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. […]

The Best Pot Roast Ever: A Frugal Recipe for November

“It’s been a long time since you shared a recipe at Get Rich Slowly,” I told Kris last week. “What about that pot roast recipe?” she asked. “You love that.” “Yes. Yes, I do,” I said. This guest post from my wife may be the best thing I’ve ever shared at Get Rich Slowly. […]

Check Out Cash Commons

I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks, busy with work.  I want to thank those of you who reached out to say “hi” via Twitter or email.  You guys rock.  Things have settled down now and I should be back to my normal blogging routine. A few weeks ago, MBH from Mighty Bargain Hunter reached out to me and asked me to check out a new site he’s been working on – Cash Commons.  I’ve spent some tim […]

Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

By Xin Lu A couple months ago I wrote about the pros and cons of extending and expanding the popular first time homebuyer tax credit which was due to expire on November 30th, 2009. I wrote that there was a good chance that Congress would extend the credit regardless of the costs. Sure enough, this week Congress has approved an extension and expansion of the credit. […]

Putting Out the Word

About a year ago, my mother decided to re-do the guest bedroom in her home. Before starting out on the project, she outlined her project to several of her friends, not asking for a single thing beyond advice. The end result? One friend gave her a crib. Another friend gave her a children’s bed. […]

Way to Save #111: Use Your Fireplace

Wood is still usually cheaper than gas. But be sure and close your flue tightly when you’re not using it, and make sure the fit is snug. Caulk around the hearth. If you don’t use your fireplace at all, plug and seal your chimney flue. […]

Eight Steps to Lower Your College Costs

The following is an excerpt from America, Welcome to the Poorhouse: What You Must Do to Protect Your Financial Future and the Reform We Need, courtesy of FT Press, imprint of Pearson. […]

Friday Fiscals: Wii Fit Plus edition

My wife got Wii Fit Plus earlier this week and it makes you think on some of the games.  Nice build-on to Wii Fit.  Besides, what other game can I flap my arms and fly around in a giant bird suit? Here are some links of interest from my feed reader: Bible Money Matters comes through with a huge list of budgeting tools, finance software, and iPhone money applications. Tough Money Love wonders if L […]

How One Homeless Person Lives: Coping With Homelessness

I’ve discussed how to avoid foreclosure and how to avoid bankruptcy in the past, but in some cases, things don’t work out too well, and there are people who end up becoming casualties of the real estate bust, credit crisis and weak job market. […]

Secrets of Telemarketing From an Industry Insider

By Paul Michael They call you at all hours. They don't care if you're eating dinner or taking a shower. And they really don't like to hear you say no. They're telemarketers. And recently, someone from "behind enemy lines" came forward to give us all invaluable tips on dealing with those harassing calls. The information comes from reddit's Ask Me Anything section (IAMA). […]

Teaching Money Management Through Self-Responsibility

In the past, I’ve strongly advocated for families to introduce their teenagers to financial reality as early as possible. I know that in my own case, I went off to college with almost no idea of how to manage my money and it really showed in the spending decisions I made over the next ten years of my life. […]

Expedited CARD Reform for Consumers Act of 2009

After the Credit CARD Act of 2009 was signed into law, we saw how credit card issuers started making life tougher for their customers. In short, banks were levying fees on their customers indiscriminately, affecting both the good and the bad. This has been going on for months. Lawmakers have publicly condemned it, and made requests to the federal reserve, but all to no avail. […]

pfPicks: We’re Almost to 2010!

Whew, the end of yet another week. Can you believe it’s already November? It seemed like only yesterday I was trying to figure out what to get my wife for Valentine’s Day and already we’re planning for Thanksgiving in a few short weeks. […]

You vs Debt: A Financial Course For Controlling Your Money & Debt

Check out You vs Debt, a 6 week online course that can help you develop habits and the mindset to control your debt & finances. I’d like to introduce a new financial program that one top personal finance blogger has developed to help us improve our relationship with money. […]

Ten Ways to Make Your Boss Love You (Or Two If You Prefer)

Smart Money lists ten ways to make your boss love you as follows: 1. Put in the Hours -- When It Counts2. Empathize3. Defuse a Bad Situation4. Be a Conduit5. Ask for Help6. Connect the Boss's Way7. Show Initiative8. Be Positive9. Make Like Mini-Me10. Get Your Face Time This is a decent list IMO and if you really want to do all 10 steps, have at it. […]