Travel and Money: Using your Credit Card on the Road

Your next vacation won’t happen without money…both prior to and during your trip. But with currency conversion discrepancies, high surcharges, and the risk of theft or loss, managing your money on the road isn’t as simple as you may think. […]

3 Ways to Kill the Penny

You all probably know my stance on the penny, I think we should kill the penny. Unfortunately, the only legislator willing to put some teeth in the move was ousted after his involvement in a bunch of scandals in 2007. […]

High Interest: How to Choose Between Checking, Savings, and CDs

In a rocky economy, high interest rates are the holy grail of conservative investors, especially those who don’t want to to invest in bonds. But in this rocky economy, “high interest” hasn’t really meant much: High-interest savings accounts are returning below two percent! Get Rich Slowly readers are just like everybody else. […]

Pick and Process Your Own Fruit to Save Money

It’s that time of year again folks! It’s harvest season for pick your own strawberries here in Michigan, and blueberry season isn’t far behind. Wouldn’t you rather pick local, organically grown berries for a fraction of the cost of store bought berries from who-knows-where? Good, me too. First, go to to find local, organic fruit growers. […]

The Cruel World of Payday Loans

Here's a piece from MSN Money on how payday loans became big business. I'm sure that most of you know what payday loans are, but just in case someone reading this doesn't, here's how Wikipedia defines them: A payday loan (also called a paycheck advance or payday advance) is a small, short-term loan that is intended to cover a borrower's expenses until his or her next payday. […]

You Can Be Rich Without Being Smart

You don’t need a lot of brains to be rich. In fact, there’s not much of a correlation between intelligence and wealth. I found a few pretty provocative studies and discussions on the subject of being smart. […]

IRS Wants Its $7 Billion From Independent Contractor Misclassifications

Link: ShareThisBattered by bad press about aggressive practices, the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 ushered in an era of a kinder, gentler IRS. […]

Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back for Summer

If you have a Chase Freedom credit card (whether it’s a VISA or MasterCard), you’ve probably got a similar mailing in your mail box. […]

Eighteen “Best Money Tips” from the Facebook Fans (and My Comments)

Recently, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar on Facebook what their favorite single money tip was. I got all kinds of responses from all kinds of angles. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I went through the list and started just pulling out ones that made me smile and before I knew it, I had eighteen. Here they are! (If you’re on Facebook, please become a fan of The Simple Dollar. […]

The Top Ten Worst-Paying College Degrees

Yahoo lists the top 10 worst-paying college degrees as follows: 10. Drama (starting annual salary: $35,600; mid-career annual salary: $56,600)9. Fine arts (starting annual salary: $35,800; mid-career annual salary: $56,300) 8. Hospitality and tourism (starting annual salary: $37,000; mid-career annual salary: $54,300) 7. […]

$50 Cash Back Bonus From the Discover® More® Card

The Discover® More® Card is currently offering a $50 cash back bonus for a limited time only and the restrictions are extremely simple. All you need to do is sign up for the Discover® More® Card, be approved and make at least $599 in purchases within the first three months of ownership. […]

KeyBank iPod Touch New Account Bank Deal

Sometimes I wonder if KeyBank has some sort of deal with Apple because they love giving away iPod nanos and iPod touches as new account bonus promotions. This time, it’s an iPod touch for their Key Express Free Checking and Key Advantage Money Market Checking accounts. […]

A Good Money Saving Tip or Unethical Way to Save Money?

Here's one "money saving tip" that I think I know how most people will respond to, but I have to put it out there anyway. Here goes: I have a friend whose brother stops by McDonald's (or similar restaurant) at the start of a long road trip and buys a soft drink. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Interesting Reader Emails Edition

Many of the most entertaining emails I receive from readers will never pop up in the reader mailbag. Lengthy personal attacks (including threatening statements about my children and my wife). Offers for intimate “meetups.” Long descriptions of horribly dysfunctional marriages. […]

Best Money Tips: Pack Like a Tetris Pro

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, get packing tips from a Tetris pro, a guide to the best financial TV programs, lawn care advice, and more! Top 5 Articles Packing Tips From A Tetris Master — "Stack as flat as possible. […]

Xeriscaping to Promote Water Conservation

Living in Southern California has made me well-aware of how precious fresh water is and how there is a great need to conserve it. However, standing on my front porch viewing green patch after green patch of well-watered lawns you'd think California wasn't experiencing a water shortage. […]

Market Timing Works… Just Not For You

Market timing works. The basic idea behind market timing is that you want to pick your spots, buy low and sell high. There are software programs that will automatically trade for you and there are firms, like Tradebot, who have not had a single losing day in four years. Tradebot typically holds a stock for 11 seconds and hasn’t lost a penny on a single day in four years. […]

The Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of the Budget

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Summer’s here, so I’ve been working on my bikini body. But I’m not getting very far. I’ve lost about three pounds over the past three weeks. […]

Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Policies

I’ve written in the past about the hidden costs of renting a car, and Laura touched on one of these – rental car insurance – yesterday. Today I want to follow that up by taking a closer look at credit card rental car insurance policies. Believe it or not, all major credit card issuers provide you with rental car insurance coverage if you pay for the rental with your card. […]

The Five I’s of Building Wealth

The following is an excerpt from Your Financial Playbook: A Guide to Navigating the World of Personal Finance. There is no one method to building wealth. There are many different avenues to financial success. One of the easiest ways to learn about building wealth is by following the examples of people that have already built fortunes. […]