10 Most Expensive Pet Health Problems

Money Talks News lists what they call the 10 most expensive pet health problems. I'm not sure if this list is really the ten most expensive or the ten most common (they do rank them by the number of occurrences) pet health problems that cost more than $1,000. […]

Extreme Couponing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Although I’ve been clipping coupons from my Sunday paper for a while, I just heard about extreme couponing a few months ago.  At first it seemed amazing that whole loads of groceries could be bought for less than $50, but at what cost?  I was surprised to hear about how much time extreme couponers spend planning each trip.  I personally only spend about half an hour each Sunday planning out the we […]

The End of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is one section of the tax code everyone, regardless of political party affiliation, seems to hate. […]

Saving Money on Cooling Costs

Summer is well under way, and you are probably starting to sweat a bit. The difficulty, of course, is that you want to be comfortable during the hot summer months, but you also don’t want to pay a lot for cooling. […]

How Low Interest Rates May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Negotiations are currently taking place on Capitol Hill and the American government is still at an impasse. No one knows if the government will find a resolution and extend the debt ceiling currently in place. The White House argues that unless the debt ceiling is raised, the government will no longer have the funds necessary to pay its bills. […]

Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Improve Your Career?

Here's an interesting question: Would you ever get plastic surgery in order to grow/improve/benefit your career? Think it's a strange question? Not really. Consider the following: Looks like many people are making a few physical changes with plastic surgery to improve their job prospects. […]

Why I Like Savings Bonds

Several people have asked why I like Series I savings bonds, so I thought I’d address that with a dedicated post… For context, the Treasury has recently announced that they’re (mostly) getting rid of paper savings bonds, which effectively cuts the annual purchase limit in half (from $5k paper + $5k electronic to just $5k electronic). […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Airplane Reading Edition

I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right? Try flying with three young children. Very little reading happened. How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your mattress and your shoes. You rely on these things so much for comfort. […]

Discover More Card Operation Homefront $20 Donation Review

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that was created to assist soldiers and their families with financial assistance. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Operation Homefront first opened its doors in 2002 after finding a need to help those deployed in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. […]

National City – PNC Bank Overdraft Settlement

This is a reminder to anyone who may be eligible for a piece of the $12 million settlement (litigation Trombley v. National City Bank, No. 1:10-CV-232) that the deadline to submit a claim for those benefits is creeping up, you have a little over a month until the August 26th, 2011 deadline. […]

Drama in Real Life: A Place for Mom

In my ideal world, you’d now be reading an article about the freelancing or entrepreneurship or extreme couponing or one of the half dozen other topics I’ve started to write about. In my ideal world, I’d go to the gym this morning, and then to Spanish lessons this afternoon. In my ideal world, Kris and I would go see the Portland Timbers play this evening. […]

5 Dreams You Won't Achieve Unless You Live Below Your Means

Living below your means is probably a personal finance tip that you already know about. In fact, spending less than you earn has been talked about so often that it doesn't even feel like advice anymore — many people's reaction is, "Isn't this obvious?" However, not everyone who knows what to do actually practices what they know. […]

Where and Why to Buy Fair Trade Goods

I love having unique home décor items that tell a story as well as brighten up my home. While you can get beautiful items at big box stores like Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers, nothing beats the beauty and uniqueness of handmade items. […]

Best Money Tips: Get a Great Deal at a Car Dealership

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting a great deal at a car dealership, no-cost ways to spend your birthday, and how to save money on food. Top 5 Articles Tips for Getting a Great Deal at a Car Dealership — Get a great deal at a car dealership by getting pre-approved for a loan. […]

Top Meal Planning Apps and Websites

A few months ago, I finally joined the rest of the world and got an iPhone. […]

One Key Advantage of a Roth IRA

In looking at Wikipedia's 401(k) IRA matrix that compares the benefits of a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, a 401k and a Roth 401k, the following stands out as a BIG advantage of the Roth IRA: Forced Distributions: None. This is a huge advantage for Roth IRAs within estate planning. They're right -- this is a gigantic advantage for a Roth IRA over all the other options. […]

Spare Change: Help a Reporter Edition

As I do from time to time, I’ve agreed to help a reporter who is working on a couple of stories. To that end, I’m looking for a reader (or two — or more) who would be willing to chat with somebody about one of the following topics: Are you “liquidity constrained”? No savings and too much debt? […]

How I Traded My Day Job For A Flexible Work Schedule

I was one of those people who transitioned from being a full time employee and having a day job to being an entrepreneur. I still recall the thoughts that would go through my head while commuting to my old job: imagine all that free time I’d have if I didn’t have to travel to and [...]How I Traded My Day Job For A Flexible Work Schedule Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com All rights reserved. […]

The One Factor That Matters

Each and every day here on The Simple Dollar, I write about personal finance tactics (or information somehow related to that general idea). I talk about my own experiences. I share information that I’ve discovered. I review books. I answer questions from readers about their finances. All of these articles are worthwhile reads (well, at least I think they are). […]

Why Sellers Overestimate the Value of Their Houses

When calculating my net worth, I tend to take a conservative approach. Where certain balances are not exact, like the value of my car, I tend to assume the value is lower than what it might be. This way, there are no dangerous surprises if I needed to convert an asset like that into cash by selling. Car owners expect this asset to depreciate. […]