October 28, 2013

Personal Finance with No Dependents

I’m in a situation where I’m married and have three children. For the next decade of my life – at least – I have several other lives to be concerned with when it comes to my financial decisions. My closest friend, however, is single. He has no spouse. He has no children. […]

Does money get between you and ‘A Satisfied Mind’?

Claes BellThere are few songs that have been recorded more times by a wider range of artists than “A Satisfied Mind.” Written by Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes and made famous in 1955 by Porter Wagner, it has since become a country and western standard. Today, there are at least 34 different versions of the song [...]Does money get between you and ‘A Satisfied Mind’? […]

Reader Mailbag: Home Project Weekend

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. Using the company car 2. What constitutes an emergency? 3. Robert Kiyosaki and Suze Orman 4. Higher interest on savings accounts 5. Getting lower credit card rate 6. Awful customer service 7. Move now or later? 8. […]

Anonymous S’s Net Worth, September 2013

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Can flying first class be frugal?

Kristin WongWhile checking in to a flight recently, sheer curiosity led me to see how much it would cost to upgrade. I was surprised to find out that moving up to first class would only be fifty bucks. Granted, it was a two-hour flight, but first class for only $50 more than coach? That’s a decent [...]Can flying first class be frugal? […]

Making memories without breaking the bank

Even though Christmas is still more than a couple of months away (so sorry if you weren’t ready for a reminder), I am trying to think of ways to create meaningful family traditions for our first holiday season together as a family of four. […]

Cricket's $5,600 Giveaway: Plus $1,000 Just for Our Readers

Cricket Wireless is running a fun daily photo challenge for the next 68 days where you can snap and share a photo to win cool prizes. These simple and entertaining challenges change daily. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 10/28

50% Off Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand, Kenneth Cole Jewelry - Get 50% off fashion jewelry. 50% Off Women's Nightgowns and Sleepshirts. - Shop brands like Calvin Klein, Hello Kitty, Natori, and more! Boys' 3-Pack Marvel Tees for $14.99 - 50% off new boys' 3-pack Marvel tees. […]

Forgotten Budget Categories – Home Maintenance

When making a monthly budget, it is easy to forget certain budget categories. One of the most often overlooked and underfunded categories is Home Maintenance. It’s easy to understand.  None of us want to think about stuff breaking – especially in our home – so we tend to ignore this vital category. Over the years, we have employed two different techniques for including Home Maintenance in our mont […]

Your Daily Dose of Caffeine May Be Hurting You

Over half of Americans over 18 drink at least one cup of coffee a day, and over 90% of people in the world (PDF) consume caffeine in one form or another. Caffeine is a favored stimulant, and one that many of us don't even think about using. […]

12 Ways to Make Yourself Save More Money

Saving money isn't something that comes naturally to most people. In fact, research has shown people with less money tend to have a more difficult time making financial and time management-related decisions. (See also: Brain Hacks for Better Investment Decisions) In short, the psychological factors involved with saving money matter — a lot. […]

Best Money Tips: Things You Can Sell to Make Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on things you can sell to make money, money lessons from toddlers, and ways your bank may be ripping you off. Top 5 Articles 20 Things You Can Sell To Make Money — You can sell rooms in your home and musical skills to make some extra cash. […]

Millionaire Interviews 10

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. Let's get started... How old are you (and spouse if applicable, plus how long you've been married)? […]

4 retirement saving mind games

I was reading recently about endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s feat of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. The physical details of what she went through are mind-boggling, but what struck me also was the psychological element. […]