February 13, 2014

6 Great Life Lessons of the Bible

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-life-lessons-of-the-bible-from-rabbi-mahir-reis... Regardless of religious affiliation, anyone can learn from the Bible's teachings on charity, frugality, and fellowship. […]

Is an Emergency Fund Necessary?

I’m a pretty big advocate for emergency funds – cash stowed away in a savings account for a rainy day. […]

Coins to save, and coins to spend

A few weeks ago we had lunch with some good friends.  During the festivities, I saw a wooden piggybank-like thing on a shelf above the kitchen sink, part of which was a lucite window that showed the contents. I asked, “So who was the cool person that gave you guys $2 bills?” Later in the afternoon they let me go through the contents of the bank.  It was a collection of interesting coins that they […]

Reader Mailbag: Pride

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. Safe harbor 401(k) match 2. Income tax question 3. Shouldn’t numbers win? 4. Credit freeze question 5. Finding time to read 6. Feeling hopeless 7. How much needed in 401(k)? 8. Reason to shop at Hy-Vee? 9. Old mattress? 10. […]

Starting Your Dream Business Is Easier Than You Think — Here's How

One of the great pleasures of owning my own business and working for myself is that I get to talk to a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs. They want to be entrepreneurs, but they aren't quite there yet. They read all the business articles online, they constantly make plans, they aspire to own their business and maybe one day they will get there. […]

5 Foods That Help You Fight Fat

Want to know a simple, straightforward way to shed those unwanted pounds? Is your exercise program not getting you the results you want? Try focusing on the food you're eating. After all, what you put into your body is just as important as what you do with your body. (See also: 12 Foods You Must Add to Your Diet) So here are five foods you should add to your diet in order to fight the fat. 1. […]

Do we have a duty to live up to our potential?

This article is by staff writer Sam, the Financial Samurai. It takes a while to discover who we are. During my sophomore year in high school, Coach Stucker hounded me in gym every week to try out for the football team. “You’d make a great cornerback,” he’d say after seeing me run a 4.5, 40. At 5’10″ and 155 pounds, I felt undersized, but at least I could move and bench 225 pounds. […]

Best Money Tips: Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These Cover Letter Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on cover letter tips, money-saving ideas that don't work, and getting the biggest tax write-off for your home office. Top 5 Articles Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These 7 Cover Letter Tips — To catch a recruiter's eye, make sure your cover letter doesn't discuss your weaknesses. […]

Get Better Sleep With These 5 Great Sleep-Tracking Apps

Sleep isn't a luxury; it's a necessity. Half of all Americans believe that they don't get enough sleep, and most accept it as a way of life. How much shut-eye we get every night has enormous impact on our short-term and long-term health. […]

6 Hidden Dangers of Credit Card Balance Transfers

The credit card balance transfer is often touted as one of the best ways to tackle credit card debt. You move your high-rate balance to a new card with a 0% introductory rate, and your payments aggressively reduce your debt. (See also: Balance Transfer Basics) Before you get too excited, though, it's a good idea to step back and evaluate your situation. […]