Thrift, an Old-Time Virtue Making a Comeback

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why.  The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. "Thrifty" isn't a virtue we hear about very often these days. […]

Other People’s Priorities Don’t Have to Be Your Priorities

Kelly writes in: In the past three months, I’ve paid off all but $2,000 of my credit card debt. I feel happier about my money than I have in a long time. The only problem is that my social life seems to be falling apart. I don’t have as much interest in the things my friends are spending their money and time on and I find myself doing other things a lot. […]

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast

It looks like The Personal Finance Hour, my weekly podcast with Jim from Bargaineering, is on permanent hiatus. Both Jim and I have other work that has consumed our attention over the past few months. If you’re craving a similar financial podcast — and aren’t opposed to higher quality — check out the Consumerism Commentary podcast. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 13, 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. […]

Join Our Special Saturday Tweetchat at 12:30 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Will Chen Join our special Saturday edition Tweetchat from 12:30 - 1:30 pm CST for a lively conversation and a chance to win a $20 gift certificate! We'll be tweeting live from SXSW.  Use #SXSW and #bloggercred to participate.  Topic: How do you measure blogger credibility? Featuring special guest FTC attorney Stacey Ferguson (@justiceFergie). […]

10 Ways To Save 10 Bucks Each Month

We’re all looking for ways – big and small – to save a few bucks. Here are 10 (relatively) painless ways to save 10 dollars (or more) each month! 1.  Eliminate premium cable / satellite channels – or just select a lower-tier channels package.  With my current satellite provider, we moved down from 250 channels to 150 channels, barely noticed the difference, and saved $10 per month. 2.  Reduce the […]

ETF Investing: Why Exchange Traded Funds Are Part of My Portfolio

If you’re a first time investor, it’s best to start investing with mutual funds. Mutual funds offer a simple way to garner near instantaneous diversification, the liquidity to buy and sell whenever you want (within limits), along with professional management. In particular, you should consider index funds for their low-cost and tax efficient approach. […]

By Request: Five More Essential Crock Pot Recipes

A long time ago, after posting several articles about using a crock pot to save money and still produce great, quick meals, readers asked me to post ten of my favorite crock pot recipes. Since digging through my recipes and typing them out again in an comprehensible format takes a while, I started by posting five of them. And I never got around to posting the other five. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we spill some tips for sipping wine and other spirits for a little less than what you'd expect. Plus, we share the benefits of raised garden beds, a quick and cheap hurricane lamp tutorial, and habits for highly effective budgeting! Top 5 Articles How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste — Hey! […]

Avoid Budget Busters by Curbing Your Worst Impulses

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Frugality is the new status symbol, or at least it ought to be. It is green. It is compassionate. And it brings with it a financial margin for when life colors outside the lines. It helps bring us the priceless gift of serenity and contentment. […]

Don't Have Enough To Pay Your Taxes?

By Debbie Dragon What do you do when you finally get all of your information together to file your income taxes, and you find out that not only aren't you getting a tax refund, but you actually have to pay taxes?! […]

Your Investments: Seven Common Mistakes to Avoid

Barbara Marquand is a business journalist who writes for and other financial web sites. She frequently covers personal finance topics, bank industry trends, and credit card news. Even the brightest Wall Street mavens make investment errors, so don’t beat yourself up if you’ve made a financial misstep or two. […]

4 Deadly Mistakes You Must Avoid When Pursuing Your Dreams

By Henri Junttila In my last post I wrote about how you can find your passion, but today I want to focus on the mistakes people make while going after their dreams. If you can identify with any of these mistakes, you might want to get it corrected as fast as possible. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 29-32

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or 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 […]

An Argument for Secondhand Store Clothes, Even If You Must Dress Nicely

Monica writes in: I don’t understand how you can recommend that people shop in thrift stores for clothes. The stuff there is usually worn out and just looks bad and outdated. I would never wear that stuff to work. It sounds to me like you’ve made up your mind about thrift stores and secondhand stores before even stepping inside the door. […]

Book Review: On a Dollar a Day

By Xin Lu Could you survive on one dollar's worth of food per day? Vegan high school teachers Kerri Leonard and Christopher Greenslate endured a one month experiment where each of them consumed one dollar of food per day. […]

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Giveaway Reminder: 5 Winners of Extreme Finance Package

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who has participated. The winners will be notified shortly.This week I will be giving away five “extreme finance packages” containing Quicken, TurboTax, and QuickBooks. Each winner will be able to choose their flavor of each piece of software.Today is the last day to enter to win this giveaway. […]

Your Take: Common Sense vs.

If you’ve ever watched a television in the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen the commercials with the guy playing the banjo. […]