April 29, 2013

Five Tactics for Cheap, Healthy Eating

There are a lot of tactics that you can use to save money on food – coupons, comparison sales, and so on. The biggest problem with many of those tactics is that they work best – or they only work – on items that aren’t particularly good for you. My doctor has two simple rules of thumb for eating healthier. […]

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Slow Down Your Career

My husband is reluctant to apply for full-time professor jobs. One of the things holding him back is something that, as someone with a Ph.D. in Psychology, he is well aware of. It’s called Impostor Syndrome. “I feel like I’m wearing a mask,” he says. “My students, and even many of my colleagues tell me I’m great, but I sometimes I feel like a fraud. […]

Reader Mailbag: Children’s Birthday Parties

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. Financial account security 2. 401(k) and company stock 3. Closing credit cards 4. Credit card rewards 5. Videos on personal finance 6. Credit card debt after death 7. Company loyalty 8. Expressing non-financial gratitude 9. […]

SteveDH March 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. This month, the participants and experts will be discussing tax planning as part of their analyses. […]

Signalling, or Why Salespeople Always Drive Expensive Cars

Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist, which is to say he mixes human behavior, psychology and economics together to give us a deeper insight into why we do the things we do. Each week, he does a Q&A column in the Wall Street Journal but I usually catch it on his blog. […]

How (and why) to create a financial plan

This post is from staff writer Lisa Aberle. A few weeks ago, I celebrated another birthday. For whatever reason, birthdays always make me think about how many more birthdays I have to celebrate. And eventually, I think about how my husband would handle the finances in the event of my death. Happy birthday, huh? Although I am unlikely to die anytime soon, you never know. […]

Build a Work Wardrobe for Any Job on a Budget

Congratulations on your new job! Finding regular work in the current economy is hard. What else is hard? Building a decent work wardrobe when your first eight paychecks have to be diverted to cover other costs. Luckily, there are a number of ways to create appropriate work ensembles without breaking the bank. […]

A bit of foolishness

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I almost sprained my neck last week from shaking my head while reading stories about wild fluctuations in the value of the Bitcoin, an electronic currency. Bitcoins began 2013 with an exchange value of less than $20. Their value started to climb, and that climb accelerated until they reached a peak of $266 on April 10. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Get Rich Quicker

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to get rich quicker, how to start saving for your summer vacation, and cutting wedding cake costs. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways to Get Rich Quicker — If you want to get rich quickly, try to self-publish a book or start your own company. […]

20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes

I love to cook. But it can become a chore — and one that takes all the joy out of making a delicious meal — when I have million ingredients on the counter and a major mess to clean up afterward. To keep cooking fun, I often search for recipe ideas (or come up with my own) that have five ingredients or less. […]

Reader Profile: MR

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. […]