Travel and Money: Carrying Decoy Wallets

Traveling safely and managing your money along the way is an exercise in balancing multiple risks: theft, loss, high surcharges, and confusing discrepancies. […]

How to Run Without Music

I don't run with music (or podcasts, audio books, etc.) but I can understand the attraction. Logging lots of miles can be boring and pushing yourself can be difficult without distraction. […]

Rule of Thumb on Insurances To Avoid

Here’s the rule of thumb I use on whether or not an insurance policy is worth getting – if they are willing to sell you insurance without knowing anything about you, don’t buy it. Think about how much information you have to provide if you’re buying any kind of “traditional insurance.” With life insurance, you have to submit yourself to a physical. […]

The War on Work

I write a lot at Get Rich Slowly about Financial Independence, by which I essentially mean early retirement (or semi-retirement). That is, accumulating enough money that I no longer have to work. To me, escape from work has always seemed like the ultimate goal. This is probably because my father held out retirement as a sort of Promised Land. […]

This Money Making Idea is Going to the Dogs

Smart Spending lists five ways to make money from dog owners as follows: Pet sitter: $600 a week is quite possible for part-time work. Dog walker: According to Professional Dog Walkers, you can earn up to $3,600 a month. Pet groomer: Some groomers can make six figures a year, but it takes money to make that much because you have to invest in the equipment. […]

You Can’t Beat Index Mutual Funds

I don’t think you can beat index funds — I don’t mean this necessarily in terms of performance. While index funds are hard to beat even when it comes to rates of return, they’re even harder to beat in their simplicity and affordability. Index funds are a pretty low cost way of investing in the stock market and staying in it for the long term. […]

Review: The Checklist Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Every once in a while, a book I read for personal enjoyment becomes a book reviewed on The Simple Dollar. This is one of those times. I thoroughly enjoyed Atul Gawande’s first two books, Better and Complications. […]

Podcast 74: Not Your Parents’ Money Book, Jean Chatzky

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to NBC “Today Show” editor Jean Chatzky about her National Money Talk Night event and her new book, Not Your Parents’ Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money.Jean discusses many talking points of the National Money Night Talk event, including the right money topics to discuss with your children depending on […]

Why a 0% Loan Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brian writes in: I was at a local car dealership looking for a replacement for my truck. I only have about $8000 in savings so I knew I would have to take on some debt to buy. The dealer offered to sell me a new F150 for a good price and a 0% loan for 36 months for $589 a month car payments. […]

Reader Story: Working for Uncle Sam Overseas

This guest post from Mike is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Traveling to exotic new places is a passion of mine. […]

Jewish Thoughts on Wealth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. In my Sunday posts we're currently digging into the book The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. […]

Homemade Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bars for About 30 Cents Each

An on-the-go lifestyle means you don't have time to make everything from scratch.Y our gluten allergy can get very expensive if you're constantly buying "gluten-free" snacks when you're out and about. These bars broke down to about 30 cents a piece when I weighed in my final product. Make a batch a week and you'll be good to go. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 18, 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. […]

New College Grads: Make the Most of Your Clean Slate

The following is a guest post by Lauren Bailey, who writes for Best Colleges Online. So you just recently graduated from college, and now, all of sudden, a whole new set of responsibilities have been foisted on you from the Real World. You were probably mostly on your parents' dime, and so spending money wasn't as much of a concern as it is now. […]

Should You Pay Off Loans or Invest Your Money?

Let me tell you a little bit about me. For years I’ve been an investor and have been fortunate enough to do well. Of course, doing well as a part time investor doesn’t mean the same thing as performing well as a hedge fund manager, but I’m proud of myself nonetheless. In 2009, my life changed for the better. I got married! I married the perfect woman and along with this, I gained a cat. […]

Stop Before You Start: An Update on the GRS Blog Project

Ah, life. Sometimes it gets in the way of the other stuff I really want to do. When I announced the GRS blog project in July, I thought it sounded like a swell idea. I’d revive one of my many dormant blogs and document the process as I attempted to make it produce hobby-level income. […]

5 Mega Companies and Their Founding Facts (and Myths)

Link: ShareThisAs business owners, it's easy to be drawn to real-life success stories of businesses that started with nothing and wound up as empires. […]

Homemade Gift Series #1: Vanilla Extract

For the last few years, one of the most prized possessions in our pantry has been a gigantic bottle of imported Mexican vanilla extract. It’s not that imitation stuff that you get on sale at the store, with weak vanilla flavor and added sweetener. This stuff is pure unsweetened vanilla extract. […]

The Best Low Interest Credit Cards, October 2010

As credit card issuers continue to look for new ways to generate revenues lost from the Credit Card Act of 2009, finding a low interest credit card to make expensive purchases, when saving for the purchase ahead of time is not an option, is becoming more and more difficult. […]