Review: The Leap

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal growth, personal productivity, or career book. This is a book I wish I had my hands on about two years ago. I was working at a job I liked, but I also felt that there were several directions in which I was unable to spread my wings. The work I was doing was slowly moving in a less creative direction over time. […]

Podcast 32: Gift Cards and Financial Reform

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Jim Sharvin, a Certified Public Accountant affiliated with the California Society of CPAs. Tom Dziubek and Jim discuss how consumers can protect themselves when buying and using one of the most popular holiday gifts, gift cards. After the break Tom speaks with Heather Booth, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform. […]

Bargaineering 2009 Annual Financial Review Week

Since Career Week was so successful, mostly because of all of your insightful comments, I thought I’d bring you another “week” of focused posts. This time, since we are so near the end of the year, we’ll be focusing on an annual financial review. […]

Way to Save #134: Buy Textbooks Online

Buy textbooks online, used or both. Used to be you were trapped paying outrageous prices to the monopoly known as the campus bookstore. Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, you can buy new and used textbooks online and save serious bucks. Do a search for “used text books.” […]

Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel

Quite often, I’m emailed about a subject so frequently that I decide that, instead of just writing the same answer again and again, I should just write an article about it so I can point new emailers to the article. […]

Turns Out Giving Does Make You Wealthier (and Happier)

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I recently asked whether or not giving makes you wealthier. Turns out it does (makes you happier too -- and boasts lots of other benefits as well.) This piece details a series of studies from a professor at BYU. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 28, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

U.S. Unemployment Rates and the History of Recession: A Visual Guide (Map)

We take another peek at national unemployment statistics. With the stock market all the way up right now and the holidays ringing in some optimism, it’s nice to take a break from our collective gripes about the jobless recovery, massive consumer debt problems and undeserved excesses of big business (which continue to do creative things with their bailout money and our taxpayer dollars). But then a […]

Don’t Just Thank…Act!

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker has recently come to realize that there will always be an excuse not to give if you look for one. As the holiday season approaches each year, we’re reminded to reflect on those things we’re most thankful for. Some of these remain consistent from year to year. […]

6 Ways to Boost Your Income in a Big Way

By Bankrate Budgets and penny-pinching are all well and good, but if you're looking to give your income a serious lift, there is no substitute for entrepreneurial grit. Many turn talent and expertise into a second source of income, providing consulting services on the side, for example, while maintaining their full-time jobs. […]

Way to Save #133: Local Scholarships

You can look at all the scholarship search websites and library books in the world and still miss college cash. Why? Because the $300 scholarship offered by your local Rotary Club isn’t in there. Neither is the local Elks club $250 essay contest or any number of other awards local civic, cultural and religious groups [...] […]

Making Buyers

Yesterday, my four year old son was watching a television program at his grandparents’ home. At our own home, we don’t watch much non-PBS programming at all, so this was one of my son’s first real exposures to advertising. I came into the room after he had been watching for about forty minutes and started to get his coat on and get him ready to go. […]

Da' Buy World: Considering "Blue Saturday"

By Jabulani Leffall Looking for bargain prices on items you know you don't need is kind of like building man-made islands in the Persian Gulf and Indian Oceans in the shape of the world, hoping that people will buy them for millions of dollars and live on them, despite rising sea levels. Let me say that with the exception of a pancake breakfast for my son, I boycotted Black Friday. For this post, […]

Why We Buy

Here are some interesting thoughts from Stop Acting Rich: ...And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire: Why do so many people hyperspend? Prior to the economic reversals we have recently encountered, most people had similar sets of beliefs about the positive relationship between spending on products and happiness. […]

Friday Fiscals: Cruise edition

Not me, by the way:  my wife has a very generous aunt who has offered to take the girls (my wife, my daughter, and my mother-in-law) on a cruise in warm waters.  So I get to hold down the fort and feed the pets. Here are some money links of interest from my feed reader: Bargaineering kicks fearful financial situations in the face (and takes names). Wise Bread has nine ways to save on a move. Squa […]

Seven Secrets of Good Presentations

Over the last few months, I’ve given a small pile of presentations related to The Simple Dollar, my upcoming book, and other topics. Along the way, I’ve learned several things about what constitutes a good presentation and what constitutes a failure. Here are the seven key things I’ve learned, which you can take away to make your own presentations better. 1. Lots of words on the screen is bad. […]

Household Budgeting Made Easy

This is a guest post by Austin Frakt, a health economist and university professor. You can find more by Austin at The Incidental Economist, a blog about personal finance, economics, and health care, among other things. Budgeting is the cornerstone of personal finance. You can’t make a rational financial decision without knowing the state of your cash flow. […]

Alternate Ways of Rewarding Content Creators

I’ve been thinking a lot since the last time we talked about my ongoing internal troubles with stealing entertainment. In general, my habits are tending more toward avoiding theft, even accidentally. […]