Podcast 136: Becoming a Landlord

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Paula Pant, journalist, entrepreneur and founder of the personal finance website Afford Anything. Paula talks about several landlord-related topics, including what to look for when purchasing a property, how tenants see properties different than landlords and the kind of work a landlord should expect. Consumerism Commentary Podcast […]

What’s In It For Them?

Every time you interact with a business, you’re trading something of value for something of lesser value from them. If that were not the case, then the business could not continue to operate. […]

The Poor

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. For the rest of the year I'm going to be highlighting verses relating to the poor on Sundays as a reminder of why I'm doing my $20k Red Kettle Challenge. Here are two for today: Proverbs 22:9 (NIV): The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. […]

Reader Story: What My Father’s Death Taught Me About Estate Planning

This guest post from Jody 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. My dad died recently. He was a good man and a great father. […]

The Seven Attributes That Matter

A while back, I sat down to make a list of the attributes of the people I consider to be great people. […]

5 Christmas Safety Tips For A Safe Holiday Season

Be aware of the possible dangers and risks that are associated with the holiday season. We discuss those things to watch out for so we can be safe during the holidays. The yuletide season is a time devoted to family reunions, merry-making and giving back. But it’s also a time that can be stressful. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #48

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. Kathryn Schulz on being wrong Being wrong isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Being wrong is just as important as being right. […]

Creative Ideas for Getting Top-Level Travel Perks

I've been collecting articles on creative ways to make extra money and here's a great one to add to the list. It's about people who take multiple flights near the end of a qualification period in order to hit a certain rewards status. […]

Some Thoughts on How to Deal with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Instead of a “Dinner with My Family” this week, I thought I’d discuss how to deal with the mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers that many families find themselves with today. Each year, my mother takes charge of preparing a huge family Thanksgiving meal. Each year, there’s a small mountain of leftovers to deal with. I know that many other families find themselves in the same boat. […]

One Black Friday Tip to Rule Them All: Buy Nothing

For those in the United States, tradition and media influence have established today as a day for spending time with family, over-eating, and watching television. What could be more American than Thanksgiving Day? Fast becoming a tradition for consumers is Black Friday (and to a lesser extent Cyber Monday). […]

Get $20 Free by Shopping Online

Just in time for Cyber Monday!!!! Want an easy $20 for doing something you'd do anyway? Me too. That's why I signed up for the MasterCard Here's to Mom holiday promotion. The details: 1. Enroll with your MasterCard. 2. Shop with your card online between November 15 and December 31, 2011. 3. […]

Black Friday by the Numbers

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who baked without using flour — and liked it. Are you reading this while standing in line at your local big box store? Or are you celebrating Buy Nothing Day and hunkering down for a relaxing day of leftovers and football? Either way, you might be interested in a few facts about this day, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. […]

Want to start up a blog? Do it today and save on hosting

I’ve talked about investing in yourself in the past, and one great way to do this is to start a blog (like this one).  Regardless of what interests you, if other people are interested in the same thing, you’ll find an audience, and that audience can help you to build up a side income. […]

Holiday Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

It’s Black Friday. Have you been braving the crowds in hopes of saving a few bucks? Or did you stay home (or go to work) instead? Either way, I wanted to share some tips for getting through the holiday shopping season without emptying your savings account or running up a huge credit card bill. Make a list and check it twice. […]

MasterCard $20 Bonus for Online Shopping

As a quick followup to my post about Small Business Saturday, I also wanted to point out a $20 bonus offer from MasterCard. To qualify, simply register your card and then spend $200 online between now and December 31st. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Used Books

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. […]

Your Take: Any Good Black Friday Loot?

You know I skipped Black Friday (and I stuck to my guns for another year – nothing enticed me anyway) but that doesn’t mean you can’t brag about some loot you scored because you were the early bird. Did you get anything particularly good this year that you want to brag about? […]

The Best Credit Cards for Budget Hotels

Using points to find free award nights at hotels is just as important as redeeming miles for airline travel, since lodging expenses can represent a large portion of your vacation budget. Therefore, those who prefer to travel on rewards earned from their credit cards are sure to carry around at least one card co-branded with a hotel chain. […]

10 Cheap, Handmade, and Green Wrapping Ideas

I’ve noticed that people spend a fortune on wrapping and embellishing holiday gifts. And for what? Football fields full of shiny bows and acres of that gorgeous paper just get wadded up and tossed in the trash (unless you’re my grandmother, and then the bows get saved for next year). […]

Best Money Tips: Holiday Savings Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on holiday savings tips, cash back credit card traps, and why it's still a good idea to get your bachelor's degree. Top 5 Articles 8 Holiday Savings Tips — Save money this holiday season by reading product ratings before you make your purchases. […]