I Don’t Have the Time to Be Frugal!

“So, what’s The Simple Dollar about?” people will ask me when I tell them what I do for a living. “Oh, it’s mostly about getting your life straight with money as a big part of the equation,” I say. […]

Your Credit Card Doesn’t Love You

Happy Valentine’s Day! That’s the message from Consumerism Commentary today. By my home office in central New Jersey the mid-50-degree weather is a welcome surprise, and I like sharing my resulting positive attitude. This isn’t today’s message from your credit card company, however. […]

Itemizers Can File Their Taxes Now

As you may recall from earlier this year, I mentioned that those itemizing their deductions would have to wait until February 14th to file. Anyone who was itemizing deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A would have to wait until today or work with a preparer that would “hold” their return until this date. […]

Bankrate Frugal Free for All Live Chat

Tomorrow, February 15th, I’ll be participating in a Frugal Free for All Live Chat at Bankrate. I invite you to come grill me about my frugal habits, my unfrugal habits, and basically ask me anything you want. It’s moderated by the Bankrate folks so be civil! You can set a reminder for yourself here. Here’s what they had to say about it: A penny saved is a penny earned. […]

Life After Salary: Changes in My Expenses

In December 2010, I quit my day job. Leaving behind a salary and benefits was a tough decision to make, and I wasn’t under the illusion that I’d be able to make up for the lost income solely by saving money. Predicting my future expenses wasn’t difficult. Some expenses would automatically decrease, like travel expenses, while some would likely increase, like heating bills. […]

For Valentine's Day, Work on a Budget Together

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. An overwhelming number of people in failed marriages cite financial troubles as a major factor in their breakup. It's not surprising because the way we use our time and money reflects our values. Without a strong set of shared values, marriages may founder. But dealing with finances together can bring a couple closer. […]

Five Creative and Free Things to Do This Year

Are you looking for a creative project to do this year that doesn’t require loads and loads of cash?  Life can get pretty boring if you find yourself in the same rut. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 49-52

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 10 Hidden Costs That Hurt Your Wallet. Enjoy! […]

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Have you been putting off planning for Valentine’s Day? If you have been, your day of reckoning has arrived. You’ve probably got less than eight hours to pull off a respectable Valentine’s Day. Chances are, of course, that you are going to be apart from your sweetie all day, so when you meet up later, you can provide a surprise. […]

10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories

I'm picky with accessories. At the moment I have three pairs of earrings, a handful of necklaces, and a few purses that I really like. Perhaps because I don't buy new accessories that often, I find that when I do go shopping, I'm often floored by the prices. ($200 for a purse? A purse? […]

Reader Mailbag: Valentine’s Day

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student loans after marriage 2. Parents in financial trouble 3. 401(k) and index funds 4. Best PS3 game bargains 5. Furnace savings? 6. Used cell phones 7. Buying board games 8. Financially irresponsible parents 9. […]

The Best Frugal Office Party Foods

Some do it to observe birthdays, others to celebrate weddings, and still others, just to mark the fact that they’ve made it to another Friday. Office food days are pretty much a fact of life if you work, well, anywhere. So how do you feed your coworkers without breaking the bank? […]

McMansion to McCottage: Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter

According to US census data, the size of the average American home in the 1950s was a modest 1,000 square feet. Today, the square footage has more than doubled to nearly 2,500. If our families are getting smaller and our objects are getting more compact and portable, why do we need all this space? […]

Best Money Tips: Winning Habits of Successful People

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on winning habits of successful people, saving money on transportation costs, and workplace perks for new parents. Top 5 Articles 5 Winning Habits Of Successful People - Do You Have Them All? — Are you particular about how you spend your time? […]

Mythbusting Four Credit Score Beliefs

With the economy improving and consumer spending on the rise, I’ve been getting a lot of credit report and credit score related emails. With more people buying things, some of which will inevitably be on credit, folks are looking to make sure they don’t make any mistakes that could jeopardize their good credit scores. and increase their borrowing costs. […]

TurboTax 2012 Online Review

This is a relatively long review of TurboTax 2012 Online, software for completing tax forms and submitting them to both the federal and state authorities. I’ve updated the review to reflect the changes to the software in 2012 (for filing 2011 tax returns). Recently, the IRS began accepting federal tax returned filed electronically. […]

How To Stock A Pantry

With grocery prices on the rise and the recent spate of bad weather, I have been busy stocking our pantry with nonperishable foods and household items.  Here’s how I stock out pantry and ensure that goods are in-date and readily accessible. Find a location for pantry items - Technically, a pantry is a small storeroom for foods, but you can use a large kitchen cabinet, a couple of shelves in the l […]

Frugality and the Long-Distance Relationship

This is a guest post from Kelly M., who writes about long-distance relationships at Long-Distance Life. Long-distance relationships can be exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and all sorts of other adjectives…but “frugal” rarely makes the list. […]

How to Handle Missing Tax Forms

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been throwing all the documents related to my 2010 taxes in a basket on the kitchen counter. At this point, I’ve either received everything, or have been told that I should access it online. What about you? The main things that I’ve been expecting are my W-2 form from work as well as a bunch of 1099 forms. […]