Nobody Cares More About Your Money Than You Do

This article is the 12th of a 14-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. I’ve read a lot of stuff lately about how scammers take advantage of other people. (Here, for example, is a brief summary of seven psychological tricks con artist use.) It’s easy to think that those who lose their money are just unfortunate suckers. That’s not always true. […]

Announcement and Giveaway: The Plutus Awards

One week from today, nominations will begin for The 2009 Plutus Awards, designed to honor and recommend the best in personal finance this past year. There are two parts to The Plutus Awards. The first focuses on the best products and services, like checking accounts and mobile finance applications. The second part focuses on blogs and social media. […]

Getting Ready For 2010

As preparation for 2010, I’ve spent some time updating automated contributions to various retirement, education, and cash savings accounts.  Here’s the breakdown - My Retirement Accounts - 403(b) – Monthly amount = $1375 A percentage of pre-tax income is deducted from each monthly paycheck. Roth IRA – Monthly amount = $312.50 My goal is to make the maximum allowable contribution for 2010.  For m […]

Who and How Much to Tip During the Holidays

With Christmas just around the corner, I though now would be a good time to talk about holiday tipping. […]

The Worst Money Stories I've Heard

About 15 years ago or so my wife and I became financial "coaches" for a church-based organization designed to help people having financial trouble. […]

MyFICO Coupon Code: SURVEY30

MyFICO is offering a 30% off coupon if you take their customer survey. I’m not sure how long the survey takes but at the end they give you a new 30% off coupon code for myFICO products. If you want, you can take the survey or just keep reading for the code: SURVEY30 For my thoughts on myFICO, check out my myFICO review. […]

Review: Influence

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest not directly concerning personal finance. One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned about money management since I’ve started The Simple Dollar is that a deeper understanding of your desires and motivations is vital for making good money decisions. […]

Best of Money Carnival Now Available

Just a note to let you know that this week's Best of Money Carnival is now up. If you're looking for 10 great personal finance posts, be sure to check it out! […]

Podcast 34: Stocks as Gifts and New Staff Writer, Kelly Whalen

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dan Greenshields, President of ShareBuilder. Tom Dziubek speaks with Dan about giving stocks or other investments as gifts. Also featured on today’s Podcast is Consumerism Commentary’s staff writer, Kelly Whalen. […]

Frequent Flyer Master Review

For what seems like years, JD Roth has sung the praises of one Chris Guillebeau, author of the Art of Non-Conformity blog. For months, I’m pretty sure every conversation we’ve had (and we talk almost every week in preparation of the Personal Finance Hour), the Guillebeau name comes up. […]

Way to Save #148: Adopt A Pet

Why would anyone pay a pet store for a furry friend when there are perfectly wonderful dogs and cats for free (or nearly free) at the Humane Society? Not only are you getting an inexpensive companion, you could be saving a life! But remember before you take one home that pets can be expensive. An [...] […]

Give Your Wealth Away: An Argument For a Secular Tithe

This is a guest post from Sierra Black, a long-time GRS reader and the author of ChildWild, a blog where she writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale. Previously at Get Rich Slowly, Black told us about sweating the big stuff and the pitfalls of buying in bulk. My mother’s family is Catholic. […]

Where to Give?

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 12, 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. […]

Non-Traditional Jobs: How Bibliophiles and Film Fanatics Can Find Success

By Charissa Arsaoui Book lovers and movie fanatics of the world unite! There is a legitimate way for you to feed your addiction for bestsellers and box office blockbusters without spending a dime. In fact, it may pay to be nice to the UPS and FEDEX men because they soon will be showering you with gifts and lots of them! […]

Weekend Reading: Negotiations, Cooking, and Happiness

Yesterday, I signed up for my second photography class, meeting every Saturday afternoon for eight weeks starting in January. I learned much from the first class I took last summer, and I have been looking for a more advanced class. My photography skills have a long way to go, and with what I consider two full-time jobs it is difficult for me to find time to practice. […]

Chase Slate with Blueprint Review

Chase really made a splash a couple months ago with their Blueprint payment program and their headline card with that program was their Slate from Chase card, which replaced their Chase Platinum Card. […]

Does Your Energy Company Pay You for Efficiency Upgrades?

Earlier this week (just before the large blizzard hit central Iowa), our furnace went out. I took a look and couldn’t diagnose the problem myself, so we called a repairman (ouch). […]