Going Green Could Mean More Money In Your Pocket

With all the environmental disasters we've been facing lately, it's easy to feel helpless about the state of our world. You may feel frustrated and even compelled to protest the big picture issues we've been experiencing. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 2Q 2010

Last quarter, almost all of my investments were experiencing positive performance. Three months can make a big difference. My investments tell a different story today.One thing has not changed since last quarter: my company stock continues to do well, even when the broader stock market is in decline. This was not my best performing investment over the first half of the year, however. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 10, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]

Pay Yourself First with a Coupon Booklet

Is budgeting a hassle? Do you sometimes forget to make your Roth IRA contribution or to transfer this month’s installment for the new car you’re saving for? Do you wish there were some way to make the process easier? One way to reduce human error is to set up a separate savings account for each of your goals. […]

Save Money by Buying on Specific Days of the Week

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy says you can save money by purchasing certain items on specific days of the week. Their list: Airplane tickets -- Buy and fly on Wednesdays. Cars -- If they had a bad weekend, Monday can be a great day to buy. […]

Here’s a crystal-clear signal that you can’t afford to eat out

A friend recently took a job as a restaurant server to stop a mercifully-brief bout with unemployment.  He’s a quick study: after only a week his tips are averaging 20% and only one server is doing better.  Not a poor server by any stretch. A few days ago comes this little gem in his updates: “I got an 18 cent tip today!” Not 18%.  Eighteen cents, as in a dime, a nickel, and three […]

Chase Blueprint Card Payment Program Review

These days, a lot of people I know have become more interested in establishing a payment plan to tackle their credit card balances. Others would like to know more about their spending categories — after all, the more familiar you are with how you spend, the better it can be for you if you happen to use rewards cards. […]

Daily-Use Fees And Free Days For State Parks

I live in Georgia and am a big fan of our State Parks System.  I recently visited one of our state parks and learned that there was no daily-use charge for visitors who visited on Wednesdays.  That bit of information sparked my interest and was the reason for this post.  I’ve attempted to list the daily-use fees from all 50 states and their state parks. Alabama State Parks – From […]

Summer Meal Series #6: Simple Homemade Pasta and Pizza Sauce

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. Today’s meal looks like a simple pasta… … and it is, except that we do something a little different than most people seem to these days. You see, we’re pretty picky about our sauce. […]

YouTube Leanback: Another Option for Free TV

This week YouTube released a beta of an interface called Leanback, open for anyone to try right now. It starts out full-screen and immediately starts playing videos it thinks would interest you based on your YouTube contacts’ activities like rating and choosing favorites. I presume it will also, if it doesn’t already, suggest videos based on your own history and activity. […]

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Next-Action Decision

This is the twelfth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One key theme in this book is the importance of coming up with a “next-action” list, which is essentially a “to-do” list. […]

Escape the Economic In/Out Patient Care Cycle

A while back I finished reading The Millionaire Next Door and was really impressed with the data results, though the data is old by today's standards, it is still valid; most millionaires are frugal savers who live modestly. […]

Friday Finance Findings for July 9th

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. It’s hard to believe that the year is already more than half over, but nothing we can do about it now. Before you know it we’ll be talking about the holidays, end of year finance tips, and taxes! But let’s not get ahead of our selves and just enjoy the summer. […]

How to Split the Check When Eating Out in a Group

How do you handle restaurant bills when eating with a group? This can be a sticky issue, as you don’t want to get stuck paying an unreasonable amount, but you also don’t want to come off as a cheapskate. While on our recent vacation, we went out for dinner with our extended family. In order to keep things simple and fair, we asked for separate checks for each family. […]

How 16 Great Companies Picked Their Unique Names

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/innovation/article/how-16-great-compani... ShareThisAnyone who's ever had to form a company can sympathize with how difficult it can be to create a company name that is descriptive yet unique. […]

Rich Homeowners More Likely to Walk Away From Mortgages

When it comes to walking away from a house and mortgage, wealthy homeowners are doing their part. Not only are those with a $1 million net worth or above more likely to stop payments, but they are also more likely to see their home as an investment and cut their losses.Of homeowners with a high net worth, more than 1 out of 7 are delinquent with their mortgage payments. […]

6 Top iPhone Apps for Voracious Readers

Read any good books lately? Maybe you’re actually reading MORE since you’ve gotten that new smart phone? We share a few of the 6 apps we love from a recent My Life Scoop article. GoodReads Platform: iPhone Cost: Free  A mobile companion to one of the top social networking sites for the voracious reader, GoodReads free app does so much, […]

“I Don’t Need To Get a Job. I Don’t Need the Money!”

As I uttered the line above to my friend, her eyes widen in disbelief. “What do you mean you don’t need money?” “Well, uh, you know,” I stammered, suddenly realized how stupid I sounded. “I make an okay amount of money on the side, I don’t think I really need a full time job right now.” She shook her head in utter annoyance. […]

Your Take: Would You Raise Your Own Food?

After reading a New York Times story about raising your own rabbits and then listening to an NPR show on raising your own chickens in your backyard for food, I jokingly told my lovely wife that I’d be setting up an area in our backyard for our new petting zoo. […]