April 11, 2013

I’ll Get Around to It Someday

During the last year or two of my grandmother’s life, I had a very difficult time communicating with her. I would call her every once in a while, but it often felt like she didn’t want to talk to me on the phone. There was a distance there, one that didn’t really exist at any other point in either of our lives. I wanted to go visit her to figure out what was wrong. […]

Estate Planning for Young Couples

“Too many people believe that estate planning is simply for ‘old people’ or ‘rich people,’” says Eido Walny. Walny is the founder of Walny Legal Group, a firm that specializes in estate planning and asset protection. “Regardless of demographic,” he continues, “there are several important parts to an estate plan that would be critically important to anyone over the age of 18. […]

Reader Mailbag: A Frugal Heat Shield for Our Garden

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Handling financial incompatibility and stress 2. Inexpensive but unorthodox wedding 3. Eliminating regular expenses 4. Career paralysis 5. Why smartphone for non-business use? 6. Buying a lifelong home 7. […]

What is Chained CPI?

If you saw President Obama’s FY2014 budget, one of the biggest pieces of news in it was a change in the calculation of the cost of living adjustment, or COLA. COLA is used to figure out how much to increase many government payments, the most important of which, especially for retirees, is probably Social Security payments. […]

Why I plan on driving my car into the ground

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. Over the weekend, a friend and I were enjoying a couple of beers in my neighborhood. As we sat outside people watching, he drooled over every fancy car that drove by. “That’s a whatever-whatever,” he would tell me. “It costs $100,000.” I live in Los Angeles, where these symbols of affluence are common. “I can’t help it,” I told him. […]

How Does The Stock Market Work?

Stock Market Basics: Traditional and Electronic Trading I was talking with a friend and the question came up “how does the stock market work?” This got us talking about how the stock market and trading has evolved through the years. The financial markets are a complex entity with their own institutional and economic structures that play a vital role in how stock prices are established. […]

50+ Ways to Save Water

You know you live in a First World country when you have the luxury of flushing your toilet with drinking water. Even though most Americans don’t spend a good part of their day worrying about accessing fresh water, water in this country is growing scarcer and more expensive with each passing year. […]

Company Coming? 10 Areas to Clean to Make It Count

I do not need a sparkling house. What I need, and what I think the average person wants, is to not be embarrassed if someone drops by. I realize that I have set a low bar here. If we have the same mindset, you are probably also wondering where you should spend your time cleaning to make it count. Fortunately, several Wise Bread writers share the same house-cleaning goals. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Personalize Your Office Space

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to personalize your office space, using the internet to find your next job, and ways to save on your tax bill. Top 5 Articles Quick, Creative Ways to Personalize Your Office Space — To personalize your office space, use a seat pillow and postcards. […]

6 Compact Airplane Snacks for Frequent Fliers

Those who spend a significant amount of time on the road know that being stuck on a plane with no food service after running to make it through security and leaving your house at oh-crap-thirty in the morning does nothing but suck. Being prepared with sustenance without cutting into precious luggage space can be tricky. […]

Where is Your Wealth?

Here's a piece from CNN that details where Americans keep their wealth (what there is of it -- the median net worth is $69k). The summary: The composition of that wealth has changed over time. […]