Saving Pennies or Dollars? Light Bulbs

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

How to get married for $239.00

It only costs $239.00 to get married. I squawk you not. To get hitched (legally) you generally only need to pay for a marriage license and the services of a marriage commissioner. In British Columbia, Canada, a marriage license plus commissioner cost just $239.00. That’s it. Everything else is just pomp and circumstance. Did you hear me? […]

Founders Federal Credit Union Gives $10 Million

Founder Federal Credit Union, a credit union in Lancaster, South Carolina; will be giving $10 million back to its members in the form of a bonus dividend. About half will go to depositors based on their interest earned and the other half will go to borrowers based on their interest paid. […]

10 Business Owners Share Tips for Saving Money

Link: ShareThisCutting costs and saving money are always on the minds of business owners and entrepreneurs. […]

Strangest & Oddest Economic Indicators

When most “serious” folks consider where the economy is headed — or where it’s been — they normally look at things like jobs, housing, retail sales, inventory and manufacturing data. But for most of us, some of those indicators aren’t that “real.” How can you relate, in an every-day way, to manufacturing data? As you might expect, some experts notice other trends that come with a down economy. […]

Black Friday Myths

The following is a guest post from Andrea Woroch.The hype surrounding Black Friday seems to get bigger every year, especially as advertising for the shopping holiday continues to creep. Shoppers are being inundated with Black Friday deals, and it’s easy to let the dream of amazing savings overshadow rational purchasing behavior. Hence the mile-long queue in front of Best Buy at 3am. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Your Do over Guide: What Would You Do Differently? Enjoy! […]

Addicted to Online Billpay?

If you’re anything like me, you pay the vast majority of your bills online. What’s not to love? It’s convenient, and it saves money on postage, check printing, etc. Well, let me let you in on a little secret… Banks don’t offer these services out of the kindness of their hearts. Rather, they do it to lock down their customers. Don’t believe me? […]

Reader Mailbag: A Holiday Week

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Friendship and money 2. Home sale and mortgage question 3. Multiple savings accounts 4. Used car question 5. Refinancing conundrum 6. Fast elimination of student loans 7. House cleaning system 8. […]

THANK YOU!!!!!! (And Another $5k Match)

I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all the FMF readers out there! Due to your generosity, we surpassed the goal in my FMF $5k Red Kettle Challenge in less than a week! Thank you so much for giving to help the poor and needy. Your kindness is such an encouragement and so appreciated.Since you all have been so generous, you've inspired me to go above and beyond as well. […]

Why I Skip Black Friday

One of the big rituals of the Thanksgiving weekend, one among many, is Black Friday. If you’ve been living in a cave for the last ten years, Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving where retailers deeply discount a few items in the hopes that people come to the stores in the early hours and spend a lot of money. […]

When Something Breaks, Should You Repair or Replace?

My Grandpa Clyde was one of the great handymen of all time. He could repair just about anything. Before Clyde bought something, the first thing he'd ask was whether he could get parts and supplies to repair it himself when it broke. If the answer was "no," he wouldn't buy it. If the answer was "You don't need to worry about it, Mr. Yeager. […]

Paying for a Piece of the Pizza: Techniques for Splitting the Bill

Eating out with friends is one of my favorite indulgences. Few things are better than good company combined with delicious food and drink. But these fun evenings often chug to a near standstill when it comes time to pay the bill. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving Money at Restaurants

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money at restaurants, steps to lower a cell phone bill, and ways to give gifts people want. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways To Save Money Eating Out At Restaurants — When you eat out at restaurants, make sure you have a spending plan. […]

Health is Wealth: The Best Investment I Ever Made

This is a guest post from Louisa Rogers, a consultant who provides leadership, management, and communication coaching and training to businesses. […]

Reader Profile: TH

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

4 Ways To Reduce Business Travel Expenses

Link: ShareThisAfter payroll, travel expenses are the second most controllable business expense. […]

Black Friday Inspired Shopping Strategies

Black Friday marks the beginning of the huge holiday shopping season when some of the best deals around are unearthed. Are you ready to join the big crowds and brave the shopping lines and traffic? For those of you who are into this shopping holiday craze, here are some tips. […]

Review: The Bold Truth About Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A week or two ago, I was scanning the radio dial while on a road trip, looking for something interesting to listen to, when I stumbled upon a guy talking rather excitedly about investing. […]

Podcast 135: Discardia

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan speaks with Dinah Sanders, author of Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff. Discardia is a holiday, a philosophy, and now a book that explains why life is more stressful as a result of having too much stuff, or the wrong kind of stuff. […]