so I was curious what money hacks you use to get a little extra. […]

How I Made My Peace with Hiring a Housekeeper

This is a guest post from my wife. It’s a response to the debate on Erica’s recent article about outsourcing life. J.D. and I have been employing an independent housekeeper for about 10 years. The one who’s been working for us for almost five years, Michele, is fantastic and we feel lucky to have her. (We found her through Craigslist). […]

Help a Reader: Buying a Home on Short Sale

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am moving to Florida due to job change. Going thru the home for sale lists online, I noted there are a number of nice homes on short sale at very attractive prices. Some of the homes I could only dream of buying. I wonder if there is any downside buying homes on short sale. I am in no hurry and can wait 6 months+ to buy a home. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Feb 15

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