August 19, 2013

Cultural Financial Problems and Learning to Cook: Wise Bread on Marketplace

This month, I've appeared on one of my favorite radio shows, American Public Media's Marketplace Money: This weekend, I spoke with guest host Barbara Bogaev and a caller named Elizabeth about how to make financial decisions when two people come from very different cultural backgrounds. […]

The outlook for 30-somethings may be looking up

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. It would be understandable if today’s 30-somethings feel they were born too late to take advantage of financial opportunities available to previous generations. However, the way the interest rate cycle is playing out, financially responsible 30-somethings might find things falling very much in their favor in the future. […]

Thinking About Change Less and Less

I’m lucky when it comes to personal finance. By virtue of writing for The Simple Dollar virtually every single day for the last several years, my mind is strongly attuned to my own financial situation and how much impact my moves can have on it. While I do make mistakes on occasion, I see them pretty quickly and am able to fix the situation before anything disastrous happens. […]

Looking for a Job? Don’t Forget the Hidden Job Market

My husband is looking for a full-time teaching job right now. It’s been a bit tough in this market. However, he got what might have been a break a few days ago. He’s consulting on a project at the university where he is an adjunct. […]

Is Your Unpaid Internship Illegal?

In certain fields, internships allow younger people in the formative stages of their careers get experience with major companies, make connections with influential people in later stages of their careers, figure out if their career goals are worth the effort, and possibly put themselves in a position to be hired full-time for the company that offers the internship. […]

Reader Mailbag: A New Week

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. Assessing property 2. Scratched DVD repair 3. Worried about upcoming baby costs 4. Disagreeing about what’s “essential” 5. Gardening baby steps 6. Baby expense disagreement 7. Fixing a credit score 8. Taxes and investments 9. […]

5 Questions with PerkStreet CEO Dan O’Malley

I had the opportunity to ask the CEO of PerkStreet, Dan O’Malley, a few questions via email near the end of last week, courtesy of their COO Jason Henrichs. As you know, PerkStreet announced they’d be shutting down and would not be paying out any outstanding perks. People were understandably upset livid. […]

Sometimes the road to wealth isn’t paved at all

This post is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. Is financial security eluding you? Maybe you should move to North Dakota. In 2012, North Dakota’s economy grew by 13.4 percent, which was significantly more than any other state. And according to this cost of living calculator, a $70,000 salary has the buying power of a $100,000 salary in Los Angeles. […]

Garage Triage: Organize Your Garage for Maximum Chore and Storage Efficiency

If your garage, like so many others, has become an overflow storage area for sporting equipment, holiday decorations, and totes too numerous to mention, then it's time to reclaim some space. With winter just a few months away, now is the perfect time to clear the clutter, get organized, and make room for that car that's been kicked to the curb. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 08/19

Free App of the Day: Grim Joggers - In what is probably the most brutal jogging game out there, you lead a group of 15 joggers as far as possible before all of them face a gruesome end. 50% on Select Summer Dresses - Save 50% off or more on brands like GUESS, Ever-Pretty, Sakkas, and more. $79.95 (from $200) Shun Classic Asian Chef's Knife - 7-Inch Japanese chef's knife also known as gyuto, it is […]

Psychology of Money: How We Secretly Want People to Make Us Buy Things

"I wish someone would give me a couple thousand dollars and tell me I had to spend it on X." Ever feel like that? Yeah, me too. (See also: It's All Your Money) I say that even though it goes against my most fundamental principle of financial management — which is that you figure out what you most want and then arrange your life so that you get those things. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Retire Early

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on how to retire early, ways to keep your security deposit, and how to get free prescription drugs. Top 5 Articles How to Retire Early - 6 Important Life Decisions — Limiting the size of your family and living in the right places can help you retire early. […]

Stuff We Love: Go Scootababy for an Easy, Comfortable Baby Carrier

When I received my first infant carrier as a gift in 2003, I was disappointed by what appeared to be a formless sheet with a simple ring that I was expected to fashion into a safe carrier for my baby. Needless to say, I never mastered the art of the wrap, and I used several more structured carriers with my next kids. […]