Exponential Moving Average As An Effective Trading Tool

For those of you about to make a stock transaction, do you ever wonder if it’s the right time to pull the trigger? We all have different ideas about stock market timing, but it may be interesting to get some perspectives on how some people invest. While some of us don’t bother with technical signals, others live and die by it. […]

Ssshhhh! Don’t tell my daughter

My daughter isn’t quite old enough to start reading my blog yet, so I can let you in on a little secret. My wife and I just ordered a bunch of stuff online from The Disney Store for Christmas and her birthday.  She’s really into princesses. Anyway, after my wife picked out the items, I asked her to check out Mr. […]

Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices. […]

Podcast 86: Andrew Buckley and Jay Sheehan, The Costs of Making a Documentary

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Andrew Buckley and Jay Sheehan, members of the Hit and Run History documentary team. Andrew and Jay discuss the multiple costs involved in filming a documentary, including costs for purchasing equipment, creating videos, publishing and advertising as well as utilizing free or cheap resources to do so. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Set Up a Truly Useful Calendar

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 12. Set up a truly useful calendar. For the longest time, I used a tiny pocket planner to keep track of my appointments. […]

Why Budgeting is Important

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are two verses from the Bible that I find interesting: Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. […]

Reader Story: My Year Without Clothes Shopping

This guest post from Jill Chivers 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. Hi. My name is Jill, and I’m a recovering shopaholic. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 11. Make your home more energy efficient. Almost everyone who has a roof over their head has an energy bill that they have to face. Electricity. Heating oil. Natural gas. […]

My $10 Mistake and Articles of Interest

I overdrew my checking account about two weeks ago. It was a stupid mistake. I recently set up an automatic investment for my SEP IRA, $1,750 at the end of each month, transferred from my checking account at Wachovia to Vanguard, invested in VTSMX. On November 30, I checked my Vanguard account, and I didn’t see the purchase pending. […]

In Praise of Work-Life Balance

I went running with my friend Dan the other day. As we ran, we chatted. “You know, J.D.,” he said. “It seems like you have the perfect life.” I laughed. I think that Dan seems to have the perfect life — funny how the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. “My life is good,” I said, “but it’s not perfect. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 11, 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. […]

Should You "Sell in May and Stay Away"? Revisited

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Last May I wrote a column asking if you should "sell in May and stay away." I suggested it would be better simply to "rebalance in May and call it a day." Looking backward it wasn't bad advice. […]

Perkstreet Financial PowerPerks & Promos: 5% Cash Back Categories

PerkStreet Financial is a site that offers an online checking account along with a debit card called the Perkstreet Platinum Debit Rewards MasterCard that kicks off rewards; in particular, their card gives you cash back when you use it. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Do a Mind Sweep

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 10. […]

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just over two weeks away, and with many family budgets being tighter than ever, I wanted to take a few minutes to revisit the idea of homemade Christmas gifts. I’ve actually covered this topic in the past, and won’t re-hash all of the ideas here. […]

Track Your Portfolio With Google Docs

About a week ago, I spent some time messing around in Google Docs trying to get it to automagically pull in data related to stock quotes. At the time, I was interested in getting updated dividend yields, P/E values, etc., for the S&P Dividend Aristocrats. For background, most of you know that I’m a diehard index fund investor. […]

Don't Be Held Hostage by Miscommunication

I was recently held hostage at work. OK, so I fudge a little: Recently, there was reported to be a hostage situation around the corner from my building. […]

Making It All Work – In Closing…

This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my own life from a bit of a different perspective than before. […]

Don't Buy Memories, Make Them

I'm all about cheap, or at least cheaper, gifts this holiday season. […]

Maximizing Rewards Programs with Points.com

I don't fly or travel frequently enough to make the most of rewards points, but I still like earning them with the notion that someday I might be able to take advantage of them. However, I recently found out that most of my frequent flier rewards points had expired, and that made me angry! […]