The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Shock Doctrine Edition

Over the weekend, I finished an utterly fascinating book that’s (largely) unrelated to The Simple Dollar but still worth mentioning: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. […]

Postal Dis-Service?

By Fred Lee A recent article in the NY Daily News confirmed something I’ve experienced firsthand - some of the Postal Service claims regarding Priority Mail (2 to 3 day delivery) are not always accurate. […]

Risk Tolerance vs. Risk Capacity

When determining your ideal asset allocation, it’s important to balance your risk tolerance with your risk capacity. As similar as these terms sound, they’re actually quite different. What is risk? For starters, the term ‘risk’ refers to the probability that an action or event will negatively or positively impact your ability to achieve your objectives. […]

Free Tea at Arby's Today

Here's the second restaurant freebie in two days. This time, Arby's is giving away a free fruit tea, but it's only good for today. […]

The Unownership Society

Seven years ago, when people I knew were buying houses they couldn’t afford with the philosophy that real estate prices always go up, and the go up fast, I was sitting on the sidelines. I had no money, no desire to settle down, and no belief that real estate in the form of home ownership was such a sure thing. […]

Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute

Most personal-finance blogs write about cutting expenses. But you can obtain powerful results by looking beyond frugality, by boosting your earning power. One of the best ways to increase your income is at the source: during salary negotiations, either when you land a job or during a performance review. This can be scary. […]

Six Ways to Get Green & Gorgeous For Under $20

Growing up, my mother was pretty strict when it came to wearing makeup. In fact, I was not allowed to wear even something as benign as lip gloss until I was 15 years old. All the while, my girlfriends were glossing, blushing and getting made up in NYC style. So naturally, by the time I was 14, I began wearing it on the sly. […]

Help a Reader: How to Invest

Here's a comment left here recently: I have $225K in savings. I am 38, married, 2 kids under 6. I contribute to my 401k for my company match, current balance there is $100k. What should I do with the $225k. I have it in savings because I am afraid to lose it and I'm afraid not to have it available if I get laid off. The layoff possibility is low but it is still on my mind. […]

My name is not really Squawkfox

I’ve been called many names over the years. Some names have been given in fondness while others have been slung in spite. […]

The Money Tips Network Launches

I’d like to announce the creation of a new financial blog network called The Money Tips Network, which is comprised of 13 blogs I’ve grown to know and love in the personal finance blogosphere. […]

Introducing The Money Tips Network

I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined 12 other personal finance writers to form the Money Tips Network.  I’m happy to be a member of this new network - made up of some of the most trusted writers in the personal finance blogging community. Here’s more information about the Money Tip Network and it’s members - Money Tips Network Members The mission of the Money Tips Network is to provide you with […]

I'm Changing My Main Credit Card

As many of you know, I've used the American Express Blue Cash credit card as my main card for several years. It's earned me a good bit of extra income and I've labeled it as the best cash back credit card. I've even recommended it to many people. Well, the king is dead and I'm moving on. I was tipped off by a reader's comment, did a little searching and then ran into this page. […]

Do You Care About Your Credit Score?

As a followup to yesterday’s post about FreeCreditReport.com, I wanted to open up a discussion about whether or not you care about your credit score. On the one hand, I’ve written extensively about why you should care about your credit score… Like it or not, your credit score does matter, even if you don’t intend to borrow money. […]

The Logic of Up-Front Spending

I tend to be an advocate of spending more up front on a large purchase if that purchase will have lower maintenance costs. For example, if I’m buying a car, I’ll spend more on one that has great gas mileage than an equivalent one with poor mileage (which is part of why we bought a Prius, actually), or if I’m buying a washing machine, I’ll pay more for one that uses less energy and less water. […]

Review Your Insurance Policies Annually

I hate insurance. Actually, I take that back, I don’t hate insurance. I hate paying for insurance. Every time I get an email from GEICO or a mailing from Traveler’s, I think about how I pay them every six months and, in the nearly ten years of driving and four years of living in this house, I’ve never filed a claim. […]

Introducing The Money Tips Network!

I’m very excited to introduce you to the Money Tips Network - an amazing group that includes 13 of the most trusted personal finance blogs in the world. I am humbled and honored to be part of this talented group of bloggers and I can’t wait to share their sites with you. Many members of this network may be familiar to you while some may be new. […]

A Box of Books (And Why You Should Care)

I get tons of free books sent to me from publishers -- it's part of the deal when you run a half-way popular personal finance blog. I could get a lot more, but I only say "yes" to those that I'm interested in. Even then, I don't have time to read them all, much less review them all. I used to give away the books I received one at a time. […]

A 10 Step Outline Of Our Financial Plan

From a recent email - I love your site!  (Thank you…)  I’ve been working on a basic plan for managing my finances.  Could you write a post about your current plan?  Or maybe a post about some of the things you’ve done to get where you are?  Thanks! I love it when I get questions like these.  It makes me happy to see that folks are taking control of their own finances.  Bravo!  So, here are the bas […]

Free KFC Grilled Chicken

Was just emailed this offer for two free pieces of KFC grilled chicken. I have a post coming up about how they were cheap and gave me only a wing when I tried out a similar coupon, but maybe this will work better for all of you. […]

7 Free and Low Cost Ways To Protect Your Credit

By Silicon Valley ... There are a lot of reasons why you should want to guard your credit. […]