August 16, 2013

Changing Your Outlook

The things you do every day as part of your routine do an awful lot to shape your perspective on life. If you hate your job, you’ll feel that hating your job is normal and find it really strange that others hate their job. If you spend a significant amount of time each day watching television, then watching television will seem incredibly normal to you and people who don’t do it will seem strange. […]

Are 401(k) Plans a Fraud?

Over the last two weeks, quite a few readers have passed along a link to Helaine Olen’s article at Salon entitled 401(k)s are a sham: Duped by a DIY retirement dream, the elderly now face staggeringly low living standards and have asked for my thoughts on it. […]

GE Capital Bank Online Savings Account: I Was Declined

This article started as a regular review of an online savings account. I’ve written many of these for Consumerism Commentary over the years, and I’ve always followed a similar process: I open a new account in my own name, naturally, I link the account to an existing account of mine, I transfer money into the account, and I use the account for some time. […]

Amazon knows that I love my wife

(You’ll see why …) A couple of weeks ago, my bride received a one-star review on Amazon for both of her historical fantasy books and her short story.  This wasn’t the end of the world for a couple of reasons: first, she had far more four- and five-star reviews, and secondly, it means that the books are getting some reach beyond her regular circles. What was a little unfortunate, though, was that t […]

Your Take: Loans for Daycare?

Earlier this week, New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn introduced a pilot program that would offer loans to middle class parents to help pay for daycare. […]

Ask the Readers: Would you let your insurance company monitor your driving for a discount?

Privacy is a big issue for people these days, what with every website able to see where you go, what you’re searching for and serve up ads. With the NSA looking at emails and phone calls from regular folks, the issue is bigger than ever. But would you elect to be monitored if it would save you money? […]

E*Trade Review: If a Talking Baby Can Do It, So Can You

Just about everyone recognizes E*Trade. The company is known as one of the earlier brokers in the online trading space, and the famous "E*Trade Baby" commercials have served to increase brand recognition. E*Trade is more than just clever marketing, though. It is a solid discount brokerage that makes it easy for beginners to start trading. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Friday 08/16

Free Apps! FaceGoo - Stretch, pinch, and twist your photos in crazy ways. Save your warped creations and share them via Facebook, Flickr, e-mail, or Twitter. Cutie Mini Monsters - Counting Numbers 1-10 - Help your toddlers learn to listen, observe and develop fine motor skills. […]

10 Ways to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

Sunday night can often be the pits. It’s when the reality of the week ahead sets in and the fun of the weekend disappears. If you are looking to keep your Sunday night angst at bay, here are a few ways to enjoy every last second of your weekend and leave the worry to Monday morning. (See also: 15 Ways to Have a Frugal Friday) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Accelerate Your Wealth

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on accelerating your wealth, preparing for a layoff, and why creative people need to say "no." Top 5 Articles Beyond a Budget: How to Accelerate Your Wealth — To accelerate your wealth, ask questions and understand the impact of time. […]

The mistake that plunged my credit score 200 points

This post, written by Sibylla Nash, comes from our partner site LearnVest. In the fall of 2011, I went on an episode of “The Suze Orman Show” to ask her how to repair my credit, and I knew I was in big trouble when she told me there was nothing she could do. I had figured, there must always be ways to raise your credit score. […]

Why Index Funds Are the Best Choice for New Investors

Are you looking to build long-term wealth, but are so new to the world of investing that you don't know where to begin? If so, I've got great news for you. There aren't too many things in life that both save you more money and make you more money at the same time. Fortunately, a type of investment known as an index fund is one of them. […]