The Paradox of Thrift

When you save your money instead of spending it, you are actually hurting the economy in a small way. It may seem counterintuitive that your savings are adding to our economy’s decline, but they are. […]

Best Money Tips: Beat the Airlines at Their Own Game

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to beat the airlines at their own game, rules for smart credit card use, and ways to get a salary hike. Top 5 Articles 7 Great Ways To Beat The Airlines At Their Own Game — If you are traveling in a group, look for seats one at a time. […]

7 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Parent

A couple friends have recently cast off the shackles of the working world to embrace the role of stay-at-home parent. Walking away from any full-time salary in this economy is a tough decision. […]

12 Things You Should Stop Buying

Moneyland lists 12 things you should stop buying now as follows: 1. Homeopathic Flu Remedies2. Credit-Card Payment Insurance 3. Dirt-Cheap Paper Towels 4. Bottled Water 5. Premium Gasoline 6. Super-High SPF Sunscreen 7. Auto Service Warranties 8. 100-Calorie Packs of Snack Foods 9. Lottery Tickets 10. Unlimited Cell Phone Minutes 11. Brand New College Textbooks 12. […]

When Hiring Happens It Will Be in Technology and Science

The job market is undergoing an irreversible transformation. The industrial revolution’s centuries-old propulsion of modern societal evolution is finally running out of steam. New technologies are replacing people as the components that drive forward movement. There’s no longer an endless supply of factory jobs and management careers for the billions of people alive on Earth today. […]

Property Next Door Devaluing Your Home? 10 Ways To Handle It

Real estate depends on location. But even a nice location can have a problem. Sometimes, when driving around suburbia on our way to visit friends or family, we take the Bay Area back roads. At times, we find ourselves lost in the elegant settings of some of the ritziest neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, those which [...]Property Next Door Devaluing Your Home? […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 9/8, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Smart credit card usage. Learn about different types of credit cards, paying bills on time, and and checking your credit score. […]

Spare Change: WDS 2012 Edition

Earlier this year, I helped put together the World Domination Summit, a conference of writers, travelers, entrepreneurs, and other folks who want to change the world, both for themselves and others. Though I hadn’t anticipated it, this one weekend in June changed my life. I heard amazing speakers, absorbed incredible ideas, and, most of all, met many remarkable people. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Garage and Yard Sales

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. […]

Help a Reader: Save or Invest?

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a 35 year old married with a three year old boy and one more coming next February.  I have one condo that I rent and it is fully paid off.  We live in a townhome (owe 61K) that I plan to use as a rental once it is paid and we are moved to a bigger home.  Our cash flow is running low although we have 92K in liquid savings.  We are looking a […]

Don’t Invest in Index Funds

We all know that the best way to take advantage of the tendency of the stock market to gain over time is to invest in index funds, right? It makes sense: You get a share of everything on the index, so as the index rises over time, you see increases in your own holdings. […]

Citi Platinum Select Visa Card Review

Even though there are about a dozen credit cards currently offering cash bonuses for signing up, the most lucrative incentive a credit card is offering these days comes from the Citi® Platinum Select® Visa Card®. […]

The High Cost of Raising Kids

While perusing GetRichSlowly yesterday*, I discovered an amusing comic strip related to the high cost of raising kids. (click to enlarge) This is funny (to me at least) in large part because it’s true. As a father of four, I can say with certainty that kids are expensive. Yes, there are lots of things that you can do to cut costs — and we do many of them. […]

Valuing Time in Home Repairs

US News lists several instances when you should forego a DIY home repair and hire a professional instead. Their basic thinking is that sometimes it can/will end up costing you more to try and do it yourself (because you make it worse or simply waste money to find out you can't fix it after all) than if you hired a professional. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Lack of Sleep Edition

Over the past week, I’ve had the worst case of insomnia I’ve had since my college years. I simply cannot get to sleep before one or two in the morning, and during the last few hours of being awake, I’m basically useless. […]

Honda Recalls One Million Cars

As an owner of a Honda Civic, I was concerned with the car maker’s latest round of recalls. My 2004 Honda Civic manual transmission LX sedan was not affected by the recall, but it wasn’t too long ago that both Honda and Toyota were issuing recalls. At the time, I reacted by buying shares in Toyota, thinking I could take advantage of a good company’s bad news. […]

Baby Tax Breaks

No one has a kid for the financial benefits because everyone knows that having kids is expensive. At first it seems manageable, since all you buy are diapers. But eventually the costs begin to escalate as your kid wants to actually do more than sleep, poop, and eat. There are preschools to go to, Little Leagues to join, SAT prep classes to take, and eventually, maybe, colleges to attend. […]

Preparing for an Emergency

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about ceviche and how to peel shrimp like a Hawaiian. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how hot it was in the Lone Star State. The update is that we’re literally on fire. Wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes in central Texas, and they’re breaking out all over the state (more than 60 fires so far). […]

How to Wake Up Fast and Attack the Day

Every day at 6 a.m., my alarm goes off. I hit snooze several times before eventually rolling out of bed 30 to 45 minutes later. Why? Because waking up is hard to do. My still-asleep self tells me I’m still tired, and my bed is comfortable. If you’re anything like me, though, you want to wake up earlier; you just don’t actually follow through. […]

9 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

It's that time of year again. The kids are heading off to school, and you have to pay a little more attention to the laundry. Your hampers will be overflowing with sports gear and school clothes in no time, but getting your kids' clothes clean doesn't have to be expensive. (See also: 16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big) 1. […]