Review: The Finish Rich Workbook

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. I’ll be the first to admit that personal finance workbooks never really clicked for me. […]

Podcast 133: Laughing at Wall Street

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan talks to Chris Camillo, author of Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can, Too. Chris advises avoiding standard Wall Street advice and focusing on social networks, personal shopping research and pop culture for discovering investment ideas. Co […]

Using A Personal Cash Flow Statement To Track Finances

They say that cash is king. The income statement and balance sheet are the granddaddies of financial statements, but it’s the cash flow statement that determines if you can pay your bills in the short term. […]

Online Financial Tools and Security

A long while back (was it really 2008), I wrote an overview of the web-based personal finance tools available at that time. I didn’t really give a strong recommendation to any of them, though I did end up serving as an advisor for a time with Wesabe. Today, Mint.com is clearly the frontrunner in this field, but there are many other services that offer similar financial tools via the web. […]

Should the Poor Give?

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 whether or not the poor should give. […]

Reader Story: Long-Term Thinking Pays Off

This guest post from Heather Roth 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. […]

No Credit Needed Weekend Roundup

Here are a few of my favorite posts from some of my favorite personal finance writers from this past week - From my fellow Money Tips Network members - Five Cent Nickel suggests four ways to save water and money at home. Generation X Finance has ideas for lowering the cost of Thanksgiving Day. Get Rich Slowly updates their 2011 garden project. Squawk Fox has some ideas for negotiating lower credit […]

Some Thoughts about Holiday Cards

As November rolls forward, one end-of-year task that starts floating in my mind is holiday cards. This is usually a fairly time-consuming project for us, but I consider it to be a very worthwhile one. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #45

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. Joyce Lock on strengths and weaknesses I’ve become a big believer in the idea that you should work to make your strengths as strong as possible so that they overshadow your weaknesses and eventually overtake them. […]

The GRS Garden Project: October 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for October 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) This installment was written by Kris while J.D. is traveling in Peru. Our gardening season is complete for 2011. […]

Why Your Bank Loves Auto-Pay

We've talked previously about bills we all should not have our banks automatically pay, but this piece from Daily Finance gives yet another reason to re-consider too many pre-set auto-pays: Many of us have set up our bank accounts online to pay our bills and receive our paychecks automatically. These conveniences come with a steep price. […]

Dinner With My Family #37: Curried Chickpea Stew

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. My wife loves this recipe and finds reasons to make it often. […]

Make The Payment To Yourself

My wife and I have been saving up for a new-to-us automobile. Instead of financing the purchase of a newer car, we have been making monthly payments to ourselves. Each month I initiate a transfer from my local checking account to my online savings account.  (ING Direct makes these transfers super-simple to set up.) The amount transferred is equal to the estimated cost of the vehicle, divided by th […]

Say Sayonara to These 8 Bad Shopping Habits

Whether you love to shop or find the whole thing a drag, you’ve likely developed some bad habits that are costing you money and time. […]

How & Where To Find Business Opportunities

Sometime ago, I was a company employee and whenever someone talked to me about business, I would only be mildly interested, preferring to think about ways I could impress my boss and propel myself higher up the company ladder. […]

HSBC Banking Network Down

Reports are coming in with many HSBC customers around the world experiencing declined card transactions, no website access, and no phone system. HSBC’s network in the UK is apparently unavailable at the moment, and other areas may be affected throughout the world. HSBC is the largest bank in the United Kingdom, and all HSBC card transactions are being declined. ATMs are inoperative. […]

No Fee, 0% Balance Transfer From Chase Slate

Prior to 2009, you could hardly open your mailbox without getting an offer for a no fee, 0% balance transfer from one credit card issuer or another. And then it happened. The economy crashed and the credit markets tightened up. […]

5 Reasons You’re Unhappy With Your Career Progress

There have been times in my life, while working for other people or companies, that I’ve thought to myself, I should have more job responsibility than this, or, I should be getting paid more than I am. A disagreement with the boss over my skills, potential, and value to the organization created tension. For some people, this tension could be demotivating. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Coffee

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: Unbundling & A La Carte Pricing

I call it “a la carte” pricing, various industries all it “unbundling,” but more and more industries are breaking out how much you pay for what services when you do business with them. It was the subject of Art Pine’s article in Kiplinger’s and he goes into detail about the logic of bundling and unbundling your pricing. Personally, I like unbundling as long as I have control over what I can buy. […]