Occupy Wall Street Protests: Money is Power

As every fourth graders knows, the United States Constitution begins, “We the people…” In the years following adoption of the Constitution, there have been movements to include more classes or types of human beings into that “people” represented by the federal government. […]

First Ever Financial Blogger Conference Highlights

If you’re a financial blogger, you may have heard that the first ever personal finance blogging conference took place over this weekend (October 1-2, 2011) at the Marriott Hotel at Schaumburg, Illinois. […]

Investing in Gold: Are you a Gold Bug?

Lately, you cannot turn on a television or surf the internet without being bombarded by advertisements proclaiming the benefits of buying gold and having it in your investment portfolio. […]

Kids & Money: How Much Does It Cost to Raise Your Child?

Every year, it seems as though there is a story on the high cost of raising a child. This year, CNN Money pointed out that experts expect the average child to cost $226,920 to raise from birth to age 18. That works out to right about $13,830 a year. Of course, that’s just for a middle-income, two-parent family. […]

You MUST Do a Test Charge

In my post titled My New Credit Card Strategy, I talked about the strategy of buying gift cards at a grocery store to get 6% cash back. A reader made the following comment: I'm a little surprised they let you buy gift cards and get the full rewards rate. But I guess they can't track the nature of the purchase at the supermarket. Yes, they let me. […]

Buying a Laptop: Thank Goodness Its No Longer 1999

This is a guest post by Dave at Dealzon.com, thanks to the folks from HP. I’ve been an ardent computer user since the early 90s.  This is actually quite a big deal, considering I was in middle school or so at the time.  I still remember my first computer, an Intel DX4 100 Mhz  (brace yourself, more nerd-dom incoming). […]

Improving Your Score

Given that an article entitled “Improving Your Score” appears on The Simple Dollar, most readers might assume that the tips that follow are going to deal with improving their credit score. They would be right – at least in part. However, most of the principles one would use in dealing with a credit score are pretty much the same as dealing with any life score that one wants to alter. […]

Traveling First Class for the First Time

After using the Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card as my primary credit card for personal and travel spending for the past year, and the resulting accumulation of miles in Continental’s frequent flyer program, I decided to cash in. For 35,000 points, I was able to upgrade the round-trip ticket from Newark to Chicago. […]

Best No Annual Fee Credit Cards

I abhor annual fees for a credit card. I abhor fees of all types but I especially hate annual fees on credit cards because the card issuers and the banks are making money off each transaction you make. Buy a cup of coffee? They take their few cents plus a small percentage. Buy a magazine? Cha-ching. Buy anything – ring that register. Make a return? […]

How to Ask for a Raise in a Bad Job Market

This is a guest post by Alexandra Levit, a formerly nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Know Your Credit Score?

Whether you realize it or not, your credit score plays a huge part of your life. From getting approved to rent an apartment to getting a loan, a good credit score can make your life much easier. However, many people have no clue what their credit score is. Do you know your credit score? When was the last time you checked your score? […]

Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil

A while back, Jeff wrote a great post on surprising ways to reuse foil, such as sharpening scissors and knives, reducing static cling, and repairing stripped threads. Here are 36 more ways to use the shiny stuff! Note — make sure you reuse, rewash, and recycle your foil whenever possible. This helps your money go further and reduces unnecessary waste. […]

Fly With a Little Help From Your Friends: Social Travel Planning

A few years ago, my wife and I went to San Francisco for a week for a conference. We didn't know much about the city, and neither one of us had much time to research the area before we went. At the last minute, we remembered her cousin had lived in San Francisco for a few years, so we shot him an email asking for recommendations. […]

Best Money Tips: Dress Your Kids For Less

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to dress your kids for less, planning for holiday travel, and becoming a millionaire. Top 5 Articles Top 10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Dress Your Kids for Less — Want to dress your kids for less? Consider hosting a clothing swap. […]

Five Decisions that Help Determine Whether You'll Be Rich or Poor

MSN Money lists five decisions that determine whether you'll be rich or poor as follows: 1. Marriage2. Home ownership3. College education4. Self-employment5. Choosing to save Here's my take on these: 1. Married people tend to accumulate higher net worths. But if they divorce, then finances can be devastated. The key is to marry smartly, like I did. ;-)2. […]

What I learned about personal finance bloggers from FINCON11

I arrived home safely from the Financial Blogger Conference about 2 AM today. Phil of PTMoney and friends did a superb job putting everything together.  All aspects were very well organized and very professional: the social events, the programs, the takeaways, everything.  First class from start to finish.  Amazing work Phil! There was lots of great content in the scheduled presentations, of cours […]

Share Your Favorite FinCon Moments and Win $100!

We just came back from the amazing Financial Blogger’s Conference hosted by Philip of PT Money. We had the pleasure of meeting over 270 bloggers, authors, and financial professionals. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Cooking Stock

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Profile: Soners

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

How to Handle Meeting Hundreds of Colleagues

My experience with the first Financial Blogger Conference This past weekend has been a whirlwind. On Friday, for the first time I took advantage of using accrued frequent flyer miles to upgrade to first class on Continental. I will write more on that experience later. […]