October 21, 2013

Plowing through a furlough: Reducing dependence on one employer

No sooner than the furloughs from sequestration were over, many government employees were facing another one — this time due to a government shutdown. That part looks to be over for the time being, but could reappear at the beginning of calendar year 2014 as the stopgap funding bill expires.  For government employees, what was smooth sailing now has a persistent choppiness. It’s just business Jump […]

The Ultimate Guide to Selecting a Financial Planner

Welcome to the latest installment in my “ultimate guide” series, where I attempt to lay out all of the things you need to know and consider when making a purchasing decision or a personal finance move. You can check out the “Ultimate Guide” archives for a full selection of these guides. Today, we’re taking a look at selecting a financial planner. […]

Reader Mailbag: Leaves

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. Battling underemployment and debt 2. Happy medium 3. A slow inheritance 4. Employer tuition reimbursement 5. Impatience 6. Daily free exercise routine? 7. Social Security for debt 8. Emergency fund for self-starter 9. […]

Financial education not helping consumers make better money moves

Claes BellEven with new regulations put in place after the financial crisis, we still have a pretty caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) approach to finance in the country. […]

Review: FlexScore, Part I (The Book)

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. There are many personal finance books and tools 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. […]

The Happiness Habits: 7 Ways to Feel Better Now

Is there a formula to happiness? Is there a way to retool our lives, reshape our routines, and revise our approach that might make happiness much more likely? I think so. If being happy is a combination of authentic connections, meaningful work, and peace that's sprinkled with simple pleasures, then yes — there very well may be a recipe for it. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 10/21

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15 Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things

Next time you finish up that last bit of tomato sauce from the jar, don't just think it's destined for the trash or recycle bin. There are plenty of opportunities to transform some common food packaging and kitchen cast-offs into repurposed treasures. This not only makes for useful new items around the home, but it will also save you money while being environmentally friendly. […]

3 Surprising Ways to Save on Wireless Bills

If you've found yourself gasping for air after opening your wireless cell phone bill lately, take a deep breath — there may be discounts you aren't taking advantage of. (See also: Part-Time Jobs With Serious Discounts) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Slay Your Financial Fears

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on simple ways to slay your financial fears, whether it's cheaper to buy or stream music, and airline fees worth paying for. Top 5 Articles 5 Simple Steps to Slay Your Financial Fears — To slay your financial fears, know the difference between good debt and bad debt. [Money Talks News] Buying vs. […]

The 5 Best Chef's Knives

Anyone who cooks knows how important it is to have a good chef's knife in your culinary armory. The size and versatility of the chef's knife often makes it the most-used tool when it comes to food preparation. […]

Millionaire Interviews 9

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. This post is a bit different than the previously posted interviews. It's the first interview that's taken place with TWO millionaires -- a father and a son. […]

What a trip around the world taught me about money

This post comes from Jen Smialek at our partner site Quizzle.com. For the past five weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to realize one of my wildest dreams: Taking a trip around the world. A whirlwind tour due to various professional and personal responsibilities, I flew over 30,000 miles and visited 13 different countries in the span of 40 days. […]

Want help reaching your goals? Use a financial incentive

Miranda MarquitHow many times have you set a financial goal, only to quickly fall short? You might start out with good intentions, but after a while you let yourself slide and soon your goal isn’t even on your radar anymore. How can you stay motivated? According to the founders of stickK, what you might need is [...]Want help reaching your goals? […]