The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Readers Edition

I just wanted to give a big thank you to all of the readers who wrote to me over the last week offering to contribute articles to any potential tabletop gaming site that I might launch in the future. […]

Dilutions of Grandeur: Stretch Your Food at Every Meal

When I was kid, the chocolate milk mom served always looked suspiciously pale in my glass. It was as if somewhere between the carton and the table, the ratio of chocolate (good) to milk (not-so-good) had been tampered with in a very unholy way. […]

Win a Free Copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax Product!

I am giving away a copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax product! Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address (no one else will be able to see it) when you leave the comment. 2. Within a couple days, I'll select the winner at random and announce the winner on this post. 3. […]

5 Ways to Save Money on Everyday Expenses

"There's no such thing as a free lunch" is a phrase we often hear. That's certainly true, but even if you can't have it for free, any little bit of savings helps, right? Luckily for us, there are ways to spend less on practically everything as long as you look for proven strategies. […]

Kraft Downsizing or Protecting Consumers?

In last Sunday’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, our guest from Consumer Reports, Tod Marks, talked about product downsizing. […]

Best Money Tips: Get the Most for Your Travel Dollars

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to get the most for your travel dollars, home maintenance tips, and ways to make easy cash. Top 5 Articles Cheap Travel: How To Get The Most For Your Travel Dollars — To maximize the money you have to spend when you travel, start travel hacking. […]

6 Ways to Read Comic Books for Free (or Almost Free)

I was a big X-Men fan in middle and high school, and for several years, I made my monthly trek to the comic book store to buy all of the new titles in the X-Men universe. […]

Free Admission to Museums from Bank of America Museums on Us

For thirteen years, Bank of America has put together their Museums on Us program where account holders get access to art and cultural institutions all across the country. They add more museums, aquariums, and cultural sights each and ever year. […]

An Interview with Thomas Stanley, Co-Author of “The Millionaire Next Door”

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A while back, I mentioned the book The Millionaire Next Door to one of my colleagues at The Motley Fool. “That book changed my life,” she gushed. […]

How Will You Use Your Tax Refund?

Are you expecting an income tax refund? If so, you’re not alone. Based on IRS statistics, there were nearly 142 million federal tax returns filed last year, of which nearly 109 million (ca. 79%) of resulted in an income tax refund. The total amount refunded was a little more than $362 billion, for an average of $2,994 per refund. Wow. […]

Cavalcade of Risk

Welcome to the latest edition of  the Cavalcade of Risk, the blog carnival focused on insurance and managing your financial risks. […]

My domains have to start pulling their weight, or they’re gone

J. Money culled ten web domain names from his portfolio in an effort to clean out some of the mental financial clutter from his life.  He had a bit of a domain-buying binge last year so there was room for culling. I have thirty-two domains in my Namecheap account.  Some are for my wife’s projects but many are for mine.  I got them probably for the same reason that J. […]

How To Fly For Free

Who wouldn’t want to score free airline tickets or travel for free? I’d consider travel as a big ticket expense, especially because I deal with a 5 member family and have to figure out how to transport an entire household from one point to another. One way I save? I just don’t travel too often. [...]How To Fly For Free Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Getting Creative with Budget Travel

This is a guest post from Rebecca Rosenfelt, founder of Inhabit Vacations, a curated travel site. She also blogs about creative approaches to real estate at Real Savvy Real Estate. […]

Save for Retirement Before You Save for College

Many parents would do just about anything to give their kids the best opportunities in life. In some cases, they’ll even go so far as working extra hours to make sure their children have access to activities, tutors, etc. that can put them ahead. Given this, one are that worries many parents is the high (and increasing) cost of college tuition. […]

Interesting Money Facts, Part 2

In the book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down, author Christine Romans list sets of facts (throughout the book) that she calls "Romans' Numeral". Today I'll be sharing a few of these and giving my comments on them. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #3: Block Your Cards

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Once I had the credit cards out of my wallet, I found that I was forced to think about my purchases more carefully when I was out and about. […]

$100 PNC Checking Account Promotion (February 2011)

My very first “bank” account was at a local credit union on Long Island, where I was a joint account holder with my Mom. My second bank account was at a PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, where a branch was only a few blocks away from where I was living. Back then, I opened an account for free because free student checking accounts were all the rage (maybe I got a t-shirt or a frisbee or something silly). […]

Understanding the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credits

The housing market crash resulted in the government’s decision to try and stimulate homebuying with tax credits. However, it is important to note that, because there were different tax credits being offered, you may have to pay back your tax credit. […]

Giving Your ZIP Code to Cashiers

One of my first jobs as a teenager, twenty-some years ago, was a salesperson at Radio Shack. Our point-of-sale system functioned on phone numbers for some reason, so whenever a customer wanted to purchase something, we asked the customer for his or her phone number. Even if the customer was buying a pack of AA batteries with cash, we were required to follow this procedure. […]