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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When in Doubt, Shop Like Your Grandparents

Everybody’s heard about the last few months representing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But look around you. And talk to people who actually lived through the 1930s for a reality check. They’ll tell you that folks today—even ones who have “scaled back” of late—are living quite extravagantly by comparison. How …

Meet Joey and Freddy, Financial Geniuses

Jean Chatzky and Suze Orman better watch out. Joey and Freddy, hosts of their very own YouTube show, promise they can help you “Save a Dime in ’09.” Their advice? Steal sugar packets and toilet paper from fast-food restaurants, and consider having yourself incarcerated. Check out the video for these and other tips that are authorized by …

Message to Congress: COBRA Bites

I am a statistic, one of the millions of Americans laid off in early 2009. And thus, my family is currently insured through COBRA, the federal program that guarantees continued health coverage for people who have left full-time jobs. The acronym stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, but that’s just gobbledy gook. …

Without a Magazine, We Wouldn’t Have Healthcare Reform?

There’s much hubbub of late about how—or if—Congress will transform healthcare. The one reason even cynical me thinks things actually will change (slowly, incrementally) is that the situation is finally hitting us where it hurts: our wallets. Everyone agrees that healthcare spending is mismanaged and out of control. And apparently, …

The Latest Style: Dumpster Diver Deluxe

Who says L.A.’s elites are out of touch? As the LA Times reports, home furnishings made from recycled burlap, old brooms, and discarded barrels are all the rage, in a recession-chic style dubbed “dumpster diver deluxe.” Celebs like Kathy Hilton (Paris’s mom) and Leonardo DiCaprio have jumped on the trend, spending thousands of bucks on …

It’s the Cheapskate to the Rescue!

People are reacting to the economic downturn in different ways. Some folks are trying to change careers, whether they really want to or not. Lots of people are sensibly scaling back. Still others are taking a rather proactive approach: They’re turning into superheroes. No joke, as CNN reports.

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