There’s great information right where you endorse your checks

I did my best today to clear away the stuff that was on my desk.  (I can actually see the surface again!) In the process I found a little pamphlet entitled “Teach Children About Money.”  It really is little — a single tri-fold piece of paper that’s smaller than a standard sheet of paper — but there’s quite a bit of information in there.  Then I found another one with the title “Back in the Black: […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 2, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Happy Blogiversary! Year Two on Squawkfox!

Today marks the second “Blogiversary” of this digital space known as Squawkfox. When I started this blog two years ago I never thought that anyone would stop by to subscribe to my squawks or would want to snicker at my wacky words. I was wrong. You’re all laughing with me — or at me — so yay! […]

A Day with My Wife

Last Tuesday, I spent an afternoon shopping with my wife. On the surface, it sounds like something we would have done five years ago, charging out to the stores, credit card in hand. Things were a little different this time, though. For one, we came home with fewer items than we left with. For two, we spent less than ten dollars all afternoon. What did we wind up with? […]

10 Steps to Get Back on Track in 2010

In December I received a copy of Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010 by David Bach -- one of my favorite personal finance authors. […]

12 Cool Things to Do with Used Dryer Sheets

By Jeff Yeager Since nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. now end in divorce -- and those that do last less than eight years on average -- I suppose it's a matrimonial miracle that after more than 25 years of wedded bliss, my wife and I have only one major dispute. I'm referring, of course, to fabric softener sheets. […]

Setting Goals: 5 Financial Milestones to Aim for By Age 30

Young professionals have a ton on their plate, which often creates a paradoxical financial conundrum. With all the time spent on socializing, education, career, technology, and everything else — how is one supposed to focus on personal finance goals? […]

Get a year-end bonus? Do something responsible with it

No really, that isn’t a joke:  Some people did get bonuses this year, and they weren’t even bank executives! Got a tip to this CNN Money feature on how seven people will spend their year-end bonus.  (One of the featured people is Danielle Liss, also known as The Frugal Lawyer.) The bonuses for these seven ranged from $77 to over $50,000.  Though it isn’t apparent from the captions on the pictures, […]

Happy New Year! My One Goal for 2010

As an amazing 2009 fades into the sunset, it’s time to review my progress and look forward to the year to come. Am I a better person than I was a year ago? (I believe so.) How can I be even better at the end of this year? As in 2008 and 2009, I’m not setting resolutions for 2010. I’m setting goals. […]

Happy New Year!

This is just a quick note to say Happy New Year! While 2009 was a great year (both for FiveCentNickel and for my family), I’m hoping that 2010 will be even better. Matt has already opened up a discussion of financial goals for 2010, so I invite you to chime in over there about what you have planned for the coming year. And now… I’m off to spend time with family, watch some football, and relax. […]

Time to Get Down With Your Inner Zen

By Sasha A. Rae The world is awash in a sea of chaos, a sea that can carry you far off your path if you let it. But you don’t have to. You have more control over yourself and your life than you may think. […]

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Smithee’s Goals for 2010

My one goal from the beginning of 2009 was to do at least one creative thing a week. When I thought of it, it seemed pretty ambitious, then I started writing twice a week for this site, and it was automatically taken care of, so any other creative thing I did was just metaphorical gravy. […]

Saying Goodbye To A Strange Year

It’s time to say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010.  I hope all of my readers will have a blessed and profitable 2010. For me, 2009 was a bit of a strange year.  I dealt with a couple of health issues, including kidneys stones and some back pain.  I never really got into a good “groove” in 2009.  I can’t describe it, but for some reason, 2009 just felt like a throw-away year. Financially, I worked […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Pay Off Debt

Welcome to the 10s! It is unlikely this year will resemble Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novel. […]

It's Sew Easy to Save

By Sarah Winfrey Unless you're particularly crafty, sewing might seem like it's totally out of your league. And it IS intimidating, especially when you've never touched a sewing machine before and you take your first look at the instructions for getting the thing threaded. However, learning to sew some basic items can also save you a lot of money, so it might be worth spending the time to learn. […]

Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2010

Other than the removal of the income limitation for Roth IRA conversions this year, 2010 is not much different than 2009 in terms of IRA maximums. Like 2009, the maximum you may contribute to your Traditional and Roth IRAs combined is $5,000. If you reach age 50 this year, you may contribute an extra $1,000 for a total of $6,000. […]

Welcome to 2010! Happy New Year from The Simple Dollar!

I’m spending the first day of this new year sleeping off a long New Year’s Eve night and spending some quality time with my kids and my wife before the spring semester gets rolling. I hope your 2010 gets off to a wonderful start! Tomorrow, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming! […]

Your Take: Your New Year’s Resolution?

Two days ago I wrote a post about how to set a New Year’s Resolution you can keep and today I want to know what your resolution for 2010 is going to be! Mine? I plan on taking half of our emergency fund and committing it to the stock market in individual company holdings. […]