2011 Sales Tax Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping

It’s that time of the year again… Time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. And you know what that means, don’t you? Time for a sales tax holiday! What follows is an alphabetical listing of states with sales tax holidays, along with a brief summary of what is included in each. […]

Retirement and Income Diversity

Here's an interesting piece from US News that talks about income diversity in retirement. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, What Would You Do with a Million Dollars? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Fishing

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. Getting started as a writer 2. Graduate school impact on savings 3. Pre-set spending limit question 4. Great advice 5. Challenging religious beliefs 6. Re-entering the workforce 7. Student loans or down payment? 8. […]

Save Thousands of Dollars with the Entertainment Book

If you’re looking for a great way to save thousands of dollars on entertainment, local attractions, and dining, you may want to look into buying an Entertainment Book. Available for nearly every major city in the United States, the savings book contains over $12,700 in discounts and buy one get one free offers. […]

Is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Worth It?

Nearly five years ago, I considered Lasik eye surgery but I never pulled the trigger. It wasn’t that I was afraid or concerned, I was just used to contact lenses, they didn’t bother me, and I felt like I didn’t need to fix something that wasn’t broken. Fast forward to this year and my contacts are becoming less and less comfortable. […]

Women Entrepreneurs: Savvy Blogging Summit 2011

Last year, I gave the keynote address at the first-ever Savvy Blogging Summit, a gathering of about 65 women bloggers, most of whom write about deals, shopping, and couponing. I didn’t know what to expect before attending the conference, but if you read my wrap-up last July, you know I was impressed. […]

37 Savings Changes You Can Make Today

Making changes to your savings plan is about so much more than deciding where to save your money and how much to put away. You can save money by not spending it (yet not losing out or making undue sacrifices), by spending wisely, by becoming more aware of where your money goes, and even by making more money. Here are 37 ways you can make positive changes and save money — today. […]

5 Wardrobe Basics for Women That Are Worth Investing In

I am not the most clothing-minded individual. I enjoy dressing up and looking nice, but buying new clothing makes me grind my teeth. Everything seems so expensive! […]

Best Money Tips: Romantic and Frugal Vacation Ideas

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on frugal vacation ideas, how to sell stuff on craigslist successfully, and steps for dealing with identity theft. Top 5 Articles 5 Romantic and Frugal Vacation Ideas — Make your next vacation frugal and romantic by going on a last minute cruise. […]

Self-Employed? Tips for Taking Time Off Without Trauma

Vacation days from a traditional employer are almost as valuable as the paycheck itself. In fact, since becoming a work-at-home mom in 2007, I haven’t really ever taken a real vacation. […]

Your Insurance May Cover More than You Think It Does

Remember the story of my friend who put gasoline into his diesel engine? Since then, the story got worse for him. The gas had penetrated most of his fuel system to the point where he needed an additional $4,000 in repairs. Ugh. That's a HUGE amount. […]

A Guide To Large Cap Stock Market Indexes

The pages of the Wall Street Journal are full of “major market indexes” (or indices). The lists upon lists of numbers and symbols can seem like a cornucopia of nonsense to the untrained eye such that many investors find that sifting through the index lists can be frustrating. […]

Review: A Commonsense Guide to Your 401(k)

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One common request I get is more discussion on the specifics of retirement plans. […]

Podcast 118: Consequences of Extreme Couponing

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. Andrew frequently appears on television to speak about retail trends and provide advice for shoppers to break bad buying habits. […]

Choosing Life Insurance

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Andrea asks “What kind life insurance should you buy?” The options available for life insurance are diverse and confusing. […]

Reader Story: Estate Planning – The First Month

This guest post from Jeffrey G. is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. It seems like a fitting follow-up to my recent experiences with my mother. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

Use All Resources to Advance God’s Kingdom

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Root of Riches. The Bible never condemns wealth; it only warns or condemns when money is gained through evil or used for foolish purposes.Like any organization, Crown Financial Ministries looks for honest men to serve in our missions around the world. […]

Handling Out-of-Reach Goals

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Joan wondered “What do you do when your financial goal seems out of reach?” Goals that feel too out of reach are certainly a challenge. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #29

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Hans Christian Andersen on what we need Just living isn’t enough. You need a little more. “Just living is not enough. […]