41 Bloggers Share Their Best Money Advice

Over the last few months I’ve dearly missed sharing with you the best personal finance articles the blogosphere has to offer. Because I’ve been busy writing a book, I haven’t taken the opportunity to showcase the exceptional writings of my fellow money bloggers and give kudos where due. […]

Have A Mind For Business? Entrepeneurs Think Differently!

Do you have a mind for business? To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as entrepreneurial. Having nurtured a long enough career in the tech industry, I imagined myself as becoming a “lifer” who would be working the 9 to 5 for some time. So imagine my surprise when I ended up changing course quite unexpectedly to try the entrepreneurial route. […]

Daily Links: Off to Orlando Edition

I’ll be making a quick trip to Orlando, Florida this week. T. Rowe Price and Disney are unveiling a financial literacy project, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, and I’ve been invited to take a first-hand look. I’ve been assured that I’m under no obligation to write about it. […]

Review: Rich Like Them

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Rich Like Them by Ryan D’Agostino follows in the tradition of The Millionaire Next Door and The Difference: it interviews a large group of millionaires in order to figure out what traits they have in common. Rich Like Them takes this tactic and runs in a slightly different direction with it. […]

Podcast 4: Financial Advisory Website Thrive

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek and I talk with Avi Karnani, founder, and Matt Wallaert, Lead Scientist, from Thrive about the services offered by this financial services website and about frugality. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use the iTunes link. […]

Wise Bread Book Excerpt: DIY Ten-Finger Discount

A 10-finger discount? Without theft or fraud, I score big savings with my manicured hands. Through careful maintenance and do-it-yourself enamel, I create my own 10-finger discount.After a visit to a salon, I follow these steps:• Let the paint dry. Meditate, breathe deeply or count to 1,000. The goal: Keep your mind active and your hands still. […]

Major Purchases and Your Specific Life Situation

When I turned sixteen, I had roughly $1,000 saved up with which to buy a car. Obviously, my biggest concern was what is the cheapest thing that can get me on the road? Reliability wasn’t a concern at all - I mostly wanted it to drive back and forth to school and to some extracurricular activities. […]

Starting a Business After a Job Loss

This is a guest post from Matt, a long-time GRS reader. After earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering, my father joined a large technology company where he did quite well for himself. The company transferred him twice, requiring him to pick up and move his newly-created family across the country. Then he was laid off. […]

When Childhood Hobbies Meet Adult Allowances

As a kid, I never collected baseball cards, but I collected all sorts of other things. I collected comic books, I collected comic book cards, I collected Magic: The Gathering cards, and all of these things are sitting in my basement right now, slowly appreciating in value. I saw The Baseball Card Movie at Kottke.org and invested ten minutes watching the whole thing, it was great. […]

Is It Ok for a Pastor to Earn $600k a Year?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. We've previously talked about how much a pastor should earn but here's a real-life situation to discuss. Check out this report: Manhattan's Riverside Church - one of the country's most illustrious religious institutions - is paying its new senior pastor, the Rev. […]

Would you get rid of credit cards if stores give more discounts to customers who pay cash ?

By Xin Lu I am sure you have encountered a store or gas station that has a set of prices for cash customers and a different set of prices for credit card customers.  Usually the credit card customer has to pay a small surcharge.  Under a new measure being considered in the U.S. […]

Video: How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

After recent appearances on WHO-TV and KCCI-TV in Des Moines, a number of Des Moines area residents have contacted me with lots of questions about The Simple Dollar and saving money. […]

Learning to Do It Yourself

This is a guest post from my wife. I am not handy. Given a garden tool or a kitchen gadget, I can usually find success. But I have neither the talent or inclination for wiring, plumbing, or carpentry. I come from a long line of un-handy people, too, so there’s no phoning home when the car’s making a funny noise or the garbage disposal is on the fritz. […]

A Simple Example of Why Spending Less than You Earn Works

It's simple math really, spend less than you earn and you have a surplus and are growing your net worth. Spend more than you make and you're going backwards no matter what else you do. […]

Dollar Savings Direct By Emigrant Bank Offers High Returns

“High returns” these days aren’t what they used to be (in some cases, it may mean “breaking even” if you consider how the stock market’s been behaving lately). […]

President Obama’s Financial Disclosure

In a move should sound familiar to readers who have been with Consumerism Commentary since 2003 and to those who have noticed my monthly personal financial reporting, the President and Vice President have used the White House blog to provide updates on the financial condition about each of the Executive Branch families. President Obama and his wife Michelle seem to prefer investing in the Vanguard […]

Maybe the Latte Factor is Now Less of a Factor?

Personal finance author David Bach made the "latte factor" an almost ubiquitous term in the money management community. His idea was that if you cut out lattes (or other small amounts of spending) on a daily basis that you could save a boatload of money, invest it, and grow rich (or at least better off.) But that was back when lattes were $5 a pop and people were drinking two or three a day. […]

Tomatoes & Celery Taught Me How To Save More Money

An assortment of organic vegetables taught me how to pay myself first. Thursday was payday, and I treated myself to a pint of organic cherry tomatoes, a small container of humus dip and celery -- all sale items. I added a handful of round crackers to the mix.My lunch plate was inviting with the bright red tomatoes, the green stalks and the pale blond humus. […]

Some Thoughts on the Tightwad Gazette’s “Flexible Casserole Recipe”

Although I love cooking interesting and complex meals for my family, the reality of life is that many nights, the time for meal preparation is sandwiched tightly between my work, my son’s soccer game, a community meeting, a promise to draw pictures with my daughter, and a pretty firm eight o’clock bedtime. The easy solution is to go out for dinner - or, even quicker (and less healthy), order some […]

Friday Finance Findings for May 15th

Sorry about the infrequent updates around here lately, it’s just been one of those weeks. Friday couldn’t have come soon enough. But, it’s finally here and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. […]