October 7, 2013

How to get the most out of your HOA fees

Miranda MarquitIn my neighborhood, which is still being developed, HOA fees aren’t much of an issue. They are small — just $25 a year — and only cover road maintenance. But other neighborhoods with HOA fees offer a lot more amenities, and charge a lot higher price for them. […]

An Unauthorized Charge From TransUnion: Was My Identity Stolen?

Earlier this year, the university where I studied as an undergraduate, the University of Delaware, announced that the school had been the victim of a security breach. The announcement indicated that personal information of anyone who had been on the university’s payroll might be compromised, and those who were compromised would receive a letter from the university. […]

Reader Mailbag: Computer Upgrade

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. Retirement vs. long term savings 2. Chess set for beginner? 3. What comes after emergency savings? 4. Long shot dreams? 5. Size of emergency fund 6. Moving back to hometown 7. Back door Roth IRA? 8. […]

Before buying something on sale, know the flaw

Claes BellI promised myself I would never write a post about an airline travel experience because lots of journalists do it and it’s mostly really annoying. But promises are made to be broken, so here it goes. […]

Honey progress report: Staying off the hedonic treadmill edition

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. When I paid off my small student loan in August, I placed my payoff focus on the “small” sub-account of my consolidated loan. “Small” is meant to be in sarcastic quotation marks, of course, because the balance at that time was just over $35,000. Hardly small! […]

Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits

In the United States, men can expect to live 76 years on average, while women tend to live for 81 years. Of course, both those numbers are just averages. In practical terms, what that means is that some people will live well in into their nineties, while others barely make it to their sixties. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 10/07

Free App of the Day: Spite and Malice Spite and Malice, also known as Skip-Bo or Cat and Mouse, is a kind of competitive patience game similar to solitaire for two players. Scarves $9.99 and Under - Choose from a section of fashion scarves, wraps, and pashminas. 50% off Women's and Men's Teva Shoes - Choose from a section of sandals, boots, sneakers and more. 60% Off "Scream" & Other Horror Mov […]

Hungry? 20 Popular Online Grocers to Satisfy Every Craving

Don't get stuck guessing which ripe tomato to buy in a grocery. Embrace what the Internet has given to us — sites that will bring literally any food to you, any time of day. Here are the sites to go to when you have a craving for virtually anything. […]

How to Say "No" at Work and Still Get Ahead

Getting on your supervisor's good side and being a team player can open the door to better opportunities. Play your cards right and you could end up taking your boss's job one day. As a top performer, you're an asset to the company. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Cable and Internet

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on cable and internet, frugal birthday parties for kids, and steps before tying the knot. Top 5 Articles 4 Ways to Save on Cable and Internet Without Losing It — Cutting extras off your cable and internet packages can help you save money. […]

Stuff We Love: A Mimijumi Baby Bottle, Because It's More Like Mom

While I have breastfed four of my five children (and plan on doing so with my next), bottles have played a very important role in giving them the nutrition they need while still providing me flexibility in my personal life and career. A good bottle can be the difference between seamlessly transitioning between breast and bottle and giving up on one option completely. […]

Your Career is Your Most Valuable Financial Asset

For the vast majority of Americans, their careers are their most valuable financial asset. Don't believe me? Consider the following: If you earn an average of $25,000 over the course of a 45-year career that equates to $1,125,000. If you earn an average of $50,000 over the course of a 45-year career that equates to $2,250,000. […]

Take a day off for (often forgotten) financial housekeeping

There are two categories of tasks that keep the financial machine running smoothly — essential tasks and beneficial tasks. Most people recognize the essential tasks as something they should do at least once a year: Open or review your retirement account, re-balance your portfolio, review your insurance needs, etc. But somehow the beneficial tasks don’t seem to get the same attention. […]