June 27, 2013

The Philosophy of Frugality

Diogenes of Sinope was a philosopher in ancient Greece who was a cynic in the classical sense of the word. The classical view of cynicism was that, as Wikipedia nicely states it, “the purpose of life was to live a life of virtue in agreement with nature. […]

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

The point of any insurance policy is to protect your assets in the event of an unexpected event. This is true of travel insurance as well. If you are going on a major trip — particularly if you plan to travel overseas — it can make sense to purchase travel insurance as protection. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 06/27

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals Crocs: Up to 50% Off, Non-Stick Grill Topper $10, JCPenney: 30% to 50% off home furniture, mattresses, and décor! […]

Kathleen, May 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. This month, the participants and experts are discussing, among other things, retirement. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. […]

Reader Mailbag: Fresh Strawberries

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. Paid-up life insurance 2. Tablet as frugal computer replacement? 3. Online stock trading 4. Frugality and income 5. Why revocable trusts? 6. Need donation receipt 7. Camping in or near Iowa 8. Use for old playing cards 9. […]

I Love Remote Deposit on Bank Phone Apps (and Other Must Have Features)

In the last few years, more banks are offering smartphone apps that let you do almost any banking chore you want via the phone. I can’t even imagine the days before online banking when you’d have to find an ATM just to check your balance. Now, you can download an app, login, and see your balance in seconds. […]

Want to get rich quickly? Start looking for hidden treasure

This post is from staff writer Holly Johnson. Ever since Forrest Fenn revealed that he had hidden a treasure chest worth an estimated $2 million in the mountains north of Sante Fe, much of America’s southwest has been in a frenzy. In fact, thousands of people have descended on the area, all of them hoping to strike it rich. […]

10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER!

The summer fashion trends seem to be leaning toward the '90s (ugh, clogs), which means I'm constantly reminiscing about my summers growing up. It's nice to remember not having to worry about money or my future. In fact, the only thing I worried about was that dreaded day when school started again. […]

The 5 Best Parenting Books

As a clueless first-time parent, I inhaled parenting books from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I went down the list of popular and highly rated books on Amazon, dutifully borrowed them from the library, and read each word. For the most part, they're a blur of contradictory tips and alarming scenarios. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Earn Money Quickly

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways to earn money quickly, starting your marriage out right, and getting a good night of quality sleep. Top 5 Articles 11 Ways to Earn Money Quickly — If you need to earn money quickly, offer to babysit or sell your stuff. […]

Frugality and the Myth of Self-Denial

A few Christmases ago, I splurged and bought myself a new scarf. Granted, it was expensive by my standards (around $18.00 for a scarf that was little more than a long strip of gray jersey material). Not my wisest purchase, but splurges are seldom wise. A few days after I bought it, I wore the scarf to a holiday dinner. […]

Phone Etiquette

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 few weeks.I like this chapter because there's relatively little advice out there about phone interviews. […]