October 22, 2012

When Making a Major Purchase, Tap Your Social Network (295/365)

Whenever Sarah and I think about a purchase of any kind above roughly $100, the first thing we do is turn to our social network. I’ll put out a message on Facebook to my personal friends asking them if they know anything about, say, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The next time I see some friends face-to-face, I’ll ask them about the item as well. What do I usually get in return? […]

The Conversation Project – Making Families Feel Better about End of Life Conversations

My great uncle Andy was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to seniors several times a week. He began volunteering after his own retirement and continued until he was in his mid-90s! He was in an excellent health and did not pass away until he was 99. […]

Popularity and Earning Potential

Years ago — during the first month of this site’s existence, in fact — I wrote about the fact that “good looking” people tend to earn more than others. […]

5 Coolest Houses in the United States

Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better. There are plenty of interesting, big, and expensive homes out there. However, many of these houses aren’t totally unique. […]

Inflation Not as High as You Think?

Inflation isn’t as bad as you think. Or at least that’s the premise of a recent article on NPR’s Planet Money. According to economists, consumers consistently overestimate inflation. And not just here in the United States, either. Rather, this misperception appears to be a common occurrence in many countries. Why? […]

2013 Federal Income Tax Brackets and Marginal Rates

When you file your federal income tax return before April 2013, you’re filing your 2012 taxes, and the 2012 income tax brackets define the amount of tax you owe to the government before credits and after-tax adjustments. The first paycheck or consultancy fee you earn in 2013 falls under new rules, however. […]

Make Honey Boo Boo’s ‘Sketti’ recipe healthier and for 12% less

I wanted to unsee the homemade ‘sketti’ recipe whipped together by Mama June and her 7-year-old daughter Alana, the stars of TLC’s new reality TV hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. For weeks I tried to pretend this likeable family livin’ on a tight $80 per week food budget didn’t really eat a microwaved ketchup and butter concoction dumped on spaghetti, calling the mess an “old family recipe”. But no […]

Reader Mailbag: Debate Night

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. Washing plastic bags 2. Blowing off steam inexpensively 3. Toothpaste use? 4. Starting over? 5. Why use Twitter? 6. Early Christmas planning 7. Rollover IRA question 8. Advertisements work? 9. Cloudy days and motivation 10. […]

A Few Green Ways to Save Money

Going green does not necessarily mean giving up modern conveniences or spending extra money on organic products or emerging green technologies. […]

Best Retirement Newsletters

Over the last few years, I’ve received many emails asking for my opinion on investing or personal finance newsletters. When it comes to investment related newsletters, the argument against them is this. In order for a investment newsletter to be “good,” it has to rise to the top of the stack in terms of returns. […]

Foster kids “age out” without a financial education

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. When Eddye was a senior in high school, her goal was to save money to buy a car. “I wanted to make sure I had reliable transportation for college,” she says. That’s a pretty common goal for someone her age. But Eddye faced more hurdles than the average kid. Eddye was “aging out” of the foster care system, which meant she would soon be on her own. […]

Fun and Easy Ways to Network and Get Educated

In More Thoughts on Making Millions More I clarified my thoughts from an earlier post. One thing that came through in both the piece as well as the comments was that growing your career doesn't have to take that much time and the steps you take don't have to be painful (i.e. […]

17 Reasons New Graduates Make Great Employees

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/17-reasons-new-graduates-make-great-employees Nail your next job interview by highlighting these positive traits. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Your Kids to Save

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on getting your kids to save, saving by spending on select days, and things you shouldn't keep in your wallet. Top 5 Articles 7 Quick, Simple Ways to Get Your Kids to Save-Today! — Get your kids to save money today by offering to match their deposits. […]