Best of Personal Finance: 'Screw It, I'm Buying an Air Conditioner' Edition

By Andrea Dickson Boy howdy, was this ever a hot, muggy week. I tried to be brave, walking around naked with lots of running fans and buckets of ice, but my coworkers complained too much. Something about seared retinas? […]

Spend Less for School Supplies: Price-Matching Tips & Other Strategies

Back- to-school budgets are taking a hit this year. The average family will spend $548.72 for school supplies, down 8 percent from last year's average tab of $597.74, according to the National Retail Federation. […]

Putting the Strength of Weak Ties to Work

While doing research for my book, I’ve been spending some time digging into building friendships and relationships with people around you. How valuable are they, really? How can you make them more valuable? […]

TradeKing $50 Promotion: National Friends Day!

Did you know that National Friendship Day was August 3nd? Since 1935, Congress declared the first Sunday in August to be National Friendship Day. I didn’t, but that’s because my friends never told me! […]

The Richest Man in Town by W. Randall Jones

The Richest Man in Town by W. Randall Jones bills itself as containing the “inside secrets of America’s self-made millionaires.” In it, Jones talks about the Twelve Commandments of Wealth, illustrating each with quotes and stories from the richest men and women from a variety of cities across the United States. W. […]

Personal Finance Bible Verses

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Just a simple post today. I want to highlight a resource I found that lists 1,193 verses about personal finance in the Bible. Here are some of my favorites: Proverbs 10:22 – The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2009

I had a blast around here in July, and I’m very proud of the articles I produced. After several months of writing what I thought you wanted me to write, I loosened up and just wrote about the things that interested me. I felt like I was taking a risk — what if you’re not interested in the same financial stuff I am? — but after having done this for several weeks, I’m glad I did it. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - August 1, 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. […]

Summer Concert Tours To Enjoy: Get $5 Lawn Concert Tickets!

Having Citi card as one of the cards we cover on this blog, I was happy to hear about Citibank’s great new promotion, which sounds like something to take advantage of if you’re a Citi card holder or account owner. […]

The Total Money Makeover: Pay Off the Home Mortgage

This is the tenth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the eleventh chapter, finishing on page 202. The next entry, covering the twelfth chapter, will appear on Wednesday. This is a stage that I see us approaching as time goes on. […]

Posts of the Week

For some fun reading, I recommend these articles written recently and published across the internet. Estate Planning: Are You Ready When Your Time Comes? Lazy Man narrowly avoided death recently, but it is my grandmother’s condition that leads me to link to this timely post. […]

The GRS Garden Project: July 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for July 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) Welcome to Oregon, where for the past week it’s been hot. How hot? Here’s the temperature graph from the National Weather Service for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: The heat hasn’t prevented us from working in the garden. […]

How to Save on Prescription Drug Costs

The following is a guest post from Health Harbor. It is no secret that for decades, personal healthcare expenditures have increased at a rate greater than inflation.  This had led us to a breaking point today, resulting in the calls for health care reform.  Within the increase, however, are some interesting sub-trends.  We spend fewer days in the hospital.  We spend more on outpatient services.  […]

Great Stock Market Performance, But Will Dow 9,200 Hold?

Thoughts on the Dow Jones over the 9,000 mark. Stock Market Performance: Any Cause To Rejoice? At the beginning of this month, I wrote an article inquiring whether the economic downturn was over. I wrote about the use of an interesting economic indicator that could herald the end of the slump if you take stock of what some economic analysts are saying. […]

French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee

By Greg Go The French press, also known as a press pot, is a 19th century French invention that brews an awesome cup of coffee. It bridges the gap between the speed and convenience of a drip coffee maker and the robust flavors of espresso. Wikipedia gives us some basic info about the Frech press: The French press goes by various names around the world. […]

6 Cheap Ways To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Some like it hot. Some like it as cold as ice. But if you’re living without air conditioning and stuck sweating it out in a hot house or trying to get some sleep in a sweltering apartment, then chances are you’re feeling a little too hot to handle these days. Various zones around the world are experiencing a heat wave of sorts this summer. […]

July Winners Named

Just wanted to let everyone know that I just named the winners of my July newsletter giveaways. People won Arby's Roastburgers and a $50 gift card from SmartyPig. I named the winners on each post (be sure to go to the very last page of comments on each of the preceding links -- Typepad only allows 50 comments per page) if you want to see the winners. […]

How Low Can You Go? Chicken-and-Corn Fried Rice with Lemon Spinach

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes. […]

Cashflow: The Board Game That Will Teach You To Be Rich, If You Can Afford It.

By Paul Michael Can a simple board game teach you the secrets of the wealthiest people alive? Is it possible to change your mindset and attitude towards money, by playing a game? And can a board game really make you rich? That's what I wanted to know. I've been reading (and listening to) a lot of Robert T. Kiyosaki's teachings lately. […]