Gifts That Avoid Both Extra “Stuff” And Clichés

There comes in a time in a person’s life when they have everything they need. While not necessarily rich, the house is well-furnished and they’re not hurting for clothes. […]

Where Dividend Stocks Fit in Your Portfolio

“The only thing that gives me pleasure is to see my dividend coming in.” –John D. Rockefeller. I’ve been taking a look at dividend stocks lately, if recent post about how dividend stocks rock is any indication, because of how dividends are taxed. […]

Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous…on Lease

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Most of us, at one time or another, have seen a photo of a celebrity with an “it” bag, even if just in tabloids at the supermarket check-out. Most of the time they are over-sized totes, logo prominently displayed, on the arm of an actress or pop star. […]

Get Focused on Your Finances

It’s easy to complain when you don’t reach your goals, but it takes real commitment to figure out what you can do to improve your situation – and then to act on it. […]

Gift Giving at Work

Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal that suggests we all need to give gifts wisely at work during the holiday season. Two examples of what they say does not work are: A Victoria's Secret gift card for the cute gal who works in the neighboring cubicle. A dictionary for the new co-worker whose misspellings on email you've had to correct. […]

Become Debt Free Faster With The Lending Club DebtBuster Challenge

Become debt free by making a commitment. Lending Club’s DebtBuster Challenge encourages you to pay off your debt quickly plus you’ll get free gifts in the process! In the thick of the holiday season, I am seeing myself part with my cash faster than I normally would during any other month. The festivities have a way of making us feel more generous and lighter in the wallet. […]

Customer Service Done Right by Trader Joe’s

It’s been awhile since I’ve highlighted worthwhile customer service stories. Here’s a decent customer service done-right story straight from today’s Reddit front page: Trader Joe’s did something awesome! My mom is very worried about my grandfather, age 89. He’s a retired engineer and a navy officer of WWII who lives on his own in an apartment complex. […]

Your Turn! How to Share Your Financial Stories with GRS Readers

The always-opinionated Tyler K. wrote this morning expressing something I’ve actually been thinking about myself. He said: I wish more people would write about things they’re actually doing. […]

Reminder for Money Bloggers

Six spots left in my March Money Madness competition -- first come, first in -- going fast... […]

AmEx Blue Cash Rewards Performance

The anniversary date on our AmEx Blue Cash rewards card is in December. That means that the rewards that we’ve accrued throughout the year will be paid out this month. […]

How Much Is Fuel Efficiency Really Worth?

Jim writes in with an interesting question: I’m in the market for a late model used car. I’ve narrowed my desired model down to a handful of choices, each with different gas mileage data. How can you really figure out how much fuel efficiency is worth in terms of dollars and cents? I know how to do the basic math, but it seems artificial. […]

PenFed Visa: Best 5% Cash Back Rewards on Gas Credit Card

Years ago, when both credit and champagne flowed freely down Wall Street, the fabled 5% cash back reward credit card freely frolicked among elm and oak trees of Central Park. Nowadays, finding a decent 5% cash back reward credit card is rarer than seeing a unicorn… but today I saw one. […]

Best Deals for Monday 12/21/09

$30 Instant Savings on the Nikon Coolpix L20 (Deep Red) ASUS Eee PC 1005HA 160G Intel Atom 1.6GHz 10" Netbook for $249.98 Star Trek Star Fleet Communicator Toy $5.99 NikeStore clearance: Up to 70% off plus Free Shipping FREE Aveda 3-piece sample pack […]

Any Travel Suggestions?

As most of you know, we live in the frozen tundra known to the rest of the world as Michigan. December to March is cold, cloudy, snowy, and dreary. […]

Poll: Have You Finished Your Christmas Shopping Yet?

When I woke up this morning and looked at the calendar I couldn’t believe it said December 21st. That means Christmas is in just a few short days! Then I started to think about what was left that had to be done before we begin our travels. Luckily, we don’t have to buy for very many people and for those that we do, most of the shopping has already been completed. […]

YNAB Copy Awarded

Just a note that I awarded the You Need a Budget copy that was announced last week (scroll through to the last comment if you want to see who won). Don't worry if you didn't win -- there will be another giveaway tomorrow! […]

Reader Mailbag #94

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I’m 24 years old. If you combine all my accounts..checking, savings, investments, etc, I have about $20,000 to my name. […]

Can You Retire With a Million Dollars?

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who is frustrated by their lack of progress when it comes to retirement savings. In short, they thought it unlikely that they’d ever be able save more than a million dollars, if that. […]

Wearing Many Hats: Specialism Vs. Generalism

Ron Howard, famous mostly for playing Richie Cunningham on the television program Happy Days, is one of the film industry’s most successful directors and producers, having been involved with a long list of films. He directed, among others, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The DaVinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Angels and Demons. […]