August 23, 2013

Food Safety Reminder: Rinsing the Bird Is Bad for Your Health

Jennifer Quinlan, a food safety scientist at Drexel University, and the media production folks at New Mexico State University have produced a series of informative, and weirdly entertaining, videos and print ads that remind us to stop rinsing chicken before cooking. Contrary to what most of us believe, rinsing before cooking does not remove harmful bacteria or reduce the risk of food borne illnes […]

The Art of Figuring Out “Bang for the Buck”

For me, frugality means figuring out which products do the job they’re supposed to do well, then finding those products for the lowest price. In other words, I’m always looking to maximize “bang for the buck.” For many products, the generic or store brand version works well. […]

A Better Way to Rank America's Colleges

Update: A Better Way to Rank America's Colleges Following up on its ranking of "America's Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" (see below), Washington Monthly has released its much broader "National University Rankings." In addition to the cost and affordability factors of the previous list, this list adds such criteria as "Research" and "Service," with the goal of identifying institutions that best s […]

Should College Graduates Pay Back Parents’ Loans?

This month, the Naked With Cash participants and financial professionals are discussing education, primarily paying for and planning for college, whether it involves paying back their own loans, funding their own education, or saving for their kids’ future college expenses. In August, colleges across the country begin their fall semesters, so it’s a great time to be discussing education. […]

Saving Too Much For Retirement? Is It Really Possible?

Conventional wisdom tells us it’s impossible to be saving too much for retirement, but is this really true? We’ve been hearing about the need to save more for retirement, and for good reason. Ask many of the Baby Boomers who are getting ready to retire and you’ll find that many of them have come to […] […]

The Justification for Failure

Virtually no one likes to think of themselves as a failure. It’s not a good feeling. Whenever we do fall into that trap, there’s usually some self-loathing and sadness involved. […]

Your Take: Ever Take an Unpaid Internship?

When I was in college, I had internships nearly every summer of the year. In each of those internships, I was paid a decent salary and never once had to decide whether or not to take an unpaid internship. I remember what I was like back then and if the right opportunity opened up, chances are I’d have worked for free if I could convince my parents to stake me for the summer. […]

Ask the Readers: Do you review your credit card regularly?

This story and Ask the Readers question comes from Madeline Roche, who blogs at I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary with my first and only credit card. Instead of popping some bubbly, I paid my $69 annual fee. Though not astronomical, this charge was unexpected and motivated me to evaluate my relationship with the little piece of plastic. […]

ReFi Shy? How to Determine If Now Is the Time to Refinance

It appears the bargain basement mortgage rates that have been part of the economy since the Great Recession may slowly be slipping away. And as rates tick higher, many homeowners are beginning to wonder if the moment has passed to refinance. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Friday 08/23

Free App of the Day: Joining Hands Enter the Whispering Woods and meet the Peablins. They are curious little creatures who share a common belief: hold hands with your friends and the Bogeyman won't take you. […]

How to Slow Down Your Fast-Paced Life

Sometimes, stress can be a good thing, but when healthy, everyday pressure turns into can't-slow-down anxiety, it's time to reevaluate. If you're struggling to keep up with your action-packed schedule and can't seem to calm down, don't worry. With a few quick changes, you can shift your priorities and learn to relax. […]

Best Money Tips: Things to Do to Get a Raise at Work

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on getting a raise at work, going to college for free, and curing a spending hangover. Top 5 Articles 8 Things To Do To Get A Raise At Work — Get a raise at work by knowing your worth and examining your reasoning. […]

New credit card rewards program pays your other debts

This guest post by Miranda Marquit originally appeared on our partner site When many of us think of credit card rewards programs, we think of earning cash back, or building up miles that can be used for travel. But what if your credit card rewards went toward paying off some of your other debts? […]

The 10 Best Cycling Apps for $5 or Less

Whether you are looking for a way to get off the couch and get outside or you are training for the next Ironman, there are dozens of cycling and running apps out there. For the serious cyclist, you may know exactly what you are looking for, but it's still difficult to choose which app will meet your needs. […]

Continuously count the cost

On the way up to my parents’ house recently, we took some time in the trip to review and discuss our personal finance plan. […]