August 26, 2013

Worried About Economic Collapse and Your Retirement? Here’s Some Food for Thought

The last question in this morning’s reader mailbag left me thinking. Let me repeat Alan’s question again, for all to read. “I’ve been putting away the maximum amount I can for retirement for the last six years. I’m 29 and I already have almost twice my annual salary saved for retirement. […]

The Psychology of Splurging

There are times when I just want to spend money. Spending on something that you didn’t exactly plan for can offer you a high. It’s fun to be a little spontaneous and splurge. And there are other reasons that many of us splurge as well. What’s behind the urge to splurge? […]

Anonymous S, July 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Reader Mailbag: Pancake Breakfast

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. Storage areas 2. Recovering drug addict 3. Hourly pay calculations 4. Magic: the Gathering collection 5. Tax refund confusion 6. Adjusting a sleep cycle 7. Parental gifts and financial disagreements 8. […]

Book Review: ‘The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read’

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. There are many personal finance books out there, useful to people in all stages of personal finance. I have a lot to learn before reaching financial independence, and the editorial elves thought it would be useful if I shared some of what I learn with you. […]

Roll, Don't Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)

Packing for a trip can be daunting and tedious. I usually wait until the very last minute to do it. While packing last minute can add stress to the situation it does provide a few benefits, too. Namely, I'm forced to concentrate on the task at hand. (See also: Vacation Hack: 7 Tips for Single Bag Travel) When it comes to packing fast the key is all in the preparation. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 08/26

Free App of the Day: Handy Note Pro - Ready to use predefined planner, diary, meeting minutes, class notes and multiple different templates. […]

4 Brain Hacks for Better Investment Decisions

When it comes to investing, we all know what we should do: invest money early in our careers, so compound interest can do its magic; buy low and sell high; and avoid anything that sounds too good to be true. (See also: 4 Quick Ways to Decide if a Company Is Worth Your Investment) Unfortunately, just because we know what we should be doing doesn't mean we're any good at doing it. […]

Best Money Tips: Back to School Clothes Shopping Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on back-to-school clothes shopping tips, protecting your identity, and building a LinkedIn profile that will help you get a job. Top 5 Articles 17 Back to School Clothes Shopping Tips to Save Money on Kids — To save money on back-to-school clothes shopping, opt for a clothing swap or look on eBay. […]

How to eat vegetarian on the cheap

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. I have been a vegetarian all my life. Every time I read a post on how to save money that includes “go vegetarian” as one of the pieces of advice, I get a little uncomfortable. It is not bad advice, but there is much more to it than simply going vegetarian. […]

Can FabFitFun's VIP Box Fit Into Your Life?

How would you like a celebrity to pick out your beauty arsenal? That's what you get with FabFitFun's VIP box. About FabFitFun FabFitFun is partnered with E! News host, reality star, and author Giuliana Rancic. From the site's About page: FFF aims to motivate, inspire and excite readers with a slew of great, healthy resources for every kind of woman — from the new college student to the new mom. […]

Help a Reader: Going Back to Work after 12 Years

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a 50 year old woman who has been at home raising a family.  For a lot of reasons it is time for me to begin working outside the home again.  I became a stay-at-home-mom in 2001 and have not looked for a job since 1992.  My focus has been raising my daughter and volunteering in my community, not growing my career.  While I have a college de […]