Some Thoughts on “How to Make Money in Six Easy Steps”

A few days ago, I read Jason Fried’s wonderful article How to Make Money in Six Easy Steps. The article details Fried’s growth as an entrepreneur from a young child to running the successful software firm 37signals. Fried’s “six easy steps” are as follows: 1. Understanding the buyer is the key to being a strong seller 2. It’s all about passion 3. Charge real money for real products 4. […]

TDAmeritrade 20,000 Starpoints Promotion

TDAmeritrade has partnered with the Starwood Preferred Guest program to offer a travel loyalty related promotion – hotel loyalty reward points as a promotional bonus for a large initial deposit. TDAmeritrade has done these in the past but what’s notable is that the highest tier is at “only” $25,000. […]

In-Home Photography Studio and Hiring a Maid Service

I’ve rearranged my dining room to function as a small photography studio. I haven’t had much time, but this metamorphosis should give me more opportunities to practice photography. Since this might involve people visiting my home, I finally stopped procrastinating and called a maid service. Upon some recommendations, I found a local office of Maids.com. […]

Overcoming Objections

The following is reprinted with permission from Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy. Copyright © 2011 by Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 21-24

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 10 Ways To Make Money Writing Online. Enjoy!!! […]

How Are You Filing Your Income Taxes?

A week ago, I asked how you guys will be preparing your taxes. As of this writing, just over 340 readers have responded, and the results are quite interesting. […]

Reader Mailbag: Presentation Video

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Save or pay off debt? 2. Friends burdened by my frugality 3. Motorcycle questions 4. Basic tax questions 5. What’s next after debt payments? 6. Writer’s block 7. Tax moves 8. Credit card cancelling maneuver 9. […]

Replacing Dollar Bills With Dollar Coins

While politicians, political commentators, and opinion-yellers are knocking heads and locking horns in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to determine how to spur the economy while cutting the budget deficit, there is an old debate about currency that refuses to die. For the most part, the public isn’t excited about the idea of eliminating paper currency and replacing it with coins. […]

The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers

Most of you have no doubt used Craigslist for the usual reasons. Either you’re looking for something (a home, used stuff, a job, or maybe a partner) or you’ve got something to sell or offer. Either way, there are tips and tricks that you can utilize to make the most of the service. […]

Carnivals Games You Should Play (And Games to Skip!)

My favorite part about spring, besides the good weather, is the arrival of carnivals. Carnivals are little bastions of legalized gambling wrapped up in a nice funnel cake shell and deep fried in clown makeup, less than safe rides, and bright flashing lights. […]

Book Review: The Road Out of Debt

The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems by Joan N. Feeney and Theodore W. Connolly You've read stories of people becoming debt-free. In personal-finance blogs, the stories are always ones of debt problems overcome through hard work and frugality. Sadly, in the real world, that doesn't always work. […]

Book Review: Living the Savvy Life

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last year I wrote about the stereotypes perpetuated by many personal finance books written for women, especially that women like to “shop till they drop.” As I mentioned in the article, a Consumer Expenditure Survey showed that women and men spend the same amount of money, just on different items. […]

TurboTax Review

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader Nate and contains his thoughts about TurboTax's Premier 2010 product. […]

Marketplace & NYT Want to Interview Financial Consultants in Their 70s

Do you know someone who is an active or retired personal financial consultant in their 70s? If you know someone who fits the description, please leave a comment below (don't forget your email address) and I'll forward your info to the show's producers. […]

Review: Enchantment

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 98: Introducing Adaptu

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Mark Brundage, co-founder of Adaptu. Adaptu is an online financial life planning and management service.Consumerism Commentary Podcast #98 Introducing Adaptu: S04E19 / 122 Adobe Flash required Download – RSS – iTunesTable of contents[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch [00:38] Interview with Mark Brundage – [00:59] What is Adaptu? […]

7 Frugal Lessons I Learned from Charlie Sheen

While out of work, Charlie Sheen is winning. There is so much to learn from him. Here are 7 things he taught me about living frugally. When Un-Employed, Downsize Don't pay someone to do something you can do yourself. Sure, some people may say that his publicist quit after outrageous comments in interviews. […]