All of us, I’m sure, are busy shopping and planning for gifts for all the people we care about. In the process, we don’t want to end up in a situation where we are happy for just one month and but are left paying December’s credit card bill throughout the next year. So here is [...]
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A Long Life
Nobody knows for sure exactly when Black Friday began as an American tradition. Know-it-all site TIFO (Today I Found Out) credits the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as something the retailer did to draw shoppers to its store almost a century ago. However, the parade was (and still is) on Thanksgiving Day, when the store [...]
This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Quizzle.com
They say that “cash is king.” But some people would like nothing more than to overthrow his majesty in favor of electronic payments. After all, cash is dirty, insecure and hard to account for.
For some, the personal check is still the standard way to pay [...]
This post comes from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com.
A lot of the time, when we consider income and expenses, we think mainly in terms of how much is coming and how much is going out. When we struggle with finances, we assume that we need more money, or that we need to spend [...]
This is a guest post from Terry R. Vergon who wrote “A Journey of Epiphanies: Learning Leadership,” which looks at the specific epiphanies that enable people to become great leaders and affect change.
Five Cent Nickel offers great suggestions and behaviors to help us become more financially successful, but what drives us to adopt these behaviors? In [...]
This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
At a recent neighborhood function, I ran into a woman I’ve known for years, but hadn’t seen in a few months. She’d be the first to admit to suffering a weight problem. A shorter woman, she’d packed on enough pounds over the years to audition for the role [...]
This post is from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com.
One of the more interesting currencies gaining ground right now is Bitcoin. This is a digital currency that provides users with a way to pay each other directly, without transaction fees. But, as Gizmodo explains, it’s not quite so straightforward.
Ultimate fiat currency
Fiat means “let it be done,” [...]
This is a guest post from Suba Iyer.
I grew up in India. We didn’t have a concept of weekly/monthly allowances. If we needed anything we would ask our parents. If they felt it was reasonable and affordable for them, they would buy us the stuff. We never handled cash on our own other than the [...]
With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, I’m thinking about love. Love, and money. Robert Brokamp at Get Rich Slowly was part of my inspiration, with his sweet and personal take on his “relationship deal breakers.”
(A brief summary: when he was 23, smoking; now, fiscal irreponsibility.)
Though many of us reading this site are, indeed, already [...]
I’ve written in the past about the financial difficulties that the US Postal Service has been dealing with. They’ve been raising stamp prices annually, they’ve closed a bunch of locations, and have been looking for more ways to save.
Despite these changes, they’re still bleeding money. They lost $8.5B in 2010, $5.5B in 2011 (that low [...]
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