Ask the Readers: Where Do You Go for Financial Advice?

There are many places where you can get financial advice, such as books, apps, your parents, your neighbor Joe who's really good at keeping a budget and, of course, financial advisers who dole out money wisdom for a living. Where do you go for financial advice? How do you assess whether a piece of... […]

7 Fun Cities for a 24-Hour Layover

Whoever said "getting there is half the fun" certainly wasn't flying in economy class. However, that's not to say you can't have a good time on the way to your next destination. On most international itineraries, you can stop in a city for up to 24 hours without it counting as a... […]

Questions About Trade Schools, Calorie Counting, 403(b) Cancellation, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. “Snow bird” planning 2. Midlife fork in the road 3. 403(b) ending 4. Trade school issue 5. State income tax challenges 6. Counting calories 7. Bio-enzymes in homemade cleaning recipes 8. […]

Nine Secret Weapons That Could Save Millennials’ Finances

(This is the second post in a two-part series, the counterpoint to yesterday’s article, “Seven Headwinds Threatening to Capsize Millennial Finances.”)  The millennial generation is associated with a boatload of financial woe, including but not limited to student loans, jobs that don’t pay enough, and the threat of being replaced by robots. Cheer up, folks. […]

Just Get a Will!

Here's my annual public service reminder that we all need a will! If you don't have one and pass away, here's what happens. Summary: it's not good. For reference, here are some past posts on the subject: You Need a Will  Four Documents You'll Need as Part of Your Estate Plan  Proof that You Need a Will (And What to Do About It)  […]

Should You Finance a Tiny Home With a Credit Card?

While homebuyers of the early 2000s seemed to want enormous starter castles with every amenity imaginable, the last few years have brought on a renaissance in home building. Simplistic, efficient homes are becoming more popular as homeowners realize they need less space and want less... […]

Seven Headwinds Threatening to Capsize Millennials’ Finances

(This is the first of a two-part series.) We hear a lot about millennials and money these days. They’re chronically stressed about finances. They have a negative savings rate. They’re slammed with student debt repayment and aren’t earning enough or aren’t earning at all. They spend more on coffee than retirement. The news isn’t always bad. […]

Finding Inspiration for Financial Success

At first glance, it can seem quite easy to find inspiration for financial success. Just turn on the television, right? You can’t even flip through the channels without finding some show with someone in their mansion or rolling around in their luxury car or going on some super-expensive and super-exclusive trip. […]

15 Ways to Make Your Home Look Beautiful for Under $100

Link for teaser title: Beautifying your home doesn't have to mean building a new wing or digging... […]

Discover it ® Business Credit Card Review

The top business credit cards make it easy for business owners to earn rewards on their spending and gain consumer protections for everything they buy. Some cards offer lucrative rewards schemes that let you transfer points to airline and hotel partners, any many let you rack up bonus points in business-related categories like shipping or advertising. […]

Why I Don’t Recommend Individual Stock Picking

One frequent question that readers ask me is advice on whether or not they should invest in the stock of a particular company. “Is it a good time to buy Google?” “Should I invest in Amazon?” “Thinking of putting some of my retirement money into Citibank shares. Thoughts?” Almost universally, I respond to such folks like this: “No.” “No.” “No.” Why? […]

6 Amazing Volunteer Programs Around the World

Volunteering can be challenging, eye opening, and even life altering, but ultimately it's rewarding in so many ways for those who undertake it. And volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to not only enrich your travels, but also to help others in the process. There are great volunteer programs in... […]

What You Can Control

My two oldest children have reached the age where they consistently bring home a bag full of school work. Most evenings, they have homework in two or three different subjects. My oldest child is pretty efficient with his homework. His view is that if he just gets it done, then he can go do something fun without any worries. […]

Three Ways to Remove a Charge-Off From Your Credit Report

If you fall far enough behind on your bills and eventually default, you may start seeing or hearing the term “charge-off.” The term charge-off can be a little misleading, and some people even believe that a charged-off debt is one that is no longer owed. […]

How I've Scored Free Travel for 5 Years Straight

It's been at least five years since I've paid for airfare or hotels out of pocket, as I always use reward points and miles instead. And far from being a homebody, I travel extensively in connection with my freelance work, and for vacations with my family. But free travel isn't some elusive and... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 9/20, 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: Interviewing! Learn about practicing in advance of a job interview, handling difficult questions, interviewing mistakes,... […]

Saving for Tomorrow vs. Living for Today

One of the hardest experiences of moving toward middle age is that I have to watch my parents enter old age. Those two people have been the absolute rocks in my life for as long as I can remember. I remember them clearly at the most active and vibrant times in their lives, when they seemed infinitely strong and their energy seemed infinitely boundless. […]

Asking Someone for a Favor? Five Tips to Write a Better Email Request

Like many liberal arts majors, I didn’t waltz right into a good career when I graduated from college. The challenges of a real-world job hunt hit like a tidal wave, and I scrambled to find a foothold. It was during this time that I learned how important it is to be able to write a good email asking someone for a favor. […]

8 Things You Need to Know About Debt Management Plans

If you're in debt and struggling to dig your way out, you've probably spent a lot of time trying to come up with a fix. Maybe you transferred your balance to a balance transfer card to score zero interest, and wound up racking up even more debt. Perhaps you've resorted to selling stuff to raise... […]