March 5, 2013

Avoid This Ill.-Advised State of Monetary Madness

What I’m about to reveal I don’t like to bandy about. In fact, I try to hide it when in polite company. So I’ve got to ask you to please not breathe a word of what I’m about to divulge. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I’m from Illinois. […]

Can You Have It All? 4 Tips for Doing More With Your Time

I recently started a demanding job as a first year associate at a large law firm. During law school, I attended numerous presentations focused on women in the law, and the issue of time and work-life balance always came up. Soon-to-be women attorneys wanted to know how to have it all. […]

Car Insurance: Value Beyond Merely “Insuring” You

There’s already a ton of great information from Jeff in The Simple Dollar’s guide about shopping around for auto insurance – how to choose it and how to optimize it. Rather than just rehashing my own experiences with auto insurance, I wanted to look at it from a different angle. […]

Get the Best Health Insurance Plan for You

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, health care expenditures in the United States approached $2.6 trillion in 2010. […]

Save money with a targeted no-spend month

We all have spending habits. Some spending habits are more expensive than others, but we have habits nonetheless. The spending habits we have are often the result of guilty pleasure (choose your favorite; I certainly won’t judge). […]

Teaching Money Values at a Restaurant

A few nights ago, our family went out to dinner at a local restaurant. On the occasions when our family does eat out, our children are usually pretty excited for the event, as it’s a change of pace from eating at home every evening. They’re usually really observant and spend much of the meal asking questions of all kinds and chattering like crazy. What made this meal different? […]

Help a Reader: Inheriting a Financial Adviser

This week’s Help a Reader strikes me as a sticky issue that happens a lot. What happens when a loved one passes away and your inheritance includes a financial adviser you may or may not need (or want)? […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Shop at Thrift Stores?

Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to spend less on the things you don't mind buying used, like clothes and home furnishings. And if you're lucky, you might even find some hidden gems — vintage records or out-of-print books, anyone? […]

Why Superstition Makes You Buy Insurance

As a teenager, I had a love-hate relationship with horror flicks. I loved watching them with my friends and feeling deliciously frightened in a crowded theater. I hated driving home alone in the dark to my parents' house afterwards. […]

25 Ways to Boost Creativity

Even those who go, go, go all day long can run into creative walls every once in a while. And once you’ve been knocked down, it can be hard to get back up again — despite what 90s annoyance Chumbawamba professes. So to help you reclaim your creativity in the event that you’re at an intellectual impasse, here are 25 tips on how to boost your creative brainpower. […]

How to plan for a worst-case scenario

As many longtime GRS readers know, a few years ago I quit my job to become a full-time writer. The decision to ditch a job and leap into self-employment always brings up a lot of big questions, like where to get health care and how to adjust to working alone. But the biggest question on my mind was about income. What if I lost a major client and my income suddenly dropped? […]

Best Money Tips: Tips to Increase Your Income

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on increasing your income, why you should be careful using online tax advice, and what to look for when buying a new house. Top 5 Articles 5 Tips To Increase Your Income — If you want to increase your income, consider selling your stuff. […]

Money-Making Lessons From the Girl Scouts

My living room has been stacked high with cases of Girl Scout cookies for the past month, I've created a spreadsheet that looks like the blueprint to a Dr. […]

Home Security Plans

On January 5, a couple was murdered in our sub-division. Three blocks (0.3 miles) from my house. They were an elderly, retired couple enjoying their golden years with hobbies and church activities. Their lives were ended at the hands of a thief/gunman in their home during the early hours of the morning. […]