Variety of Savings Accounts: Where I Keep My Cash

In a perfect word, I wouldn’t spread my money among more than one or two savings accounts. There is value in simplifying personal finances and I try to take that approach where possible. Forces are working against me, however, keeping my finances more complicated than they would be otherwise.Occasionally I review and evaluate banking products for the benefit of Consumerism Commentary readers. […]

Best Free Checking Accounts

If you were to build your personal finances from the ground up, the checking account would be the first “product” you’d pick. If you’ve ever drawn your financial network map, you’ll remember that the checking account is the spoke in your primarily hub-and-spoke layout. […]

Carnival of Personal Finance #243: Valentine’s Day Edition

Welcome to the 243rd Carnival of Personal Finance! What in the world does that mean? Well, a blog carnival is a weekly round-up of articles on a particular subject (in this case, money). […]

Don’t Let Tax Help Overtax Your Budget

Virtually everyone in the United States is eligible for some sort of free tax preparation help, from free in-person preparation and electronic filing to filing free forms online. Here's how to find out what you qualify for. […]

The Other 8 Hours

The following is an excerpt from The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose by Robert Pagliarini. Copyright © 2010 Other 8 Hours, LLC All Rights Reserved. The book tells people to live life to the fullest by radically changing the way they spend “The Other 8 Hours” – the 8 hours not spent sleeping or working. Your day doesn’t start when you crawl out of bed. […]

Home Budget Software: YNAB Sale, 15% Off Regular Price

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, effective home budget software product for your desktop, I would like to recommend one that is quickly becoming very popular among many savers I know. While many people are very familiar with Quicken, they’ve got a rival that’s fast grabbing market share due to its top features and great customer and technical support. […]

Dinosaur Comics on the Rent vs. Buy Debate

Thomas wrote in on Monday to share a comic strip related to our discussion last week about whether renting makes sense: Click on image to open a larger version in a new window. Ah, Dinosaur Comics — you gotta love them. As a reminder, I’m not opposed to owning a home. I own one myself and have no plans to move. […]

What Is Options Trading? An Analogy

I haven’t traded options before and don’t necessarily advocate this as an investment strategy for the average investor, but I’ve been always curious about more complex investment plays. […]

Review: 1/2 Price Living

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. 1/2 Price Living by Ellie Kay has a particularly noteworthy subtitle: Secrets to Living Well on One Income. […]

I Hate My Job -- Now What?

By Amy Lu You hate your job, but what can you do about it? First, assess your situation to determine what your next step should be. Learn how to survive at a job you hate, how to get out without hurting your career, and what you can do to not hate your next job. […]

Podcast 42: Toyota Recalls, Frugal Valentine’s Day

Today we talk with Jeff Bartlett, Autos Deputy Editor at Consumer Reports about the recent Toyota recalls. […]

Save Money and Still Show Love on Valentine's Day

By Tisha Tolar There are the cynics that say Valentine’s Day is a retail racket meant to guilt people into spending too much to prove their eternal love to others, but there are also many consumers who will still go out of their budget to buy some pretty impractical things. […]

The Framework

We all have lives that are chock full of distractions. Television. Radio. Magazines. The behavior of other people. The comments of our friends and family. We use all of these things as cues for how we should behave. Often, we even try to think ahead about these things and use them as a behavior guide. I’ll hear my mother’s voice all the time, for example, when I’m at the grocery store. […]

Reader Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Moved in with Mom

This guest post from Lizzie is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Confession time: I read Get Rich Slowly on a daily basis. Phew, that was easier than I thought! […]

The Relationship between Riches and Wisdom

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Dollars and Doctrine. “The crown of the wise is their riches.” (Prov. […]

Three ways to find a cool deal using Google

(This guest post is by Ann Smarty, a search engine geek, social media enthusiast and a passionate blogger. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 6, 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. […]

It's Hip to Be Square: Processing Credit Cards On Your Phone

By Tahera It’s safe to say, of late, you can do just about everything but brush your teeth with an iPhone. You’re always wondering what else the creatives at Apple are going to think of next. […]

“I Just Want to Have Fun, Live My Life, and Worry About All That Stupid Personal Finance Stuff When I’m Older”

It’s the refrain of countless Americans of all ages – and it was my refrain, too. It’s easy to see why, too. At first glance, personal finance looks like a bunch of boring and un-fun stuff. Paperwork. Sacrifice. Living in an un-fun way. On the other hand, living a big spending lifestyle seems quite fun, as you don’t have to think about the stuff that you want. […]

Four Cheap and Healthy Grains

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. We all know that cooking meals at home can save money. For some (like me), it’s a lot of fun, too, but it’s easy to get in a rut — which is where I found myself last year. Brown rice was my go-to side dish, but there are only so many ways to cook the stuff before your taste buds get bored. […]