Smart SpendingSmart Spending

When it comes to money, our society fosters a lot of silly stereotypes. One successful businesswoman helps us dismantle some of them.

By Stacy Johnson Mar 11, 2011 5:26PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.

 

A lot of gender stereotypes persist in our culture. How many times have you heard "men think about sex every seven seconds" and "women aren't good at math"?

 

Evidence abounds that these stereotypes are nothing more than that. Take, for example, Lenore Nolan-Ryan. "I started my own company when I was 18," says Nolan-Ryan, who now runs a self-named cooking school and catering business in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla.

 

Scientists say there's a big chance a significant earthquake could hit the U.S., particularly California, in the coming decades.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 11, 2011 3:35PM

This post comes from partner site Insure.com.

 

Insure.com on MSN MoneyThe 8.9 earthquake that struck off Japan’s eastern coast Friday -- the fifth largest on record -- is a grim reminder to those who live on the U.S. West Coast, particularly California, that it could happen there next.

The probability that one or more 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquakes will strike the Golden State in the next 30 years is 99%, according to an April 2008 study released by experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, USC's Southern California Earthquake Center and the California Geological Survey.

 

Unfortunately they have a bad rep. Some folks flat-out refuse to eat them, as if last night's lasagna is today's Ebola factory.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 11, 2011 11:33AM

This guest post comes from Kris at Cheap Healthy Good.

 

It has been said that if everyone in the U.S. packed a lunch to bring to the office, we would obliterate the U.S. deficit inside of three days.

 

OK, that's a lie. But brown-bagging it to work will save you, personally, a lot of money over the course of a year. Maybe not trillions, but definitely hundreds, and perhaps even thousands. Of course, buying the ingredients, finding Tupperware, taking 10 to 15 minutes, and actually assembling that lunch may seem a bit complicated for a $3 daily savings.

But that's where leftovers come in.

 

Why it sometimes takes a real daredevil to get the best deals on airline tickets, tires, and other common things we buy.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 11, 2011 10:36AM

This guest post comes from Len Penzo at Len Penzo dot Com.

 

For me, one of the more memorable movie moments of all time is that famous bank robbery scene in "Dirty Harry" where Clint Eastwood's Inspector Harry Callahan character reels off his "Do you feel lucky?" line.

 

In it, Callahan dares an armed bank robber to make a move even though he is looking straight into the barrel of Harry's .44 Magnum. "I know what you're thinking," says Harry. "Did he fire six shots or only five?"

 

Bring some toys. Let them watch a movie. And don't ignore them -- or their misbehavior.

By Donna_Freedman Mar 11, 2011 9:36AM
Recently I heard about what a former co-worker took onto the plane for her preschool-age daughter: 

Three puzzles, eight card games, two My Little Ponies (each with its own hairbrush), a doll (plus clothes and blanket), two containers of modeling clay, five books, seven DVDs, eight Highlights magazines, two sticker books, two coloring books, a Fisher-Price camera, two tablets of paper, crayons, a Leapfrog computer tablet, a fleece blanket and a stuffed mastodon.

All that for a flight lasting less than four hours. Yikes. 

Faced with a rule that will make debit cards much less profitable for them, banks will steer us to other types of plastic that make them more money.

By Karen Datko Mar 10, 2011 5:30PM

Look for a new product from your bank in the coming months: They're very interested in prepaid cards, which they've pretty much ignored until now.

  

There's a profit motive behind this plan: New federal rules will limit the interchange fees banks charge merchants every time you swipe your debit card to 12 cents. The current average is said to be 44 cents, or a total of $16 billion in annual revenue for banks. However, that "swipe" fee limit won't apply when you use a credit card or a prepaid card. 

 

Sure, we could survive without jobs, but for this couple they make pretty good sense.

By doubleace Mar 10, 2011 2:02PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

A CNBC video has some revealing numbers, and a very seductive title: "Grandma's stealing jobs."

 

Steve Leisman's report -- see video below -- notes that since October 2008 the number of working Americans ages 16 to 55 has plummeted by 7.5 million, while the over-55 workforce has grown by 1.7 million. The conclusion: Older workers are not only putting off retirement, they are rejoining the working world, and maybe taking jobs away from younger people.

 

Starbucks is giving away its new mini confections to celebrate its 40th birthday. At Dairy Queen, it's free … (we'll let you know when we find out).

By Karen Datko Mar 10, 2011 1:14PM

Happy 40th birthday, Starbucks, and thanks for the gift you're giving us: free mini confections with the purchase of a drink today through Saturday (March 10-12).

 

The giveaway will run each day from 2 to 5 p.m. local time. You'll get a choice of one of the eight "petites" -- a new product line Starbucks has rolled out, along with cocoa cappuccino and the new Starbucks Tribute Blend.

 

DATA PROVIDERS

Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.

ABOUT SMART SPENDING

Smart Spending brings you the best money-saving tips from MSN Money and the rest of the Web. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

VIDEO ON MSN MONEY

TOOLS

More