The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 277 Ways to Save Money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Christmas Rush

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Clearing off old debts 2. Life insurance and suicide 3. Handling three child seats 4. Various health insurance plans 5. Credit card roulette 6. Understanding employer matching 7. Tax deductible student loan interest 8. […]

5 Easy-to-Make Deluxe Gifts for Under $15

As of last week, my home, Dinky Manor, has become my own personal sweatshop. Even though I don’t personally celebrate wintertime holidays that involve gift giving, just about everyone I care about does. Alas, my entire budget for gifts this year is $200 for everyone. […]

7 Savory Holiday Food Gifts

December is a time for sweets. Heck, even December's most famous fairy is named after a sugarplum. But as much as I love candy, cookies, and other sugar-filled treats, I don’t like receiving them as gifts. […]

Inflation Doesn’t Tell The Entire Story

Here’s an interesting question – would you rather have $70,000 in 1900 or $70,000 now? Those who are familiar with the idea of inflation are probably aware that $70,000 in 1900 is worth a lot more than $70,000 today. […]

Life After Salary: The Human Connection

Working in an office on a team with other employees is a social activity. Although there is work to be done and goals to accomplish, and although most of us stare at computer screens all day and spend most of the time in a cubicle or an office, many tasks require communicating with the people around us. Many people cite their co-workers as the primary reason for staying in their current job. […]

The Standard Deduction

Tax deductions are wonderful, aren’t they? While they’re not as good as a nice tax credit, tax deductions can reduce your tax liability significantly depending on your income tax bracket. In the United States, you have two options when it comes to claiming deductions. […]

How to Avoid Sneaky Airline Fees

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last Friday I arrived home from New York City after a week of Broadway, museums, twinkling holiday lights, and more cannoli than any one person should consume. […]

We Have a New College Debt Queen

After detailing college graduates with $97,000 and $120,000 in debt, I thought I had reached the peak of "bad ways to finance college." I was so, so wrong. Here's the story of a young lady who has $200k in college debt (from an undergraduate degree alone.) Yikes! […]

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance

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Exponential Moving Average As An Effective Trading Tool

For those of you about to make a stock transaction, do you ever wonder if it’s the right time to pull the trigger? We all have different ideas about stock market timing, but it may be interesting to get some perspectives on how some people invest. While some of us don’t bother with technical signals, others live and die by it. […]

Ssshhhh! Don’t tell my daughter

My daughter isn’t quite old enough to start reading my blog yet, so I can let you in on a little secret. My wife and I just ordered a bunch of stuff online from The Disney Store for Christmas and her birthday.  She’s really into princesses. Anyway, after my wife picked out the items, I asked her to check out Mr. […]

Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices. […]

Podcast 86: Andrew Buckley and Jay Sheehan, The Costs of Making a Documentary

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Andrew Buckley and Jay Sheehan, members of the Hit and Run History documentary team. Andrew and Jay discuss the multiple costs involved in filming a documentary, including costs for purchasing equipment, creating videos, publishing and advertising as well as utilizing free or cheap resources to do so. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Set Up a Truly Useful Calendar

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 12. Set up a truly useful calendar. For the longest time, I used a tiny pocket planner to keep track of my appointments. […]

Why Budgeting is Important

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are two verses from the Bible that I find interesting: Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. […]

Reader Story: My Year Without Clothes Shopping

This guest post from Jill Chivers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Hi. My name is Jill, and I’m a recovering shopaholic. […]