September 30, 2010

Ink Bold With Ultimate Rewards from Chase: Get 50,000 Bonus Points

Being a business owner, I’ve contemplated picking up a credit card to handle my business expenses. There are actually a lot of good choices from some of the well known issuers, such as Chase and American Express. […]

The New Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Review

The incentive for becoming a customer of American Express’s business cards is continuing to improve. The card formerly known as the Gold Card from American Express OPEN is now known as the New Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN. […]

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Vocation, Career, and Job

Vocation. Career. Job. Three different things that so often seem to overlap in our minds. However, when we let them overlap, we lose something valuable in the translation. A job is simply any situation where you are paid in exchange for your labor. Nothing more, nothing less. […]

Toileting and Retirement, Should I Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance? Part 2

The following is an excerpt from 20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now. This is part two in a series about long-term care insurance. Part one is here. Playing the Odds What are the chances you could be afflicted with a chronic illness or disability that would leave you unable to care for yourself for an extended period of time during retirement? […]

AmEx Premier Rewards Gold Card: 25k Points ($250) Signup Bonus

Woohoo! American Express has brought back their 25k Membership Rewards bonus point signup promo for the AmEx Premier Rewards Gold Card. What can you do with 25k Membership Rewards points? Well… You can convert your points into frequent flyer miles or you can redeem them for $250 worth of gift cards at stores like Home Depot, Macy’s, or Staples. […]

Why Germans Have Longer Vacation Times and More Productivity

Link: ShareThisIt seems many Americans are born hard-wired with the belief that productivity requires time. There are no shortcuts for a good, Puritan work ethic. […]

Credit Sesame Beta Review

Last week I had a chat with Credit Sesame founder Adrian Nazari, a banking industry expert with years of experience, about their service, which uses banking technology to help you optimize your financial situation. […]

Do You Ask Anyone How Much Money They Make?

Yahoo lists three rude money questions that pay to ask, but it's the first one I want to discuss. A summary of their thoughts: How much do you make? It’s one of the boldest questions you can ask in our professional culture. But it can be the most rewarding. […]

Considering Property Taxes When House Shopping

When I get together with my father, we often talk about our plans: my plans for continuing to live in New Jersey or not and his plans to possibly move out of the state when he retires. One option he’s seriously considering is retiring to Delaware, near the ocean.He currently lives in a relatively expensive area of the state. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Millennium Trilogy

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. Donating to charities through businesses 2. Advanced board game recommendations 3. School or buy a house? 4. Rapid car loan payoff 5. Dealing with parental yearning 6. Life is not a test 7. Do extra mortgage payments help? 8. […]

25 Signs That You've Been at the Same Job Too Long

We live in an age of short attention spans, low patience, instant gratification, and unrealistic expectations. Duration of employment is at an all-time low, and most of us don't make it past the two-year mark, on average. That being said, we've surely been around the guy or gal who has simply just been around too long. […]

85 Easy, Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas

I'm not crafty, but I know a good costume idea when I see one. That's why I was overwhelmed with the number of high-quality, affordable DIY costume ideas for adults, kids, and even pets available online and in some of my favorite magazines. Check out these links to some excellent tutorials. […]

Followup – What’s in a (Brand) Name?

Manufacturers of brand-name grocery store items are getting concerned about competition from store brands – with good reason. […]

How To Cope With the Financial Challenges Of Having A New Baby

A new baby turns a family’s world upside. But in a good way. There is so much joy in a new life but if you’ve ever had a baby before, there is just no way to fully grasp the enormity of the life changes that accompany the event. Outside of the emotional, physical, and mental aspects of a new parent’s life, the financial end of having a new baby can also be life-changing. […]

How to Stop a Baby From Crying

Being a baby sucks: all you do is eat, sleep, poop, and watch helplessly as someone changes your diaper over and over again. How humiliating. So it's understandable that a baby would scream its head off whenever it gets tired, hungry, or bored. Doctors and friends (and everyone else with an opinion) all say that "the baby needs to cry," but […]

Execution, Not Ideas, is Key. Duh!

My wife was all excited when she came to me with a business idea. She happily explained the ins and outs of it, when I said "Great! Now go start the site." "Wait," she interrupted. "I was expecting you to turn this awesome idea into reality..." I'm well-versed in this type of conversation now, actually. […]

What’s Bullion?

So a few weeks ago I wrote about bearer bonds because I’d heard of them in movies and thought they were, besides insanely protected works of art, the thing to steal if you were going to steal anything. […]

How to Use a Commitment Contract to Change Your Habits

This is a guest post from Pop at Pop Economics, a great new blog about investing, personal finance, economics, and more. It’s now 9pm on August 30th. I’ll finish this guest post by 11:59pm on August 31. I know this, because if I don’t, I’ll lose $1,000. Call it an incentive. I’ve written about behavioral economics over at Pop Economics for three-quarters of a year now. […]

Marriage and Money: Is Your House Divided?

If you and your spouse (or partner) define “frugality” differently, it could lead to major problems in your relationship. For example, you might think that going to Quicky Mart for a frozen yogurt is a nice little treat. But if your “other half” thinks it’s a lavish and extravagant waste of money, then you’ve got problems. […]