Nine Tactics That Work for Starting Food Preparation at Home

Connie writes in: I just moved in with my husband-to-be and we’re discovering that we have very different lifestyles in some regards. The biggest challenge has been food. My husband is absolutely convinced that it is actually CHEAPER for us to eat out for every meal than prepare food at home. […]

Building a Better Business

ShareThisWith the effects of the global economic meltdown still being felt, budding entrepreneurs could be excused for thinking now is not the time to launch a new business initiative. […]

Independence Day Roundup: Military vs. Civilian Credit Cards

ShareThisThe Big Players in Military Banking: USAA, Navy Federal, and Pentagon Federal. There are three big financial institutions serving primarily Department of Defense personnel, as well as many less significant players. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 3, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (June 27 – July 3, 2009) Personal Finance 101: Why Do I Need Credit At All? […]

Independence Weekend Reading: Priceline, Secrets, and Condoms

For many Americans with typical jobs, this is a long holiday weekend. I could use the break from my day job, which is becoming increasingly stressful with many co-workers out of the office at various times this summer. Frankly, I’d rather be spending the time working on my own projects. […]

Four Tips for Negotiating a New-Car Price

Yahoo lists four tips for negotiating a new-car price as follows: Shop around and play dealers off of one another. Don't try to negotiate when the dealership is busy, like on Saturdays. Line up your car financing before going to the dealership so you are a cash customer and can avoid any dealer's attempt to negotiate the monthly payment. […]

How To Survive A Job Loss: Next Steps?

Next steps for those facing a job loss. With unemployment rates at their highest, surviving job loss has become a new way of life for many individuals. If you’ve been following the news lately, unemployment benefits are now expiring for a whole lot of people, leaving them with deep concerns about the future. […]

Summer Meal Series #5: Chicken-Broccoli Crepes

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Hey, look, homemade crepes! OK, before we get going, it should be noted that this meal is pretty much as easy to prepare as you want it to be – and at almost every turn, we chose the more difficult route. Actually, to be more specific, Sarah chose th […]

Best 0% APR on Balance Transfers Credit Cards, May 2012

Credit card debt is never fun, and developing a plan to get yourself out of the debt can be exhausting. Credit cards commonly charge interest rates of 20% or more, and if you miss a few payments the default rate can be even worse. Fortunately, if your credit is still decent, there is a way to make payments on your credit card without paying any interest. […]

Budget Cuts, Fireworks, and the 4th of July

While skimming through the news this week, I ran across an interesting article about communities that are cutting back on, or canceling, their 4th of July fireworks displays due to budget cuts. […]

New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

Historically, it’s been difficult, if not impossible, for Americans with medical problems to acquire affordable health insurance. That changed yesterday with the rollout of another piece of this year’s Affordable Care Act, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). […]

Getting Things Done: Getting Projects Under Control

This is the tenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One of the biggest difficulties in modern life is dealing with projects. […]

Hulu Plus is Putting The Brakes on Free TV

You may have heard from various sources this week that Hulu is going to start charging a monthly fee to access some of their premium content. We knew this was coming eventually, but now that it has been officially announced it has people talking. […]

Oregon Bans Credit History Checks by Employers

The Oregon Legislative Assembly has passed House Bill 1045, which would prohibit the use of credit history for use in employment purposes (it was actually signed by the governor in late March). In other words, employers in Oregon cannot use the information they collect in a credit report to make am employment decision such as hiring, firing, or demoting an employee. […]

Selling Your Groupon Coupons

Social shopping sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are all the rage these days. Instead of hunting for a deal on your own, these sites create deals for a certain number of people. […]

Your Take: What Would You Never Buy Used?

What’s the easiest way to save money on your purchases? Buy it used. I picked up golf this year and when it came time to buy new (to me) equipment, I relied on Craigslist and the used section of the local Golf Galaxy. Golf is a difficult enough sport, the last thing I needed to do was make it both difficult and expensive. So I purchased my irons used and my hybrids used. […]

Save 50% or More on Local Stuff with Groupon and Others

There has been an explosion of local deal-of-the-day sites in cities across the country, resulting in a windfall of 50% or more discounts on all kinds of goods and services. For all of these sites — the most well known are Groupon and Living Social — the drill is basically the same: a local business offers a voucher or service package at a […]

Ask the Readers: Should I Invest or Prepay My Mortgage?

Kelley wrote recently with the sort of dilemma I get asked about all of the time: Is it better to invest or to prepay a mortgage? We’ve covered this topic in the distant past, but it’s time to review the debate for current readers. First, let’s look at Kelley’s e-mail: My husband and I are on the right track. At age 25, our only debt lies in our home mortgage. […]

Track Savings Goals With added a new feature this week to its online personal finance management software. Like SmartyPig, the new focus is on savings goals. […]