Fifteen Things to Have in Your Car This Winter

As Christmas approaches, my wife and I will be doing quite a bit of driving to visit various people for the holiday season. With winter conditions and three young children in the car with us, we’re going to be quite cautious about our trips. The first step in that journey is to make sure that we have everything we need in the car in case of an emergency of some kind. […]

Way to Save #155: Breast-feed

Keep abreast of the cost of formula. You can spend $1,500 a year on formula. Breastfeeding is free and according to many, healthier too. […]

The Tithe

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

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 19, 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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Friday Fiscals: Snowy Saturday edition

We currently have snow up to our knees, with the prospect of another 18 hours or so of snowfall!  We’re hunkering down, making sure roofs don’t cave in, etc. […]

Gifts For The Person Who Has Everything

By Julie Rains Every year for the past 20 years or so, I have exchanged gifts with my extended family including my parents and in-laws, who are now in their 80s. They've accumulated what they need and want but I still enjoy finding a special gift for each of them. […]

Way to Save #154: Consign Baby Clothes

Rent your baby clothes and supplies. Well, not actually rent perhaps, but practically. Buy your baby clothes, crib, stroller toys and other things at up to 75% off by shopping at consignment stores. When your baby outgrows them, consign them yourself and make part of your money back. You can even consign online: try […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is Social Capital?

Almost immediately after yesterday’s post about frugality and personal value went up, a reader asked me a question via Twitter: You wrote about “social capital” today. […]

Life Insurance Reality Check – Do you have enough?

The following is a guest post from AccuQuote. Life insurance is an important component of your financial planning. If you have a young family, it could actually be the most important element of their security. A lot of people do not have affordable life insurance yet. Among those who already have life insurance, a vast majority does not have enough coverage. […]

Employment Discrimination, The Glass Ceiling & The Gender Wage Gap

Today, I’m departing from my usual fare by presenting a snarky and controversial guest post by Mr. Moneybags, a personal finance blogger I’ve recently come across. I’d characterize his writing style as risque, highly edgy and different (I had to tone down his post somewhat, in order to run it here). […]

Posting Schedule for the Holidays

Just a short programming note to let you all know what I'm planning. For the next two weeks, I'll be cutting my posts back to two per day starting on Monday. I'm doing this because I think many people will be more focused on getting ready for/enjoying the holidays than they will on reading a personal finance blog. […]

Frugality and Your Sense of Value

Earlier this week, I offered up a post detailing how I wrap Christmas gifts, utilizing brown paper and yarn. The response was mixed – some people didn’t like the aesthetics of the packaging, while others did (obviously, I’m in the latter camp, as I love the aesthetics of brown packages and yarn). Guess what? We’re both right. For some people, there’s a lot of value in a certain gift aesthetic. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Hide Naughty Credit Card Purchases

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we show you what "naughty" purchases you should avoid putting on your credit card, how to cook a pork roast, and 7 truths about becoming a celebrity assistant (just in case you're being considered for a promotion). […]

How to Quickly Compare Rewards Programs When You Shop Online

By Xin Lu Wise internet shoppers usually search for some coupon or cash back reward before adding an item to their shopping carts. The problem is that there are so many cash back and mileage reward programs that sometimes it is hard to decide which one to use. […]

Marley's Ghost Was Haunted by Regret

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Some may find it a bit "preachy", but I think his main messages (as I read it) of "money isn't everything" and "be sure to give back to others" are worthwhile. "Marley was dead." That's how Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" begins. Jacob Marley, dead exactly seven years to the day, is the real ghost in the story. […]

Life Without Cable TV: Week One

(No, I don’t plan on writing about this on a regular basis, just when an interesting milestone occurs.) It’s been a full week since my family turned off the TV service and to summarize: we’re doing fine. As expected, I’m discovering some of the “known unknowns” of being a person without cable but who still cares about TV shows. […]

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Your 401(k) Match: Don’t Miss Out on Free Money

Does your employer offer to match a portion of your retirement contributions? If so, are you taking advantage of it? I hope so. […]

9 Awesome Kitchen Gifts

By Elizabeth Sanberg It's that time of year when we start doing two things: 1) reflecting on the past year and 2) scrambling to find gifts. If you're in the second category and are still scrambling to find gifts, I recommend that that you think back on your year and some of the best things you've purchased or received. […]

Way to Save #153: Homemade Baby Food

Make your own baby food. There are plenty of free recipes online and in library books for food that is better than name brand because it won’t have as much salt, sugar and preservatives. It’s also infinitely cheaper. […]