December 24, 2013

Simple Estate Planning Steps Everyone Should Take Care Of

This article originally appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Estate planning is a pretty difficult topic to think about because it requires you to think about a world without you in it. No one likes to reflect on their own demise, which is why many people simply put estate planning off for another day and only get around to it when the chips are down. […]

LastDollar, November 2013 Net Worth

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. […]

Passion and Reality

Passion can be a really tricky thing. For some people, a lifelong passion is something they discover at a young age. I know talented musicians, writers, and scientists who knew what they wanted to be from early childhood. For others, passions are fleeting. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are Your Resolutions for 2014?

2014 is almost here! To jump start the new year on a positive note, many people make resolutions to improve their life in some way. What are your resolutions for 2014? Do you have a game plan to make sure you stay on track? […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Tuesday 12/24

40% off Dessert Cookbooks - Bake delicious desserts this holiday season with these featured dessert cookbooks, now up to 40% off. 48" White Freshwater Pearl On Brown Leather Wrap Bracelet / Necklace $12.99 (from $72) - This beautiful item is brand new and comes with complimentary gift packaging. Gift One Kindle Book, Get One 50% - Off It’s not too late to send a book in time for the holidays. […]

10 Fun, Free Ways to Entertain Yourself During a Flight Delay

My waiting periods at the airport, any airport, are always longer than average. Apparently, I look like I'm from one of those bomb-making countries. As a result, I always have to get to the airport extra early so I have ample time for all my belongings to be swabbed for explosive residue, get sniffed by the drug dog, and receive a sexy, stand-up massage from gate security. […]

Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy During the Holidays

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on eating healthy during the holidays, DIY gifts you can make in 15 minutes, and reducing healthcare costs in the New Year. Top 5 Articles How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays - 6 Meal Ideas and Tips — Instead of drinking eggnog, swap it out for hot cider. […]

The costs of Christmas past

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. One of my favorite holiday memories comes from my very early childhood. At that time we lived in a very rural area of a very rural state. On Christmas Eve, we went to the town hall for a meeting (because our town was so small that everyone could fit in the town hall). […]

10 Habits of Financially Happy People

Financial happiness doesn't come easy when your money isn't right. Debt, overdrawn accounts, and too little income can drain you emotionally. This situation is all too common. But some people have discovered how to be financially happy. What's their secret? It really isn't a mystery. In most cases, it's all about adopting smarter financial habits — something anyone can learn. […]

10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15

Link for teaser title: It’s that time again. Time to panic because you still have gifts to buy. Well, here are 10 last-minute ideas to help you spread cheer without getting an ulcer in the process. […]

Six Steps to Make the Most of Your Finances

You've heard of the Pareto principle, right? It states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes (or effort.) This holds true in all sorts of situations. In business, 80% of the profits are usually generated by 20% of the products. At church, 80% of the serving is done by 20% of the members. At non-profits, 80% of the giving is done by 20% of the population. […]