October 14, 2013

The Ultimate Guide to Buying in Bulk

Over the last several years, Sarah and I have become reasonably skillful practitioners in the art of buying items in bulk, through trial and error. Our goal, of course, is to save money. A well-executed bulk purchase of an item can save you a lot of money. […]

Are women really paid only 77 cents for each dollar men are paid?

Miranda MarquitIt’s fairly common to hear that women are only paid 77 cents for each dollar that men earn. While this number comes from the Census Bureau and is based on solid data, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t account for factors such as education and experience. Indeed, when you start digging into the data [...]Are women really paid only 77 cents for each dollar men are paid? […]

Failure and Systems Lead to Success, Goals and Passion Lead to Failure

Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, recently shared his thoughts about success through an essay in the Wall Street Journal. His premise is that business leaders who share advice for the masses who want to succeed lie about their own experiences. […]

Reader Mailbag: Never Burn Bridges

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. Determining credit damage to minor 2. Unemployed with kids 3. Helping fix a credit score 4. Stupid ATM charges 5. Taxes on savings bonds 6. Millionaire good financial goal? 7. Handling housework with kids 8. […]

Buying vs. streaming music: which is cheaper?

Claes BellAdvances in consumer electronics have totally changed the way most of us consume music. Ancient pre-Millennials will remember a time when, if you wanted to listen to a song, you had to either hope it came on the radio or actually purchase a physical album. These days, if you want to listen to a specific [...]Buying vs. streaming music: which is cheaper? […]

When is your financial relaxation due date?

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. I am perched in the corner chair, cup of Chai in hand, with just hours before the deadline for this post. I have piles and piles of clean laundry that need to be folded. Dishes need to be washed. I can’t recall the last time I’ve dusted any room in the house. […]

5 Common Productivity Tools That Are Really Distracting

Sometimes it's tough to tell if, as a society, we're incredibly productive or incredibly distracted. Oddly enough, some of the tools and mechanisms we've put in place to enhance our productivity have done little more than burden us with distractions that ultimately take seconds, minutes, maybe even hours away from our scheduled work time. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 10/14

Free App of the Day: Mood O'Clock Alarm - Why set up just the alarm when you can set your mood as well? […]

9 Ways Americans Are Spending Differently (but Not Less)

Many Americans say they are spending less in this post-recessionary period. But their actions tell a different story as formal reports indicate that consumer spending is rising. We may think we are spending less because we are exercising frugality in one area of our lives. But in many cases, we are simply changing priorities and shifting expenses. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Make Money While Shopping Online

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to make money when shopping online, landing a big raise next year, and things to buy in October to save big. Top 5 Articles How to Make Money While Shopping Online — To make money while shopping online, use Swag Bucks or a rewards credit card. […]

Save Money and Eat Better With a 7-Step Food Budget

OK, confession time: I usually eat rather crappy food at home, and I love to go out to restaurants. However, I've started really looking at how much money I'm spending on food, especially because I'm always suggesting the USDA food budget (PDF) to my clients in my day job. I decided to try that budget myself. […]

Millionaire Interviews 8

Here's the latest in my series of millionaire interviews, discussions with everyday people who have practical tips and insights into growing and managing wealth. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. […]

Budgeting for the present and future

Most people wrestle with a conflict between the present and the future — how do they meet immediate financial needs and still set aside money for retirement? Learning how to use budgets can be a way of bridging this gap between present and future. When you are getting started, budgeting can seem a little intimidating. […]