Reader Mailbag: The Nascent Musician

My two year old daughter is showing a tremendous nascent interest in making music. She sings constantly. She uses her hands as percussion all the time on her knees, on the table, and anywhere else she can use them. She climbs up to our keyboard and attempts to play songs. […]

Do You Really Need a Mortgage In Your Twenties?

This is a guest post from MD of Studenomics. A personal finance blog for 20-somethings that want to kill debt, make some cash, and enjoy life. If you like the article, please consider subscribing for free updates. In the North American society it’s no secret that owning a home has become apart of life. […]

Find and Plug Your Money Leaks

How many times have you run into this scenario at work: you start a task that seems ridiculously inefficient or outdated, bring it up to your supervisor only to hear them say “that’s how we’ve always done it.” Sadly, it happens all too often and it’s the product of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality that permeates almost every aspect of life. […]

TurboTax Online Review, New Features

Last year was the first year I abandoned my own tax return preparation, deferring to a professional to do the dirty work. I’m glad I did; he suggested I restructure my business retroactively, resulting in a savings of about $15,000. I still haven’t seen most of this; the IRS is still processing my amended 2008 return.As you could probably guess, my taxes are more complicated than most people’s. […]

What Did Your Parents Teach You About Money?

February was National Parent Leadership Month, which highlighted the role parents play in shaping the lives of their children. […]

Don’t Let Short-Term Events Disrupt Long-Term Planning

This is a guest post from Darwin’s Finance. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS Feed. While it’s difficult to overcome the urge to react to unexpected events in our lives, patience and consideration of the facts almost always yields better results than emotional reactions. […]

The Pain of Ordering Online

Let me start by saying the following: I LOVE ordering online most of the time. You can get great deals, better selection than most stores, and the product comes right to your home. It's a great time saver and you can usually find free shipping deals that eliminate that issue from the decision-making process. I did most of my Christmas shopping this year online. […]

Financial Planning: How to Find Your Net Worth

How to Find Your Net Worth is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. I’m worth it. You’re worth it. We’re all worth it. Great. I love it when advertisers sing me the tales of “worth” to make a sale. The pitch must be working because everyone these days is praised for being “worth it”. But are you worth it? […]

Review: Linchpin

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest to Simple Dollar readers. The entire argument of Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is that there are no longer any great jobs where someone tells you what to do. […]

How To Remove Spyware, Malware or Any Computer Virus?

Would you know how to remove spyware, malware or any computer virus off your machines? Revanche of A Gai Shan Life shares her stories and questions on the matter of keeping one’s computer clean! […]

Podcast 46: Your Money: The Missing Manual, J.D. Roth

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is J.D. Roth, founder of the website Get Rich Slowly.J.D. has made the transition from blogger to published author. In this episode, Flexo, Tom Dziubek, and J.D. discuss the financial advice in his new book, Your Money: The Missing Manual. […]

Cash vs. Accrual and Why Accounting Matters for Taxes

By Thursday Bram When you're running a small business, it may seem like deciding between cash and accrual accounting is just one more thing on the long list of things you need to get done. […]

Dollars and Doctrine Giveaway Winner and Special Offer

On Thursday I named the winner of my Dollars and Doctrine book giveaway (go to the end of that post to see the winner), and now I have a special offer for the rest of you -- you can get the book at HALF PRICE!!!! The author of the book has offered to give FMF readers a 50% off sale for the next week. Simply go to the Dollars and Doctrine "Special Offers" page. […]

Why Was My Credit Limit Lowered?

Jennifer writes in: Yesterday, I received a notice from [my credit card company] that my credit limit had been lowered from $10,000 to $4,000 on my primary credit card. I was immediately worried that my credit had been damaged by identity theft, so I checked it on annualcreditreport.com and there was nothing there at all. […]

Reader Story: How I Paid Off $18,000 in Student Loans While Still in Graduate School

This guest post from Andrea is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. I am a graduate student, working towards a PhD, and I hope to graduate in 2012. […]

The End Times and a Cashless Society

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Last month I highlighted a Crown Ministries piece on how we're becoming a cashless society when I asked How Much Cash Do You Use? In that case, the question and post centered around the practical day-to-day side of using or not using cash. […]

Crap: Hard to Open Packaging That Requires a Chainsaw

Or in this case, a butcher knife. I swear to Xenu, lord and dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, that if I ever encounter another packaging that requires stabbing motion to open, I’m going to send Tom Cruise and his Scientology pals after the person responsible. In all seriousness, from today forward, I’m genuinely going to make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing poorly-designed packaging tha […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 6, 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. […]

Your Parents' Estate Plan Part 2: What You Need to Know

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. A thoughtful estate plan can make your heirs' lives easier. But it is your parents' estate planning that will make your life easier. Not every family has fostered the ability to speak openly in love. But if you have begun that process, here is an outline of what grown children need to know about their parents' affairs. […]