We Bought a TV

Consider our list of stuff to buy shorter by one item -- we finally purchased a TV. We were slowed a bit by our trip to Niagara Falls (we kinda knew what we wanted just before the trip but packing, etc. just got too hectic the week or so before we left), at the start of August we pulled the trigger. […]

Why You Should Guest Post On Wise Bread

By Will Chen We love showcasing talented writers on Wise Bread.  In addition to reaching our audience (we get a million pageviews a month), you'll also get noticed by journalists, publishers, advertisers, and other top bloggers.  If you have great tips to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you!  Click here for more info. […]

How to Compare 0% Balance Transfer Offers

A couple years ago, you could play the balance transfer arbitrage game over and over again. Apply for a credit card, get a 0% balance transfer, and then transfer that right into your 5% APY online savings account. Man, those were the days! Now, balance transfer periods are shorter, transfer fees are higher, and, most insidious of all, the interest rates after the 0% promotion ends are higher. […]

Top Ten Highest Paid CEOs: What Would You Do?

Are you on this list? Chances are the following list of the highest paid CEOs does not include you, Don’t feel bad; I am not included either. In 2008, these ten individuals accounted for $2.2 billion in compensation in aggregate. […]

Leftovers: 6 Money Saving Ideas for Those Bits at the Bottom of the Jar

By Myscha Theriault We all have them. Those little bits of good stuff left at the bottom of one jar or another that we don't want to really throw out, but don't know what to do with. Here are six great tips for scraping the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. Pesto Slosh around some chicken stock or water in the jar to get out all of the pesto clinging to the inside. […]

Life or Debt? 41 Financial Calculators for Major Life Decisions

The following is a guest post from debt management company MyCESI.org. Debt happens. But it doesn't always have to... Being prepared for your major life decisions - and the sometimes unexpectedly high costs they bring - can put you a long way towards reducing or even avoiding debt altogether. […]

Best Deals For Monday 8/17/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. REI Cuts Up To 70% Off Suncloud Glasses (dealnews) REI.com cuts up to 70% off a selection of Suncloud sunglasses, as listed below. Shipping adds $5.99 or choose free in-store pickup.   1. FREE $10 iTunes Gift Card Answer some questions about your attitudes on cultural identity and receive a $10 iTunes gift card.   2. […]

10 Great Posts

This week's Best of Money Carnival #12 is posted and features 10 great articles. The winner was a great piece titled What Yoda Taught Me About Money Mastery. Check it out for some great reads! […]

Reader Mailbag #76

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. We currently have a propane-fueled water heater. I live in AZ which has fairly reasonable electricity rates. […]

Disneyland on the (Sort of) Cheap

By Margaret Garcia... Disneyland is like a drug. Once your kids have had a taste of it, they remember it. They ask for it. When they hear you say the word "vacation" they remind you of it. […]

Frugality in Practice: Alternate Modes of Transportation

I’ve always been a car guy. It’s not that I’m mechanically inclined or that I get into the latest makes and models — neither of these is anywhere close to the truth — but that a car has always been my primary mode of transportation. When I was a boy, my family lived in rural Oregon, six miles from the nearest town. Automobiles were our only real option for getting around. […]

One-Third of Home Loans are Under Water

A few years ago, a coworker formed an investment partnership in speculative real estate. He promised investors a 10 percent annual return and was using the capital to invest in Florida real estate, earning 15 to 20 percent overall. As most of the real estate had not even been inhabited or built yet, the investments were pure speculation. […]

Your Home Is Not An Investment

A few years ago, when the housing market was sizzling hot, everyone and their mother talked about how their home was a fantastic investment. They talked about how a home that sold ten years ago had quadrupled in value over the last five and cursed themselves for not buying more. […]

Get Cheap Car Rentals From Priceline (or Hotwire)

By the time most of you read this, I’ll be airborne. I’m heading out for a short work-related trip, and will be renting a car at the other end. Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to book a car rental, and the rates were atrocious. According to Kayak (my overall favorite travel site) the best I could do was $149/day for a full-sized car. […]

My Jobs, The Dot Com Bubble Bursts

Last week I shared some of my career history and left off where I my dream job had turned into a nightmare and I wanted out. Today I continue this series by giving details on the next position I held. After biding my time for two years, working hard and yet still wanting a new job, opportunity came knocking. […]

MyPoints, MemoLink, MySurvey Online Shopping Sites For Point Rewards

I love rewards. That’s why I’ve joined the Citi ThankYou points network and have a habit of taking advantage of credit card rewards (see this list of best credit cards that offer such programs). […]

Wrapping Up the GRS Staff Writer Auditions

It’s been a long two weeks, but I think it’s been worthwhile. Thanks for your patience and feedback as the seven Staff Writer candidates shared their articles with you. I still think all seven are great, and wish I could bring all of them on board. It’s going to be difficult to decide whom to add as a Staff Writer. […]

Review: How Much Is Enough?

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. As time goes on, I begin to see more and more that personal finance is mostly psychological. Sure, it’s useful to have a long list of money saving tactics, but if you’re under the belief that such tools are useless, it doesn’t matter how great the tips are. […]

Podcast 17: Buying and Owning a Home in Today’s Market

In this episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek and I discuss home purchasing and ownership with David Crook, editor of the Wall Street Journal Sunday and author of Complete Home Owner’s Guidebook and Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook. Within today’s podcast, David Crook shares his evaluation of today’s real estate market and offers suggestions for buying and managing a ho […]

Miami Frugality Meetup With Myscha and Frugal Duchess This Monday

By Will Chen Myscha and Sharon (The Frugal Duchess) are hosting a frugality meetup in the greater Miami area this Monday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 pm.  You are all invited!  (jump to details) The ladies will be sharing frugal tips for back-to-school and fall shopping, and doing book signings for Sharon and Wise Bread’s new books.  They’ll also be holding a free raffle for: Free personal thrift co […]