Reader Profile: GB

The following is the latest post on my new "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

H&R Block At Home Review

Plenty of people prefer to do their taxes on their own, without the help of an accountant. However, when things start getting complex, you might want a little help. This is where tax preparation software comes in. […]

Putting Big Bills On Credit Cards

Should you put huge bills such as mortgage or tax payments on credit? For the first time ever (that’s over 2 decades, mind you), we actually received a pretty hefty tax refund in the previous year. This is in contrast to the significant amounts we used to owe the government during tax time because we [...]Putting Big Bills On Credit Cards Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

6 Ways to Put a Little More Cash in Your Pocket

Nearly everyone wants to find ways to put a little more cash in their pockets. You can start a side business, but what if you aren’t ready for the time and energy a side hustle would require? Maybe you’re looking for some relatively easy — and quick — cash. The good news is that there are ways to find a little extra cash all around you. […]

Slate from Chase MasterCard Review

JP Morgan Chase is one of the few companies that continued to thrive, even during the recession. Chase is making a concerted effort to introduce new credit card offers, competitive with major issuers. […]

Just 2 Days Left to Enter Our $500 Giveaway!

Our $500 giveaway sponsored by HP's new Input/Output blog ends this Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Entering this contest is easy. Simply leave a comment on the original contest post answering the question: What is the smartest investment you’ve ever made? (Answer must be at least two sentences long.) It can be any kind of investment—business, personal, or family investment. […]

Refinance and Overpay to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

Last week, I talked about refinancing your mortgage to improve cash flow, but without extending your time horizon. Today, I want to talk about something slightly different… Refinancing your mortgage to accelerate your mortgage payoff. For now, we’ll set aside the debate over whether you should pay off your mortgage early or string it out and focus on investing. […]

Is Your Wallet Too Fat?

Smart Money laments the size of Americans' wallets with the following comments: Here, on the posterior of many an American professional, lies one of the more unexpected twists in the evolution of personal finance. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Readjusting Sleep Edition

During the summer, Sarah and I tend to stay up until 11 or so, then sleep in until 7:30 or 8 AM (usually when the children wake us up). During the rest of the year, most of the family has to get up early for school or work, requiring alarms at 6:15 AM (or so). The problem is that for the first month or so, I don’t adjust my evening bedtime. […]

Money as a Relationship Builder

You’ve probably heard it before but I’m here to say it again.  Bickering over money is ranked as the number one reason the majority of couples fight within their relationships and marriage.  To be honest, this statistic does not surprise me at all.  Whether it’s fighting over how to spend money or how to manage personal debt, finances play a big role is the fighting between couples. […]

Google Wallet Not Ready for Prime Time

Simplification is usually a good choice for finances whenever it is available, and the bulky wallet is due for a technological upgrade, simplifying back pockets of men’s jeans everywhere. I’ve received the occasional comment about my “George Costanza” wallet; as I collect receipts from my day-to-day transactions, the leather becomes increasingly distended. […]

How to Spot a Fake Review

Back in college, I used to use Epinions a lot. I would leave reviews of various products that I used, earn a little extra money from those reviews, and call it a day. I didn’t buy much back then so I didn’t actually read too many of the reviews. What I didn’t know, and perhaps it wasn’t as prevalent back then, was that some reviewers were being paid to write positively about certain products. […]

Want More Money in Retirement? Work a Little Longer!

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 wife who has written a clever little children’s book, The Picky Little Witch. Looking for an effective way to improve the chances that you won’t run out of money in retirement? […]

What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market

I love farmers markets. I do suffer from "can't get out of bed early enough" syndrome and usually miss the good stuff. But even when I do drag myself out of bed, I find some amazing produce that is tastier and healthier than anything found in the supermarket. […]

When DIY Car Repair Costs More

There are two reasons people take on do-it-yourself projects: 1) The person is crafty, handy, or otherwise skilled, and/or 2) The person is looking to save money. If you fall exclusively into the "saving money" category, you probably realized long ago that DIY anything often takes a lot more time and effort than it is sometimes worth. […]

Best Money Tips Roundup: Dining Out on the Cheap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on dining out on the cheap, thinking twice before buying a timeshare, and how to live a happy life. Top 5 Articles Frugal Eats: Dining Out On The Cheap — Dine out on the cheap by taking advantage of corporate perks. […]

Merit Alone May Not Get You that Promotion

Here's a piece from Fortune that says merit alone may not get you that job promotion. The details: So you've worked hard, produced great results, and have all the right qualifications. Nevertheless, that bigger job you had your eye on went to your boss's golf buddy, or old college roommate, or brother-in-law instead.Scant consolation though it may be, but you've got plenty of company. […]

Financial Balance and the 80/20 Rule

One of the most fascinating things I’ve discovered since starting The Simple Dollar is the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle. Simply put, it means that 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes. […]

One Fee It May be Worth Paying

MSN Money lists 10 fees you shouldn't be paying including this one at #5: Rewards card annual fees. An increasing number of rewards cards charge annual fees. […]

TaxBrain Review

It’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s taxes. Whether you organize your tax documents ahead of time, or whether you are shopping around for some great tax software to help you file your taxes, it’s a good idea to be ready for the next tax season. […]