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Category Archives: Nonfiction
I’ve got a guest post up at Asta Lander’s blog Simply Living, about the trade-offs that people make when they choose to work for wages or a salary, and how you can get most of the benefits while avoiding most of … Continue reading
An article I wrote for the Makin’ Money blog at American Public Media’s Marketplace went live last week. Check it out: Four steps to managing personal debt.
My Wise Bread post Live Where It’s Cheap was featured on MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog as Live where it’s cheap- MSN Money. It’s always nice to see my work get a bigger audience. Of course, with the Dow down … Continue reading
There’s a reason we don’t see more self-sufficiency: It’s not frugal. It almost always takes more time to make something than it takes to earn enough money to buy one—and that’s without even considering the time it takes to learn the skills (let alone the cost of tools and materials). On the other hand, frugality is a powerful enabler for self-sufficiency. So, how do you find the sweet spot? Continue reading
For our Esperanto group’s discussion circle yesterday, we read a story by Marjorie Boulton from her book Faktoj kaj Fantazioj. A father, wanting the best husband for his daughter, announces that she has died and requests money for her funeral. … Continue reading
Back in July I got a note from J.D. Roth, who was lining up some guest posts to run on Get Rich Slowly while he and his wife were on vacation in France and Italy. I was pleased to be asked once again, and wrote a piece that I ended up being rather pleased with. . . . Continue reading
I always enjoy James Howard Kunstler’s rants, and the recent revelation of sloppy bank record-keeping gives him a good jumping-off point.
It’s true that this rather seems to be a third strike by the banks. First, they lent money to people without regard to whether the borrower would be able to make the payments. Second . . . . Continue reading
Currency, a new personal finance site sponsored by American Express, has just gone live with several articles by me. . . . . Continue reading
Late last summer, I got email from the publisher Gale. They wanted to license my Wise Bread article Bankruptcy is a Good Thing to use in their book Bankruptcy (Introducing Issues With Opposing Viewpoints). They have a whole series of “introducing issues … Continue reading
My Wise Bread post Buy Your Groceries European-Style picked up mentions at both the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green and Lifehacker. Jason Fitzpatrick had kind words for my post in his piece Shop European-Style for Fresher, Cheaper Food. Lloyd Alter was especially generous, saying … Continue reading