September 16, 2013

A Day at Adventureland

This past Saturday, our family spent the day at Adventureland, an amusement park in Altoona, IA, an eastern suburb of Des Moines. Our whole family had a great time. The park is really thoughtfully designed, putting rides that only adults and older kids can go on very close to young children’s rides, allowing our family to split up very nicely as needed and meet each other at ride exits. […]

Reader Mailbag: Jury Duty

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. IRA inheritance and goals 2. Fighting over small amounts 3. Calculating “real” salary? 4. Saving inheritance for retirement 5. Driving totaled car 6. Moving up in fast food 7. Housing difficulties 8. Selling old autographs 9. […]

Are Penny Pinchers Prettier than Other People?

When many of us think about attracting a potential mate, we consider what we wear, what car we drive, and other somewhat shallow items. […]

Getting technical: an alternative to traditional college

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. In 2000, I graduated from my first round of post-secondary education and landed a job. My first annual salary was about 13 times more than my entire education had cost me. It wasn’t that my job paid so well, but that my education had been so inexpensive. […]

20 Free (or Really Cheap) Ways to Relieve Stress

You've had a hard day; things have happened at every turn that made you think "I'm going back to bed to restart the day. Maybe I won't emerge 'til tomorrow." Of course, you soldier on. But, stressed to the edge of sanity, your patience wears thin. You continue your day with that weight upon your shoulders, chugging expensive coffees and praying for the day to be over already. […]

Quick and Dirty Skin Care for Men: How Grandpa Used to Do It

There a growing subset of the cosmetics industry that slaps "For Men" onto a bottle of stuff for men and calls it a day. Make no mistake about it, skin care isn't a foreign subject for men, one that arose recently around the time of the metrosexual. The desire for men to have well-kept skin is as old as manhood itself. […]

Stuff We Love: Pasta Made With an Imperia Pasta Machine

There's almost nothing that you can make with two cups of flour and a few eggs that tastes as good as homemade pasta. There's something about the smooth and silky taste and texture of thin, homemade fettuccine that just can't be replicated in store-bought pasta. […]

Best Money Tips: Secrets to Getting More Done

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on secrets to getting more done, quitting your job the right way, and staying warm for less this winter. Top 5 Articles 11 Secrets to Getting More Done — Get more done by using a timer and purging your time sucks. […]

12 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume Cheap

Deciding on a costume might be difficult; shopping for your perfect getup shouldn't be. With this list of popular costume, party, and Halloween retailers, you'll gain access to a wide selection of inventory, plus deep discounts on shipping and sale items. You'll have your killer costume in no time. […]

Money 101: How to Become Wealthy

This piece is part of a series I'm calling Money 101 and is designed for those who might not be as advanced in their personal finance knowledge and experience. As we learned the other day, you measure wealth by tracking net worth. […]

Young workers see the light on saving

People often talk about micro- and macro-economics in the abstract, but sometimes you run into a perfect example of how a specific case resonates with a broader trend. I was recently talking to a graduate student in his early 20s who just earned himself a paid internship for the year ahead. […]