Financial Media, Press Releases, Hype, and Your Money

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was a big proponent of financial publications like Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney, and so on. I read them. I referenced them in posts. I even suggested that people subscribe to them. For a long time, though, I’ve scarcely mentioned them. […]

Money Commandment #9

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #9 as follows: The old-school rules: The husband should be in charge of the money. The wife should live within the budget he sets. The bubble economy rules: Talking about money isn't worth the fight. […]

Technical Glitch: Comments Not Working

This is just a quick note to say that the commenting system here on FCN isn’t currently working. We’re aware of the problem and are working on a solution. If you’ve been trying to post a comment, I apologize. Hopefully we’ll have things straightened out shortly. Oh, and special thanks to those of you that notified me of the problem via e-mail and/or Twitter. Have a great day! […]

Spare Change: Fitness Fanatic Edition

For me, last year was The Year of Fitness. I spent all of 2010 focused on losing weight, building muscle, and generally improving my overall health. I had great success. And since the end of the year, I’ve managed to maintain my fitness with very little effort. […]

How to Get a Bank Fee Rescinded

When it comes to making money for a bank, there are few items as effective as a fee. Whether you have an overdraft on your account, are seeing a new annual fee on your credit card, or if you now have to pay a monthly service fee on your savings account when you balance drops, it is no fun to pay fees. […]

Federal Government Sues Deutsche Bank for Mortgages

As the real estate market was starting to crumble, more banks were using the Federal Housing Authority’s guarantees to continue offering mortgage loans, when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were tightening the reins on their guarantees. This was common practice among banks. With loans fully backed by the FHA and therefore the United States government, they were able to sell these mortgages. […]

Help a Reader: Invest or Pay Off Debt

Here's an email I received from a reader: I graduated from pharmacy school last summer and currently working in retail pharmacy.  I have absolutely no clue when comes to finance so I've been getting some knowledge thru your blog :) I'm 25 right now and planning to start investing for future but don't know whether I should focus on paying off my student loans first. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back Pain Edition

On Sunday, I twisted my back stepping out of the shower, pulling a muscle. By Tuesday, my back felt mostly better. I’m my son’s soccer team coach and the boy was so excited to play, I went out and jogged all over the field with him and his team during the game, even though I knew I should rest. Tuesday night, that muscle popped again. Ouch. […]

Lending Club Limits Investor Questions

As I noted in my March update of my Lending Club performance, I haven’t been adding new notes to my portfolio. […]

Citi Diamond Preferred Card Review

When looking for a new credit card to place in your wallet, there are a variety of factors you should always consider. First of all, credit cards are not for everyone. In order to take advantage of the rewards that some credit cards provides, you should honestly evaluate whether increasing your use of credit cards will lead to increased spending. […]

How to Secure Your Wireless Router

If someone goes on the internet using your wireless router and commits a crime, you probably won’t be found liable. You will, however, get a visit from the police and they’ll treat you like the perpetrator until they learn otherwise. If that seems fine with you, consider this, they probably won’t come at 2pm in the afternoon with a polite knock on the door. […]

Your Retirement Account Survival Guide

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing, and a piece of carpet that was once in Elvis’ jungle room (no joke!). Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. An IRA is a simple little thing. […]

5 Financial Holidays I'd Like to See

There are far too many holidays in this day and age, if you ask me. National Lox and Bagels Day or Turkey Neck Soup Day are little more than reasons to boost the food industry, and they are not something that most of us celebrate with vigor. […]

7 Last-Minute Gifts for Mother's Day

Gifts for Mother's Day are on the minds of many right now, as the big day itself is in less than a week. If your spring’s been crazy and you need some last-minute ideas, relax. Here are seven quick gifts for Mother's Day that take both time and money into consideration. (See also: Free Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day) 1. […]

May 4 Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card

This is the third giveaway for Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, and I’m just getting started. I have a pile of Amazon.com gift cards to offer to readers and I’ll be doing so every weekday this month. The giveaways are short, though. To reward those who visit every day, the giveaways are announced at 6:00 AM Eastern time and end at 10:00 PM Eastern time. […]

Giving Love Through Money

The following book excerpt is reprinted with permission from Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. Copyright © 2011 by Kate Levinson, PhD, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Giving and receiving money can bring intense pleasure as well as strengthen the love between family members. […]

Are Your Finances Fragile?

Many households are just one layoff, one illness, one interest-rate hike away from financial catastrophe. I know this is true — that as things are now, a perfectly ordinary bit of misfortune could easily ruin someone's life — and yet whenever I'm reminded (most recently by a "Daily Show" interview with Elizabeth Warren), my first reaction i […]

Bad Investing Habits That Keep You From Growing Your Investments

Wondering why you’re short on your investment returns? As an investor, do you find yourself with bad habits that keep you from enjoying great investment returns? There actually seems to be a tendency here for most investors to be unable to make any kind of money in the stock market. […]

Best of the Money Blogs 2011: Vote for Squawkfox!

I’m interrupting this frugal blog with a small, OK HUGE, announcement: Squawkfox was just nominated in The Globe and Mail’s ‘Best of the Money Blogs Competition’ for this year. Big huge major thanks to Globe Columnist Preet Banerjee (who occasionally blogs at Where Does All My Money Go) for nominating me. […]