Way to Save #138: Do-It-Yourself

If you own a home, buy how-to books and stop calling repairmen for everything! […]

Why the Affordable Home Really Isn't

By Julie Rains I've taken a look at home affordability calculators that are available from many reputable sites offering personal finance advice. "Affordability" is based on bank lending guidelines rather than real-life budgets. I'll show you a simple formula to help you determine what is truly affordable. […]

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Cars

A reached another milestone earlier this week. My 2004 Honda Civic, which I purchased new in June 2004, passed 111,111 miles, after passing 100,000 in March. The car runs wonderfully still, as I expected it would years ago when I purchased it, and I don’t intend on selling it for a while, if at all. […]

How to Adjust Your Tax Withholding

Every year, millions of American taxpayers get a tax rebate in the Spring. For some, it’s a planning tool – you can’t spend money if you don’t have it in your bank account. For others, it’s just something that has always happened. It isn’t a benefit, it isn’t a drawback, you’ve just always gotten a rebate in the Spring and it’s been a night surprise. What if it didn’t have to be that way? […]

Furniture and Scambags: Adventures on Craigslist

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I’ve already told you how the wife and I weed out our closets every summer and have a yard sale with the results. […]

Obesity Costs More Than You Think

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in the midst of an epidemic of childhood obesity. And for that matter, adults aren’t doing so well themselves. A couple years back, I got very interested in this topic, so I did some research, and found the answer. It’s a little complicated, but not really. Some of it sounds like a conspiracy theory, and some of it is common sense. […]

Is There a Difference Between Holiday Help for Presents Versus Holiday Help for Food?

This piece from my local TV station discusses how people can get "holiday financial help." As you watch the piece they clearly note that they're talking about two different types of assistance: help for buying presents and help for buying food.   In past years, we've participated in various programs that provided toys for children from less fortunate families. […]

My policy on endorsements, reviews, and affiliates

As you may be aware (or not!) the FTC has revised its guide concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising to include social media, which include blogs like the very one you’re reading now. The short version is that bloggers are required to be explicit about their relationships with advertisers so that you can take it into consideration as you evaluate the opinions I present to […]

Online Shopping Tips To Help You Shop Safely

Listening to our local news the other day, I got wind of some great online shopping tips that will help minimize our risks of being ripped off as we go about making our online buys. […]

The Greatest Detriment to Building Wealth

Here are some interesting thoughts from Stop Acting Rich: ...And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire on why your home has so much of an impact on your wealth: What we don't realize is that the true cost of living in certain homes and neighborhoods is unseen but truly devastating. I believe the greatest detriment to building wealth is our home/neighborhood environment. […]

A Few Things I Do to Organize My Finances

This is a guest post by Mr Credit Card from Ask Mr. Credit Card. Today, Mr Credit Card is going to write about ways to keep your finances organized. If you are looking for a credit card, then be sure to check out his best credit cards list section. Telling folks to be organized in their finances is easy to say, much harder to do. […]

The Costs of Preparing for Additional Children

Megan writes in: Congratulations on your third child! My husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you’ll write an article about how to save money when another child comes along. Your wish is my command, Megan. […]

Find Your Passion

By Philip Brewer I always knew what I wanted to do. What I wanted to do changed over time, and at any particular time I wanted to do more than one thing — and sometimes I wasn't sure if any particular thing that I wanted to do would turn out to be satisfying or remunerative. But there were always things I wanted to do. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Your Own Coffee Pods

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We’re going to show you how to make your own coffee pods, why rechargeable batteries may not be the better buy, and how you can pay off the IRS — even without much money. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 12/02/09

By Lynn Truong Today we've got a bunch of $10 and under deals, some nice laptops, toys, jewelry, apparel, and more! Freebies FREE Town & Country Magazine 3 year subscription Fill out the form, answer a few questions and get a 3 year subscription to Town & Country Magazine (no credit card required).     FREE Samsung Bluetooth Headset (after rebate) Adorama offers the Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Heads […]

More on Staying Fully Invested

We recently talked about the importance of staying fully invested in the stock market (assuming you have a long term investment horizon) so you don't miss the ride up once the market recovers from a drop. […]

How to Determine Your Asset Allocation

Asset allocation is probably one of the hardest parts about investing because while we all know it’s important, we don’t really know what we’re supposed to do. […]

BVC #23: Your Mutual Fund May Be Ripping You Off

When it comes to investing, you can’t predict the future. What you can predict, with 100% certainty, is how much your broker is going to charge to get you there. If you’re like me, the majority of your stock market investments are in mutual funds in retirement accounts like 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and IRAs. […]

Bike On! Great Deals on All Things Bicycle

By Sasha A. Rae The season of skiing and snowboarding and of hunkering down fireside with a large hot chocolate is upon us. Or some of us, but not all of us. For some, the season of the bicycle never ends and for those people, now is the best time to shop. Bike gear from 2009 is mostly gone, but what’s left is marked down to ridiculously low prices. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Editing Edition

Right now, I’m deeply involved with the editing process for my upcoming second book. My first book was fairly easy to edit. Since it was mostly a list of ways to live cheap, the edits were either “does this way to live cheap fit in the book?” or grammatical choices. This time around, though, the editing is much more intense – and more challenging. […]