March 20, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 3/21, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

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 to participate. This week's topic: All Things Retirement! Learn about retirement saving strategies, starting a second career in retirement, and juggling saving for retirement with other savings goals. […]

Dressed for Success

Monica writes in: At my new job, everyone dresses incredibly well. Everyone is wearing expensive – or at least expensive-looking – suits and other businesswear. My wardrobe is simply not up to snuff. Catching my wardrobe up to the level of everyone else is going to be really expensive. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Women & Money: Are Traditional Gender Roles Changing?

When it comes to traditional gender roles, my household is a practically-perfect example of reversal. I’m the primary breadwinner. My husband was the primary caregiver to our son for the first 18 months, and still does a good amount of caregiving when I head off to some career-related conference (FinCon, anyone?). […]

CLUE Report, Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange

You need to take a good look at your CLUE. But what is a CLUE report? Most people are clueless about there CLUE report, hehe see what I did there. CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, and this report gives details dating back seven years history of claims with your insurance company. Why does this matter? […]

Anne and Matt February 2013 Net Worth

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Spring Break Edition

Our children have a week off near the end of winter that’s called “spring break” but usually seems to involve cold weather and lots of late winter cabin fever. Usually, they spend some time during this week visiting grandparents, then we usually plan some sort of fun family excursion for a portion of the break. Still, I find “spring break” frustrating. […]

Don’t believe the “replace toner cartridge” warning

Printers have sure come a long way.  I fondly remember by Commodore MPS-801 dot matrix printer with 42 pixels — total — for each letter.  It used continuous fanfold paper and only printed in one direction. Fast forward thirty years.  (Yikes!)  Now our current printer does full color, two-sided, in pretty much any font I want.  The Brother HL-4070CDW printer cost us about the same, in current dolla […]

Office Supply Store Shredding Services Review (Staples, Office Depot)

A few months ago, the shredder we bought from Staples, after four years of dutiful service, finally died. It was one of their Staples branded cross cut shredders, I think I paid something like $40 for it, and it worked well for two years and struggled for another two before the motor burned out (my guess anyway). […]

Oops, I may have broken my nest egg

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. Financial success can be due to making good decisions or avoiding big mistakes. In many cases, the biggest mistakes happen after good decisions, because the stakes have become higher. […]

The Presenter’s Paradox: Why Less Really Is More

My senior year in high school, I got a chance to see first-hand the problem of an overabundance of information. […]

Staying Fit and Beautiful in Mind, Body, and Wallet

For many of us, looking good is one of the reasons we work at keeping healthy and fit. Unfortunately, sometimes our fitness regimens leave us looking (and sometimes feeling) less than our best. For example, indulging after a demanding workout can cause you to put on extra pounds. Chlorine from the pool can wreck your hair. […]

Best Money Tips: Inexpensive Powerhouse Foods to Add to Your Diet

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on inexpensive powerhouse foods, how to make money selling your stuff, and springing into summer vacation savings. Top 5 Articles 7 Inexpensive Powerhouse Foods to Add to Your Diet for National Nutrition Month — Add bananas and beets to your diet for National Nutrition Month. […]

Living in an RV Full-Time: What You Need to Know

Thinking about living the life of a nomad? Want to brave the open road in an RV? There’s a lot to love about throwing caution to the wind and exploring the world on wheels, but it’s not without its own set of complications. Before you put your house up for sale and pawn off all your worldly possessions for a mobile existence, take this guide to living in an RV into consideration. […]

John Hancock Thinks I'm on the Path to Retirement

My company uses John Hancock for our 401k. I would say that the funds available to invest in are "ok" (it's hard to beat Vanguard IMO), but the company is so generous with matching that it's a great program. […]