Dinner With My Family #34: Sandwich Pockets

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

4 Ways to Treat Your Customers Like People

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-ways-to-treat-your-customers-like-people ShareThisWhen someone called our vintage airplane ride company’s 800 number, and it was busy, the perky recorded voice (my wife’s) said, “All our lines are busy, but your call is very important to us. […]

Settle Your Worker Classification Problems with No Penalties

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/articles/settle-your-worker-classification-problems-wit... ShareThisOne of the thorniest issues in taxes is determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor. The stakes are high for getting the answer right. […]

Be Financially Accountable: Keep A Financial Diary

In the corporate world, there’s such a thing called a “status report” that a department or group head will typically require each member of a team to write up on a regular basis. […]

Occupy Wall Street, the 99%, and All That

The Occupy Wall Street movement does not lack a unified message. What they're saying is perfectly clear to me. (See also: Peak Debt and Income) To understand Occupy Wall Street, start with the people who say "We are the 99 percent." (That link goes to a site with statements from people who aren't in the top 1% of wealth and income. […]

Anyone Want to Meet Me?

Here's an interesting opportunity: I have two tickets (free to you) to attend a fundraising dinner (you do not need to donate, I've already contributed for the table) this October 20 in downtown Nashville. The event begins at 7 pm (I believe) and is a dinner and then a show featuring Jeff Foxworthy. It's an event in support of Michael W. Smith's Rocketown, a positive urban hangout for teens. […]

Offering Your Services for Free

For anyone interested in starting a business, particularly in creative arts, is building up a reputation in the field. I mentioned that my goals for this year include doing two photography shoots each month. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Vinegar

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Are You Switching Banks?

Much has been made of the recent reports of debit card fee increases, monthly fees for formerly free checking accounts, and so on. Consumers are understandably upset, and many are threatening to switch banks. But will they? Will you? I’m curious, so I thought this would make for a good poll topic. Truth be told, switching banks isn’t all that hard. […]

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card $500 Limited Time Bonus

There haven’t been many significant credit card bonus offers lately, but Citi is putting on the table a solid offer worth mentioning, for the benefit of those who can take advantage of the timing. Late last week, Citi launched a new version of the Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card that now includes a $500 gift card bonus. […]

Your Take: Faith in the Stock Market

Here’s what every stock market expert will tell you – slow and steady wins the race. Keep your regular contributions going, lean on the benefits of time and compounding, and you will be financially set when you retire. Ignore the daily swings of the stock market, those are based on the whims of traders and market makers, just keep at it and you will be just fine. […]

Remember to Value Your Time

I can’t believe that Get Rich Slowly is going to link to two different xkcd comics within a single month, but it’s true. Genevieve dropped a line to point out this recent gem about one of the problems with penny pinching: Sometimes people forget to value their time. “This made me think a bit about my deal-hunting habits and what I’m really spending and saving,” Genevieve wrote. […]

Is Bank of America’s $5 Monthly Debit Card Fee Just the Beginning?

In a word, yes. Consider this phrase — “Take money from businesses, they’ll just turn around and take it from the customers.” I’ve heard that, and many variations of it, several times over the last few years. Now it looks like it’s coming true for all of us. It’s no secret that banks make a lot of their money from fees. […]

Avoiding the Poverty Tax

There's a lot of money in poverty. Not for the poor folks, of course. (See also: Too Broke to be Frugal) The money in poverty is for the rich folks who sell things to the poor. You'd think that that there'd be more money in selling to the wealthy, but the wealthy tend to be difficult customers. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money Raising a Kid

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save money raising a kid, must-have millionaire habits, and ways football fans can save money. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways to Save Money Raising a Kid — Save money when raising a kid by opting for public school. […]

Reader Profile: LA

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Oct 3

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality Everyday Tips tells how to maintain a good credit score, The Millionaire Nurse details how to get Kindle books for free. Sustainable Personal Finance cancels cable and saves money. […]

Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs

One wouldn’t have to have read this website for very long to know that Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple and Pixar, is one of the people in this world I admire (in fact, I even mentioned him in the reader mailbag this morning). […]

Box of Books #17

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place - Hill Harper is uniq […]

Durbin & Miller Want To Make Switching Banks Easier

Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Brad Miller plan on introducing legislation that would make it easier for you to change banks. Durbin, as you know, is the one who lent his name to the law that capped swipe fees. […]