The Prosperity Gospel

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 Dollars and Doctrine. This excerpt and the one next week will deal with what the author calls the two extremes of how Christians view money. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 16, 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. […]

Books Are the Bomb: Where to Get Them

By Sasha A. Rae The pursuit of knowledge is happening in bookstores near you everyday. Bookshelves teem with the latest and greatest tomes on current events, super tech trends, and funky travel tales. Fantastical stories summon you into the book-lined halls and keep you there for hours at a time. But these bastions of intellectual thought and information aren’t so friendly to your wallet. […]

How to Prepare for a Home Purchase in 2010

By Tisha Tolar With all the talk and controversy in the last year about the housing market and mortgage industry, it’s a wonder people are not petrified of buying a home in the new year. While things seem to be leveling off a bit, there have been some major changes made and getting low-interest financing is going to be tougher than ever before. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Savings

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Flexo On Tour and Best of December 2009

Starting January 18, 2010, I will be on tour, with guest articles appearing on ten of my favorite websites. I am still in the process of writing and editing many of the articles and I plan to have most of them delivered by the end of the weekend. […]

A Realistic Look at Investing in Gold Coins

The following article is a guest post by Shaun Connell, a gold coin enthusiast from Learn Gold Coins. If you are going to be a successful investor, then you need to be as realistic as possible. Many people get in trouble with their portfolio because they are too ambitious or they are not looking at the realities of the current market. […]

Friday Fiscals: Five-year-old daughter edition

My daughter turned five Wednesday.  Like a snap of the fingers, it seems.  (She really needs to quit growing up so fast!) Here are some links of interest from this past week: Sweating the Big Stuff debates how to use the second half of his signing bonus windfall. The Balanced Spreadsheet discusses how to update your own budget. Five Cent Nickel is now debt-free.  (Congratulations!) Free Money Fin […]

A retirement attitude adjustment?

Once in a while at work I hear one of my coworkers talking about their retirement portfolios, usually about how badly it’s been hit the past couple of years. One particular time I was cleaning out my lunch dishes and was overhearing a friend and another coworker talking.  Her portfolio had taken a hit (like many others) because of the stock market.  (We have a tax-deferred defined contribution pla […]

Your Mutual Fund Investment Portfolio: How Many Funds Should You Own?

More tips on how to invest in the stock market. You’ve probably heard the diversification mantra for years and that it’s a major key to successful money management. And, as many unfortunate folks have recently learned, lack of diversification can mean the difference between a nice nest egg and possibly none at all. […]

A Sneak Peek at Your Money: The Missing Manual

I did it! I finally finished the manuscript for Your Money: The Missing Manual; I e-mailed the last chapter to my editor at 9:10 this morning. This book was a lot of work. I started writing it on 23 September 2009 at 12:27 p.m. Over the next 115 days, I gained fifteen pounds. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Apparel

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

I Earned Over $800 in Credit Card Rewards in 2009

I had a strange year in 2009 with my cash back credit card rewards. Why was it so unusual? Because I had three different cards as my "main" credit card last year. The details: American Express Blue Cash started the year as my top card. Then they changed their rewards structure so that it was less lucrative, so I bailed on them (as my main card -- I do still use them at Costco). […]

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How Cleaning Your Wallet Benefits You Financially

By Xin Lu It is not quite time for spring cleaning, but if you are a slightly disorganized person like me you may benefit financially by cleaning your wallet or purse. Use Unspent Gift Cards My husband was the first to clean his wallet since his wallet was getting extremely thick from the myriad of cards and receipts he keeps. […]

Your Take: How Do You Prepare Your Taxes?

Last night I had to pleasure to finally meet some of the DC personal finance bloggers and some PR folks at a happy hour (or three) hosted by TurboTax at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Street. It was a fun event that was really casual and it was nice to meet people I’d only been emailing, instant messaging, or twittering with these last few months and years. […]

“The Thought of Starting This Project Overwhelms Me”

Right now, my office is a mess. There’s a huge pile of things waiting to be filed. There are a few stacks of books that need to be sent out for PaperBackSwap. I have several pieces of correspondence that need addressing. The closet is overstuffed with all sorts of different things. The floor has a large number of boxes that need breaking down and storing (or disposing). […]

Why a Lousy Job Can Lead to a Bright Future

By Julie Rains In the past couple of months, two clients of mine have landed great jobs in the midst of the worst employment climate in decades. […]

Friday Finance Findings for January 15th – Going Pro Edition

You want news? I’ve got some news for you. Starting next week I join the ranks of the self-employed, often referred to as a ‘problogger.’ Things didn’t work out with my employer, so here I am. It’s going to be an exciting, yet somewhat scary journey. The biggest concern is losing a big chunk of our household income. That hurts, especially when you are carrying two mortgages. […]