Our Year End Financial Checklist

The year is quickly winding down, and soon we’ll be starting 2011. It’s gone by incredibly fast, and so many things have happened. Fortunately, we’ve been doing well so far and are hoping to end the year on a good note. […]

Ask the Readers: Name Your Favorite Moment of 2010

We live in interesting times. While some waited in unemployment lines, others queued up for iPads. Inception boggled our minds while Glee rocked our worlds. Conan found a new home and Chevy joined a Community. […]

How to Get a Minimum of 2% Cash Back When Shopping at Costco or Sam's Club

There were two especially insightful comments left on my post titled Time to Make a Credit Card Change. They both offered new ideas on how to get additional cash back credit card rewards at the two largest club stores. The challenge is that both Costco and Sam's only allow certain credit cards to be used: Costco offers American Express and Sam's uses Discover. […]

Credit Sesame Review: How To Optimize Your Debt

Like many of us, you might have some credit cards, a loan or two, and a home loan. If you’ve ever wanted to sit down and do an analysis of your current financial status, you might have put it off due to the time and effort it would take. […]

Love Your Credit Card? Vote for It!

In July, I asked Get Rich Slowly readers to share which credit cards they use and why. I promised to compile the over 200 responses to see if there are any patterns from you money-savvy folks. I still haven’t made time to do so. (Even though it stays at the top of my list every week.) In the interim, the folks over at Card Ratings dropped a line to say they’re doing something similar. […]

President Obama’s 2011 Tax Plan

President Obama offered a framework for the tax-related aspects of spurring the economy moving forward. […]

Hard Work is the Key to Mega-Wealth

Here's an interesting post from Dr. Thomas Stanley about perceptions of the mega-wealthy (those in the top 1% of wealth holders in America -- a net worth and income of more than three times that of those profiled in The Millionaire Next Door) in high school. The summary: few (10% to 12%) were thought of as being smart/intellectually gifted/the smartest in their class. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Debt Repayment Plan

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 6. Create a debt repayment plan. Yesterday, we talked about the usefulness of cleaning up your debts. […]

Bush Tax Cut Extension Appears Likely

Update 12/9: House Democrats rejected the deal, so we’ll have to see what happens from here. Update 12/6: A deal has been made – Bush tax cuts will be extended for two years for all income levels and unemployment benefits will be extended. It appears that a compromise on the Bush tax cuts is likely and that compromise will take the form of an extension. […]

10 Ways to Make More Money

Ask Men recently listed 10 "top" ways for men to make extra money (but most of these apply to women as well.) They aren't that great IMO, but they are "ok". Anyway, here's the list -- along with my thoughts on each: #10 - Affiliate marketer Not a great way to make money IMO. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, The 3 to 6 Month Emergency Fund Rule Is Stupid. Enjoy!!! […]

Best Money Tips: Is It a Hobby or a Business?

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share advice on turning a hobby into a business, creative ornaments to decorate your holidays, smart tips for electronics shopping, and the sales tactics designed to mislead — revealed! Top 5 Articles Side Income: Is It a Hobby or a Business? […]

Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending a holiday cookie swap at a friend’s house and have wanted to write about it ever since.  It was a marvelous spread filled with cookies of every size, shape, and flavor. The rules of the swap were actually very easy.  Bake a plate of your favorite cookies and bring enough of them to share with the other people in attendance.  Men an […]

Reader Mailbag: Charity

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8. Retirement advice for dad 9. […]

The Worst Holiday Credit Cards

Here are three fictional cards you definitely don't want this holiday shopping season — and their real-life counterparts that you might want in your wallet instead. Santa's Sleigh Miles Card Terms & Conditions — Free flight to anywhere in the world where Santa's sleigh stops. Only good one night a year. […]

5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

This is the time of year when parents’ eyes begin to glaze over from stress. We want children to love their gifts, but don’t want those gifts to cost the moon. Fortunately, that doesn’t need to happen. […]

SEP-IRA to Solo 401(k) Rollover Nearly Complete

About three weeks ago, I wrote about rolling my SEP-IRA holdings (all of which are tax-deferred) into a Solo 401(k). […]

ETFs Offer Incredible Benefits...with a Dark Side

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are simultaneously one of the best financial innovations retail investors have seen in decades, while at the same time misunderstood on a grand scale. […]

Frugality is Bad For the Economy

The concept of frugality has permeated mainstream personal finance in the past few years. That’s understandable, given the state of the economy. For many who have been personally affected, following the loss of income or a job, this frugality is a forced approach. People are looking for ways to save money because they have less of it to spend. […]

9 Quick and Easy Penny-wise Frugal Home Tips

Last week, I wrote a post about how you shouldn’t work so hard to save very little. The basic premise is that there are a lot of things you can do to save money that, when you calculate the time and effort involved, aren’t worth it. In some cases, the tips are dangerous and, should your luck go south, will end up costing you more in the long run. […]