October 18, 2013

No Income Taxes? Multi-Level Marketing? Hedging Against the Dollar? Beware.

I get a lot of email from readers. Most of them are from people either writing to comment on an article privately or to ask a question for the reader mailbag. Some, though, write in to encourage me to post an article on a certain topic. Sometimes, it’s because they want to promote a product. […]

Your take: Do you think you’ll ever go bank-less?

Claes BellIf there’s anyone who could lose a popularity contest with Congress right now, it might be Wall Street bankers. In a poll conducted earlier this year by Gallup, only 26 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the nation’s banks, compared to 41 percent before the crisis. It’s not hard to figure out why. Only five [...]Your take: Do you think you’ll ever go bank-less? […]

Spare Change: willpower, shutdowns, and mugshots

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Here are the random money-related links that have piqued my interest lately. First up, we’ll look at why willpower is never enough. 1. What’s my motivation? Willpower is often cited as what we need to do things like lose weight, work harder, or save more money. But it’s never the solution. […]

How to Travel the World on a Small Budget

Link for teaser title:  http://americanexpress.tumblr.com/post/64014634358/cost-effective-tips-for-a-tra... You can see the world regardless of how much money you have. Find out how on our commissioned guest post for Amex's #PassionProject. […]

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20 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space

Living in a New York City apartment for a decade certainly taught me how to prioritize a small space. However, some of the greatest lessons I learned from apartment living can be applied anywhere, whether it be a house or a cramped room. Here are a few small space tips that can help you take advantage of your square footage, no matter what type of dwelling you have. […]

Best Money Tips: Budgeting for the Present and Future

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on budgeting for the present and future, buying life insurance, and financial considerations before you become your own boss. Top 5 Articles Budgeting for the present and future — To develop a budget that will guide you into the future, hold yourself accountable to staying on budget. […]

The Only 4 Things a Vegetable Garden Needs

One of my favorite children's books is "Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes." The two characters are friends and neighbors. Bear plants a garden the right way (preparing the soil, getting rid of rocks, weeding, etc.) while Bunny throws seeds in a plot of dirt and then relaxes by the pool for the rest of the summer. […]

8 Ways to Reduce Mortgage Closing Costs

Mortgage closing costs can be one of the most difficult aspects of buying a home or refinancing a current mortgage. Costs can be high, ranging anywhere from 2%-5%, depending on your locale, lender, and type of mortgage. […]

Help a Reader: Mom's Financial Plan

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am asking a question on behalf of my mother.  She is 75 years old, retired and lives alone in a rented apartment, having sold the family home within the past year.   She faced the classic "house rich, cash poor" situation, went into some debt and felt forced to cash in her retirement account to contend with merciless repairs and maintenance o […]