Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. “Office politics” is one of those phrases that used to make me groan. I worked in an office from the time I was a freshman in college until I quit my job last year, and let me tell you, I had my fill. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rate Update (November 2011)

Now is a great time to buy yourself a Series I Bond and I will probably be loading up on some Series I bonds before the month ends. Why you ask? With my crystal ball, I know that the interest you can earn on Series I savings bonds is going to be pretty good. And pretty good for the next year. Calculating New Rate Every six months, the Series I bond’s rate gets adjusted for inflation. […]

6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally

Allow me to start with a rather simple statement — holy heck, there are a lot of things out there that can smell bad. I mean, there are all of the things out there that can smell bad on their own, and then there are all of the things that those terrible-smelling things can touch. Even worse? A lot of those terrible smells are in your home. […]

How to Avoid Holiday Debt, Starting Now

As we head into the holiday season, there are some steps we can all take to help maximize our enjoyment of this special time of year while minimizing our financial pain. It’s easy to get swept up in all the hype and sentiments of the season, only to later wish we had done the holidays differently (see “Holiday Regrets”). After the decorations have been put away and the bills start arriving, many p […]

Best Money Tips: Department Store Beauty on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on department store beauty on a budget, 5 cheap foods to avoid, and gift ideas for your host or hostess. Top 5 Articles Department Store Beauty On A Budget — Look awesome without breaking your budget by shopping online. […]

How Lessons From Moneyball Can Help Your Career

Moneyball started out as a book about the inner workings of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and how general manager Billy Beane found success without spending tons of money like the Yankees and Red Sox. Now they've made the book into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman, which so far has made $50 million. […]

What to Consider Before You Take a Job with a Long Commute

US News posts four things you need to ask yourself before you take a job with a long commute as follows: 1. Can you afford the costs?2. Is the job really worth it? 3. Can you handle it? 4. Will it eliminate a lot of your free time? Here are my thoughts on these: The question about costs is a good one. We usually focus more on time when discussing this issue, but costs are just as valid. […]

Invest In The Best S & P 500 Index Funds & ETFs

The quickest way to get started with investing in the U.S. stock market is through mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) which track the performance of the large caps, including the S&P 500 index. […]

Review: Willpower

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the biggest keys to personal success is found in the title of this book. Willpower. […]

Podcast 131: The $60K Project

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan and Flexo talk with Sarah from The $60K Project about how she and her partner Mike paid off many thousands in debt in less than a year, what they learned along the way, and what they want to do now that they can afford to take some risks. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The $60K Project: S06E01 / 156 jQu […]

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with retirement savings, but it’s all just a word salad to me. This is going to be something of a “dictionary” post where I spell out, as simply as I can, what these terms mean and what it means for you. […]

Reader Story: Using Small Income Streams to Fund Big Goals

This guest post from Julie Mayfield 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. In 2006, Julie hired herself to save her family money, make extra money, and pay down debt, all while creating a life she loves. […]

Spiritual Reasons to Get Out of Debt

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The members of the Christian Financial Alliance recently addressed the issue of spiritual reasons for getting out of debt. Here was the "question" posed to us all: Name one spiritual reason to get out of debt. Here was my answer: “Because it’s wise to do so. […]

Starting Something From Nothing

I mentioned a while back that I had some big plans in place for 2012 with regards to some projects for The Simple Dollar. I thought I’d share part of these plans with you today. One of my big goals for 2012 is to find a publisher for my fantasy novel. The novel is mostly written at this point and I’m pretty happy with it. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #43

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. […]

How to Live Well on $40,000 a Year

Yahoo tells us how to live well on $40,000 a year. It's an interview with author Danny Kofke who tells how his (and any) family can do well on a $40k annual income: This took long-term planning. Raising a family of four on my teacher's salary would be next to impossible if we had a huge mortgage and a lot of debt. Before we had children, my wife, Tracy, was a teacher, too. […]

A moment of clarity from a cranky bank representative

The Alexa Toolbar has some interesting headlines come across it.  It draws on Reddit fairly often.  The submitter for this article now has about 1600 net votes from describing their experience calling up a representative at a bank to contest their new monthly service fee. It’s clear that the representative could use some education in the making friends and influencing people department, but what i […]

Dinner With My Family #36: Wisconsin Farmhouse Chowder

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. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. As we slip deeper and deeper into fall, our family is starting to eat more cold weather food – thicker soups and chowders and so on. […]

4 Things to Consider Before Hiring Household Help

Hiring someone to walk our dogs felt a little weird. But our hectic schedules and dwindling free time made it a health necessity for our Australian shepherds. We were lucky enough to find a great guy on the next block via our neighborhood Facebook group. The dogs get exercise. Tommy the Dog Walker gets paid. […]

My Pumpkin Lady’s Secret to Business Success

This weekend I went shopping at the local farmers market. We weren't looking for anything in particular, just browsing for what looked good. While browsing, we noticed a giant posterboard sign titled "Award Winning Recipe." There were several delicious-looking pictures of stuffed pumpkins followed by an "easy" recipe. […]