The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 24, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

How to Use a Food Dehydrator to Preserve Your Harvest

This is a guest post from my wife. It’s been a long time since she chimed in around here. Have no fears: She’s the frugal heart of our homestead, and she’s always looking for ways to grow and preserve our food. As Get Rich Slowly readers know, J.D. and I have a thriving garden with maturing fruit trees, monstrous berry plants, and an annual vegetable garden. […]

Life Planning Part 1: Plenty of Money

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Thoughtful wealth management is more than just maximizing net worth. It also gives us the best chance of meeting our life goals. Wealth is only valuable because it helps us make a significant impact on our world. It doesn't give us meaning. Life planning takes a holistic look at what you truly value. […]

The Best Gas Credit Cards – August 2010

Just two years ago, gas prices of more than $4 per gallon were commonplace and consumers were wondering just how high they would go. Then, as the economy began to take a tumble, so too did the price of oil, dropping gasoline prices to well under $3 a gallon. […]

FMF on Facebook

Just a short note to say I've just started an FMF Facebook page (yes, I realize that I'm the last blogger on earth to do this.) For those of you who like to visit/keep up-to-date via Facebook, you can "like" FMF and read my content over there if you prefer. […]

Summer Meal Series #8: Chicken, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Calzones

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Homemade pizza is a big hit at our house (here’s a picture-filled post about our homemade pizzas). […]

6 Ways To Save Money At The Movies

With the economy sluggish, traditional vacations are a no-go for most people, so many are choosing to forgo elaborate trips and deciding instead, to take their vacations closer to home. With the huge array of interesting feature films slated for release, it could be a great time to visit your local movie theater. […]

Best Money Tips: What $1 Trillion Would Buy

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we ask about the impact of having a $1 trillion deficit, share 9 ways to cook with foil, and tell about a surprisingly large phone bill! Top 5 Articles What $1 Trillion Would Buy — Our nation’s deficit is nothing to sneeze at. […]

Weep Not for Interchange Fee Revenue

I used to answer customer service calls for Bank of America, one of the nation’s biggest banks. […]

6 Small Business Mentors You Can Access for Nearly Free!

ShareThisIf you've started a small business and need advice, there are plenty of resources available to lend you a hand. The problem is that many of them are in the form of books, lectures, and "programs" that have no issue with charging you for their services. […]

How to Create Barriers to Your Savings

ShareThisAll it takes is one weak moment to reach into your checking account or connected savings account and use those funds on something frivolous. That's why it's important to protect your savings from you! The way I do this is to create barriers between me and my savings. […]

Is a Graduate Degree Worthwhile or Worthless?

Several years ago, I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in business. I had been working in finance for a while, and as someone who believes in lifelong education, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to obtain an MBA. […]

Your Take: Is Homeownership the American Dream?

My parents came to the United States because it was the land of opportunity. It was a place where you could, on the basis of your abilities and hard work, make a good life for yourself and your family. It isn’t a utopia, it’s far from it, but it’s a lot better than a lot of other places in the world. […]

The High Cost of Being Single

Two can live as cheaply as one. We’ve heard this for years, but is it really true? Perhaps not, but there are definitely cost savings to be found when combining two households into one. With that in mind, I wanted to talk a bit about an article on the costs associated with being single that I recently ran across in The Daily Telegraph. […]

Ask the Readers: “Help! I Co-Signed on a Loan and Now I Wish I Hadn’t!”

Ah, relationships. Without other people, money management would be easy! Easy-er, anyhow. But love, family, and business relationships tend to make people do things they know they really oughtn’t. Take Patrick, for example. He fell in love, and it led him to commit a financial faux pas. […]

Too Many Relying Too Much on Social Security

We've discussed Social Security's place in retirement planning quite a bit here. Several commenters have brought up the fact that Social Security is meant to be a supplement to retirement savings, not the majority (or even all) of it. I agree -- that's what it's meant to be. But that's not how it's being used/counted on. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 19

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Carnival of Personal Finance - The Wealth of Farmers  Festival of Frugality - Save Money by Buying on Specific Days of the Week  Carnival of Money Stories - How Much I Made This Spring Refereeing Soccer  The Digerati Life likes a colorful […]

Online Bartering Through Craigslist Got Him A Porsche

These days, it seems to take more effort to keep our heads above water. So I found it inspiring to read about one resourceful fellow, a young person, who somehow used Craigslist to snag himself a Porsche in a span of 2 years through shrewd bartering. But part of me really wonders about just how doable this is. […]

Ten Big Mistakes #4: Blaming Others for Challenges

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I blamed others for the challenges in my life. If you want to find scapegoats in your life, almost everyone can find a lot of them. […]