May 13, 2013

Personal Finance “Experiences” for Older Kids

One of the most powerful things I’ve learned over the last few years is that older children and teenagers often learn the most powerful life lessons from experiences they can directly relate to. The problem is that personal finance isn’t often directly relatable to their life. […]

Should You Continue Your Education with an Online Degree?

There is a battle raging right now about the usefulness of a graduate degree, or even of any college degree at all. Joining the fray right now is the online degree space. A number of colleges and universities offer online degree programs, and there are online schools completely in the Internet education space. […]

The Great Gatsby Backlash

I’m looking forward to seeing Baz Luhrmann’s new film treatment of The Great Gatsby. The book, of course, is a seminal piece of American literature, and the new movie is yet another in a long line of interpretations. I like the director’s previous works, and I expect I’ll enjoy the new film. I read The Great Gatsby only once, and it was a long time ago. […]

Reader Mailbag: Child Grooming

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. Quality of life in retirement 2. Angry relatives over estate 3. Credit score challenges 4. Neighborhood culture shock 5. Odd bank behavior 6. Pyramid scheme addict 7. Loan payments and emergency funds 8. Trusting Wikipedia 9. […]

The Secret to Making a Suit Last Forever

Back when I worked as a consultant in the defense industry, I was expected to wear a suit every single day into work. I was fortunate in that I had just made a trip to China and came back with five suits (at around $80 a piece – they were very nice quality too) so I was well equipped to wear one every single day. […]

Decrease your budget’s bite by saving money on meat

This post is from staff writer Lisa Aberle. J.D. has already covered ways to save money on food. But this time, I wanted to focus on animal protein. According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meat makes up over 22 percent of our at-home food (not out-to-eat or alcohol) budget. Obviously, you can cut your food budget by decreasing your meat consumption. […]

Pump Up the Jam: 7 Sassy Uses for Preserves

Jam can be used to create sophisticated dishes and foodie treats very frugally. Its versatility will surprise you. […]

How We Brainwash Ourselves Into Brand Loyalty

The great Irish writer and satirist Jonathan Swift once wrote: "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of thing he was never reasoned into." All of us have encountered individuals who are stubbornly and irrevocably committed to a belief that is, according to us, just plain wrong, not to mention illogical. […]

6 Totally Free Babysitting Alternatives

If you're married with young kids, getting out of the house and enjoying a date together can really add up: $35.00 for dinner $25.00 for a movie and popcorn $30 for babysitting Sometimes when young couples start adding up all the numbers they come to an unfortunate conclusion — they can't afford to go on dates. Sure, you could reduce the cost of dining out by finding a cheaper establishment. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on how to ask your boss for a raise, frugal ways to move, and getting the best price when selling back textbooks. Top 5 Articles How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise at Work and Get It — If you want a raise, develop a persausive argument and have confidence. […]

How should you choose a bank? Look in the mirror.

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I was recently interviewed on the subject of online banking, and the reporter asked a very direct question: is online banking better than traditional branch-based banking? It’s a fair question given the information we were discussing. […]

Couponing: Hobby or Lifestyle?

If you watch TLC, then you’ve probably heard of or watched "Extreme Couponing." It’s a TV show about people who spend countless hours per week going through coupon clippings, figuring out how to buy hundreds of dollars of goods for pennies on the dollar. The practice of extreme couponing has become increasingly popular over the past few years as families look for more ways to be more frugal with t […]

How to Make Money Online Selling Your T-Shirt Designs

    Are you a creative soul whose cup runneth over with ideas?  If you are, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can make money online selling your design ideas for t-shirts, and even more items, online.  There are a number of different websites you can go through to make extra money with your designes. There are even some designers making a living off there designers. […]

Do You Share Your Salary with Others?

This post talks about how today's younger generation is more open about sharing their salaries with each other. And it got me to thinking how common sharing salaries is. When I was coming up through the business ranks, sharing salaries was taboo. I'm not sure why (was it none of their business? was it companies not wanting workers to compare? something else?), but it was. […]