Reader Mailbag: Post-Christmas Haze

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. Favorite Christmas present 2. Career and schooling choices 3. Oldest card issues 4. E-readers 5. Investing while on Social Security 6. Rebuilding savings after children 7. Preferred vanilla bean 8. Planning for the future 9. […]

4 Ways to Save Money at the Bars

We all love to go out with friends, but I for one am hesitant to pay $8 for a glass of wine at a bar when I know I can buy the whole bottle at my friendly neighborhood wine store for only a few dollars more. […]

Things Don't Cost What They Used To: 10 Major Price Shifts in 2010

With 2010 coming to a close, it's interesting to check out just how much more it costs to buy common goods and assets compared to the beginning of the year. We hear conflicting stories about the Fed printing money, which should lead to inflation, contrasted with two straight years of no cost-of-living increases for Social Security. […]

Thermostat Hacks That Save You Money

For many homes, ours included, one of the biggest monthly costs is our electricity bill. The largest portion of our monthly electrical bill is the bit consumed by our central heating and cooling HVAC system. […]

Goldman Sachs Will Tie Bonuses to Long-Term Performance

A big criticism of Wall Street bonuses throughout and after the collapse of the financial industry has been the idea that executives were awarded over-sized bonuses while their companies fell apart. Wall Street fought back against this criticism, usually with the explanation that bonuses were paid in accordance to contracts that were signed before the economic collapse. […]

One Problem, One Correction: How to Set New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

A new year is coming, and for many people that means it’s time to make a list of resolutions. I used to be one of these folks, carefully cataloging the faults I’d like to fix every winter. Not anymore. It’s not that I’m perfect — as my wife would attest, I’m far from it! — but I’ve learned that a long list of resolutions was a sure path to failure. […]

The Best Way to Save on Vacation Expenses

The book The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means says the following about the best way to save on vacation expenses: When you travel is undoubtedly the biggest factor influencing how much you'll pay. […]

Investment Forecasts for 2012: Financial Predictions for the New Year

The start of a new year is upon us once again and it’s time to take stock of how things have gone in the past year. It’s a time when some financial types are dusting off their investment crystal balls or are checking out oddball indicators to see if trends continue for the next year. […]

Traffic Cameras, Salad Dressing and Capital Losses

The snow is falling hard in my corner of New Jersey. After Christmas in Queens, New York, I rushed home last night to stay ahead of the storm. The current weather reports are calling for 12 to 18 inches of the white stuff on the ground by the time the storm has passed. We’ve stocked up on food to make life easier for us. […]

Review: First Generation White Collar

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their parents. […]

Podcast 88: Leigh Mutert, H&R Block, The New Tax Laws

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Flexo speaks with Leigh Mutert, CPA and Community Manager at H&R Block. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Don’t Waste a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 26. Don’t waste a day. An awful lot of you are spending this day after Christmas doing things like traveling or resting after spending the last few days with family members. […]

Prosperity, The Sneaky Side of Discontent, Part 1

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from the book Christ-Centered Contentment. “There’s nothing to eat,” I murmured to myself as I stood staring endlessly into my kitchen pantry. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Turn Off the Distractions for a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day. […]

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is a great one. Kick back, recharge with your family and loved ones, and enjoy the holiday season. […]

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish all FMF readers a very Merry Christmas!!!! Hope you all have a great day celebrating!! […]

Santa Claus doesn’t exist; plan accordingly

Hopefully I didn’t let the cat out of the bag to anyone reading today.  If so, I’m sorry.  (As long as I’m at it, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Great Pumpkin don’t exist, either.) The impossibility of such a character is easy to argue.  Let’s say that there are about two billion people on the planet who celebrate Christmas, and that they all get something in their stocking.  (I’ll giv […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Give to a Charity

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you have all that you need and then some? […]

A TinTin Christmas: Merry Christmas To You!

Christmas is a time for kids and family — a time of remembrance and of reflection. One of the things I love to reminisce about is my childhood, which I spent in an entirely different world and culture. I grew up in a very loving family where I was lucky enough to have been cherished by wonderful grandparents. […]

'Tis the Season for Decluttering: Why and How To Do It

There is No Better Time to Declutter You've been putting it off for months, maybe years. But there is no better time of year to get rid of clutter than right at the end of the year. Here are five reasons why: Time You have a few days, maybe a week, maybe more to go through everything and take your time while you do it. […]