May 16, 2013

Lip Service

It is really, really easy to fall into a trap of paying lip service to the things we think ought to be important but that we don’t actually find important in our day to day lives. “Oh, I should be spending less money,” says someone waiting in line for a large coffee and a breakfast pastry at a local coffee shop. “Oh, I should be spending more time with the kids,” texts someone to their sister whil […]

Elimination of the Payroll Tax Cut Reduced Consumer Spending

In 2010, Congress passed the Tax Hike Prevention Act, which among other things reduced the payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2% starting in 2011. For two years, workers saw higher take-home income than they would have had the law never existed, and consumers responded favorably by using the extra money throughout the two years to save, invest, pay off debt, and spend. […]

What Does Your ZIP Code Say about You?

Every few months, I receive coupons for baby formula in my mailbox — despite the fact that my only child is now 10 years old. I also receive the random copy of America Baby. […]

Reader Mailbag: Spring Allergies

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. Mortgage tax deduction calculator 2. Private school worth it? 3. Advice on inexpensive business clothes 4. Is home ownership necessary? 5. Fantasy writing progress 6. Learning about neighbors 7. Expatriate estate worries 8. […]

Stock Market Soaring, Many Americans Missing the Boat

Statistics are tricky whenever people try to guess their underlying cause but it doesn’t make it less fun. A recent Gallup poll results showed stock market investment by U.S. adults is at its lowest percentage since Gallup has started asking (1998). […]

Financial advice for my former self

This is a post from staff writer Holly Johnson. This year, our office welcomed a 24-year-old professional into our tight-knit group. Aside from making everyone else in the office feel really, really old, it’s been fun and exciting learning what the younger generation is into these days. Let’s face it — her life is much more exciting than mine. […]

2 Investing Concepts Everyone Should Know

Investing is arguably the most complicated and intimidating topic within personal finance. Understanding (and making use of) two key investing concepts will go a long way toward demystifying the process while dialing down the fear factor. Let's get started! (See also: The 10-Step Staircase to a Comfortable Retirement) Compound Interest At first glance, this one seems like no big deal. […]

The 5 Best Washing Machines

The washing machine is a staple appliance in any household because of our need to keep our clothes fresh and clean. But while many of us are familiar with the use of a washing machine, what happens when we have to purchase a brand new one for our homes? […]

Best Money Tips: Balance Multiple Jobs Without Losing Your Mind

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on balancing multiple jobs, better ways to invest your tax refund money, and saving on your home entertainment system upgrade. Top 5 Articles How Can I Balance Multiple Jobs Without Losing My Mind? — To balance multiple jobs without losing your sanity, pursue work that builds your career. […]

Target Investment Mix at Age 50

I'm approaching 50 years old. I remember when my mom became 50 and I thought "Man, she's old." :) Anyway, CNN Money ran a series on "Best Moves if You're _____ Years Old." This one is the piece for those 45 to 54 years old and contains a target investment mix at age 50 as follows: 39% U.S. Stocks 40% Bonds 21% Foreign Stocks I get the U.S. […]

How to get more rides at Disney for less?

Amusement parks can be a great vacation, especially if you like rides that test your ability to hold your lunch. The more popular amusement parks, like the Disney family of parks, are busy much of the year.  And busy can mean long wait times on the rides. Since time is far more valuable than money, it would make sense that there would be a way to buy less time in line for those who value their tim […]