The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Simple Pleasures Edition

Drinking a glass of cold water when you’re thirsty. Tossing a Frisbee back and forth with your children. Holding your wife’s hand while you’re both enjoying watching a movie. Getting into bed after a long day. Many of the best pleasures in life are very simple ones. My Kid Flooded Our Home. What’s the Worst (Most Expensive) Mistake Your Kids Have Made? […]

How to Change Banks

Eliminate Banking Fees by Changing Banks If you haven’t heard by now, many big banks are sticking it to their customers with new, and higher fees. Especially debit card fees. They argue that due to new credit card regulations they are forced to institute these new fees to recoup that lost income. In fact, Bank of America has gone as far as to say they have a right to make a profit. […]

Fitness Rewards: Break a Sweat without Breaking the Bank

Hi guys, April here. J.D. is off the grid and somewhere in South America, so in his absence I’m introducing new staff writer Tim Sullivan. We’ll do a formal introduction for Tim later this week; for now, a mini-bio is at the end of this post. Congratulations! You just ran a whole three miles on the treadmill. […]

Boost Your Human Capital: Get More Experience

Increasing your human capital is an excellent way to put yourself in a position where you’re better prepared for life’s surprises, particularly when it comes to money. […]

Is the McDonalds Monopoly Game a Scam?

The game seems a little too good. You buy some food at McDonald’s and you could potentially win a million dollars. If there’s only one Boardwalk piece, isn’t it a little too tempting for someone to try to steal that piece and collect a cool million? […]

How to Get Great Job References

You’ve had interviews with a great company, and now the hiring manager has asked for references from former bosses. Who do you choose? How do you ask? What info should you pass along? Here’s the scoop from a real-life job seeker who has landed two jobs in the past few years, plus insights from my work with a recruiter. […]

Why Inflation?

We know how inflation happens—excess growth in the money supply. But why does inflation happen? […]

Best Money Tips: Eat Organic on the Cheap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on eating organic on the cheap, renting your home, and homemade Halloween costume ideas. Top 5 Articles How to Eat Organic on the Cheap — Eat organic on the cheap by skipping unnecessary items. [Parenting Squad] Should You Rent Your Home? […]

Reader Profile: DM

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. […]

The deficit is a problem. There’s no need to lie about it graphically

This article on the NPR Planet Money blog discusses the projected federal budget deficit as compared to the maximum deficit reduction discussed in recent debt-ceiling negotiations. If we cut to the chase, there is a $9 trillion shortfall over the next ten years.  The most stringent deficit reduction measures discussed don’t even come close to addressing the problem. Compared to proposed spending c […]

Some Thoughts on Rewards Cards

Almost every day, I’ll get an email or two from a reader wanting me to evaluate a particular credit card with a rewards program associated with it. “Is the Chase Amazon card a good deal?” “Does that Target Visa really pay off?” “Is the points program on this card better than the points program on this other card?” Here’s the deal: the same exact set of ideas govern how I would answer all of these […]

Year-End Tax Savings

This is just a quick reminder that, if you requested an income tax filing extension, your 2010 income tax return is due this coming Monday, October 17th. […]

How Much Money Do You Really Need in Retirement?

Here's a Market Watch piece that goes all over the place estimating what percentage of your pre-retirement income you'll need when you retire. […]

Kiddie Tax: Taxes on Your Child’s Investment Income

Investing is one of those lessons that your children can learn. Teens can begin learning about investing, and the ways it can benefit them. However, anytime your child has an investment, he or she has the potential to make money. Of course, as with most income, the government wants its cut. […]

Discretionary Spending and “Forgetfulness”

Sarah and I have a pretty solid arrangement with regards to discretionary spending that tends to work well for us. Simply put, we talk about our goals so often that we basically trust each other when it comes to discretionary spending. […]

Extended Warranties: Deal or No Deal?

Whether you purchase a new car, a washer or dryer, or the latest electronic gadget on the market, you have most likely been offered an extended warranty or an additional service plan to protect your purchase. […]

How to Find Free Fun for Kids on Family Vacations

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Incomes Decreased More After Recession Than During Recession

A new analysis of household income reveals some statistics that might be counter-intuitive. The study, authored by former Census Bureau economists Gordon W. Green Jr. and John F. Coder and published by Sentier Research, shows that median income for Americans has decreased more sharply during the economic recovery than during the recession. […]

Got the Urge to Splurge? Use These Strategies to Fight It (or Not)

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. This just in: Sales of bleach and fertilizer are down, but U.S. […]