April 23, 2014

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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #APTSchat to participate. This week's topic: Wallet-Friendly Décor! Learn about frugal ways for decorating your walls, sprucing up your floors, adding pizzazz to your tables, and more. […]

Using the Reality of the Moment

Yesterday, I read a wonderful article by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits entitled The Reality of This Moment. The article encourages people to think about how we’re okay in the moment: As we go through our day, we’re often stressed because of all the things we have to do, the things we’re not doing. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Medical Issues Edition

At almost the exact same time, our youngest child got a large facial rash and our daughter got an extremely sore baby tooth. This led to medications. Doctor’s appointments. Worry. Being a parent would be far easier if you could simply rely on perfect health from your children. […]

In Case You Were Wondering

You may have noticed that my site has been down for the past few days. Typepad, the service I use to run this blog, was attacked system-wide and most, if not all, of their blogs have been down since the weekend. Thanks to those of you who emailed or tweeted me. […]

Get Rich Slowly: The Course

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. Here it is, 2:22 on a Tuesday afternoon. I’ve been up for more than 48 hours straight with only brief naps snatched here and there. I’m exhausted — but I’m happy. What’s the deal? Am I a proud new papa? Well, as most of you are aware by now, I am a father of sorts. […]

4 Reasons Why Starting a Small Business is Easier than You Think

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. When I began dabbling in online media in 2007, it never occurred to me that I was “building a business.” I understood people who started companies as high-profile risk takers, trust-fund babies, and those with an invention the world just couldn’t live without. Little did I realize that there was a mar […]

What You Can Learn From People Who Take Vitamins (It's Not What You Think)

For decades, in study after study, people who take vitamin supplements have been shown to be healthier than people who don't. And yet, for just as long, in every good randomized trial where some people were given a supplement and others a placebo, taking the supplement gave no benefit. New published reports mean we finally have enough data to draw some definite conclusions. […]

A Money Expert Who Knows What She's Talking About

In contrast to many financial "experts" in the media who know very little about money management (I noted this in Money 101: How to Measure and Track Wealth and Another Financial Media Mistake), Business Week magazine interviewed Ann Kaplan, a woman after my own heart.Here's what started off the interview: What’s the biggest financial mistake people make?The biggest mistake isn’t bad investment […]

15 Ways to Stay on Budget — Even With Your Spendy Friends

We all love spending time with our friends. But if you find yourself dipping deeper into your pockets than you'd like for get togethers, you might wonder how to cope. I, too, am on tight entertainment funds. In fact, now that I'm a full-fledged adult, I thought it would be prudent to put myself back on an allowance to stay in check. […]

Best Money Tips: Essential Things to Do to Retire Early

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on retiring early, saving on wedding reception food, and simple ways to cut household expenses. Top 5 Articles 8 Essential Things To Do To Retire Early — If you want to retire early, live below your means and make a good salary. […]

You CAN Learn a New Language — Just Use One of These 3 Apps

Learning a new language used to mean taking years of classes in high school. When you graduated, you knew enough Spanish, French, or German to buy a sandwich, find a bathroom, or ask if anyone speaks English — should you travel to another country. Learning a new language outside of school meant buying expensive CD sets that you listen to while you were driving or sitting around your home. […]

10 Weird Ways to Get Things Done That Might Work For You

It's usually not conducive to a person's productivity if he or she is placed in front of a computer for eight hours a day. (See also: 6 Rules to a Productive Workspace) Ironically, that's what most of our jobs have done to us in a world run by technology. Technology was supposed to make us more productive and efficient. […]

Don't Know What Annuities Are? You Might Be Missing Out

When it comes to finance, most people like stability. Having the certainty of when and how much cash you will receive for a set period of time provides you peace of mind that allows you to focus on more important things. This is the reason that annuities may be an attractive long-term source of income for some investors. […]

Enter a new chapter in personal finance success

One of the telltale signs you’re rapidly becoming an annoying elder statesman is an increasing tendency to buttonhole much younger people and dispense advice they haven’t sought, don’t want and are unlikely to take to heart. You know the kind of guidance I’m talking about. Always eat your green vegetables. Exercise regularly. Look both ways before crossing the street. […]