June 6, 2013

You Are Your Only Measuring Stick

Don’t spend a second worrying about what kind of financial success someone else has achieved. Be happy for them, but don’t waste even an ounce of your energy using it as a benchmark. The only benchmark that matters is whether or not you’re in a better place than you were a year ago. It doesn’t matter what stuff your best friend has. […]

Four Psychological Barriers to Long-Term Change

The concept of success means different things to different people. Ten years ago, my vision of long-term career success would have been getting a job in a great school district as a teacher, teaching for many years, and having a positive effect on the lives of the students who pass through my doors. Financial success would probably have been staying out of unmanageable debt. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 06/06

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals Bionaire Bladeless Fan for $37, Ralph Lauren Towels at 60% off, Magnetic Screen Door for $13, and more! […]

Reader Mailbag: Book Shelves

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. Newly widowed and worried 2. Overwhelmed by money stress 3. Money book for late teens 4. Toning down big dreams 5. Emergency fund and debt snowball 6. Laundry service 7. No shampoo? 8. Freemium 9. […]

Why You Should Use an Expert Agent vs. a Discount Service Agent (Redfin)

When Redfin first launched, I thought it was going to change the way real estate would be bought and sold forever. In the years since its introduction, I was surprised that not much had changed. […]

SEP-IRA vs. Self-Employed 401(k)

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. A couple of months have passed since my 30th birthday, and that means getting started on some of my money resolutions for the year. One of those resolutions was choosing an additional savings plan for retirement. Currently, I have an IRA that I’m planning on — and getting close to — maxing out for the year. […]

How to Shower Less (and Still Feel Clean)

You might be wondering, "Why in the world would I want to shower less?" Well, there are a bunch of reasons. […]

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My Second House

I just finished purchasing my second house. We bought our first four years ago, sold it, and then became "second-time homebuyers." First-time homebuyers get a lot of attention — there are numerous articles and tips about being a first-time homebuyer. And I read a lot before buying my first house. But second-time homebuyers? There's little advice available. […]

Best Money Tips: Opportunities That Will Take You Abroad

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on opportunities that will take you abroad, protecting your windfalls, and easing the transition when a significant other moves in. Top 5 Articles Life-Changing Opportunities That Will Take You Abroad — House-sitting or studying abroad can help you see the world! […]

The 5 Best Rice Cookers

While it is entirely possible to cook rice with a pan on a stove top, if you prepare rice often enough, it may be worth it to invest in a dedicated rice cooker. Cooking rice with a cooker is significantly easier and takes most of the work out of the hands of the chef. […]

Social Media's Role in Job Search

The following is an excerpt from the book Cut the Crap, Get a Job! a New Job Search Process for a New Era. I will be running a series of excerpts from this book over the next several weeks.I found this chapter particularly interesting since it deals with the emerging and growing impact that social media has on job search. […]