Citi Diamond Preferred, Simplicity & Platinum Select Card Reviews

We compare and review Citibank’s balance transfer credit cards. These cards are 21 month zero percent intro APR cards. Although it seems like many of our current cards have higher interest rates than they used to, it’s still possible to find new credit cards with low introductory rates and no annual fees. […]

GRS Blogger Profile: J.D. Roth

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! My name is J.D. Roth. I’ve been blogging in one form or another for over thirteen years. I was blogging before “blog” was even a word. […]

How to Improve Your Credit While in Debt

The following is a guest post by Michael Robbins from Debt Consolidation. I've added some of my thoughts at the end. Yes, paying off your debt is the simplest and surest way to improve your credit. But, believe it or not, this is only 15 percent of what goes into your credit score. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Single Resolution

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 27. […]

2011 Highest Paid College Graduates

These lists are fun to read but I never take them too seriously because how much someone is paid depends on so many factors, their alma mater included. […]

20 Ways to Use the Payroll Tax Holiday

When Congress passed the Tax Hike Prevention Act earlier this year, it included an economic stimulus in the form of a payroll tax holiday. As Leigh Mutert, CPA explained in our podcast interview, the payroll tax will be reduced in 2011 from 6.2% to 4.2%. As a result, paychecks will be a little more than 2% higher than they would have been without the payroll tax holiday. […]

Seven Gifts that Can Change Lives

MSN Money lists seven gifts that can change lives as follows: 1. An engagement ring 2. A pet 3. An organ donation 4. An inspiring book 5. A goat 6. A college education 7. An unexpected act of kindness My thoughts on these: 1. A marriage changes lives in many different ways. […]

How to Shop for Fitness Equipment this New Year

Finding the Right Fitness Equipment for the New Year Like many Americans, I have a New Year’s Resolution that involves physical fitness.  After all, one of the best investments you can make is to invest in yourself. […]

Donating Appreciated Stock or Mutual Fund Shares

As a followup to my recent post about year-end tax moves, I decided over the weekend that we should start being more tax smart about our charitable contributions. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Handle Life's Speed Bumps

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share tips to help you get over life's speed bumps, ways improve the gas mileage of your car, and handy uses for charcoal! Top 5 Articles 10 Speed Bumps On The Road To A Better Life — Life can be stressful sometimes — that's normal. […]

Reader Mailbag: Post-Christmas Haze

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. Favorite Christmas present 2. Career and schooling choices 3. Oldest card issues 4. E-readers 5. Investing while on Social Security 6. Rebuilding savings after children 7. Preferred vanilla bean 8. Planning for the future 9. […]

4 Ways to Save Money at the Bars

We all love to go out with friends, but I for one am hesitant to pay $8 for a glass of wine at a bar when I know I can buy the whole bottle at my friendly neighborhood wine store for only a few dollars more. […]

Things Don't Cost What They Used To: 10 Major Price Shifts in 2010

With 2010 coming to a close, it's interesting to check out just how much more it costs to buy common goods and assets compared to the beginning of the year. We hear conflicting stories about the Fed printing money, which should lead to inflation, contrasted with two straight years of no cost-of-living increases for Social Security. […]

Thermostat Hacks That Save You Money

For many homes, ours included, one of the biggest monthly costs is our electricity bill. The largest portion of our monthly electrical bill is the bit consumed by our central heating and cooling HVAC system. […]

Goldman Sachs Will Tie Bonuses to Long-Term Performance

A big criticism of Wall Street bonuses throughout and after the collapse of the financial industry has been the idea that executives were awarded over-sized bonuses while their companies fell apart. Wall Street fought back against this criticism, usually with the explanation that bonuses were paid in accordance to contracts that were signed before the economic collapse. […]

One Problem, One Correction: How to Set New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

A new year is coming, and for many people that means it’s time to make a list of resolutions. I used to be one of these folks, carefully cataloging the faults I’d like to fix every winter. Not anymore. It’s not that I’m perfect — as my wife would attest, I’m far from it! — but I’ve learned that a long list of resolutions was a sure path to failure. […]

The Best Way to Save on Vacation Expenses

The book The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means says the following about the best way to save on vacation expenses: When you travel is undoubtedly the biggest factor influencing how much you'll pay. […]

Investment Forecasts for 2012: Financial Predictions for the New Year

The start of a new year is upon us once again and it’s time to take stock of how things have gone in the past year. It’s a time when some financial types are dusting off their investment crystal balls or are checking out oddball indicators to see if trends continue for the next year. […]

Traffic Cameras, Salad Dressing and Capital Losses

The snow is falling hard in my corner of New Jersey. After Christmas in Queens, New York, I rushed home last night to stay ahead of the storm. The current weather reports are calling for 12 to 18 inches of the white stuff on the ground by the time the storm has passed. We’ve stocked up on food to make life easier for us. […]

Review: First Generation White Collar

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their parents. […]