How to Use Couchsurfing to See the World

This is a guest post from Baker, who writes about personal finance at Man vs. Debt. Baker is a potential Staff Writer for Get Rich Slowly. Along with his wife and 15-month-old daughter, Baker has recently moved overseas to New Zealand, where his young family is passionately continuing their own personal “war” on debt. What if I told you there was a different way to travel? […]

Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, July 2009

This year is passing by too quickly. It is time again for my monthly financial reports, originally designed to keep myself accountable for my financial (usually, spending) decisions. This was a technique that has worked well for about nine years, the last six of which have included this monthly public review. July was a strong month due to two important factors. […]

What To Do When You’re On Furlough

In this recession, companies are turning to furloughs, or unpaid leave, as a way to cut costs without cutting people. As you can imagine, being furloughed is never a good thing. Companies in good financial shape generally don’t furlough their staff, it’s usually companies that need to cut costs or are having difficulty with cash flow. […]

Calculating Your Real Hourly Wage

This is a guest post from Bob of ChristianPF. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. I’m currently reading “Your Money or Your Life,” a true personal finance classic. As great as it is, however, I won’t be reviewing it here. […]

My Jobs, I Get My Dream Job

Last week I shared some of my career history by detailing a job where I experienced promotion, success, and failure. Today I want to continue this series by giving details on the next position I held. If you recall, we left off at a point where my career had crashed and burned a bit (not that bad really, but way down from where it had been.) The  company was a shell of its former self. […]

What the heck is a money quantum?

Well, it’s either the smallest discrete unit of money in the known universe, or it’s a new social money site place for people who deal with money started up by Flexo at Consumerism Commentary. I’ve been playing with Money Quantum in private beta.  The site is built on the Ning social platform engine, and though the comparison with, and perhaps longing for, the capability of Facebook is inevitable, […]

Best of Money Carnival: Bento Food Art Edition

Welcome to the 10th Best of Money Carnival! I haven’t hosted a money blog carnival in ages, so it’s high time I did! I am highly honored and pleased to have been given the opportunity by FMF from Free Money Finance to host this week’s edition of the Best of Money Carnival. […]

Manufacturers should issue 98-cent-off coupons

I’m very glad that Wegmans has come to our neck of the woods, and that they’ve continued to double manufacturers’ coupons.  It’s been quite a while since a grocer local to me has offered this. Growing up, I remember that there used to be a limit on which coupons they’d double.  It may have been 75 cents, or it may have been up to a dollar.  I’m not sure.  The limit is still in place at ours.  It r […]

Review: Career Renegade

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a career, entrepreneurship, personal productivity, or personal development book. Perhaps it’s just my perspective, but there seem to be a lot of books out there right now that seem to encourage people to make a radical change in their careers. […]

Introducing the Candidates for the GRS Staff Writer Position

After a month of preparation, I’m finally ready to announce the seven candidates for the Staff Writer position at Get Rich Slowly. This is exciting for me. […]

Podcast 15: Results of the Credit CARD Act and Tips for Dealing With Layoffs

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Robert Manning, author of Credit Card Nation: The Consequences of America’s Addiction to Credit, and founder and CEO of Responsible Debt Relief. Tom Dziubek and Dr. […]

Best of Personal Finance: 'Screw It, I'm Buying an Air Conditioner' Edition

By Andrea Dickson Boy howdy, was this ever a hot, muggy week. I tried to be brave, walking around naked with lots of running fans and buckets of ice, but my coworkers complained too much. Something about seared retinas? […]

Spend Less for School Supplies: Price-Matching Tips & Other Strategies

Back- to-school budgets are taking a hit this year. The average family will spend $548.72 for school supplies, down 8 percent from last year's average tab of $597.74, according to the National Retail Federation. […]

Putting the Strength of Weak Ties to Work

While doing research for my book, I’ve been spending some time digging into building friendships and relationships with people around you. How valuable are they, really? How can you make them more valuable? […]

TradeKing $50 Promotion: National Friends Day!

Did you know that National Friendship Day was August 3nd? Since 1935, Congress declared the first Sunday in August to be National Friendship Day. I didn’t, but that’s because my friends never told me! […]

The Richest Man in Town by W. Randall Jones

The Richest Man in Town by W. Randall Jones bills itself as containing the “inside secrets of America’s self-made millionaires.” In it, Jones talks about the Twelve Commandments of Wealth, illustrating each with quotes and stories from the richest men and women from a variety of cities across the United States. W. […]

Personal Finance Bible Verses

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Just a simple post today. I want to highlight a resource I found that lists 1,193 verses about personal finance in the Bible. Here are some of my favorites: Proverbs 10:22 – The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2009

I had a blast around here in July, and I’m very proud of the articles I produced. After several months of writing what I thought you wanted me to write, I loosened up and just wrote about the things that interested me. I felt like I was taking a risk — what if you’re not interested in the same financial stuff I am? — but after having done this for several weeks, I’m glad I did it. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - August 1, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

Summer Concert Tours To Enjoy: Get $5 Lawn Concert Tickets!

Having Citi card as one of the cards we cover on this blog, I was happy to hear about Citibank’s great new promotion, which sounds like something to take advantage of if you’re a Citi card holder or account owner. […]