Becoming a Groupon Groupie

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at I have a pretty idyllic Friday evening planned: I’m going to yoga class, and then taking my husband out for dinner. These are both fairly spendy activities for me, but I got a great deal. […]

Should We Pay $2 Per Pound for Garbage Disposal?

In many European countries, including Germany, throwing away garbage is a costly affair. Whether it’s based on weight, volume, or some other system, it’s a way to cut down on the physical amount that people throw away. […]

Divorce and Life Insurance: How to Secure Your Settlement

My wife and I are very happily married and have no plans on divorce. But I see clients who have to go through this process all the time. When they do, it’s a tough ordeal. I see people get taken advantage of for no good reason. […]

Teaching Kids About Money: An Interview with Dr. Brad Klontz

It’s commonly accepted that many high school graduates do not have enough education in the area of personal finance. In fact, personal finance classes are not even required for graduation by most high schools. […]

Would You Marry for Money?

Smart Money lists 10 things your spouse won't tell you and includes this when discussing marrying for money: Both men and women are ok with a little gold digging. […]

How To Launch A Small Business (Video)

I am pleased to have Jeff Rose as our guest writer for today! Jeff is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog. He is also currently working on his first book entitled Soldier of Finance. [...]How To Launch A Small Business (Video) […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 3/24, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Saving on spring cleaning projects. […]

5 Investing fees that devour your savings

Do you know how much your investments are costing you? I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t. I was pretty clueless waaaay back when I started investing my hard-earned cash in a basket of mutual funds — they came highly recommended by a friendly financial advisor, after all. And fees? What fees? […]

The Limits You Choose

A few days ago, Kenia left a very interesting comment on my earlier post What You Are – and What You’re Not: Great post, Trent. Very inspiring. I have to disagree slightly though… “There’s still nothing keeping you from having a life filled with doing the things you love. […]

ING Direct Electric Orange Raising Credit and Margin Rates

On May 16, ING Direct will change the rate is uses to determine the cost of overdrawing the Electric Orange checking account.ING Direct’s overdraft system is a little like Passover, where we ask how this bank is different than all other banks. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a Depreciating Asset

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I live in Japan, which was once a growing economy.  Ever since that changed in the 80s, society has decided that houses shall now be depreciating assets.  As in, they are treated like how most people treat cars; "The older they are, the more used they get and the less valuable they are."  As a result, houses almost never go up in value here, an […]

Seven Tips for Saving Money on Pet Costs

Americans spend more than $41 billion each year on pets. From routine care to pet spa appointments, the pets industry is big business. Increasingly, people consider their pets to be part of the family, and spend accordingly. […]

Why Airlines Continue to Add Fees

I don’t like the fact that when I think I know how much it will cost me to travel round-trip from where I live to where some of my family lives, New Jersey to California, there always seems to be new fees I hadn’t considered. […]

Five Swift Financial Moves to Make Right Now

We’ve all heard the ubiquitous GEICO car insurance commercial, about how fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent on your car insurance, right? Well, as popular as those commercials are, it turns out there are plenty of things you can do in fifteen minutes that have the potential to save you a lot of money. […]

Pay Yourself First

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. For my thoughts on this subject, see Slow and Steady Saving Still Pays, Time, Time, Time, and Two Simple Equations that Lead to Financial Success. The greatest engine to generate real wealth is saving and investing. And the best way to ensure that your default is saving and investing is to automate the process. […]

Blue Sky from American Express Review

Most American own multiple credit cards, sometimes as many as ten. Is this overkill, even though credit cards can be valuable tools? Perhaps. For anyone who optimizes credit card rewards, while trying to minimize the typical effect of increased spending when the method is plastic rather than cash, owning one credit card isn’t enough. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Summer Planning Edition

During this coming summer, I’m departing on a ten day trip to the West Coast, as well as a few other long weekends at various locations around the Midwest. This happens during most summers for me, so spring is usually filled with writing posts in advance to cover the periods when I am traveling. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Elite 8, Posts 1-4

Here we go with the Elite 8 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget

The concept of an annual "spring cleaning" has roots in several cultures spread across the centuries, from ancient Persia and Jewish preparations for Passover to more modern-day needs for a routine whole-house scrubbing. Today, the arrival of spring signals the start of that ingrained habit. […]

Where do I mail my tax return?

I don’t usually dispense much information about filling out IRS forms manually because I am a big believer in e-filing. There are, however, certain times when it’s necessary to mail in a form and where the benefits of e-filing are reduced significantly. […]