Date with a Dragon: Meeting Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den

First impressions matter a lot to Robert Herjavec. This $100 million dollar man has made a fortune from his ability to size-up his competition in under 90 seconds and turn a profit on an elevator pitch. […]

Stock Market Strategies: Trading In A Bull vs Bear Market

Nobody can blame you if your views of the stock market have changed lately. Buy and hold investing is no longer as rewarding an approach as it used to be in decades past. With most decisions in life, no question has an easy answer and this is no exception. […]

Debt Reduction Success Stories

Debt Reduction Success Stories: I recently asked my twitter.com/NCN followers to share their debt reduction success stories.  Here are some of my favorites: @Elle_CM has a great article about How To Pay Off Car Loan over at CoupleMoney. @FCN from Five Cent Nickel did an awesome thing and paid off his mortgage – in less than 10 years!  That’s pretty cool. @CanadianFinance recently hit a major mil […]

Banks deal with you as it benefits them

I was forwarded an article about a local woman whose bank, Bank of America, foreclosed on the house she and her family lived in only three months after her husband drowned in the river adjoining the property. Meanwhile, in other parts of Bank of America, foreclosures are being halted all over the country to make sure that documentation related to foreclosures was filled out proper […]

Review: Generation Earn

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I really enjoy reading personal finance books that target young professionals – the one group that I believe could use the personal finance help the most. […]

Podcast 77: Pam Lassiter, The New Job Security

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Pam Lassiter, founder of the career management consulting firm Lassiter Consulting and author of the book The New Job Security: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career.Tom talks to Pam about what’s changed since the first edition of her book which was released in 2002 and also about her career management strategies, […]

5 Best Money-Saving, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings

Salad dressing is a ridiculous expense. The non-refrigerated kind have all sorts of unpronounceable additives, and the healthier jar type found near the produce aisle run at least $4 a jar — and they usually turn bad before I finish them. A solution? Make your own salad dressing, and only the amount you'll use within the week. […]

4 Places to Start Your Debt Management Crusade

Even though much of the country has been working hard to bounce back in the last year, you may only now be realizing your struggle with debt. […]

Scarcity and Abundance: Escaping the Scarcity Mentality

Recently, Barrie left a very interesting comment on The Simple Dollar Facebook page: I’d love to see something about scarcity vs abundance. I can’t seem to escape the scarcity thought bubble. The ideas of scarcity and abundance have bubbled under at The Simple Dollar for a very long time. […]

Wise Bread Blogger on the NBC News with Brian Williams

On Friday, September 24th, my family was on the NBC Nightly News talking about changes we've made in the way we use credit cards because of the financial crisis. We'd interviewed with one of their L.A. reporters, Kristen Walker, a couple of weeks previous. Filming was a blast. […]

Scam Week 2010

You won the lottery! Just kidding… but you are very close. Wire $10,000 to my account in Estonia and the King of Prussia will authorize me to immediately transfer into your account a payment of 10.000.000.000! I need the wire transfer in order to get your bank information. […]

Reader Story: Even Better Than Enough

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. I feel deeply fortunate. […]

Does the Bible Suggest Being a Millionaire Next Door?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. As I was reading my Bible recently, I came across the following verses: Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food. Proverbs 12:9 (New Living Translation) Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. […]

Positating the negative

Our county had our annual Fall Festival today.  After trying in futility to corral all kinds of parade traffic, and after doing some hearing tests for the Lions Club, I went around to the vendors inside.  I ran across someone I had done some website work for before. It speaks to my lack of self-confidence in my abilities that I did all of this for free.  In fact, it’s worse than t […]

What Does “Financial Independence” Really Mean?

“Financial independence” is a phrase often bandied about by people without any sort of consistent meaning. Does “financial independence” mean complete freedom from debt? Does it mean the ability to switch jobs without creating a financial panic in your household? Does it mean having enough money to survive without further income? Does it mean having enough money to thrive and chase whatever endeav […]

Think Twice Before Ditching Your Current Bank

Have you finally had enough with your bank? With so many changes in the banking industry, it is not unusual for many bank customers to get frustrated or even disheartened to see their money being handled in an unfavorable manner. […]

Save Money Shopping Online With Google

Paying full price for something is ludicrous these days. There are so many different ways to ensure you're getting a deal — all you have to do is a tiny bit of work. You're already on Wise Bread, so you've (hopefully) already figured out whether this is an essential purchase or not. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 9, 2010

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. […]

Comic Book Ad from 1956: How I Made a Small Fortune in Spare Time!

Last month, I mentioned that I got my entrepreneurial start as a kid by selling stuff door to door. This “stuff” generally comprised products advertised on the back of of comic books: seeds, greeting cards, and so on. For more than thirty years, companies recruited armies of salesboys and salesgirls through comics. I was one of them. But it wasn’t just kids they recruited. […]

How Work Evolves in Early Semi-Retirement

We've been talking about the book Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement. Basically, early semi-retirement is a concept where you cut back your spending, quit your job and through a combination of working a bit (part-time) and savings, you work a very reduced number of hours each week. […]