Some NBA Players Who Are Doing It Right

I've detailed many sports figures, movie and TV stars, and even "everyday" people who have made a ton of money and then spent and/or lost it all. In fact, it's almost become the norm to see someone famous with great wealth blow it over a few years. But this is a story about some rich and famous basketball players who are taking a different road. […]

Organizing Your Financial Documents

Today I’m going to talk about how to organize your financial documents and records… Just in case something bad happens to you. You and your family deserve to not worry about your finances. One important way to have peace of mind when it comes to money is to know where all of it is. […]

Reader Mailbag: Qatar World Cup

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Saving for education 2. Consolidating private student loans 3. Gift exchange ideas 4. Buying a minivan 5. Credit report questions 6. Splitting mortgage payments 7. Walking away 8. Finding a credit union 9. […]

8 Timeless Tips for Resisting the Upsell

The art of upselling is regarded in the sales world as one of the easiest ways to increase sales, and that's why you encounter this tactic often. […]

Reminder to Bloggers: Submit Your Posts Soon

Just a reminder to money bloggers to submit your entry to my March Money Madness tournament as soon as possible. Half the spots are now taken and they are going fast. Details on the tournament can be found here. […]

Book Review: Off the Grid

Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America by Nick Rosen. I've always used the term "off the grid" in a literal sense to refer to houses that aren't connected to the electric, gas, water, or telephone systems. […]

My CSA Experience: Farm-Fresh Veggies All Summer (and Possibly Winter)

This year I joined the Gorman Farm CSA, which is located in my area. CSAs (community-supported agriculture) allow individuals and families to buy a share in a farm's crop for a season or a year. You pay a set amount at the beginning of the year and, during the growing and harvest seasons, you receive a share of the produce each week. […]

What if sales tax were collected on online purchases?

In our next edition of our nascent What If? series, we take a look at a target of the fiscal hounds. Since the dawn of time, sales tax was only collected on internet sales if the vendor had a physical presence in the state of the buyer. […]

A Non-Consumer Christmas: Simple Gifts for Kids and Grown-Ups

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Not sure what to buy for your loved ones this year? Still singing the recession blues? Consider buying nothing at all. I didn’t buy anything on Black Friday, I didn’t buy anything today, and I won’t tomorrow. […]

Two Solid Tips on How to Freelance Effectively and Profitably

The following is a guest post by Sunil from The Extra Money Blog. I have written quite a bit previously about freelancing on the side and how working on the side for your own clientele in the same field as your career can triple your effective hourly wage and get you more time off from work too. If you are in a service related profession, such as an attorney, CPA, clinical psychologist, decorato […]

5 Ways To Deal With Holiday Stress & Battle The Christmas Blues

From talking to a few people lately, it seems that holiday cheer may not be what a lot of us are feeling. No, it’s not just because of the financial pressures we face during this time of year. Of course, there are the heightened expectations that you mix with reunions with people you may not normally get along with. […]

Spare Change: Stock-Market Genius Edition

I’m a stock-market genius! On December 1st, I wrote about an idiotic USA Today article, which tried to convince readers that investing on the first day of the month was a sound strategy. “Stock investors looking for a trading pattern that all but guarantees a profit need look no further than the first trading day of a new month,” the author wrote. […]

Help a Reader: When to Retire

Here's a question left here by a reader recently: I'm in my mid 40's, and through +20 years of working crazy hours/travel, have managed to accumulate a little over $5M after tax. And the funny things is, nobody else knows it (I love the anonymity of the web). I still dutifully show up to work every day, but as it's not that exciting of a job, I'm asking myself why? […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Get a Library Card

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 15. Get a library card and pick out a few books. A few months ago, I wrote a detailed ode to my local public library. […]

Best Money Tips: Resume Buzzwords to Avoid

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share the too-common terms to avoid on your job search, sincere ways to apologize, yummy stand-ins for dairy or meat, and more! The Top 5 Did you use one of these 10 most overused buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile this year? […]

What’s Your Favorite Credit Card?

In the past, I’ve asked for your help in identifying the best credit cards. […]

Social Security Closes Free Loan Loophole

Before the Social Security Administration published new guidance to change it, you could effectively take an interest free loan against your Social Security benefit if you were eligible to receive benefits. […]

Six Ways to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance Right

My post titled Toileting and Retirement, Should I Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance? was more than enough to get me thinking about buying Long-Term Care insurance. But this is a subject I don't know much about, so I'll need to do some research. Thankfully enough, the research found me -- in the form of this piece form MoneyWatch. […]