H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax Product Review #1

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. […]

Best of Money Carnival #92

It's my pleasure to host this week's Best of Money Carnival, the blog carnival that recognizes the top 10 personal finance posts each week. Let's get right to the good stuff. […]

What Is Position Trading?

Let’s take another view at the investing vs gambling argument. Typically, we tend to characterize stock market participants into two flavors: Traders – they look to make regular profits from micro movements on a daily basis in a zero-sum trading game, or they look to make spectacular speculative gains in a short time on (for [...]What Is Position Trading? […]

Review: Early Retirement Extreme

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. It was the subtitle of Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme that convinced me to pick it up. […]

Podcast 97: 8 Ways to Great, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Doug Hirschhorn, author of 8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and In Your Life. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #8: Bank on Autopilot

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. […]

Reader Story: Living on Less in Mexico

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #7: Who Do You Love?

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. At the low point of my personal finance situation, I spent a long night sitting with my infant son in a dark room, wondering what would happen next. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #8

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Vidal Sassoon on success and work This is a great little quote. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. […]

CompleteTax Review #3

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader Andy and contains his thoughts about CompleteTax’s Premium MVP product. […]

Ask the Readers: Best Non-U.S. Personal Finance Sites?

People are the same all around the world. Everyone struggles with the same things — including money. Because of this, financial advice from one country is generally applicable to other countries, as well. Sort of. While general advice is easy to transfer from one culture to another, the specifics are often lost in translation. In the U.S., we have a Roth IRA. But in Canada, they have an RRSP. […]

Refinancing for cash flow

In my ten months of owning an investment property, things have run very smoothly.  The mortgage is the same one that we had when we were living there; we had refinanced the loan in 2005 to cut 11 years off of our loan for only about $150 extra per month (we did a mortgage refinance to a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage from our 30-year). Our mortgage is good, and the balance is going down like gangbust […]

Cheap Lunch Box Ideas That Don’t Involve Sandwiches

There is nothing wrong with a good sandwich. But if you are like me, you probably get a little bored with them from time to time. Opening your lunchbox to find the same old flat looking sandwiches sitting in there every day can get a bit tiresome after a while. So let’s fire things up [...]Cheap Lunch Box Ideas That Don’t Involve Sandwiches […]

Get Five Free iTunes Songs From American Express

Here’s a bit of Friday fun… From now through March 15th, you can get five free songs via iTunes by registering your American Express card through this link. This is a promo for existing cardholders, not a signup bonus. To participate, simply click this link, register your American Express credit card, and use it to buy five songs via iTunes. That’s it. […]

Dinner With My Family #7: Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love Italian food. […]

First National Bank of Omaha Maximum Rewards® Visa Review

While the most familiar credit cards come from big-name issuers like Capital One, Chase, American Express, Citi or Bank of America, some of the better offers come from less familiar banks. First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) is one of the oldest and highly respected banks in the United States, known to Consumerism Commentary readers for their FNBO Direct Savings Account. […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 25th

Happy Friday! I wanted to thank everyone who entered the TurboTax drawing this week. We had a bunch of entries and four winners. If you didn’t win this time, no worries. Keep your eye out for other contests in the future. I usually like to use these Friday link roundups to complain about the cold weather, but I’ll refrain this week (even though it is still cold and snowy). […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action 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 the post was submitted. […]

Credit Card Usage Statistics – Do People Still Love Plastic?

We’ve all heard that the recent economic difficulties have prompted more Americans to start paying down their debt, increase their overall savings rate, etc. As a part of this trend, credit card usage has reportedly declined. Well… If you actually look at the numbers, you’ll see that reports of the demise of credit cards have been greatly exaggerated. Want proof? […]