Best of Personal Finance: How to Sell Your Car on Craigslist

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share killer tips for selling your car on Craigslist, how to make your own yummy goldfish crackers, and a cool new purpose for brag books! Top 5 Articles How to Sell Your Car On Craigslist — Super useful tips are plentiful in this piece. The same principles could almost be used to sell anything! […]

House Passes Health Care Reform H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

As you’ve no doubt heard, last night the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a vote of 219-212. 3590 then heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature into law. The House also passed HR 4872 Reconciliation Act of 2010, which now heads to the Senate for a vote, needing only a simple majority. […]

Gold Dollar Coins Not Treated as Cash Advance on My Credit Card

A couple months ago I gave an update on my gold dollar coin purchases. At the time, we discussed the fact that the US Mint had warned people that the purchase of these coins might be reflected as a (costly) cash advance on their credit card. […]

Best Deals for Monday 03/22/2010

Crocs Outlet: Up to 50% off select shoes + free shipping Torani Syrup 3-Packs for $11 + free shipping Wolfenstein for Xbox 360 for $19 + $5 s&h, more Chopin 200 Years: The Greatest Collection MP3 Album download for $5 Free BJ's Wholesale Club 60-Day Shopping Pass […]

Reader Mailbag: Competition

Several people have asked me recently why I have a “weekly roundup” (where I link to sites that write about similar things as me) and why I have a big list of blogs I like on every page of The Simple Dollar. Isn’t that just helping the competition? Maybe. But I don’t really view those sites as competition. […]

How to Use Up Remaining Balances on Prepaid Gift Cards

By Linsey Knerl Looking in my wallet, there are no less than 5 prepaid debit or gift cards hiding at any one time. While I seem to have no trouble using up store gift cards (Walmart or Amazon, for example), I just can’t seem to rid my life of these nagging, tiny balances that make it inconvenient and a little embarrassing to shop. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 13-16

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author wh […]

Save Money and Take a Staycation Instead of a Vacation This Year

Budgetary constraints may have you wondering how you are going to be able to afford your next mortgage payment let alone the luxury once-a-year vacation you’re accustomed to.  So, what’s a guy or girl to do when his or her finances won’t allow time off for some much needed rest and relaxation?  The answer is easy!  They go on a staycation, the latest trend in economically-friendly […]

Buy Your Groceries European-Style

By Philip Brewer Make a grocery list and stick to it? That's a piece of advice that'll cost you a lot of money. The theory, I guess, is that you're so terribly prone to impulse buying that you can't be trusted to wander free in a grocery store. The reality, though, is that you can save a lot of money if you can make yourself trustworthy. I was actually taught to make a shopping list in school. […]

How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund: Federal and State

I am still waiting for the second tax refund the IRS owes me after I filed an amended tax return for 2008. Additionally, the State of New Jersey decided to count my business income twice after I filed an amended tax return, so that refund has been delayed as well. The first tax refunds after filing amended returns for 2007 were delivered much more quickly. […]

Best Investments for Retirement Accounts

When I started working after college, it was a bit of a stretch to contribute to both my 401(k), to get my employer match, fully fund my Roth IRA, and build up a small cash cushion (I would later learn these are called emergency funds). I pushed to do it because my parents drilled this lesson into my brain as a young adult – save money today because you never know what will happen tomorrow. […]

Book Review: The Other 8 Hours

Before I started Get Rich Slowly, I was a slacker. I’d get up in the morning and drive to a job I hated where I gave almost no effort. […]

Alternative Approaches for Investing With Lending Club

A reader named BC recently wrote in to share his experience investing via Lending Club even though he lives in an ineligible state. For those that are unaware, residents of 22 states are ineligible to invest directly in Lending Club notes*. In most cases, however, there is a workaround, as you can still invest in Lending Club notes via their trading platform. […]

Actual Versus Acceptable Debts of Americans

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link. I'm in the process of preparing for a speech on how to get out of debt. […]

Debt Settlement Pros & Cons To Consider Before Settling Your Debts

While there are many options available for anyone who wants to wipe away their debts, all these options have their costs. […]

Review: Your Money Ratios

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of related interest. One thing I often do when looking for books to read and review for The Simple Dollar is simply go to the “new releases” section of my local library and browse the personal finance new releases. […]

The New Health Insurance Law and Your Money

Aside from some procedural maneuvering in the Senate, the health insurance reform bill that Congress has been working on for the last year, now falling under the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) and the Senate health bill, will soon be signed into law. How is the new law going to affect your personal finances? […]

Magazines for Free or Cheap

By Linsey Knerl This article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. Click play to listen, or subscribe via iTunes to take the episode with you! It’s hard to justify spending cover price for magazines — ever. That’s why we recommend that you don’t. […]

Podcast 48: The Other 8 Hours, Robert Pagliarini

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Robert Pagliarini, author of the book The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth and Purpose. […]

A Look at My “Idea Notebook”

As I’ve mentioned several times over the years, I carry a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Whenever I have any sort of an idea or discover any piece of information I might want to use or reflect on later, I don’t hesitate to pull out that notebook and jot it down. I can’t even tell you the number of times this notebook has really come in handy in my life. […]