15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts

Everybody has that one T-shirt that they just can’t part with. Mine is somebody’s used blue soccer tee that I picked up at a thrift shop about 10 years ago. When I bought it, it was already broken in; after a decade in my possession, it’s literally falling apart at the seams. […]

Stupid Things to Put in Your Cover Letter

Crafting a compelling, convincing cover letter is not easy. The pressure to the capture the reader's attention without being annoying can be paralyzing. Concentrate on showing how you can contribute to the employer's success while avoiding these mistakes. […]

Moneydance as a Quicken Replacement?

On Monday I talked about my experiences moving from Quicken to iBank. In short, iBank is a solid option, but it’s not right for me. […]

Best Money Tips: Avoid Pesky Baggage Fees

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on avoiding pesky baggage fees, looking good on a budget, and surviving wedding season without going broke. Top 5 Articles How to Avoid Those Pesky Baggage Fees — Avoid baggage fees when you fly by filling your carry-on to the brim. […]

How to Prevent Plant Theft

As the weather heats up and your garden reaches the height of its beauty, have you considered how to prevent plant theft? Yes indeed, the theft of plants. […]

Great Savings Weapon: Storage Space

When we looked at our current home we noticed that it had an extra large pantry (roughly the size of a decent walk-in closet -- bigger than most half-bathrooms I've seen) full of floor-to-ceiling shelving. We wondered how we would ever use all that space. […]

Credit Karma Review: Know Your Credit Score, Free Credit Alerts

At some point, you may want to pick up a new line of credit or a loan for a home, vehicle, or for personal use. It’s a good idea to find out your credit score before you apply, so you can tackle any issues that arise. One source for a free credit score is Credit [...]Credit Karma Review: Know Your Credit Score, Free Credit Alerts Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com All rights reserved. […]

Why Are Savings Account Rates So Low?

When I first started The Simple Dollar in late 2006, it was pretty easy to find a savings account that offered a 4% annual return on your deposits. Some banks, such as HSBC Direct, were offering introductory rates as high as 6% annually. […]

10 Ways to Waste Money on a Car

Yahoo lists 10 ways we all can waste money on a car as follows: 1. Changing oil every 3,000 miles. 2. Using premium fuel unnecessarily. 3. Failing to change your air filter. 4. Failing to check the brake pads. 5. Buying mileage-boosting additives and devices.6. Tune-ups for your engine or air conditioning. 7. Changing coolant. 8. Ignoring your check-engine light. 9. […]

Frugal Methods on Dealing with Garden Critters

My husband and I started a raised garden in April and our tomatoes are looking pretty good.  They are plump but are still very green and hard.  I was getting excited last week until I woke up one morning and something had taken big bites out of my best looking tomato!  It looked like gnaw marks, so our best bet is that a squirrel has been in our garden.  Here are a few frugal methods I have found […]

Kids and Money: Encouraging Your Teen to Help Pay for College

When it comes to kids and money, there are a number of opinions regarding how to best help them get ahead. You want your child to have the best financial start possible, but at the same time you don’t want to enable him or her to the point that he or she remains financially dependent upon you. […]

Look At Your Medical Bills Before Paying

My dentist’s office is changing billing procedure. I should note that my dentist is not part of an insurance network. It may be a cliché, but I have heard people who say that any dentist who aligns his office with insurance carriers is one you want to avoid. […]

Are You a GasBuddy?

Anyone here a member of GasBuddy? I joined about a couple months ago, soon after I got my new phone (they have an app) and gas went well over $4 per gallon here. […]

Tips for Buying Your First Condo

If your dream place to live is a popular travel destination, a crowded urban area, or any other location where real estate prices are escalating, you may be intimidated by the costs of single-family homes. […]

How to Investigate a Charity

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Via a private message, Colleen said “I have been thinking about donating to [Charity X]. […]

Free Credit Alerts from Credit Karma for First 200 FMF Readers

Here's an offer for you simply for being an FMF reader -- FREE credit alerts (a new service from Credit Karma)!Here's how the credit alerts work: 1. Credit Karma monitors your credit report for free on a daily basis.2. A change occurs in your credit file (say, a new credit inquiry, a new address, or a fraud alert, for example).3. […]

The Cost of Summer Camp

While growing up, my brother and I both benefited from experiences at summer camp, both day camps and sleep-away camps, at various points in our childhood. My memories from summer camp have stayed with me, and the experiences have shaped who I am. I first heard Pink Floyd at summer camp, from a counselor playing Wish You Were Here on guitar for the campers around a campfire. […]

Credit Karma Adds Credit Alerts

I’ve been a fan of Credit Karma for as long as they’ve been around, met some of their people, and am generally very impressed with the service they offer. […]

Frugal Beauty: How to Look Good on a Budget

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Pinching pennies doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself pretty. Yes, it’s true that personal-care products and services can take a big bite out of your budget. […]

Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?

Simple chores like doing dishes and taking out the trash can teach kids invaluable life lessons. While most parents agree on the value of chores, they are somewhat divided on whether kids should be paid for helping around the house. Do you think kids should be paid for doing household chores? Is it a good way to teach kids the value of work? Or are you bribing kids to pull their own weight? […]