A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: The downside of a bonus, growing in the snow, risking your youth, cooking for no one else, and some dubious side jobs.
[Back Taxes Help] If you got a holiday bonus from your boss, here’s some bad news: It’s taxable. But the good news is, contrary to some uninformed opinions, it’s not taxed at a higher rate than anything else you earned last year.
[Prairie Eco Thifter] I live in Florida, so I don’t know much about winter gardening. But if I ever needed some reliable info, I think I’d depend on this site from chilly Manitoba, Canada. So if these guys tell me to lay down “a thin layer of mulch,” I’m listening.
[Money Under 30] It’s often said that youth is wasted on the young. So is risk. If anyone should take calculated risks that could mean big gains later, it’s those under 30 – who have time to recover should a risk go south, and time for a long-term gamble to pay off. Here’s a good motivational speech – that begins with taking a risk on asking that beautiful person at the end of the bar for a date.
[Being Frugal] Saving money is easier to do in groups. After all, single servings of, well, anything costs a lot more. So here’s a chart and a list of darn near every way you can save when you cook for yourself.
[Wealth Pilgrim] Sometimes I admire creativity even when I disagree with it. This is one of those times. The first “side job” on this list? “Cut Hair.” That requires time, money, and a license, but OK. The second suggestion I can’t really endorse: “Lend Money.” If banks are losing money doing that, you can too. Be careful.