Brad Tuttle

Brad Tuttle covers personal finance, travel and parenting, among other topics. He was a senior editor at the brilliant but now deceased parenting magazine Wondertime; and he is the author of two books, The Ellis Island Collection: Artifacts from the Immigrant Experience and How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City. His work has appeared in TIME, the New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, American History and Endless Vacations, among other publications. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three sons. Read more about Tuttle at

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Q&A with Consumer Queen Melissa Garcia

Coupons are hot. No one knows this more than the Melissa Garcia, a.k.a the Consumer Queen, who runs the money-saving website of the same name. Garcia and her small staff of co-queen bloggers round up frugal tips, along with the week’s best coupons and deals at supermarkets, electronics stores, home furnishing outlets, and more. Garcia is …

Confessions of a Best Buy salesperson

Among the revelations in a CNET story are: Staffers have no expertise (or even basic knowledge) about the electronics they’re selling; accessories like HDMI cables are where they make their real money (like alcohol in restaurants, or soda and fries at fast food joints); and the Geek Squad is a total rip-off.

Who is Screwed the Worst?

Very few workers feel safe nowadays. If they haven’t been laid off, they know they could be let go at any moment. Or perhaps they’ll have to accept mandatory furloughs, or their benefits will be slashed. Health benefits, vacation time, even free beer allotments (no joke) are being taken away. Retirements are being postponed. Recent grads …

The Recession Will End in September

Then again, maybe it won’t, especially not if another major financial institution collapses. And if the economy does rebound, the recovery will be mild. USA Today sums up the clear-as-mud results of its economic outlook index, which factor in things like the stock market’s current bull market status. Another predictor says that home …

Cheap Dates … and Cheaper Lap Dances?

My wife and I are long-time fans of IKEA. We have bookshelves, dressers, and toys from IKEA, and though I’ve been burned a few times—holes that don’t line up with the right bolts, that sort of thing—my overall impression is that you get what you pay for. Actually, at IKEA, you get more than what you pay for, compared to other places. …

More Healthcare Head Scratchers

President Obama will be in Green Bay, Wisconsin, today, apparently to talk about how super awesome Brett Favre is, before begging him not to retire. Oh wait, no. Obama is instead presenting Green Bay as an efficient healthcare model the rest of the country should emulate. Green Bay supposedly does healthcare right, offering excellent …

Doctors Say: No Healthcare for You!

President Obama is expected to address the American Medical Association next week in Chicago, but before he has a chance to, the powerful doctors’ lobbyist group with some 250,000 members already came out and said it opposes a government-funded healthcare plan. Why? They say they’re worried about you, the taxpayer.

How to Retire—and Actually Stay Retired

A Fortune story gives hope to those yearning to one day retire in peace and comfort. Apparently, it’s still possible. Saving—saving A LOT—helps your cause. One interesting fact: Much has been made about the fact that people are actually saving nowadays. The savings rate is now at about 4 percent, compared to zilch in the …

Q&A with Consumer Psychologist Kathleen Vohs

Kathleen D. Vohs, associate professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, is an expert in self-regulation, problems with spending, and the psychology of money. Among other things, her work reveals how people feel when they’re reminded of money they’ve spent (not so good), and how you can practice …

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