How to Get Back Tax Dollars You Paid Years Before

The following is an excerpt from Julian Block's Tax Tips for Marriage and Divorce: Savvy Ways for Couples to Trim Their Taxes. Everyone makes mistakes. That’s why pencils have erasers. […]

Get A Free Loan Payment From Prosper: One Day Only (Offer)

The Prosper One Day Offer is back! Here’s a great opportunity for those looking for a loan! Prosper.com, the well known peer to peer lending network, has a one day special offer for those who are looking to take out a personal loan. […]

Wise Bread hit the nail with organizing the finances

It’s not too often that I read an article and nod my head up and down throughout the whole thing because it makes that much sense.  Wise Bread writer Craig Ford has six tips for organizing finances that are completely spot-on: Reduce your total number of financial accounts. […]

Are You A 99er? How To Get Low Income Help & Unemployment Assistance

I recently read a sad story of an older guy (very close to retirement age) with medical problems, no family and friends and no job. Having no job has left him with no means to support himself. So he’s sick, disabled, poverty-stricken and desperate. So what does he do? He decides it may be time [...]Are You A 99er? How To Get Low Income Help & Unemployment Assistance […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/17, 12pm Pacific for 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: Frugal home renovation tips. Renovating your home can be very expensive. But if done correctly, it can add tremendous value to your home. […]

The Truth About Tax Deductions

This is a guest post from GRS reader Greg Braun, a Certified Public Accountant from Nampa, Idaho. Nobody likes to pay taxes. And I think we all get a little kick out of finding ways to save on our tax bill. We smile when we find a deduction we’d been missing. Maybe we think it’s a great deal because we’re sticking it to the man. […]

Finances of the Average American

The Digerati Life has an infographic that details the finances of the Average American family. […]

Some Further Thoughts on Children and Piggy Banks

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, we use piggy banks and allowances with our young children in our home. We have a few simple rules that go along with this, mostly allowing them to freely spend part of their allowance while they save another part of their allowance for longer-term goals (and our oldest has a few other restrictions as well). […]

Lending Club Increases Maximum Loan Amount

According to a recent press release, Lending Club has increased the upper limit on loan requests from $25,000 to $35,000. According to Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche, this change was “prompted by customer demand.” This is the second major change in their lending policy over the past year or so. […]

Married Filing Jointly & Married Filing Separately (Filing Status)

This is part two of our filing status “series” (it’s really just two articles) and in this part we’ll take a look at the two “married” filing statuses – married filing jointly and married filing separately. As we mentioned earlier today, you filing status as of December 31st will basically determine which filing statuses you’ll be able to choose from. […]

What Are the Biggest Three Items in Your Budget?

Wise Bread recently asked its readers what is the biggest item in their budget. I thought it would be fun for us all to do something similar by naming the three categories that we spend the most on. I'll go first. […]

Do You Have to Pay taxes on Unemployment Income?

Finding Out if You have to Pay Taxes on Unemployment Benefits Unemployment remains high and is still in the double digits in some states, but many Americans are filing taxes while unemployed for the first time. Tax laws are governed by the state of the economy, and the government makes amendments from time to time mainly with a view to giving relief to tax payers. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 53-56

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Are You Better Off Than Your Parents?

It’s hard to compare myself with my parents. When they were my age — I’ll be thirty-five years old less than a month from now — they had two children, and the four of us were living in an apartment in upstate New York. I’m not married and I have no children. My father studied to be an environmental engineer, and I studied to be a music teacher. […]

Use Beer to Get Rid of Pests

As winter drags on, you might be tempted to stay indoors and have a few beers to keep the chill out. Of course, we’re not the only animals searching for warmth and protection from the harsher weather, but we’re also not the only animals to appreciate a bit of beer. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gaming Site Update Edition

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working in collaboration with a friend on a site focused on board and card gaming, and I also promised to give you guys updates on any progress on the site. Unfortunately, my friend has made the decision to drop out of the project, mostly out of a desire to not have to commit to any sort of standard writing schedule. […]

6 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Finances

Do you ever find it hard to juggle your personal finances? I do. I keep having this awful feeling that I’ve forgotten to pay a bill or something. Those thoughts are a clear reminder that I need to do a better job organizing my finances. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Event Tickets

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save money on event tickets, how to fall back in love with your job, and free things to do this year. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save Money on Event Tickets — Want to save money on tickets to your favorite events? Try procrastinating! […]

Imagine Eating to Lose Weight (and Save Money)

Ready for what may be the cheapest and least time-consuming weight-loss technique of all time?  Imagine eating a lot of a certain food, and you’re likely to eat less of it. In a new study published in Science magazine, researchers discovered that when a person visualizes himself eating a lot of a certain food, he will then consume less of i […]

Single & Head of Household (Filing Status)

Today we’re going to discuss the four major filing statuses of your tax return – single, head of household, married filing jointly and married filing separately. If you’ve ever filled out your tax return, chances are you’ve had to decide which of these four applied to you. The decision really is between single vs. head of household or married filing jointly vs. married filing separately. […]