7 Easy Ways You Can Save Money in College

Ah, college. Some say it’s the best time of your life, and while I wouldn’t necessarily agree or disagree with that, there is one drawback about college: you’re usually on a pretty tight budget. […]

Best Deals For Monday 10/26/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Timberland Sale - Up To 75% Off, Plus Extra 20% Off, Plus FREE s/h! Timberland takes up to 50% off select men's shoes and up to 75% off select women's shoes. […]

Reader Mailbag #86

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. Can you tell me a little more about how banks like ING work? […]

19 Tips to Cut Costs by Using Your Oven Efficiently

By Nora Dunn Saving money is made all the sweeter when you also rest assured that you did your part to save power and energy. And although using the oven is not nearly as efficient as sticking to the stove-top, sometimes you just have to bake that casserole or cake. […]

Walt Disney Offers Refunds for Baby Einstein DVDs

By Xin Lu A few months ago I wrote that I thought that "educational" DVDs for babies such as Baby Einstein were a waste of money because their educational benefits were quite dubious. […]

Small Amounts Matter

This article is the fifth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. Getting started with smart personal finance isn’t always easy. It’s one thing to read about the steps you should take, but it’s another thing to actually do them. […]

Seven Zen Principles to Guide Your Money and Your Life

A few years ago, I visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Japanese gardens are designed precisely to appear natural, resulting in an interesting collision between nature and man. […]

Holiday Tipping Guide

The spirit of the holidays is about spending time with family and friends, being thankful for the things that we’ve accomplished and the lives we’ve led, and showing appreciation to everyone who has made the year possible. Sometimes the year ends on a high note, as we celebrate the achievements. Sometimes we simply want to turn the page on an otherwise difficult twelve months. […]

How Planning Your Meals Will Save You Money

This is a guest post from Kyle of Suburban Dollar. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Lets face it, one of our biggest expenses outside of our mortgages is the cost of keeping our bellies full. Unfortunately, eating is a necessity. […]

Examples of Making Money from Your Hobbies

Turning your hobby into an income is one of my 11 great ways to earn extra money. I've been doing this myself and have a few friends doing the same, so I thought I'd detail those jobs here -- maybe they'll spark some ideas for the rest of you. Here goes: My son and I spent Saturdays in September and October making money as soccer referees. […]

Leveraged ETF Investing: More Risk With More Reward

The word “leverage” gets some people excited, while it makes others nervous. No surprise since it’s just a word that represents “higher risk, higher reward”. Our contributing writer, Tim Parker from Elementary Finance, talks about leveraged ETFs and how you can use them to spice up your investment portfolio. What Is Leverage? I’d like to bring up a word that you may not use much: Leverage. […]

Review: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Ever since I first gave it a sincere read-through in late 2006, The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing has been my go-to guide for investment advice, the first place I turn when I have a question about investing. My paperback copy is now well-worn and thoroughly enjoyed. Recently, a follow-up (of sorts) has appeared on the scene. […]

More discussion on charging your tithe

On last week’s post on whether you should be able to put your tithe on a credit card, I received a well thought-out response from commenter Brian.  I’ll reprint it here, and discuss it. I work with more than 800 mainline protestant churches in Ohio. I say the credit card issue reflects larger issues in the church: The world is not the same that it was in the 50’s. […]

Podcast 27: Man Vs. Debt and Frugal Travel

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast has now completed six months of broadcasts without missing one week. This is as good a place as any to declare the “First Season” of the podcast complete and begin the “Second Season.” In the premiere of Season 2, Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Adam Baker, the creator of the website Man Vs. Debt. We discuss Baker’s war on debt and its origins. […]

Ethical Frugality Week: Regifting

This is the final entry in a weeklong series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? I’ll be recounting some of my own stories – and some stories from readers – along the way. “Mindy” writes in: My husband and I received a panini press as a wedding gift from his aunt. […]

Checks for Vets by Joseph Scott McCarthy

Checks for Vets is a guidebook that will help wartime service vets and their surviving spouses receive their VA pensions as a result of their service. If you’ve ever filled out a government form, then you know how complicated and vague that can be. […]

How Tithing Can Transform You

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. As regular readers know, I've written a ton about tithing (more on that later). So when I ran into this summary of the book Tithing: Test Me in This that listed how tithing can transform you -- I had to run with it. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 24, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

Eliminate expenses that have no relevance anymore

Getting a bolstered emergency fund is a great idea now.  (It usually is, but now especially.)  One way to get to a decent cushion is to spend less so that the extra can go into savings. Many kinds of expenses can be cut, but the easiest ones to eliminate are ones that you probably won’t miss anyway.  Expenses like the following: Seasonal expenses. […]

What Is a “Value-Added Tax,” Anyway?

By Marla Walters I’m sure many of you have already heard of a value-added tax, or VAT. Some of you may even be, or have been, subject to it (around 130 countries currently utilize this type of tax). It appears to be an idea that is being kicked around by some U.S. elected officials. Why is it even being discussed? This idea came up during the Clinton administration, but failed to gain favor. […]