Best of Money Carnival Now Available

Just a heads-up that the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Abysmal Survey Results: Americans Don’t Understand Basic Financial Concepts. […]

Best Deals For Monday 11/16/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Figleaves Designer Outlet - Up to 70% Off Everything In Store The Figleaves Designer Outlet takes up to 70% off men's and women's socks, swimsuits, intimates, and more.   FREE SeeHere Custom Christmas Ornament Worth $12.99 Use code mallornament. […]

Way to Save #120: Oven Etiquette

Use energy saving appliances like microwaves, pressure cookers and toaster ovens instead of always using the oven or stove. You can buy ‘em cheap at yard sales. Turn off your electric burner three minutes before the rice or pasta recipe calls for: it’ll stay hot that long. Same with your oven. And if you are [...] […]

Reader Mailbag #89

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I’m 34 years old; live and work in Washingon, DC for a non-profit organization I’ve been with for 10 years. […]

For Love or Money: Must It Be One or the Other?

By Nora Dunn In WC Porter's recent article, Do What You Love: Idealistic Nonsense or Good Advice?, you will find an inspirational video and loose analysis of what it takes to do what you love and earn money doing it. But nay saying commenters call the video speaker a huckster, and others challenge the concept that it’s even possible to do what you love (and get paid for it, and still love it). As […]

Rethink Your Career

Losing your job can be a blessing and a curse. Most people understand the curse part, but few look for the silver lining in the otherwise stormy cloud. When you don’t have the encumbrance of a full time job, a well-charted path, you have the opportunity to do whatever you want. […]

The Madoff Name Premium

On Saturday, an auction in New York featured items once owned by Bernard Madoff. The auction raised over $900,000, beating expectations. Once combined with proceeds from another auction later this week, it’s likely that this money will go to investors who were burned by Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. […]

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

This article is the eighth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. One reason I got into financial trouble during my early twenties was that I wanted everything right now. I looked at what my parents had, and it didn’t occur to me that they’d been working their entire lives to get to that point. I wanted the same level of comfort, and I wanted it today. […]

Considering a High Deductible Health Plan

‘Tis the season… For open enrollment. This year, my employer is really pushing the high deductible health plan, so I spent the weekend poring over the plan documents. Today I thought I’d share what I learned. Lower premiums The primary draw of the high deductible health plan are the low premiums. […]

Steps To Grow Your Net Worth When You Don't Make A Six Figure Income

The following is a guest post from Danny Kofke, author of How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher's Salary. It seems everywhere we look these days, we see something telling us how bad the economy is and how tough times are.  I agree that for some this is true but, from personal experience, you can still live a wealthy life on a moderate income. My name is Danny Kofke and I am a school t […]

Welcome to the Carnival of Debt Reduction

Howdy!  Here are the on-topic submissions for this week’s carnival: Bargaineering hosts a guest post on how to sue debt collectors. The Smarter Wallet shares some first-hand experience with debt collection practices. The Digerati Life runs through options for debt consolidation loans for people with good credit. Studenomics asks if student loan consolidation is right for you. Ask Mr. […]

YNAB Pro Download Giveaway at The Digerati Life!

Last month was actually the third anniversary of this site. On some occasions, it seems like I’ve been blogging forever, while on other days, it feels like it was just yesterday when I began doing this as a hobby. […]

Review: Unclutter Your Life in One Week

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or career book. If you’ve been reading my weekly roundups for long, you know I’m a big fan of the Unclutterer blog and its chief writer and editor, Erin Doland. […]

Podcast 30: Nick Corcodilos, Ask the Headhunter

The guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Nick Corcodilos, author of Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job and How to Work With Heahunters. […]

Bargaineering Career Week 2009

With unemployment over 10%, the pool of willing workers has never been bigger or more qualified. If you’re in that group, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll ever find a job. While I’m self employed now, I have been fired before and I know how much it sucks to have someone else tell you that you’re no longer needed. […]

Celebrate Your Life (and Help Others do the Same) with Bcelebrated – Plus a Discount for Wise Bread Readers

By Nora Dunn Debra and Mark were on a boat trip while vacationing in Mexico when they found themselves in the middle of a terrible storm. Life jackets were passed out. And there weren’t enough to go around. […]

Is Saving for Old People?

A post on a “savings generation gap” at Get Rich Slowly the other day caught my eye. In it, J.D. argued that there’s a “generation gap” between spenders and savers. […]

Way to Save #119: Refrigerator Etiquette

If you’re buying a new refrigerator, remember that top mounted freezers are cheaper to operate than side-by-sides, and don’t buy more refrigerator than you need. Automatic ice makers add about $200 to the initial cost of a refrigerator, cost about $50 a year to operate and are the first thing to break. If your refrigerator [...] […]

Reader Story: Budgeting For a Lifestyle Change

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle.  Have you ever thought about doing something different with your life? Maybe you’ve decided that you’d like to do more world traveling. […]

Opportunities Lost

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. In the past we've discussed what Christians believe about giving (and how much -- or should I say how little -- they actually give). On a related note, I've even asked if our welfare state is a result of Christians not living up to their calling to give to the poor and needy. […]