July 9, 2014

Is the Guitar Center Stick Club a snare?

I’ve been a musician for most of my life.  I play piano in two church services each week.  I doubt I could quit if I wanted to. […]

From the Vault: 5 Things to Do When You Get Bored With Being Frugal

My frugal hobby: snapping photos with my iPhone. Digital photography can be low-cost activity for those times when I am bored and looking to spend some quality time without spending a lot of money. But sometimes, the frugal path can be boring. Fortunately, I've found some inspiration in a post I wrote a while ago:5 Things to Do When You Get Bored With Being FrugalTurn off the lights. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 7/10, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Frugal Moving! Learn about saving on moving supplies, using a moving company, and how to keep moving stress-free! […]

If You're Doing This on Your First Date, You're Not Getting a Second

Dating has certainly changed since the world became tech-savvy. With the advent of smart phones, dating apps, and social media, making that awkward first move is not nearly as tough as it used to be. But, once you've both agreed to go on a first date, how do you make sure you get a second? […]

If All Investments Are Expensive, Where Can You Invest?

Neil Irwin at the New York Times points out that all asset classes around the world are expensive compared to their historical prices. If that’s the case, is there any investment class available that has the potential to provide great returns over the long-term? […]

Guacamole, Wine, and 23 Other Surprisingly Refreshing Popsicle Recipes

It's officially July. Which means it's officially Popsicle Mania. I use plastic popsicle forms to make all sorts of crazy flavored popsicles, but don't worry: You can alternatively use small paper cups and popsicle sticks (which you can find at craft stores). Amazon also carries a wide selection of popsicle forms. […]

Tactics, Strategy, and Money

I love playing tabletop games – board games, card games, role playing games, pretty much anything like that. Ever since I was a little kid playing Acquire at my aunt’s house, I’ve loved sitting down at the table with other people and playing a game together. […]

5 Financial Lessons Everyone Should Learn in Their 30s (Did You?)

Regardless of our chosen life path, there are certain financial benchmarks, lessons, and practices along the way that allow us to make the most of what we have and, hopefully, to get ahead. Here are six financial lessons everyone should learn and practice in their 30s. […]

Weird ways our brains control our money habits

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for money psychology studies. And it’s not just because I write about money. On a sheer curiosity level, they’re fascinating. But they also serve as a great reminder that money is more about mind than it is about math. It’s interesting to see exactly how our brains work when it comes to habits like spending and saving. […]

12 Ways You're Driving Your Coworkers Insane

Take a second and look around your office. Do you see people that irk you, even infuriate you? Hopefully. Because just like Paul Newman's quote about the sucker at the poker table: If you look around the office and can't tell who the annoying person is… it's you. […]

Buy Term and Invest the Difference

I've written a couple times about buying term life insurance and investing the difference. For those of you unfamiliar with the phrase "buy term and invest the difference," it simply suggests that you do not buy permanent life insurance and instead by the cheaper term life insurance and invest the money you saved doing so. […]

The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives

A quality Swiss Army Knife is a handy gadget not only for armed forces stationed in the Alps, but for any budget-minded consumer. […]

What to do When the Stock Market Crashes

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index hit 17,000 in the last week — a new record — and the S&P 500 Index followed suit. As is usual any time a stock market record is reached, the boo-birds make their appearance. “This is it!” they cry. “This is too high; a crash has to follow.” Well, something like that. […]

Seven tips on recurring charges and recurring savings

Businesses love monthly subscription services, also called recurring charges.  Why collect money just once from a customer when you can collect from them again, and again … and again? Even better than that:  Most of the time, the recurring charges just happen, magically, without the customer’s intervention … unless they want to quit, of course.  It’s easy to forget about the charges.  Which, of co […]