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One-time encounters or long-term relationships: when negotiating strategies should differ

For years, I struggled to negotiate effectively with a business associate (I’ll call him Mr. X), despite concessions gargantuan in my estimation but miniscule and unacceptable in h

Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter

One of my best friends told me that the key to food portion sizes was this: "Eat from small plates, drink from taller glasses." And optical illusions are at the root of it.

Death and Money: Helping your family now in case something happens later

A lady I know of died last night. It was expected; she was diagnosed with incurable cancer last spring. I didn't really know her, as I'd just recently moved into a place wh

Local Currencies

Because the advantages of trade (lower prices) fall into the hands of the person making the decision (the buyer), there's a constant tendency to move toward freer trade, unless

Colorado and World Series Fans Will Just Have to Wait

It has been a disappointing day of online turmoil at the Colorado Rockies website

What are your favorite free web services?

What are your favorite free web services? Is it a social website like Myspace, a productivity tool like Google Docs, or a randomly fun service like Pandora? Share your favorites

Trade versus localization

Localization--eating locally grown foods and buying locally produced goods--has become trendy just lately. For the past twenty years, though, globalization has been the dominate f

Woo-hoo for Wufoo!

This fabulous form building and organizing program is one of those things you don't even know you need until you see it. A must have for both personal use and for your business

When Priorities Collide: How to Keep Your Head

My guess is that many of you Wisebread readers know your financial priorities and have some idea of how you want to achieve these, though you may not have all the details ironed ou

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Recall

You don't have to throw out recalled products! In fact, sometimes it's a lucky break to see an old toy recalled, because you can usually take it back for a full refund.

Don’t Cash That Insurance Check; It May Not Be Yours

Did you get an unexpected payment from your insurance company? Health insurance overpayments and mispaym

5 ways to get better sleep...TONIGHT!!!

I'm not what you would call "A Good Sleeper." Never have been, at least not as long as I can remember. Since going through a day zombie-like is not fun (and not very

Cracking the Infamous McDonalds Monopoly Game

Your chances of winning McDonald's Monopoly game are all based on the odds of finding one particular piece from each set.

Can a vacuum owner be protected?

“Does the (Good Housekeeping) Seal mean anything?” was a question posed by Ivan, a Wise Bread reader and vacuum consumer. Having had a bad experience but now hopeful for a performs

Where Are my Photos? Picturebug Goes out of Business

Today I received a notice that Picturebug is going out of business.

For Best Results, Turn Your Kid's Pants Inside Out

Designer kids’ clothes are not cheap. And while boutique looks are adorable and all the rage for younger tots, they don’t exactly fit into our

Canadians are Getting Fleeced by Their Own Dollar

The buck stops here. For the first time in over three decades, the Canadian Dollar has surpassed the U.S. Dollar. And by the end of this year, predictions are that

How to Become an Expert

This article is not about how to fake being an expert, so it's not some quick, easy thing you can do and then be way better at something tomorrow. It's about actually becoming

Legendary rock band Radiohead charges "whatever you want" for latest album

It's making huges waves through the music industry, which is hardly surprising. Organizations like the RIAA have been trying, and failing I think, to crack down on illegal musi

A Note on Consumer Justice

Remember my lamps? These lamps? I’m not surprised if you don’t—I mentioned th