January 31, 2013

Deeply Downsized Domiciles

I wasn’t exactly born yesterday. But among the misty watercolor memories clouding my brain pan, I retain a clear memory of the kind of homes that many middle-class people lived in way back in my 1960s-era childhood. They often were very small. […]

Working On Our Taxes

I spent an hour last night working on our taxes. I have entered information about our income, child care costs, and various deductions. I am still waiting on a couple of tax-related documents, so for a trial-run, I estimated.  It looks like we will be receiving a small refund from the federal government and owe a small amount to our state government. I can remember the first time I filed taxes.  I […]

The Story Others Tell About You

Recently, I read a fascinating interview of the film director Steven Soderberg on why he’s giving up on directing as a career path (thanks to kottke for the link). One particular piece stood out at me, though (my emphasis in bold):On the few occasions where I’ve talked to film students, one of the things I stress, in addition to learning your craft, is how you behave as a person. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reader Emails

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. When bills exceed income 2. Super Bowl party planning 3. Lessons from piano 4. Thoughts on 2012 5. Handling a pay raise 6. Shipping a package 7. Deferred compensation 8. Celebrity fandom 9. Buying a home impatiently? 10. […]

The Wrong Reason To Become An Entrepreneur

I don’t have the statistics pertaining to this, but I have a strong impression that many people dream about starting their own business, and many who do have this particular daydream are inspired to consider what this life would be like because they don’t like their boss. Or maybe they don’t like working for someone else in general. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Krystal Barber, Amazon Mechanical Turk

I remember a few years ago with Amazon Mechanical Turk first appeared. The basic idea was that you created individual tasks, called Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs), put them in the system, and people would go and do these tasks for you. A lot of HITs would be information gathering and you can see them by searching the site. […]

25 Painless Ways to Save $50 This Year

Is this the year to review and revamp your savings strategy? If so, consider making some small but tactical changes that can add up to big savings. Here are 25 painless ways to save $50 (or more) this year. (See also: 25 Ways to Save $5 This Week) 1. Frequent Your Local Library Skip the downloads and bookstores; the library is still free. […]

Market Clones: How to Pay Drastically Less for Pricey Products

A recent question posted to “AskMeFi” — the popular crowd sourced question and answer subsite of Metafilter.com — asked users to suggest products that were priced differently, depending on market and intended use. […]

Workplace gratitude: A simple way to boost your ‘income-producing ability’

I watch a lot of  “House Hunters.” It’s mostly mindless TV, but I have learned a few things. One of those things is that, in Japan, renters pay their landlords something called “key money.” Key money is, in essence, money you pay your landlord for providing you with a place to stay. […]

Best Money Tips: Save a Bundle on Flowers

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on flowers, getting cheap life insurance, and paying off student loans. Top 5 Articles 9 Tips To Save You A Bundle On Flowers — To save money on flowers, consider giving a potted plant instead! […]

6 Ways to Save Money on Preschool Enrollment

If you have a preschool-aged child, you know that paying for preschool can be expensive. While there are a wide variety of prices and preschool philosophies out there, looking at the bill almost always feels like a shock to the system. There are, however, a few ways to save some money and still get your child the jump start on their education that you’ve been hoping for. […]

Reader Profile: PI

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]