Dandelions podcast: Money fights!

Published Sept. 30, 2019

Every couple fights about money and these fights can get really ugly, but what can we do? Say more mean things to our spouse? Throw another plate at the wall? Gah!


Does Wisconsin owe you money?

Published May 25, 2016

On a whim, I decided to plug my name into the State of Wisconsin unclaimed property database. It turns out this website is like shooting fish in a barrel, and I want to make sure you get the cash you're owed. Hence, this column.


Local metal detectors dig up treasure, junk

Published June 9, 2013

We know the weather is getting warmer when suddenly there are more runners along the lakefront, umbrellas in backyards, beer-filled festivals and metal detectors waving across the ground. Who are these people searching for buried treasure and is it really worth their time?


Why does the Journal Sentinel care how much Don Smiley makes?

Published April 4, 2013

I am one of the people in Milwaukee who doesn't mind that Summerfest chief Don Smiley makes a lot of money and I am one of a handful who knows why this is such a big story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The newspaper has always been obsessed with how much money people who don't work for the newspaper make. When I say "obsessed," I am not exaggerating. I have very personal experience with this.


Do people really appreciate free or homemade gifts?

Published Dec. 7, 2012

In general, most agree with this sentiment that the holidays are about spending time with family - sharing with them stories and food. So what if you really didn't buy store-bought gifts for your family members and friends? How would they react?


Election exhaustion

Published Oct. 8, 2012

The lead item on the news this weekend was about how much money the two campaigns had raised. I was stunned, but it gave me an idea.


Employers more bullish after recall election

Published July 20, 2012

Southeastern Wisconsin business executives are more optimistic about the direction of their companies in the second half of the year than they were when the year began, according to the latest BizTimes Business Dashboard Survey.


The lost concept of found money

Published March 28, 2012

Landmark Credit Union has a semi-new commercial talking about the joys of finding surprise sidewalk money (or parking structure money, or borrowed library book money). I've seen it probably a handful of times and something always felt kind of off about it. Then, last night, it hit me: I can't remember the last time I found money.


Wisconsin banks respond to bleak ratings report

Published May 26, 2010

Weiss Ratings claims that 97 Wisconsin banks are among 2,259 U.S. banks that are still vulnerable to financial difficulties or even possible failure. Wisconsin bankers warn customers to not believe the hype.


Riverwest makes Newsweek

Published Nov. 24, 2008

Riverwest proposes printing its own currency, and the idea is not only legal, but garnering national attention.


Are other things eating into your eating money?

Published Oct. 23, 2008

Everyone's little uneasy about the economy right now, and likely, the first thing that's getting cut in your budget is entertainment. But before you start cutting back on juicy steaks and evenings out on the town, you may want to take a look at other things that might be cutting into your budget and stealing away your eating money.


How does a conservative become more thrifty?

Published July 29, 2008

Hi, my name is Judy Steffes and I'm conservative. My friends will laugh. Thrifty, tight, deep pockets and short arms; I've heard them all, but relish the challenge.