December 6, 2011

Tattoos and Your Career

It's been awhile since we discussed tattoos in the workplace. But I ran into this MSNBC piece that highlights the issue again and I thought it was worth another comment.Let's start with a summary of the situation. […]

Understanding Stock Sector Rotation & Select Sector ETFs

Have you ever considered investing in stock sectors? Here are some thoughts on the phenomenon called sector rotation. […]


A few days ago, my wife’s aunt passed away. She was a wonderful woman. She possessed an incredibly positive spirit, even though her life had brought her unbelievable hardship through no fault of her own. […]

How to Be a Wedding Guest on a Budget

There are some expenses in our lives that sneak up on us. We don’t budget or plan for them because they come around so infrequently that it’s hard to make plans. Weddings are one of those expenses. Your wedding is a special day and because of that, bigger yet still responsible spending is warranted but that’s your wedding. […]

The American Express Gift Chain

This is just a quick note to let you know about another interesting promo from American Express. Just in time for the peak of the holiday shopping season, they’ve rolled out their so-called Gift Chain program. In short, you just need to register your card and then you’ll get a free gift valued at between $2-$500 every time you spend $25 at select online retailers between 11/28 and 12/21. […]

Year End Reminder: Change Your 401(k) Contribution Level Now

At the end of the year, most people in the United States are thinking about the holidays and the potential credit card bills for gifts and family visits. One good way to control this potentially stressful month is to take some time to breathe and get your own finances in order. […]

What's the Best Strategy to Maximize Credit Card Rewards?

It's generally accepted that you can pad your annual income a bit by using rewards credit cards -- as long as you use them correctly (no extra purchases, pay off cards every month, and so on.) Personally, I agree with this philosophy and have been using cards that give cash or gift cards back as rewards for years now, netting several hundred dollars in extra money annually for doing nothing other […]

How to Find and Claim Unclaimed Money and Property

unclaimed property is money, financial accounts, or items that a business or government entity cannot find the owner of. This most often happens when the owner moves and does not provide a forwarding address, or when the owner dies and the heirs are unaware of the property. […]

Your “Someday” List Can Change Your Life

Whenever I think of something I’d love to do if only I had the time, I write it down in a little notebook I have that I call my “someday notebook.” It’s just a long list of projects that I’d love to take on in the future. […]

Teaching Teens About Checking Accounts

Part of being a parent is providing our children with the financial knowledge and experience that will help them succeed in life. Easier said than done, right? When it comes to money matters, it can be particularly difficult determining what age and maturity level is appropriate for handling checking accounts. […]

Tame Your Achilles’ Heel for Financial Freedom

This is a guest article by Ginger, owner and curator of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. She works as a psychotherapist with clients with whom money is a frequent topic. When people think about financial freedom, most tend to think of it as this abstract state of being since it’s something that has yet to be experienced. […]

Want to Save Money? Slow Down

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. About a year ago I sprained my ankle pretty badly. It happened as I ran out of a burning orphanage, carrying half a dozen toddlers. Okay, that’s a lie. […]

What Tax Bracket Am I In?

I get this question a lot and despite the availability of the IRS tax brackets, it’s not always clear how to figure out which tax bracket you are in. Fortunately with a little math and some approximation, it’s quite simple to figure out which tax bracket you are in. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Have a Holiday Shopping Budget?

It’s time to start thinking about getting your holiday shopping done! Shopping for the holidays can be a huge drain on anyone’s bank account. While many people create a budget to follow when they holiday shop, others prefer to spend first and worry later. Do you have a holiday shopping budget? […]

How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package

Sometimes planning a vacation is as fun as taking the vacation. But sometimes you want someone else to do all the work for you and just book a vacation package. Because, let's face it, sorting through hotels, itineraries, and flights can be a daunting task when you just want to get away. […]

5 Myths About Car Insurance

Picking out the right type of insurance can be complicated enough, so make sure you’re not believing one of the many car insurance myths when making your final decision. Here are five myths about car insurance, debunked. (See also: 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Car Insurance) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Baby Clothes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on baby clothes, saving money on eyeglasses, and the most hated fees and price bumps. Top Articles 5 Tips to Save on Baby Clothes — To save money on baby clothes, remember to be cautious about quality. […]

How to Run a Successful Reselling Business

The following is a guest post from David Bakke. In addition to running his reselling business and working a full-time job, he contributes his best personal finance tips and ideas on Money Crashers. A few years ago, I decided to sell some of my wife's old college textbooks on Amazon. Later, I found several unused items around my house that I also sold for a decent profit. […]