How to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at The chilly season is upon us. If you live in North America, you’ve probably had at least a few cold nights by now. Up in my neck of the woods — in the Boston area — we’ve had our central heat running for a few weeks. […]

Six year-end financial tasks

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Books that Make Great Gifts: FMF Readers' Edition

A couple weeks ago I Iisted books that I think make great gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. I asked readers to suggest the books they would add to my list. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Electronics, Bikes, and Free Burgers

It's Cyber Monday! There's a lot of savings out there today, but as always, we've got ways to save tomorrow. Check out great deals on video cameras and bicycles, and grab a few coupons. […]

Travel Rewards, Health Savings Accounts, and One-Salary Families

As I mentioned a few days ago, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable contributions. Please take this opportunity to give to your favorite charity. Here’s how to make your charity count twice. In other news, I have returned from visiting my family in California for Thanksgiving. […]

What’s Your Retirement Income Strategy? Some Out of the Box Options

When it comes to determining the best investment strategies for your money, the first thing to consider is why you are investing to begin with. […]

Podcast 84: Stew Langille, Mint Data

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stew Langille, Director of Marketing for Intuit Personal Finance Group about Mint’s new real time consumer spending tracking website Mint Data. […]

How to make your own Christmas Crackers

It’s not a proper holiday party unless I’m wearing a paper crown on my head. The odd joke, a fun gift, and a popping good snap also ring in a good time around my dinner table. […]

Review: The Cheapskate Next Door

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I reviewed Jeff Yeager’s excellent book on frugality The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. […]

Giving Grows Your Net Worth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. A few weeks ago I spoke at a church luncheon. The topic was "money myths" and focused on several statements that most people consider to be true about money -- but are actually false. […]

Reader Story: My Debt-Free Marriage

This guest post from Mike C. is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. 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. On June 26th, I married my best friend. […]

The Cinnamon Bear: An Old-Time Radio Christmas Tradition

Because I love The Cinnamon Bear so much, I post this same article every year. This year is no different, except that I’m posting it a couple of days early to give you time to download the files. If you have young children — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to listen to these old radio broadcasts with your family. Holiday traditions don’t have to be expensive. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 27, 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. […]

Six Painless Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

MSNBC says that the average family of four spends nearly $6,000 a year at the supermarket. If you'd like to spend less (we spend less than $5k, BTW), here are their six painless ways to cut your grocery bill: Have a plan. Make a list before you leave home. Use the supermarket flyer from your mailbox or the store’s website to take advantage of weekly sales. But read it carefully. […]

10 Cheap Ways To Get Someone A Great Gift For Under $5

Wondering how to get someone a great gift without having to spend the extra cash? The holiday season or special occasions can hit you a little harder in the wallet, so having a special part of your budget set up to handle these events would be the best way to prepare for them. Another way to ease the weight of these expenditures is to think resourcefully about the gift-giving process. […]

20+ Christmas Gift Ideas Under $100

While I’ve already offered my suggestions for this year’s best holiday toys, not everyone on your Christmas or gift-giving list is a child. You may have a special adult someone on your list who would appreciate something more useful. […]

Small Business Saturday

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new shopping holiday nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s called “Small Business Saturday,” and it’s the brainchild of American Express OPEN – the small business unit of Amex. Beyond simply encouraging you to go out at shop at small, locally-owned businesses, Amex is offering you $25 to do so. […]

How to Get Your Spouse Involved in Managing Your Finances

If you’re the one managing the finances, tracking the expenses and mapping out your family’s financial plan, you deserve a lot of credit. But I’m sure there are times when you wish your spouse was more involved. First, because it takes time to steer the money ship and it’s only fair to share that burden. […]

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Forty Thousand Feet: Vision

This is the sixteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. “What would long term success look, sound, and feel like?” Again, Allen opens the chapter with a provocative question. […]