The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: Prison Made of Plastic

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft. […]

Reader Story: I Was a TV Freelancer (or Financial Planning and Job Instability)

This guest post from Kristen Swensson is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. It’s also the funniest post I’ve published since Robert Brokamp’s last appearance. Swensson is the proprietor of Cheap Healthy Good, a great blog about food and frugality. […]

Advice to the Rich

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I've been running into these verses several times the past few weeks: "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. […]

How not to buy gift cards on eBay

I don’t remember what prompted me to poke around on eBay to check for gift cards.  I do remember that there had been some restrictions placed on gift card sales on eBay because of rising occurrence of fraudulent activity. However, I did find a new practice that I found a little hard to believe.  It was hard to believe because I couldn’t imagine too many people buying a gift card t […]

Getting Things Done: Where To Go Next

After reading through my recent series on Getting Things Done, Calvin took action and then had a few questions: I picked up the book, read it twice, and set aside a weekend to get started. It really works! I feel like I’m getting so much done now that it’s crazy. I guess my question now is what comes next? […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 24, 2010

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. […]

How to Use a Food Dehydrator to Preserve Your Harvest

This is a guest post from my wife. It’s been a long time since she chimed in around here. Have no fears: She’s the frugal heart of our homestead, and she’s always looking for ways to grow and preserve our food. As Get Rich Slowly readers know, J.D. and I have a thriving garden with maturing fruit trees, monstrous berry plants, and an annual vegetable garden. […]

Life Planning Part 1: Plenty of Money

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Thoughtful wealth management is more than just maximizing net worth. It also gives us the best chance of meeting our life goals. Wealth is only valuable because it helps us make a significant impact on our world. It doesn't give us meaning. Life planning takes a holistic look at what you truly value. […]

The Best Gas Credit Cards – August 2010

Just two years ago, gas prices of more than $4 per gallon were commonplace and consumers were wondering just how high they would go. Then, as the economy began to take a tumble, so too did the price of oil, dropping gasoline prices to well under $3 a gallon. […]

FMF on Facebook

Just a short note to say I've just started an FMF Facebook page (yes, I realize that I'm the last blogger on earth to do this.) For those of you who like to visit/keep up-to-date via Facebook, you can "like" FMF and read my content over there if you prefer. […]

Summer Meal Series #8: Chicken, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Calzones

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Homemade pizza is a big hit at our house (here’s a picture-filled post about our homemade pizzas). […]

6 Ways To Save Money At The Movies

With the economy sluggish, traditional vacations are a no-go for most people, so many are choosing to forgo elaborate trips and deciding instead, to take their vacations closer to home. With the huge array of interesting feature films slated for release, it could be a great time to visit your local movie theater. […]

Best Money Tips: What $1 Trillion Would Buy

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we ask about the impact of having a $1 trillion deficit, share 9 ways to cook with foil, and tell about a surprisingly large phone bill! Top 5 Articles What $1 Trillion Would Buy — Our nation’s deficit is nothing to sneeze at. […]

Weep Not for Interchange Fee Revenue

I used to answer customer service calls for Bank of America, one of the nation’s biggest banks. […]

6 Small Business Mentors You Can Access for Nearly Free!

ShareThisIf you've started a small business and need advice, there are plenty of resources available to lend you a hand. The problem is that many of them are in the form of books, lectures, and "programs" that have no issue with charging you for their services. […]

How to Create Barriers to Your Savings

ShareThisAll it takes is one weak moment to reach into your checking account or connected savings account and use those funds on something frivolous. That's why it's important to protect your savings from you! The way I do this is to create barriers between me and my savings. […]

Is a Graduate Degree Worthwhile or Worthless?

Several years ago, I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in business. I had been working in finance for a while, and as someone who believes in lifelong education, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to obtain an MBA. […]

Your Take: Is Homeownership the American Dream?

My parents came to the United States because it was the land of opportunity. It was a place where you could, on the basis of your abilities and hard work, make a good life for yourself and your family. It isn’t a utopia, it’s far from it, but it’s a lot better than a lot of other places in the world. […]