Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Nov 21

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week. We'll start with links from sites who contributed to my FMF $20k Red Kettle Challenge (please consider giving if you haven't already): Faithful with a Few offers thoughts on why we often fail to push ourselves to meet goals. […]

Cash Flow Solutions for Your Bottom Line

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Thirty thousand what? Dollars, pies, dried beans, weddings, or Diva Cups? None of the above. How about 30,000 regular readers, ’cause that’s what my counter tool thingy registered this week. Somehow, for whatever reason, over 30,000 people have signed up to receive my frugal living Squawks via email or through an RSS reader. […]

Giving Thanks for Small Businesses

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family near the Oregon coast this past weekend, and spent nearly the whole day Saturday in blissful cooking mode. It was lovely, but it’s a remote area where the only nearby business is a gas station/convenience store on a highway between Portland and the coast. […]

Happy Thanksgiving from The Simple Dollar!

Today is a day set aside for reflecting on the things most important to us. Many of us (including me) are sharing today with our familes and closest friends. Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving is a wonderful one. The Simple Dollar will return to its regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning. […]

Boost Your Human Capital: Start Early

Your human capital is just as important as your financial capital. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to consider your human capital, your potential to become financially independent over time, more important than your net worth at any one particular time. […]

How to Get Cheap Auto Insurance for Young Drivers

Students, teenagers, and first-time drivers typically pay a premium price for auto insurance because car insurance companies put these drivers under the “high risk” category. Shopping around for the best price usually isn’t enough to get the lowest rates. […]

Say Cheese: How to Look Great in Photos

Before the invention of the digital camera, we had to deal with whatever picture developed. […]

Best Money Tips: Hidden Costs of Buying a House

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the hidden costs of buying a house, vacations to take when your budget is low, and alternatives to traditional gift-wrapping. Top 5 Articles The Hidden Costs of Buying a House — One of the hidden costs of buying a house you might overlook are the closing costs. […]

8 Terrible Business Predictions (and 1 Valuable Lesson)

Link: ShareThisIt's scary how often ideas or concepts are rejected. […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Just want to wish you and your family a blessed and very happy Thanksgiving. May we all take a break from talking about money and focus on the things that really make us thankful. Here's my list -- still the same after five years (except maybe the KFC part.) ;-)Have a great, relaxing, joyful, thankful day! […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 11/24, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Learn about Thanksgiving traditions, frugal decorations, and saving money on Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Is My House an Investment?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Just because something costs a lot doesn't mean it is an investment. An investment is something that pays you money.For most families the largest purchase they make will be their house. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Whole Chickens

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Essential Tools to Maximize Cash Flow

Link: ShareThisCash is King. Cash is your business’ life-blood. Happiness is positive cash flow. So many clichés about cash, yet so many businesses fail to maximize it. […]

More Thoughts on Mail-In Rebates

As a followup to last weeks post about why I hate mail-in rebates, I wanted to highlight an article that a reader named Sun shared in the comments. […]

Help a Reader: How to Protect Savings

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My husband and I both work full-time and make a good living.  I am an attorney at a large law firm and he is a real estate entrepreneur.  We have a new baby.  We’ve agreed to split our living expenses 50/50 and do whatever we want with what remains of our income after living expenses, which is a necessary compromise because we have opposite ide […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Simple Sentences Edition

One of the most enjoyable parts of parenting a toddler is watching words and then eventually phrases and sentences start to emerge out of a verbal muck of sounds and noises. One day, your toddler is making nonsense sounds. […]

10 Cash Back Credit Card Traps

For my own finances, I’ve been a fan of credit cards with cash back programs. Some financial experts advise avoiding credit cards completely, even those cards that offer rewards like cash back. I’ve never been a fan of this approach — again, for my own finances — because I see a credit cards as just another tool for personal finance. […]

Finding Your Flow: Spend Less and Do More

This article is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. How can you get the most out of the dollars you spend on entertainment? […]