How to Learn a Foreign Language Without Spending a Cent

Last week at Far Away Places (my new travel blog), I shared some tips on how to learn Spanish fast. The short version: Hire a tutor. But what if you can’t afford a tutor? What if you don’t want to spend money but still want to learn a language? In this guest post from Benny Lewis, the Irish polyglot, he shares tips on how to learn a language on the cheap. […]

25 Things to Throw Out Today

There's a great quote from Fight Club, one of my favorite movies. It comes from Tyler Durden, Brad Pitt's character, and it's prophetic — "The things you own end up owning you." After watching several seasons of Hoarders, that's got to be one of the most truthful statements ever to come out of a movie. Now, we all have a little hoarder inside each of us. […]

8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

My friend Fabulous Frank is always coming up with neat ideas and inventions; one of his best designs boasts a refrigerator with a glass door on it. […]

Ordering Checks Online

It’s that time again… Time to order more checks. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but despite doing most of our banking online, we still need to write a decent number of checks, mostly for things related to our school-age kids. The last time we had to order checks was back in October 2006. At that time, we bought 700 checks. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Parents of Two-Year Olds

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on tips for parents of two-year olds, money mistakes to avoid, and steps to overcome financial fears. Top 5 Articles Toddler Tell-All: Tips And Tricks For Parents Of Two-Year Olds — Survive the toddler years by getting your kid up and getting them going. […]

6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season

Adding an eco-friendly focus to the back-to-school season can be a great way to teach kids about sustainability, and parents don't have to part with a bunch of green in order to be green. The key is finding simple, cost-effective ways to introduce environmentally conscious approaches and items. Here are a few options to consider. (See also: 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time) 1. […]

What Do You Spend on Home Entertainment?

I'm entering my third year of "dancing with the devil", also known as "buying cable service from Comcast." I'll detail my dealings with them in a future post, but before I do, I wanted to ask you all the following: What do you spend (per month) on home entertainment? I'd like to know what cable (Comcast, Time Warner, etc.), movie (Net Flix, Blockbuster, Red Box), web service, etc. […]

Review: Buy, Buy Baby

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the most powerful books I’ve read since starting The Simple Dollar is Juliet Schor’s Born to Buy. […]

Podcast 122: Living Large in Lean Times

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan talks with professional penny-pincher Clark Howard about some of the more than 250 ways to save money from his new book, Living Large in Lean Times. Bryan and Clark discuss car purchases and insurance, saving on printer ink, college loans, getting free medications and the many new ways to enjoy music online. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #122 Tel […]

Deciding When It’s Okay to Spend Money

Earlier this week, Sarah and I stopped by one of the Borders “Going Out of Business” sales and browsed through the decidedly picked-over book selections there. At the one we visited, roughly half of the store’s stock had been sold, which meant that you had to really look around for deals in the remaining books on the shelves. We left the store with four books. […]

Reader Story: Geographic Arbitrage in Real Life

This guest post from Alice is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

Defining Stewardship

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Don’t Just Know, Do

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Simple Dollar, like any worthwhile internet resource, is about knowledge. The entire purpose of the site is to get your mind thinking about your money, your time, and your career. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33

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. Randy Pausch on time management An awful lot of people have seen Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” but I actually found his talk on time management to be at least as compelling. Every moment is a choice. […]

Best 12 Month CD Rates, September 2011

The best 12 month CD rates may not be impressive overall today compared with historical rates. With the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates low for the near future, all types of deposits will not command the interest rates that were common before the recession. With nowhere to go but up, it may not make a lot of sense to lock in a rate for a long period of time. […]

Music Videos about Money from Kevin McKee, the Thousandaire

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I shared fun finance videos on a Saturday morning. And I’m way behind on highlighting some of my favorite videos from this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest. […]

Another Example of Getting a Job through Volunteering

I've detailed how I got a GREAT job by volunteering and wanted to share another (though small) example of how you can find new work by volunteering to help charitable organizations.Every summer my kids help a local church with their Vacation Bible School. It's not our church, but is a good one with a nice summer program near our house. […]

Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

Bank of America Shedding 6,000 Jobs So Far This Year

Financial giant Bank of America is eliminating 3,500 more employees. With this addition to the 2,500 already lost this year, the score is up to 6,000. The bank is trimming the workforce to sell of businesses, like global credit cards and life insurance portfolios. […]

Platinum Card from American Express Review

Charge cards have always had a reputation of being not for the average middle-class credit card user, primarily because many come with high annual fees and offer perks that the typical American consumer can’t afford or doesn’t want to pay. While this may be true for most charge cardholders, as long as a consumer doesn’t mind paying that fee, anyone with excellent credit can own a charge card. […]