The Encyclopedia of Cheap Travel Book

I dream of being the female Anthony Bourdain. I picture myself jetsetting across the world in search of culinary delights and colorful people. My skills as a travel writer need polishing but I am in a place in my life where I can be mobile. My soul yearns for adventure. […]

How Much Do You Actually Save at Outlet Malls?

Moneyland quotes a "study" (in quotes because the researchers themselves admit it isn't scientific)that tries to answer the question of how much you save by shopping at outlet malls. A summary of their findings: Overall, outlet prices were nearly 30% less expensive. For specific merchandise from certain brands, outlet mall prices were substantially cheaper than their retail counterparts. […]

You Are In Control

Many people begin a new year with goals, resolutions and targets that define what they’d like to change within the next 365 days (or 366 days in a leap year). […]

Reader Mailbag: Backdating

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Investing in light of default 2. Debt eradication 3. Loans or emergency fund? 4. Repetitive questions 5. What’s next on my path? 6. Time for a financial advisor? 7. Polite hygiene advice 8. Wedding and financial planning 9. […]

Finding Melt Value of Junk Silver Coins, or, How I Found $5 In A Field

The other day, I was walking our beagle Tobey when I spotted something shiny a few feet away. We wandered over and discovered it was a quarter. As I typically do with any free money on the ground, I picked it up and saw it was your typical twenty-five cent piece minted in 1957. […]

The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance

Somewhat ironically, I've been sitting in front of my computer displaying a blank page and the title above for the last half hour, while gazing out the window. […]

Guide to Buying a Used Car Without Going Crazy

One night about a month ago, I was telling my friend about the brain-frying frustration I was experiencing trying to buy a used car off of Craiglist. "I feel like I can spend infinite time on this," I told her, "And there are infinite options." "Everyone I know who has tried to buy a used car on Craigslist has gone absolutely crazy," she said. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Eating Out

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on eating out, smart couponing strategies, and secrets to making this year the best year ever. Top 5 Articles Save on Eating Out in 2012 With These 12 Realistic Tips! — To save money when eating out, try ordering plates to share. […]

Tips for Thriving in Long-Term Unemployment

The sagging economy forced many people from their jobs and left the young and old alike searching for income. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8.6% of the U.S. labor force is unemployed, as of November 2011, and the unemployment rate in the U.S. has remained in the 8-10% range since February 2009. […]

Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. Financial resolutions usually don't even last until the end of January. Making a permanent change in our behavior requires both time and a steely resolve. We can only develop financial character one action at a time. Here are seven practices to take you from pauper to prince or princess if you add one each year.Read through the list. […]

Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 141: The Behavior Gap

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch and Flexo speak with Carl Richards, author of the book The Behavior Gap. They discuss the difference between smart investments vs. […]

12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012

We discuss many aspects of personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. We explore ways to earn more money, get out of debt, and build an emergency fund. We talk about the psychology of money management, and we share tips and tricks for making the most of your savings and your career. […]

Introducing “365 Ways to Live Cheap Revisited”

In 2008, I published a book entitled 365 Ways to Live Cheap. The book itself is pretty straightforward. It’s a collection of 365 specific tactics for saving money. The experience writing the book was an interesting process, however. I had the genesis of the idea not too long after I started The Simple Dollar. […]

Happy New Year

Here's wishing you all the best in 2012! May your net worth climb to the sky!!!!Happy New Year!! […]

How I Switched to Long Term Thinking

Over the past five or six years since my financial turnaround started, the single most significant change that has happened to how I view the world is a switch to what I call “long term thinking.” Simply put, I evaluate most of my life choices primarily through a long-term lens. In other words, when I look at things like how I spend my money, how I spend my time, who I choose to interact with, an […]

The Power of Customer Outrage

In what almost seemed like a staged publicity stunt, Verizon Wireless quickly rescinded their plans for a new $2 fee for most bill payment options. An employee leaked an internal memo describing the new fee, and within twenty-four hours, the wireless company both confirmed and then rescinded the fee, citing their policy of listening to their customers. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #53

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. […]

A Wealth of Satisfaction

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. True life planning begins when you realize you are unique. There will never be another you in the history of the universe. Your calling is yours alone. […]

2012 Resolution #4 – Create a Lasting Item for My Children and My Wife

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. When I think back to some of the people in my life that have passed away that I greatly miss, one of the things that really bothers me is that I don’t have some memento of their life that lets me have at least a sense of the person that they were. […]