The Rookie’s Guide to Options by Mark Wolfinger

If you want to learn about options, you can’t go wrong picking up a copy of The Rookie’s Guide to Options by Mark Wolfinger. […]

Money Bullies

When I was in seventh grade, a bunch of twelfth graders grabbed me one day. They tossed me in a trash can, popped a lid on it, then rolled the can (with me and some trash inside) out into the middle of the school’s parking lot. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 3Q 2009

Earlier this year, I added my investment portfolio to the group of reports I publish on Consumerism Commentary on a regular basis. Every three months, I share my investment balances and performances. […]

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr and Lynette Shirk

My wife and I have been trying to cook more of our meals at home, rather than going out to a restaurant. Part of it is frugality, cooking at home is simply cheaper than eating out. However, an even bigger part has to do with being healthier. […]

The Money Back Guarantee

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. […]

Hitting yard sales near the end of the day? Paydirt

While my wife was at a quilt guild meeting this weekend, I went around to a few places with my daughter.  We went to what will probably be the last flea market this year in our town.  (Next month might be too cold.) We hit the flea market right at the very end.  I think three of the sellers there gave my daughter something.  One gave her a couple of small toys from the quarter bin.  Another gave h […]

Personal Balance Sheet, September 2009

Now that I am working with an accountant, I have been making some changes to the way I track my finances. By the end of the year, I hope to have all of my business-related finances in QuickBooks. Although I am not quite at that point, I am working to separate my personal finances from by business finances. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 3, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

9 Things That Are Worth Buying at Costco

By Myscha Theriault We all want to get a good deal when we shop, and warehouse stores are some of the most popular places to make that happen. One of my favorite ones to shop at is Costco. The trouble is, some deals are better than others, especially when large amounts have to be purchased at one time. […]

Bank of Mom and Dad: Could Tough Love Cure Financial Irresponsibility?

By Xin Lu A new show named Bank of Mom and Dad just premiered on 9/30/09 on SOAPnet. This show chronicles parents who attempt to reform their financially irresponsible adult children by moving in with them for a week. With the aid of a "money coach," the parents take actions to reform their spendthrift kid. […]

Never Eat Alone: Social Arbitrage

This is the tenth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. […]

The GRS Garden Project: September 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for September 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) After a long productive summer, our September in the garden was kind of anticlimactic. Sure, we continued to harvest our home-grown food, but neither of us was particularly “in” to the garden this month. It was a chore instead of an obsession. […]

Why You May Not Want to Give Over the Phone

In my post titled Off My Giving List, I noted that I don't give to any charity over the phone. But after reading a comment from a reader, I'm wondering if anyone should ever give via phone solicitation. Consider this: I used to work as a telemarketer for non-profits. We were sub-contractors and the MOST we gave any of our charities was 20%. That's correct. […]

Measuring Job Satisfaction: How To Be Happy With Your Job

Life is short, so why not find your dream job? You can get rid of work FOREVER, without being a filthy rich millionaire. Maybe you are making $30,000 a year, ‘working’ 60 hours a week, with a mortgage and 2 kids. You can still get rid of work FOREVER. […]

Painting a Specific Future – And Figuring Out How to Get There

A few weeks ago, my wife and children and I spent the weekend visiting several members of her extended family. On the final morning of the visit, I sat around the kitchen table with my wife’s grandfather and uncle and the conversation turned to the future. […]

How Parents are Saving for College

Here's a study from SallieMae on where American parents stand on saving for college. They surveyed 1,200 parents of children under 18 to find out their thoughts, attitudes, and actions regarding college for their kids. […]

Facial Recognition and Billboards

I have a fascinated/disgusted relationship with targeted advertisements. On one hand, I’ve seen enough Playtex commercials in my lifetime that I could probably draw you their logo from memory, and I’ve never been in the position to decide, “should I buy the Playtex version, or a different brand?” All those ads in my face have been a complete waste of my time, and the advertiser’s dollars. […]

How to Cheaply Display Your Art

By Andrea Dickson Custom framing your art is often more expensive than the art itself. How weird is that? There are so many places nowadays to find good, cheap art, but framing said art can be one of the most expensive aspects of decorating your home. Unless you have your own equipment or some killer coupons, professional framing can easily set you back $60-$200 per 8x10 piece of art. […]

Welcome MSN Smart Spending Readers!

I would love to welcome all Smart Spending readers to Squawkfox, a blog that makes frugal living fun. A huge thank you to Karen Datko for mentioning me in today’s column and for choosing 50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags as an Editor’s Pick! I am humbled to be quoted and thrilled you decided to visit! Thank you! My name is Kerry Taylor and I’m the blogger here. […]

Best Deals For Friday 10/02/09

By Lynn Truong FREE Sample of Nutri-Dog Chews Dog Treats Select from Hip & Joint Chew, Skin & Coat Chew, and All Natural Dental Chew, available for small through large dogs. Offer good until 10/14, or while supplies last. One sample per household.   Buy One Quizno Sub and Drink, Get One Sub Free Get a free sub when you buy a sub of equal or greater value and a regular fountain drink. […]