Defining Stewardship

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Don’t Just Know, Do

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Simple Dollar, like any worthwhile internet resource, is about knowledge. The entire purpose of the site is to get your mind thinking about your money, your time, and your career. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Randy Pausch on time management An awful lot of people have seen Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” but I actually found his talk on time management to be at least as compelling. Every moment is a choice. […]

Best 12 Month CD Rates, September 2011

The best 12 month CD rates may not be impressive overall today compared with historical rates. With the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates low for the near future, all types of deposits will not command the interest rates that were common before the recession. With nowhere to go but up, it may not make a lot of sense to lock in a rate for a long period of time. […]

Music Videos about Money from Kevin McKee, the Thousandaire

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I shared fun finance videos on a Saturday morning. And I’m way behind on highlighting some of my favorite videos from this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest. […]

Another Example of Getting a Job through Volunteering

I've detailed how I got a GREAT job by volunteering and wanted to share another (though small) example of how you can find new work by volunteering to help charitable organizations.Every summer my kids help a local church with their Vacation Bible School. It's not our church, but is a good one with a nice summer program near our house. […]

Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

Bank of America Shedding 6,000 Jobs So Far This Year

Financial giant Bank of America is eliminating 3,500 more employees. With this addition to the 2,500 already lost this year, the score is up to 6,000. The bank is trimming the workforce to sell of businesses, like global credit cards and life insurance portfolios. […]

Platinum Card from American Express Review

Charge cards have always had a reputation of being not for the average middle-class credit card user, primarily because many come with high annual fees and offer perks that the typical American consumer can’t afford or doesn’t want to pay. While this may be true for most charge cardholders, as long as a consumer doesn’t mind paying that fee, anyone with excellent credit can own a charge card. […]

Saving Money With My Amex Delta Platinum SkyMiles Credit Card

There was a time when I was solidly in the cash back credit card rewards camp, and you couldn’t have convinced me to apply for a frequent flyer credit card. But that was then, and this is now… Last summer I applied for an Amex Delta Platinum SkyMiles credit card. I travel semi-frequently, and our family also takes periodic trips. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

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. […]

Retail Marketers Attract Shoppers With 13 to 20 Seasons

I always wondered why stores like Target and Wal-Mart added groceries to their already wide variety of products for sale. I figured these stores were attempting to be more of a one-stop-shop for all shopping needs, keeping customers in the store longer, and providing less of a reason to go to the supermarket, grocery store, or farmer’s market. That may be partly true, but there is more to it. […]

Your Take: Any Dumpster Divers Out There?

Earlier this week, Crystal shared a few safety and frugal tips for dumpster diving and I thought it’d be fun to revisit the idea, the subject of a former Your Take a few years ago. […]

Managing Mom’s Money: An Update from Happy Acres

I’m sitting in the lobby of Happy Acres waiting for the business manager to return from lunch. I just spent half an hour talking with Mom, who’s doing much better than she was a month ago. […]

Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?

Gift giving is never easy, especially on obligatory occasions like holidays and birthdays. Because I never know for sure what to get for anyone, unless someone has expressed interest in something specific, I am increasingly inclined to give gifts of experience. […]

VA Home Loan Benefits and Myths

Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans let military service members finance the purchases of their primary residences without down payments. Qualification for a VA loan is just one of the many perks of military service, but often, eligible applicants aren't aware of the loans or don't fully understand the benefits they offer. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Your Kids to Love School

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting your kids to love school, saving money on gas, and things you can do to avoid regret. Top 5 Articles 4 Frugal Ways to Get Your Kids to Love School — To get your kids to love school, try setting up play dates with classmates. […]

How to Maximize Your Lifetime Earnings

I have noted (several times actually) that your career is your most valuable financial asset and by making the most of it you can earn several million dollars more than you might otherwise accumulate over the course of a working lifetime. That said, I wanted to look at which strategy would help you make the most over your career -- starting at a higher salary or getting larger annual increases. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of Aug 15

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile this week: Prairie EcoThrifter lists ideas for selling a home faster. Financial Success for Young Adults has a review of Betterment. […]

Emergencies and Irregular Expenses

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from a reader that goes something like this… This month, my annual insurance bill came due and I couldn’t make ends meet. I cleaned out my emergency fund. Then, at the end of the month, my car broke down. What’s the point of having an emergency fund? […]