February 20, 2014

Failing at Personal Finance

Recently, I’ve been reading the wonderful book The Up Side of Down by Megan McArdle, someone whose writings I’ve enjoyed for a very long time. The premise of the book is that, at some point in our lives, we’re going to fail. We’ll fail at a relationship or at launching a business or at a college course. […]

Reader Mailbag: February Thaw

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. Helping sibling with retirement 2. Cheap haircuts 3. Podcast baby steps 4. Recent graduate with car trouble 5. Selling car 6. Handling big raise 7. Down payment or investment? 8. Contradicting financial advice 9. […]

Garden Planning

It’s almost Spring – which means it’s time for a bit of garden planning. This year, I’m keeping things very, very simple: I am going to plant vegetables that do well in our climate and are relatively easy to care for. I am going to use a single raised-bed for the garden.  In the past, I’ve started out with several beds – only to get frustrated with local deer, the lack of rain, and the lack of pro […]

Declutter Now: Simple Rules You Must Follow to Stay Clutter Free

It's almost time for spring cleaning! If you're at all like me, the very prospect of trying to clean the entire house is overwhelming. But this year I was determined to get the job done — and I even did it early, because we just moved and I didn't want to take our extra stuff with us or have it build up right after we moved in. […]

12 Gross Jobs That Pay Pretty Well

"Where there's muck, there's brass" is an expression frequently used in Britain. I know I heard it a lot growing up, and it remains true today. Brass is a slang term for money in the UK, for obvious reasons, and muck can mean any type of dirt, or even manure. […]

Which Online High-Yield Money Market & High-Interest Savings Account is Best?

Savings Account Rates An online savings account is a helpful tool in your financial life. When you want to set up an emergency fund or other savings account for short-term liquidity, an online savings account usually offers higher interest rates than many brick-and-mortar banks.  In addition, many consumers think online banking is much more convenient. […]

Best Money Tips: Tricks To Make Your Brain Do What You Want

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on tricks to make your brain do what you want, taking a mental health day, and federal income tax brackets. Top 5 Articles 10 Simple Tricks To Make Your Brain Do What You Want — Make your brain do what you want by trashing negative thoughts with movement and music. […]

How to handle a windfall

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about the difference between moderators and abstainers. When my father died in 1995, he left behind a small life insurance policy that awarded each family member $5,000. […]

This Trick Could Help You Finally Pay Off Your Debt

There are some people who are able to make and keep promises to themselves. When they say that they will stop eating ice cream every night or that they will send an extra $1000 to their credit card company every month, they do it. […]

13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar

Being diagnosed with Type II diabetes can be a bummer, and it can be a struggle to keep blood sugars under control. Sometimes, you may find yourself with blood sugar levels that are higher than normal (let's say around 150, for example), but not excessive enough to necessitate taking more medication. […]