The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 23, 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. […]

Getting the Most from Your 401(k) or 403(b)

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. For many workers, their retirement account is their largest asset. Having so much of your nest egg in one place means you should watch carefully how it is invested and monitor it regularly. […]

Homemade Gift Series #6: Meals in a Jar

A simple picture will probably explain things better than any introductory description could. The jar on the left, obviously, is a “Rainbow Brownie” mix, to which you add just a couple liquid ingredients, pour into a pan, and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. The one on the right is a soup mix, to which you add 6 cups of water (and, optionally, 1/2 lb. […]

How To Perform Stock Market Research

This is a guest post from Investor Junkie, a personal finance blog that covers alternative investments, and entrepreneurship topics. The common question I get when people want to invest in stocks is “How do I pick stocks?” They also then ask, “How do I know if the stock that I’m buying is a good investment?” Stocks are unlike mutual funds or ETFs that buy many individual securities to spread […]

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card $800 Bonus

Over a year ago, the popular Southwest Airlines purchased AirTran Airways, furthering the growth of the discount airfare business. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Southwest hub near you and can take advantage of their highly discounted fares, take a look at the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card. […]

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Clarifying

This is the sixth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]

Credit Card Fraud and How to Avoid It

ShareThisCredit card fraud affects thousands of people every year. During 2009, in the UK alone, £440.3 million was lost due to fraudulent actions on stolen or cloned credit cards. […]

4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Side Income

I have spoken to many friends and colleagues who have expressed that they would like to earn some side income outside of their primary jobs, but most of them do not consider extra income to be a necessity. In my opinion, side income is something everyone needs. […]

Best Money Tips: Oktoberfest Recipes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we're bringing Oktoberfest into your kitchen with recipes featuring — you guessed it! — beer. Plus: 20 cheap and yummy meals, creepy Halloween crafts, and tips to prep for a winter power outage. Top 5 Articles How to Bring Oktoberfest Into Your Kitchen — Beer brittle and beer donuts. […]

Your Opinion: Is Debt Slavery?

I’ve written several times on Consumerism Commentary, and other people have written and said many times as well, that debt is slavery. In fact, there is a popular book on the topic aptly titled, Debt is Slavery. […]

Your Take: Can You Ask For Tuition Back?

Earlier this week, an anonymous student at Boston College wrote a letter to interim Dean George Brown of Boston COllege Law School to request his two and a half years of tuition back. […]

What to Do When You’re Completely Unsure

This is a guest post by Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology, a blog with resources for extraordinary risk takers. You can follow him on Twitter @tylertervooren. Personal finance is full of confusing concepts, puzzling equations, and no lack of professionals with conflicting advice about what you ought to be doing and how you ought to go about doing it. […]

Are NFL Fines Tax Deductible?

If you’re an NFL football fan, then you’re likely aware that there were a number of (literally) mind-numbing hits on wide receivers this past weekend. […]

Students and Parents Becoming Wiser Concerning College Costs

Here's a piece from MSNBC that says students and parents are starting to consider the cost of colleges and make adjustments: College-bound students clearly are factoring cost more heavily into their school choices, sometimes after having tough conversations with their parents. […]

Mighty Bargains and links: gearing up for sugar rush

A week from Sunday our church will be sponsoring a Trunk Or Treat for the community.  (Translation: lots and lots of candy all in one place.  And most of the kids get to go home with their parents, not me! […]

Baking Cookies and Sharing Them In A Cookie Exchange

Mrs. Accountability writes about personal finance and how her family is getting out of debt at her blog, Out of Debt Again. Did you ever wish you had time to bake 10 different kinds of Christmas cookies? I was fortunate as a child in that my mother was able to be a homemaker, and she would make dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies. […]

Ask Stacy: Should I Shun Stocks and Buy Bonds?

Having no money in these volatile economic times is stressful – but so is having some money and not knowing where to invest it. […]

20 Favorite Dirt Cheap Meals

A few days ago on Facebook, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar what their favorite dirt cheap meal was. The responses poured in, so I decided to pull out 20 of my favorites and share them with you. Sticky rice, peas, and soy sauce (shared by Leslie) is pretty simple and not altogether different than something I used to make in college. […]

Living Like a Millionaire on Pennies a Day

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle. Last fall, I quit my job. […]

Umbrella Insurance Is Always the Right Answer

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. If you have a personal umbrella insurance policy, congratulations. If you don't, you must not have a lot to lose. This important insurance can extend your liability coverage beyond your home and auto insurance by millions of dollars. We live in a litigious society. Anyone can sue you for any reason. […]