Review: Conquer the Chaos

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Here’s the flat-out truth about running a small business: you, the business owner, are where the buck stops. Period. Small businesses are a great way to start earning more money, but they’re not easy. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to clean it up. […]

Podcast 78: Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo talk to Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and author of the newly released book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back.After first talking with Tom about Generation Y back in May, Kim joins the podcast once again. […]

Subconscious Connections

Open up one of your favorite magazines. Turn to a full page ad for a product – any product. Look at it carefully for a minute. What do you see? Fire up your television. Fast forward through the commercials (I know many of you can). Think about the flickering images that still made it through. […]

Reader Story: Scholarships for Fun and Profit

This guest post from Alison 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. […]

Is Ten Percent Enough?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an article that's bound to get some people riled up. ;-) Crosswalk has a piece that asks if giving ten percent (tithing) is enough or if we should consider giving more. Their thoughts: When I got married about 11 years ago, my bride and I continued to give 10%. […]

Yard sale finds and interesting reads and links

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Should I Buy Now, or Should I Wait for Better Features at a Lower Price?

This is one question that, in some form or another, keeps popping up time and time again in all sorts of contexts. Should I buy a computer now, or should I wait for prices to come down? Should I buy a new television now, or should I wait for the bigger screens to become available? From cars to cell phones to woodworking equipment, these questions are asked about major purchases that many of us mak […]

13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business

Many businesses are struggling to generate new ideas that will produce incremental sales or replace sales lost to once viable but now irrelevant products and services. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 16, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Budget-Friendly Decorating Tips

In April, Rebecca shared a guest post about how she generates extra income by letting strangers pay her rent. She has homes in Portland, Oregon and New York City. When she’s in one city, she rents out her place in the other. By doing this, she’s able to subsidize her housing payments. Rebecca’s full of good advice. Soon after sharing her story, she also entered the Get Rich Slowly video contest. […]

How to Graduate from College in Three Years

I have been reading the best book I've ever read on preparing financially for college. The book is Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents and I'll be sharing a bit of it over the next several days. […]

Dragons’ Den: 10 Money Questions for Robert Herjavec

This is the second (and final) post in a two part series about my interview with Robert Herjavec. See Date with a Dragon: Meeting Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den for the first part. I’ve never been great with small talk. Discussing the weather or the direction of my day always feels a little forced. […]

Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Keeping Our Rivers Clean

Today is Blog Action Day. And the topic of conversation among bloggers today is “Water”. The point of Blog Action Day is to get all of us to collectively discuss one topic that merits our attention. A global theme, if you may. […]

Homemade Gift Series #5: Wine Jelly

“Not everyone will like the caramel apple jam,” Sarah commented to me after we made it. As much as I liked it, I knew she was right: it was very sweet and lacked the tartness that I often crave in my jellies and jams. So we decided to make another jelly/jam, this time doing something decidedly different: wine jelly. What’s “wine jelly”? […]

Chase United Mileage Plus® Select® Visa Card Review

Owning an airline miles credit card can come in very handy if you’re a frequent flier, especially if you have a favorite airline. Thankfully, all of the major airlines have partnered with a credit card issuer to offer special deals on their airlines. Citibank is partnered with American, American Express with Delta and JetBlue, and Chase with Continental and United. […]

Your Take: Your Best Money Tip for Young Professionals?

This morning I broke from routine and posted a book review about Kim Palmer’s Generation Earn, rather than going with my typical Friday morning Your Take post. her book was being released today and I thought it would dovetail nicely into a mid-morning Your Take asking you for your best money tip for young professionals. My best money tip for young professionals is to enjoy yourself. […]

Making It All Work – The Fundamentals of Self-Management

This is the fourth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Time management. Money management. Health management. Management of your stuff. Relationship management. […]

Review: Generation Earn by Kimberly Palmer

One of the big complaints in the world of personal finance is the lack of personal finance education in school. We teach our young people the basic concepts of math in high school but we fail to show how it applies in real life. […]

Sinking Dollar: This Time on Purpose

The Fed wants to keep the inflation rate up around 2%, simply because their efforts to boost the economy only get traction when they can push interest rates well below the inflation rate — something that's tough to do when the inflation rate is as low as it's been. Normally, it's no problem to produce inflation: The Fed just creates some ad […]