Start a Cooking Club: Cook Up Some Frugal Fun

By Tisha Tolar It's becoming a big trend in households across the nation to stop dining out and start eating at the dinner table. However, as growing families continue to race from play practice and soccer practice, their tendency to pull into a drive-thru is still strong simply because it is convenient. […]

5 Freelance Writing Websites That Pay Frequently

When it comes to making extra cash, the internet has a lot to offer its users.  Online auction sites provide members with a place to peddle goods and services and social media networks like Twitter and Facebook make it possible to self-promote with ease.  Those individuals with a knack for the written word can find legitimate, paid work-at-home opportunities online.  In fact, those writers wanting […]

What are Series I Savings Bonds?

Last week I noted that Series I Savings Bonds are now paying 3.36% (current as of 11/09). Given current CD rates, this makes them a rather attractive alternative to bank CDs. […]

Reader Mailbag #88

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. […]

Way to Save #113: Think Low Flow

Put your water on restriction. Low-flow showerheads can save a family up to $200 per year by reducing water flow by up to 50%. […]

8 Free (and 4 cheap) Things to Do in Auckland with a Toddler

By Adam Baker Sometimes getting out and exploring a city, especially when traveling overseas, can be difficult to do with young children. […]

The True Cost of a Motorola Droid

I have been looking forward to replacing my Blackberry 8830 World Edition for several months now. The phone, even with ample extended memory, is sluggish and does not have the same capabilities other modern phones have. With the release of the Motorola Droid, I decided this was a good opportunity to upgrade. […]

Do What Works for You

This article is the seventh of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. I struggled with debt for over a decade. I made several attempts to tackle the trouble, but nothing seemed to work. […]

Free Online Budgeting & Planning Software Tools

With the unceremonious shuttering of Microsoft Money a few months ago, a lot of former Microsoft Money customers are looking for alternatives. If you were using Microsoft Money Essentials, Plus Deluxe, Plus Premium, or Plus Home & Business, your software will still work but support will be gone. Fortunately, there are a lot of alternatives in the online budgeting tool chest. […]

How to Make Money as a Soccer Referee

I've suggested that one way to make some extra money is to turn our hobbies into incomes (in fact, this is one of my 11 great ways to earn more money). In addition, I've noted that my son and I had become volunteer soccer referees but were thinking of looking into paid games. […]

Online Stock Trading Promotions From Top Brokers

For those of you shopping around for a new stock broker, there’s some good news I’d like to share. Not only are the investment markets performing better lately, but there have also been some attractive promotions that a handful of our favorite online stock brokers have decided to offer to new account holders. Here’s a quick list of ongoing offers and promotions I’m familiar with. […]

New Staff Writer, Quicken 2010 Winners, and Best of October

Several weeks ago, I mentioned I would be seeking a staff writer to add to the Consumerism Commentary team, to add one additional article each week. After a good number of applications, I narrowed the field to six finalists. Over the next two weeks, each of these finalists will be presenting two guest articles for Consumerism Commentary readers. […]

Review: Stop Acting Rich

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Over the years, I’ve professed a ton of admiration for Thomas Stanley and William Danko’s excellent personal finance book The Millionaire Next Door. […]

Podcast 29: Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, The Frugal Duchess

Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, author of The Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money, is today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. […]

Crest Whitestrips Advance Seals Giveaway

For a month or so before our wedding, my wife and I used Crest Whitestrips to help whiten our teeth. We thought about doing one of those “professional” dentist teeth whitening sessions but between the cost and the discomfort (my wife has sensitive teeth and her dentist said these were just as good… and cheaper!), we opted for a do-it-yourself kit because we figured it was a good value. […]

Way to Save #112: Dress For Success

Don’t try to stay dressed in shorts all winter long. Wear clothing appropriate to the season, and adjust your thermostat accordingly. […]

What Is Escapism? How Does It Cost Me?

Marti writes in with a question about the second step of Your Money or Your Life: Step two, and I’m sure you remember, is about figuring out what hourly wage you’re actually earning at your job, once you factor in the commute, clothes for the job, lunch food and fast food, etc. I’m looking at the category “Escape Entertainment” and I’m a little stuck. Yes, I have cable. […]

Savings Bonds as Interest-Earning Travelers Checks

By Philip Brewer Remember travelers checks? In the days before ubiquitous automated teller machines, they were a useful product. You could use them almost like cash — but you could carry more than you'd feel safe carrying in cash because if they were lost or stolen you could get them replaced. […]

Now Even God Takes Credit Cards

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The title of this post is not mine. It's from an MSN Money piece that lists nine places that accept credit cards that you might not expect to do so. On topic for this particular Sunday post, they list both churches as well as a well-known parachurch organization as follows: 2. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 7, 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. […]