Getting The Most From Your Charitable Deductions

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Charitable deductions can be a complex and confusing area of your tax return. Understanding what you can deduct and what you can’t deduct can be confusing. Documenting it properly adds yet another layer of difficulty. […]

Alternatives to Flying: Other Ways to Get From Here to There

With the advent of budget airlines offering unbelievably low airfares and our maniacal desire to get from A to B as quickly as possible, flying is usually the only option we consider when traveling. […]

How to Survive a Tax Audit

Imagine walking up to your mailbox today and finding a letter from the IRS. You filed your taxes nice and early and have eagerly been awaiting your refund check. Could this be it? Nope, it's a notice of an income tax audit. Your eyes bug out. Audit?! […]

Great Networking Sources for Job Leads

The book Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy lists great sources for job leads (or, in other words, ways you can network when looking for a job), starting with what they call "raw" (not developed specifically, but potentially have positions) leads as follows: Your existing job targets Job postings Gossip The business news Job fairs Search engine expediti […]

Reasons To Relocate: Would You Move for Love or Money?

I have an increasing number of friends in long distance relationships and it’s left me thinking about a particular dilemma that many folks face. I believe it’s one of those ways that the recession comes to affect our personal lives. Here’s the question: if you were offered a job in another state or country paying [...]Reasons To Relocate: Would You Move for Love or Money? […]

Other Community Projects and Interests

When I’m not busy with Consumerism Commentary, I have a small window for working on other projects. Most of these have stemmed from Consumerism Commentary or focus on the personal finance community, but every so often I get a chance to focus on my other interests. […]

Review: You Majored in What?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I double-majored in life science and computer science. What on earth am I doing writing a blog about personal finance? […]

Podcast 101: The Squeaky Wheel, Guy Winch

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Guy Winch, author of The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem.Guy received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1991 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in family and couples therapy at NYU Medical Center. […]

You Need To Cut Your Spending. It Sounds Painful. Now What?

You’ve realized (finally) that you’re in a precarious financial situation. You’re spending more than you earn – sometimes quite a bit more. You’ve racked up a fair amount of debt. […]

Reader Story: Debt-Free College Education as a Returning Student

This guest post from Penny Saver is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. It’s a response to Crystal’s reader story about how she avoided student loans. 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. […]

Help a Reader: Advice for a Pastor

Here's an email I recently received: My wife and I are Co-Pastors of a Protestant church.  I am 45 and she is 40.  We have a 3.5 year old daughter.  Just over a year ago we left the church we were serving in the midwest and accepted a call to a church in the Mid-Atlantic area.  We were able to sell our house, but lost around 18,000, ending up with about 32,000 after closing and moving.  As a c […]

When Should a Hobby Remain a Hobby?

One constant theme of The Simple Dollar is my encouragement of people to try to find ways to turn their passions and hobbies into a stream of income. This is a path I followed in my own life, as I turned my hobby of writing into a major revenue stream. While that may have been a powerful experience for me, it’s not always a good idea to turn your hobby into a full-time job. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #12

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Rachel Some of you long time readers may remember that a few years ago, I posted an article about a friend of mine named Rachel. […]

Recipe: Spicy Pickled Carrots

This guest post from my wife is yet another installment in her ongoing quest to grow and preserve food for our household. I’ve had the canning bug pretty bad for the last week or two. But although Spring has officially begun, our garden is months away from producing anything worth turning into jam, pickles, or other home-canning treasures. […]

Raising Money-Savvy Kids

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Many people lament that schools don't teach children to be financially responsible. But studies show that book learning doesn't work when trying to teach about finances. […]

Under the gun? Filing extensions in each state

I’m hoping to have my taxes all ready without needing an extension this year, but maybe there are some extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from filing your federal taxes, and possibly your state taxes, on time. Below I’ve assembled links to every state that has an individual state tax, with instructions on how to file an extension.  Every state is unique, so be sure to check what your […]

Dinner With My Family #11: Enchiladas, Vegan or Otherwise

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Several people have emailed me recently, asking why I’m vegan. It’s not political at all. […]

What Happens if I Forget to Sign My Tax Return?

With income tax returns due in less than a month, many of you are probably planning on working on your tax returns this weekend. […]

Should We Eliminate the U.S. Postal Service?

I don’t bother checking my mailbox every day. Most of the paper mail I receive is junk, and I’m sure the same is true for most households. Unlike Gmail, I can’t create an automated filter to organize my paper mail, and there is no built-in junk-mail screen. As a result, 95% of what I receive in my mailbox goes right to the recycle bin or the shredder. […]