June 25, 2014

Naked With Cash: Brian, May 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. […]

Why we applied for another rewards credit card

In yesterday’s post on bargains and baselines, I talked about some of the reason we got an Amazon rewards card, even though we had another one. This prompted a great question from The Wallet Doctor: I like your strategy on the Amazon card versus your usually 1% cash back card. I’ve thought about going for deals like that, but I’m always a little nervous about having too many cards. […]

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12 Things You Didn't Know About Retirement

It's nice to get out of the rat race. However, once you hit retirement you have to learn to get along with way less "cheese." With less than half of Americans having ever thought about how much money they need for retirement, it is clear that several people are still clueless about retirement. […]

Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, May 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. […]

Best Money Tips: Things Extremely Likeable People Do

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on things extremely likeable people do, ways to make money at the bar, and cheaper vacation planning. Top 5 Articles 16 Things Extremely Likeable People Do — Extremely likeable people tend to take responsibility and make eye contact. […]

The Only Fruits and Veggies Worth Growing Yourself

Not everyone has a green thumb, and growing a garden can often be a tiring — and expensive — endeavor for anyone to tackle. […]

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8 Easy Beauty Tricks to Hide Your Flaws (Not That You Have Any!)

Many of us have parts of our bodies that we absolutely love. Alternatively, many of us have features we'd like to change or at least temporarily modify using makeup or other methods. […]

Are Ethanol-Blended Fuels a Bargain?

Ethanol Added and Premium Fuels Are a Questionable Bargain Over the last year, I’ve been keeping careful track of the fuel efficiency of my 2004 Honda Pilot. You know the vehicle – it’s the one I bought off of Craigslist a few years back. My driving in the vehicle is an almost equal mix of highway driving, interstate driving, and stop-and-go driving in town. […]

Don't Buy Microsoft Office! And Other Free Alternatives to Pricey Computer Software

So you just forked over a boatload of cash for a shiny new PC, but before you can really do anything other than watch YouTube videos and make crude Microsoft Paint drawings, you have to shell out even more to get the software. With today's leading applications costing hundreds of dollars, editing your photos or managing your finances can leave your wallet feeling substantially lighter. […]

Our brains on scarcity: The trap of not having enough (Part I)

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. (This is a two-part series. Part II is “Our brains on scarcity: Breaking out of the trap.”) I recently discovered the book “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much.” To be honest, I don’t even remember how I came to find out about the book. Maybe someone recommended it; maybe I read about it somewhere. […]

Dads Who Do Dishes Raise Ambitious Daughters (and 4 Other Ways Any Parent Can Help Their Kid Succeed)

A recent study by UBC found that dads who do the dishes — and other household chores — tend to raise more ambitious daughters than dads who stick to more traditional (or, dare I say, outdated) gender roles and leave the kitchen duties to the women in the house. […]

Eight Opening Lines to Network Like a Pro

We've talked about the fact that your career is your most important financial asset. If you really want to grow it (and your income), and you should, networking is a key skill you'll need to develop. But mixing it up with others can be awkward, especially for those of us who aren't great at small talk. Luckily, I stumbled upon some help. […]

The 5 Best Office Chairs

It's easy to underestimate the importance and value of a good office chair in the workplace. In a typical workday at an office, it's safe to assume to that for most of that time you're working sitting down at a desk. […]

What’s Your Clean Energy Future?

Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, by far, is generated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. […]