December 6, 2012

Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?

As a followup to my recent post about picking up money off the ground… A bus driver in Austria was cleaning out his bus at the end of his shift when he discovered a shopping bag containing 390,000 Euros (ca. $510k). Yowza! And guess what? He turned it in. […]

Last Minute Donations: Should You Give?

As far as my email inbox goes, the week of Thanksgiving was pretty bad, as every online shop to which I have ever given my email address — and a few besides — sent me message after message about sales, just for Black Friday! Or the weekend! Or just Cyber Monday! I wondered just how much of my time was spent deleting the sale messages. […]

Be Flexible When You Plan Vacations (340/365)

During the last few years of my previous job, whenever Sarah and I began to plan a vacation, I would request time off in a block that was significantly larger than the length of the vacation we were planning. Sometimes, I’d wind up with several days off before the vacation. Other times, I’d wind up with several days off after the vacation. Why would I do this? […]

Organic Food: What Do the Labels Really Mean?

Organic food is a large industry that is growing every year. According to TIME, “Americans spent some $16.7 billion on organic food last year, up from $13.8 billion in 2005–and sales are expected to rise by 20% this year.” If you buy organic foods, you know that the price is often substantially higher than the price for conventionally grown foods. […]

5 Credit Cards with Awesome Perks You Didn’t Know About

By now, many of us are well aware of most of the pros and cons associated with credit cards. Indeed, you are probably aware of common credit card perks, like rewards programs and even rental car collision coverage. […]

Someone Will Take Care of Me: Toxic Financial Attitudes

Eleven years ago, I left a job at a small company. My boss, the head of the company, agreed to call the break-up mutual, but I was leaving the organization without any prospects for a new job. I spent the next few months looking for a teaching job that matched my interests and my degree, but this was well into the school year, and the positions were not forthcoming. […]

Reader Mailbag: Questions and Answers

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. Refinancing and personal challenges 2. Winning the lottery? 3. Investing with little money 4. Showing kids what they have 5. Family business and money 6. Energy drinks 7. REIT investment question 8. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Lauren Arce, Custom Tooling for BMWs

What does a system engineer, happy with a successful full time job, do as a side gig? How about custom tooling for cars? That’s today’s Side Gig Thursdays piece and it’s with Lauren Arce, a systems engineer who, with his dad, sell custom BMW tools on the web. Oftentimes you hear of how a company was started because the founder had a problem he or she wanted to solve. […]

10 Great Holiday Gifts From the Thrift Store

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be an orgy of planet-destroying consumerism. There is a very easy way to lower your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time — buy second hand gifts from your local thrift store. Even if you don't have thrift stores in your neck of the woods, several thrift stores have gotten internet savvy. […]

Health savings accounts: An overview, plus some pros and cons

Lately, my dad’s been praising the benefits of having a health savings account. This year, he had the opportunity to get the most of his HSA — bad news for his health, but good news for his wallet (side note: Dad is now doing OK health-wise). At any rate, I’ve spent the week researching, calculating and mulling over whether an HSA is the best option for me. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways People Waste Money on Groceries

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways people wast money on groceries, making extra money before Christmas, and being safe when making charitable donations. Top 5 Articles 7 Ways People Waste Money On Groceries — If you are buying name brand food, chances are you are wasting money on groceries. […]

Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program

Since its inception, Amazon has dominated cyberspace in terms of print book sales and nowadays, e-book sales. It is a frugal source of literature for millions of bookworms looking to stock their shelves (or Kindles) with books. For the rest of us, it's a good source for everything else, from tools to toiletries. […]

Stacking Multiple Discounts to Rack Up Big Savings

A few weeks ago I noted how I save while shopping at outlet malls. The key: stacking multiple offers on top of each other to get substantial discounts. Well, our family recently had a big success doing this on a much larger scale and thought I'd share the details.As you all know by now, I purchased a rental property recently. […]