April 9, 2013

The Gift-Card-As-Payment Dilemma

Recently, I was using TurboTax to do my taxes for the year. For the last several years, I’ve been paying in a bit each year rather than receiving a return because I’m self-employed, which means I have to handle my own personal taxes and I usually make my quarterly tax payments on the lower end of what’s reasonable. […]

Modern Marriage: How Do You Divide the Housework?

One of the issues facing women as they take on more of the breadwinning roles outside the home is that of housework. While there are some traditional gender roles changing with regard to career and housework, there is still a gap. Even though women are starting to catch up to men in terms of number of hours spent doing paid work, they are still doing a higher proportion of the housework. […]

How Your Commute Affects Your Bottom Line

A friend of mine works at a Home Depot about ten miles from her home, which means she has a daily round trip of about twenty miles for her commute. She makes more than minimum wage – let’s say $8 per hour after taxes – and she seems pretty happy there. As far as I can tell, she works five shifts per week, seven hours each. She drives herself back and forth to work on each of those work days. […]

How to Save Money on Baseball Tickets

In terms of watching professional sports, baseball is probably third on the list (football and basketball are 1st and 2nd). But when it comes to the experience of watching the game live, I think baseball offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to a fun experience. […]

I’m 30! Am I where I should be with my finances?

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. “I can’t believe I’m going to be 30!” I told my Dad at the beginning of the year. I said the same thing when I turned 20, so I knew he would reassure me that 30 actually wasn’t that old. “Nope, 30′s old,” he said. Getting older doesn’t bother me; I actually embrace it and all the experiences that come along with it. […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Retirement?

Some want to travel around the world, and others want to stay closer to home and family. Some want to rest after years of work, while others can't imagine not working at least some of the time. What is your dream retirement? Where will you be, what will you do, and when will you do it? […]

6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook

When you’re out of work, any help you can get with expenses is more than welcome. Sometimes these gifts come from unexpected sources, such as the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS provides tax deductions for job-hunting expenses that reduce your taxable income and decrease your tax bill. As an added bonus, you can claim them even if you didn’t land a job that tax year. […]

Cheap Healthy Foods

    Eating well-balanced meals and an overall healthy diet does not have to come at the expense of your wallet. Clearly, fast food meals are cheaper than fresh produce. Unfortunately, a box of fries and a burger immersed in grease does not present the nutrition an individual requires on a daily basis. […]

From Dumpster Diving to Garage Sales, Turning Trash Into Cash

Last year I made over $1,200 off of other people’s garbage. But then, I'm serious about reusing and recycling. I'm not afraid to yell, "Stop the car! That's good garbage!" in a crowded intersection. (See also: The Compact: Mindfullness and Frugality Through Buying Used) Some of the garbage I find is actual money. Every year I manage to pick up around $20 in change off the ground. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Parents to Save Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on tips for parents to save money, making your bachelorette party more affordable, and ways to save from the 60s. Top 5 Articles 8 Easy Tips for Parents to Save Money — Taking advantage of "kids eat free" nights at restaurants can help parents save money. […]

The Cheapest Place to Buy Generic Drugs

If you've been buying generic medicine at a major convenience store, you might want to explore other options. RELATED: How to Live Chemical-Free A recent Consumer Reports survey revealed people can pay up to 447% or $749 more on generic medicine at the highest-priced pharmacy, compared to the lowest. […]

Reading and Wealth

Rich Habits author Tom Corley spent 5 years studying the daily activities of 233 wealthy people and 128 poor people.  He discovered that wealthy people have vastly different daily habits than poor people (not a big surprise). […]