Way to Save #153: Homemade Baby Food

Make your own baby food. There are plenty of free recipes online and in library books for food that is better than name brand because it won’t have as much salt, sugar and preservatives. It’s also infinitely cheaper. […]

The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

Everyone’s done it. We start out with some fantastic goal in mind. I’m going to save up for a down payment in three years. I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year. I’m going to get all of my financial paperwork straight. I’m going to be frugal. I’m quite guilty of this myself. […]

How My Accountant Saved Me $15,000

It seems I have paid the government more than what was necessary over the past few years. When I first started earning money outside of my primary employer in 2004 or 2005, I assumed it would make the most sense to simply claim that income as self-employment income on Schedule C of the standard 1040 income tax return. […]

Your Take: Favorite Year End Deduction?

With the year drawing to a close, a lot of people are thinking about year end tax moves, including myself. In general, there aren’t many year end tax moves you can make on December 18th. If you’re going to buy a house and take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, you would’ve started the process by now. […]

Five Festive Christmas Cookies to Share with Family and Friends

What’s Christmas without cookies? A plate of warm Christmas cookies can help you bond with the neighbors, and taking a tray to the office is a sure way to win points with your co-workers. Christmas cookies can also be a fun part of frugal holiday gift-giving. Every year, Kris and I assemble holiday gift bags to give to our friends. […]

The Wealthy Aren't Who You Think They Are

I saw this picture on PostSecret not too long ago. It reads: My friends and relatives think I'm poor or stingy because I drive a clunker and own old appliances. Ha! I've given 400G to charities, helping to restore sight to thousands. And I keep doing it! This reminded me of a few things: 1. […]

The Wealthy Aren't Who You Think They Are

I saw this picture on PostSecret not too long ago. It reads: My friends and relatives think I'm poor or stingy because I drive a clunker and own old appliances. Ha! I've given 400G to charities, helping to restore sight to thousands. And I keep doing it! This reminded me of a few things: 1. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Dec 14

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Be sure to enter my You Need a Budget giveaway! Also, please vote in the Best of Money Carnival contest. […]

What Happens if Lending Club Goes Out of Business?

I recently got an e-mail from a reader who was concerned about the long-term stability of peer lending outfits like Lending Club. In it, he asked: Is there any credible data as to how long companies such as Lending Club are likely to persist (5, 10, 20, 50 years)? […]

Don’t be afraid to ask about what you don’t know

One of the most important rules of investing is this:  Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand. If you don’t understand stocks, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand options, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand futures contracts, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand credit default swaps, well … don’t worry, because no one understands them. […]

ING Direct & ShareBuilder Promotions: $50 To $125 In Cash & Gifts

Here’s where we broadcast any current promotions from ING Direct, a favorite well-known online bank (especially among personal finance bloggers), and its affiliated brokerage, Sharebuilder. There are actually quite a number of great promotions in place right now! […]

7 Ways to Get Warm On the Cheap

By Sarah Winfrey Brrr . . . it's cold outside. Even if you live somewhere that's usually warm, if you're in the northern hemisphere it's probably been anywhere from a mite chilly to downright freezing out there. If you're at all like me, there's not too much that's worse than being really and truly cold . . . […]

Giveaway Reminder: Elliott Wave Principle and The Big Money

As I mentioned earlier this week, this week we are having a double giveaway. Two winners will receive one book each. […]

Personal Finance Bloggers Hosting the American Express Flip Mino Giveaway – 60+ Camera Prizes!

Have you heard of the Flip Mino HD camera yet? If not, you’re missing out! It’s this great little pocket-sized camera that records video in HD. It’s a pretty slick little device and are becoming quite popular. What if I told you that there are at least 60 of these cameras that usually retail at around $200 being given away this week and weekend? […]

Curb Your Consumerism

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. The temptation to spend money is everywhere, especially during the holidays. There is something magical about lights glowing, soft Christmas music playing everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that seems to make money fly right out of everyone’s wallet. […]

Free In-Flight Internet for the Holidays

This is just a quick note to point out that GoGo is offering free in-flight internet via a series of promo codes. […]

2009: A Turbulent Year for Credit Card Issuers and Cardholders

Note: The following article is reposted by permission from LowCards.com. This past year has been one of the most turbulent years in the history of the credit card industry for both issuers and cardholders. Issuers made substantial changes in their rates and fees Read more ...Subscribe to our newsletterLike this article? […]

Guest Post: Living off Capital

By Philip Brewer I have a guest post up on The Simple Dollar that talks about Living Off Capital. People who come from wealthy families learn how to live off capital. The rules are taught along with all the other things they learn from their parents–how to dress, how to eat, how deal with bankers and trust officers. […]

Living off Capital

Philip Brewer is perhaps my favorite personal finance blogger. I thoroughly enjoy his writings and I’ve told him so in the past. A few months ago, I offered him a very rare guest post slot here at The Simple Dollar so I could share his writing more directly with you all. This is the article that Philip contributed. […]