Garage Sale Tips: How To Sell Junk For Cash

If you are desperate for some quick cash and you want to find some ways of making money this coming weekend, the best bet is to focus on a yard sale. Provided you have the time to clear out your closets and find a load of stuff to sell, you could have a lot more [...]Garage Sale Tips: How To Sell Junk For Cash Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Getting Things Done: Making the Best Action Choices

This is the ninth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Over the last four articles, we’ve reviewed four of the five major components of getting things done: 1. Collecting all of the stuff you need to do 2. […]

Prevent a costly Christmas with the Holiday Expense Tracking Spreadsheet

The Holiday Expense Tracking Spreadsheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Now that we’ve planned ahead for the holidays with the Gift Giving Worksheet, I want to look beyond presents by giving you a way to track all your holiday expenses in one place. […]

Dorothy in Taxland: Tax Credits

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Tax credits are much more valuable than tax deductions. Deductions only reduce the amount you are taxed on. One dollar of deduction might only be worth 35 cents. In contrast, tax credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax bill. […]

Book Review - The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means

The Cheapskate Next Door is Jeff Yeager's sequel to The Ultimate Cheapskate's Roadmap to True Riches. In this new book, Yeager takes a bicycle tour across America and meets many like minded people. I haven't actually read Jeff Yeager's first book, but I am familiar with his writing on Wise Bread and the Early Retirement forums. […]

Home Buyer Tax Credit Fraud

The problem with widely publicized tax credits like the home buyer tax credit is that people who don’t qualify — and know they don’t qualify — will apply for the credit. Many of these taxpayers, perhaps assisted by their tax preparers with or without their knowledge, will successfully convince the IRS to provide the tax credit, usually with fraudulent documentation.An audit of the U.S. […]

Smart Money 2010 Best Online Brokers

Every year, Smart Money takes an in-depth look at online brokers, from their trading platform to their customer service, and rates them based on their performance. […]

Reader Question: I’ve Lost a Lot of Money in the Market. Should I Get Out?

I receive a number of emails each week from readers and I try to answer all of them the best I can, but occasionally I get questions from multiple people that ask the same thing. In those situations I like to address the question as a post which can hopefully help others who probably have the same question but just haven’t asked. That’s what I’m going to do today. […]

ING Direct Financial Independence Days Sale

Online bank ING Direct is offering some goodies in July in time for Independence Day. July 4 is a bank holiday in the United States, so this sale starts early. July 1 and July 2 are the only days this sale will be available, so this offer is only around for a very limited time. The promotions have been expanded from what ING Direct offered in previous years. […]

Save Money on Groceries by Keeping Track of Prices

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy (I profiled the author the other day) suggests that keeping track of prices on food is a great way to save money. In other words, if you know what a "good deal" is, you can then judge whether to buy something or not. The author records her information in a small notebook she keeps in her purse. […]

Best of Money Carnival

This week's Best of Money Carnival is now available. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Can You Go To Jail If You Don’t Pay A Debt? Enjoy! […]

How to Lodge a Consumer Complaint: Spring Grove Soda Pop Inc.

In the past on The Simple Dollar, I’ve talked about how to lodge a complaint against a company if you’re truly dissatisfied with a product. I’ve always wanted to do a case study of such a complaint, but I’ve never had an experience severe enough to cause me to get involved. Until now. Pictured above on the right is a bottle of Spring Grove Lemon Sour soda, made by the Spring Grove Soda Pop Inc. […]

Paying for Packaging: It's Time to Stop

Next time you take a walk through the grocery store, take a look at the packaging — especially on relatively expensive items. Any item with a lot of packaging always costs more than its counterpart without. Hamburger Helper offers a great example: not only does it come in a box, but there are packets within the box. […]

3 Ways to Save Money on Maternity Dresses

When you're pregnant, getting dressed can be a real nightmare. With all the changes your body is going through, getting dressed in the morning takes on a whole new dimension. […]

Driving With Just Your Big Toe

“Hypermiling” is a word we use for doing everything you can to squeeze the best mileage possible from your car, including hardware modifications which may or may not void your warranty and certain driving techniques which may be both dangerous and illegal. […]

How to Unclog a Drain the Green Natural Way

When I first started looking at green ways to unclog a drain, I didn’t have a green motive. It was around ten o’clock at night, I was brushing my teeth and noticing the sink wasn’t draining nearly as fast as it should’ve, and I wasn’t about to go out to the store to buy some batch of chemicals to clear the drain. […]

The Rewards of Frugality and Thrift (or, Why We Scrimp and Save)

Over the past couple of weeks, more than a few GRS readers have complained about the site’s tone. These folks are afraid that Get Rich Slowly is turning into a column that’s only about frugality and self-denial, one that is neglecting the “rich” part of the blog’s title. […]

Buying the Best New (or Used) Car for You

Buying a car definitely takes a good bit of time and effort. It’s a big purchase and, if you’re like us, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Both of our cars are still running pretty well, but we know that they won’t last forever, so we’ve been thinking ahead. At some point we’re going to have to replace them, so we opened a savings account specifically for a new car. […]

The Right Way to Get a Complaint Resolved

Kiplinger lists what they call "the right way to get a complaint resolved" as follows: 1. Be prepared. Have documents, such as receipts, contracts, etc., to prove that you purchased a product or received a service. Know what type of resolution you would accept: replacement item, money back, store credit. 2. Contact the seller, service provider or manufacturer. Explain the problem politely. […]

Comparing fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages

The majority of Americans are homeowners, and many of them carry mortgages for much of their adult lives, if not all of it.  A mortgage is a loan that has a house as collateral, and it’s usually the biggest loan a family will take out. In this post, I’ll describe and compare two kinds of mortgages:  fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages.  Hopefully this will help you […]