Review: Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Change is hard. Once a person has established a certain way of going about things, altering that path is very difficult. That’s why people who want to get financially ahead often find themselves sinking deeply into debt. […]

Podcast 49: Life or Debt and Charitable Giving Trends

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two guests. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stacy Johnson, author of the book Life or Debt 2010: A New Path to Financial Freedom and host of the nationally syndicated financial news segment, Money Talks News. […]

Tips to Prepare for a Health Emergency

By Tisha Tolar Are you prepared for a health emergency? Do you know where your closest hospital is? Do you have important information like doctors' numbers and other emergency contacts in an accessible place? […]

Twelve Ways a Money Buddy Can Really Help

I’ve long been an advocate of a “money buddy” – someone close to you who is going through a similar financial experience as you who can support you through the (sometimes) difficult challenges ahead while you also support them. […]

Reader Story: How I Learned to Save LESS — and Loved It

This guest post from Avistew is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. For the past year or so, Avistew has been an active and eloquent commenter on this site. […]

Help a Reader: Sunday Edition

Here's an email I recently received from a reader that I thought was a fitting post for a Sunday: A good friend of mine recently received a car from his in-laws. It's a brand spankin' new Toyota Highlander. As we talked about the car, he mentioned that his in-laws bought the car through their business (dental office) and has given it to them to use. […]

Balancing Money and Time

Two years ago, I made the choice to walk away from a career that I, in many ways, loved. The one thing that I did not love about that career is how it seemed to always be a black hole of time. […]

What Do Ancient Spice Traders and the Modern Financial Industry Have in Common?

This is a guest post from Chett Daniel, who writes about improving your life through personal fitness and personal finance at 5k5k.org. Last year, Chett shared what fourth-graders “know” about money. What role do financial professionals have in our personal finance lives today and in the future? […]

Homebrewed Beer: Make Your Own and Save Money?

By Marla Walters A brewery has been born in my kitchen. There is a huge stockpot, with foam clinging to the sides, a giant thermometer, something that looks like a thermometer but isn’t, mysterious tubes and tubing and oddly-shaped brushes. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 27, 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. […]

Charles Schwab on Emergency Funds for Retirees

After we talked about the appropriate size of an emergency fund I saw some thoughts on the topic in the Spring 2010 issue of Charles Schwab's On Investing magazine. Here are their thoughts on the right level of emergency funds for retirees: Set aside enough cash to cover your spending needs for one year -- minus what you expect to get from non-portfolio sources such as Social Security. […]

Credit Card Offers: Chase Bank Credit Cards

Today marks the second installment of the weekly Saturday look at current credit card offers from major issuers. […]

Financial IQ Test: How Healthy Is Your Disability Insurance?

By Nora Dunn Disability Insurance (and the integrity of your own coverage and how it suits your needs) is serious business; One in three people are disabled during their working lives, and those disabled for more than two months have an average disability length of two and a half years. […]

Friday Fiscals: Landscaping edition

We’re settling into our new house, and getting some landscaping work done in our back yard.  Kudos to our landscaper who came out today, in the cold rain, to push things along. Anyway, here are some posts of interest from this week around the Internets: The Balanced Spreadsheet asks: “Is it good to get a tax refund?” The Millionaire Nurse suggests having a personal finance retreat. A Gai Shan Lif […]

Don’t Buy Stuff to Try to Create a New Habit

Jennifer writes in: I’m getting very frustrated with my husband. Every few months he will come up with some new personal project he wants to work on. He tried woodworking a few years ago. A few months ago he tried cooking. Now it’s exercise. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How I Mastered the Power Nap

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we give you some killer tips for power naps, the lowdown on rechargeable batteries, and 10 uses for wine corks! Top 5 Articles How I Mastered the Power Nap — I LOVE power naps (provided I can do it efficiently). These tips are sure to make the experience worthwhile and headache-free! […]

Business Etiquette Common Questions (and Answers!)

The following is an excerpt from Business Etiquette, Third Edition: 101 Ways to Conduct Business with Charm and Savvy. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from BUSINESS ETIQUETTE, THIRD EDITION © 2010 Ann Marie Sabath. […]

How To Fight The Urge To Splurge

This guest post is from one of my favorite online (and real life) friends, Cap from Stop Buying Crap. For those that don’t know me (and that’s basically everyone), I am a cheap, cheap fellow. This may explain why I’m still single. 20% kidding aside, I really do try and watch the way I spend [...]How To Fight The Urge To Splurge Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com […]

Twilight: New Moon: The LOL Edition

I’ve written before about how “alternate commentaries” can make old movies seem new again, mostly as a way of saving money vs. buying more DVDs. […]

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