Life After Salary: Structure and Motivation

Time management has never been my strength. I like working at my own pace, and the certain working structures, like deadlines, tend to annoy me rather than motivate me. It’s no wonder I’m excited about leaving a job with a typical standardized nine-to-five schedule. […]

Want a Job? Attractiveness Matters

True or false: Employers are more likely to call attractive candidates than plain candidates. The answer, according to a study by Bradley J. Ruffle and Ze’ev Shtudiner of job applicants in Europe and Israel, is true… if you are male. If you’re female, it’s better to be plain! […]

5 Ways to Impress Your Kids for Less This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday gifts, you don't have to blow your budget to wow your children. Here's some proven advice. […]

How to Save A Third on Your Winter Food Bill

Let's talk turkey: shopping for generic groceries this holiday season could save you a third off your food bill. […]

Finding My Spending Identity

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Do you have a Spending Identity? You do, whether you know it or not. It’s as real as the data on your driver’s license, but if you’re like most people, you’ve probably never given it much thought. […]

The One Great Thing an MBA Does for You

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business lists the following as "the single benefit of business schools (getting an MBA)": The one significant benefit that business schools do provide is better access to Fortune 50 recruiters, consulting firms, and investment banks via on-campus recruiting and alumni networks. […]

The Business of Blogging & Bootstrapping An Online Venture

As you already know, I’m in the business of developing online content, also known as content publishing (and specifically, blogging). I’d like to cover a little ground on this topic today, sort of like a checkpoint for myself, at the end of the year. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 12/9, 4:00pm CST for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title: twitter_bigger.png Welcome to the Wise Bread weekly tweet chat! This week's topic: How to be a good neighbor. Do you love or even know your neighbors? […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Rethink Your Retirement Plan

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. 8. Rethink your retirement plan. If I’ve done one thing right with my personal finances since reaching adulthood, it’s been taking care of my retirement. […]

Citi ThankYou℠ Premier Card $200 Gift Card Bonus

If you are able to use a credit card for making your everyday purchases without spending more than you would with cash, a cash back credit card can be a way to give yourself an effective discount. […]

New $100 Bill Printing Problems

The fancy new $100 bill, with all its security bells and whistles, is so complicated that even the official manufacturers of those bills can’t get it right. CNBC reported earlier this week that $110 billion worth of $100 bills are currently wrapped in storage at Fort Worth because of a defect. […]

Time, Time, Time

After a speech I recently gave, a friend came up to me and said: "In real estate they say that the key is location, location, location. In investing, it's time, time, time." I had just talked about the fact that time was the most important factor influencing how well your investments perform. Yes, how much you invest is important. Yes, return rate is important. […]

Budgeting Mistakes That Everyone Has Made

This is a guest post from James Griffiths, who is a freelance writer for Mint has created a number of tools to help you save, manage, and grow your money. On their website they offer a budget worksheet for users to stick to their budgets. Anyone who has ever tried to make a budget has encountered similar types of mistakes. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bean Soup Edition

As I’m writing this, a big pot of well-spiced bean soup is simmering on the stove and it smells tremendous. It’s just a kit soup, but it was a kit that we picked up for less than a dollar, and there’s enough soup there for everyone to eat from several times. I actually really like such soup kits. […]

Balance Transfer Dating Guide

What can the dating world teach us about credit card balance transfers? Think about the worst break-up you’ve ever gone through, and how you felt afterward. […]

6 Ways to Spot Work-at-Home Job Scams

I’ve been working from home for over three years now. While I haven’t paid a penny for online programs designed to teach you how to work from home (or that promise to help you get rich quick), I can smell them from a mile away. […]

The Motley Fool Now Offering Mutual Funds

Don’t forget Consumerism Commentary is matching charitable contributions. Consumerism Commentary readers have donated $2,100 as of this morning, resulting in a total of $4,200 designated for charity including our matching contribution. […]

Buffett’s Million Dollar Bet

As we near the end of the year, the big issue of the Bush tax cuts remains unresolved. As we inch into December and still have very little idea as to how the tax brackets will look next year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at a popular sound bite from Warren Buffet. One of Warren Buffet’s most famous quotes is that he pays a lower tax rate than his receptionist. […]