The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Giving Tree Edition

For her eighth birthday, I gave one of my nieces the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s one of those books that, in my mind, is a masterpiece of children’s literature, one that I wish every child everywhere would have a chance to read. […]

Toyota Recalls 3.8M Cars for Floormat Issue

Toyota announced yesterday that they would recall 3.8 million cars in the United States in what is the largest ever U.S. recall. The removable floor mats can cause the accelerator to stick and push vehicles to speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. […]

Using Charge Cards to Improve Credit

If you don’t like credit cards because you’re afraid of falling into the debt trap, have no fear! There are credit cards that will not let you carry a balance. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 9/30/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Steve Madden women's shoes from $10 (dealnews) Today only, offers over 350 styles of Steve Madden women's shoes starting at $10.48 each plus $6.95 for shipping.   1. […]

10 Small Businesses That Are Free or Cost Little to Start Up

By Charissa Arsaoui Tough economic times call for drastic measures. With unemployment rates reaching an all-time high, job security is a concern for even the most seasoned worker. Rather than face an untimely layoff, why not join millions of savvy entrepreneurs and start a business of your own? […]

Pros and Cons: 30-Year Mortgage vs. 15-Year Mortgage

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. My husband and I are in the early stages of building a house. As we modify our floor plans, the amount we’ll need to borrow to build is on our minds. […]

Credit Report Cards: vs. Credit Karma

For a few years, Credit Karma has been offering a product that lets consumers see what lenders and employers see when they look at the consumers’ credit reports. After securely and privately providing your personal information, Credit Karma retrieves your credit report from one of the credit reporting bureaus, either Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion. […]

5 Green Ideas For Naturally Clean Kitchen

Greenwashing in the newest term around the green shopping aisle and it refers to the marketing practice by companies who are creating products and hoping that you think they are eco-friendly and healthier for you simply because they look “green”. This can include the simple addition of the word “natural,” which is currently not defined or regulated by the FDA. […]

How To Save Money On Groceries

I’ll admit it.  I actually enjoy shopping for groceries.  I usually shop on Tuesdays and I try to go to the store when there are fewer customers shopping.  Over the years, I’ve learned how to save money (and a little time) while shopping for groceries.  Here’s what works for me - 1.  Use a grocery store price book to track the prices of regularly purchased items.  (I’ve created a free printable ve […]

Six Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us Financially Ignorant

This post is from Craig Ford at Money Help For Christians.  Relying on over ten years of ministry experience and his background in Biblical Studies, Craig writes daily personal finance articles from a Christian perspective.  Ignorance is simply something you do not yet know.  Typically people are ignorant about topics that they place little value in knowing.  Since there are so many benefits to […]

Looking for absolutely fearless beta-testers!

I have a new site in the works and would love some trailblazers to come over to take it for a spin! All you need to bring with you is some questions about money.  For bonus points, you can bring some answers for other people’s money questions. Just contact me and I’ll hook you up! Related Posts:Cash Commons now in open beta!What the heck is a money quantum?Before you hire a computer geek, check ou […]

Bernard Madoff and The Bull, A Sculpture

Have you seen what Bernie Madoff has been up to lately? Apparently on the wrong end of a bull! Got this from the BBC News where it describes this photo as follows: Chinese artist Chen Wenling critiques the global financial crisis in What You See Might Not Be Real, on display at a Beijing gallery. […]

Save Enough on Meat to Buy a Chest Freezer

By Carrie Kirby I've been thinking a lot this year about where my family's meat comes from and how to fit more natural and less cruelly raised meat into our $80-a-week grocery budget. […]

myFICO 25% Discount Code

This is just a quick note to let you know that there’s a new discount code out there for myFICO. Unfortunately, it’s only good through September 30th, so you have to hurry. Here’s the scoop… Simply enter promotional code ‘FinancialHelp25‘ to get 25% off your purchase. […]

Some Thoughts on Moods and Spending

For me, September is the unhappiest month of the year. Sarah, after being off all summer, returns to work at the end of August, leaving me alone at home many days with my thoughts and my work. This also means that the children’s daycare attendance increases as well. The house goes from noisy and happy to empty and quiet. […]

How Much Do You Spend on Your Cell Phone?

Here's an "infographic" (interesting word, huh?) that I was sent that lists "cell phones by the numbers". The interesting fact that stood out to me was this: Average monthly cell phone bill: $52 So that's over $600 a year. Wow. […]

Disney “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Rewards Volunteers

Disney just announced that they would be kicking off a marketing campaign titled “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promotion. Starting January 1st, 2010, if you volunteer a day of community service at select charities, you can get a free one-day, one-park ticket. They will give out a million tickets until December 15th, or until they run out. […]

Your Credit Report Card

Mark Frauenfelder is the co-founder of my favorite sites, Boing Boing (which is a “directory of wonderful things”). Mark’s also a GRS reader. He dropped me a line the other day to tell me about a new project he’s been following. Today, is launching a free new online financial tool called Credit Report Card. […]

Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home That Can Save You Money and Protect Your Family

Fall is upon us and that means cooler weather is setting in. With this colder weather comes higher energy costs when heating your home, additional chores to take care of around the house, and the potential for damage to your home thanks to the weather. So, before the really cold weather arrives you should use this time to do some fall maintenance to ensure your home is ready for the winter. […]