Thirty-Second Introduction, aka an “Elevator Speech”

The following is reprinted with permission from Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy. Copyright © 2011 by Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Putting Food on the Table When You Can’t Make Ends Meet

Tony writes in: About two weeks ago, I lost my job. I was being paid cash to do some maintenance work but the guy hiring me couldn’t afford it. A few days after that I tried to use my credit card to buy groceries and I was over my credit limit. Right now I have $20 in my wallet and that’s all the money I have. I have a five year old kid and we don’t have much food in the cupboard. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 25-28

Here we go with the second 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. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Stomach Flu Edition

Our family has been walloped by some sort of stomach bug the last few days. Our daughter got it, then I got it, then Sarah got it. […]

Negotiate All Your Travel: The Ultimate Guide

Unless you’re going to Istanbul and plan on negotiating to buy a carpet at the Grand Baazar, you probably don’t think of negotiation as part your travel plans. While many of us realize we can negotiate abroad, most of us assume we’re stuck paying whatever price the Orbitz website spits back out at us. […]

Soften the Effect of High Gas Prices

I got lucky: I decided to leave my job, and the associated daily commute, around the time gas prices started rising faster. Now, with more unrest in northern Africa, a gallon of gasoline at the pump costs more than $3.50 on average, with some location sporting a price north of $4.00. […]

5 iPhone Apps Your Dog Wants You to Download

They can’t express it in words, but our dogs appreciate everything we do for them. From regular vet visits to picking up their favorite treats to giving them a reflex-triggering rub on the belly, we’re number one in their eyes. […]

Fixing Mistakes: 7 Steps for Any Situation

We all goof sometimes... Though many mistakes are minor, and don't cause much of a ripple in the world, some mistakes hurt other people and have to be dealt with quickly and completely. Here's a 7-step process for dealing with any mistake, whether it's something on a business or a personal level. 1. […]

5 Ideas for Building Wealth in 2011

We’re into another year, and you probably have some New Year’s resolutions aimed at building wealth. Many people, though, find themselves behind in their goals at this point in the year. Even if you have gone off track a little bit, it’s not too late to get back on the right path. […]

College Is a Big, Fat, Hairy Rip-Off! (But Save for It Anyway)

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. […]

Does Raising Your Car Insurance Deductible Save You Money?

This is a guest post from Hank Coleman. When you write out the check for your 6-month car insurance premium, do you ever get the sinking feeling that once again you’re paying out a chunk of change you’ll never get back? If you’re a safe driver with a clean record, you may be thinking about raising your auto policy’s liability insurance deductible. […]

Six Steps to Money Smart Kids

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down lists six steps to money smart kids as follows: Have routine chores for which he or she is not paid. A next level of chores for which there is a modest allowance that you monitor. Save at least some birthday and holiday money. Be raised with high expectations -- you will go to college. Not get every materia […]

What is Form 6251: Alternative Minimum Tax

Form 6251: Alternative Minimum Tax (Individuals) is the form taxpayers must fill out to determine whether or not they are subject to the dreaded Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The AMT is another way of calculating your tax liability and those subject to its wrath will see their tax liability increase, as certain deductions are disallowed under AMT. […]

Tips for Making the Most Money when Working Overseas

Recently a reader left this comment on one of my career-related posts: One option I rarely see on Financial Blogs is to work abroad. I have worked in the Persian Gulf for the last 20 years and I am close to hitting my 2 million dollar goal (2012). I have saved all this since 1991 and paid my taxes too. My companies have paid 100% of my living costs and I save at a 70% of my take home salary. […]

Tying Up Loose Ends

It’s much easier to keep your spending and personal finances in control if you’ve done what you can to get your personal life under control. […]

Best Airline Credit Card Bonuses

One of the ways you can use credit cards to your advantage is to choose rewards cards that offer travel bonuses. You can do even better if you get a credit card associated with one of the airlines. Most of these cards are through major issuers, so you can use them for everyday purchases, while building up miles at a specific airline. […]

Discover Get More Reward Categories (2011)

The Discover More card is one of the few credit cards that rotates its reward categories. Normally, a rewards credit card is set in its ways when it comes to reward categories. The Discover More card, through it’s Get More program, rotates the bonus category every quarter to something that seems seasonally appropriate. […]

AAA Members Earn More Interest at Discover Bank

I’m a member of AAA, paying once a year for benefits like roadside service, travel assistance, and in some cases, discounts. AAA members can now earn a higher interest rate at Discover Bank than non-members. […]

Poll: Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

We are quickly closing in on the tax deadline, so those who haven’t already filed their taxes are probably starting to feel the pressure mount a bit. […]