Daily Links: Ain’t No Sunshine Edition

I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty. Now, as an Oregonian, I’m okay with several months of grey and misty. I like it. That’s why I live here. […]

Happy Father’s Day To All You Great Fathers!

I hope you don’t mind that I resurrect this greeting during this special day each year. You see, this message is timeless! To all the wonderful fathers out there — especially to my own Dad, dear Digerati Spouse and Dad-In-Law — Happy Father’s Day. Love this image of Dad as Superman. Thanks, Bagley! […]

Review: Who Can You Trust With Your Money?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote an article describing an utterly painful meeting my wife and I had with a financial advisor. That meeting was painful. […]

Podcast 61: Summer Money Saving Tips, Flexo

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek talks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about his money saving tips for the summer. […]

When Interest Rates Head Up

It doesn't take any skill at prognostication to make this forecast: Interest rates are heading up. For one thing, they can't go any lower. Whether you think rising interest rates is good or bad mainly depends on whether you're a borrower or a lender. […]

Roundup: Joining Yakezie, Before & After Contests, and Links

It’s been a while since Bargaineering has been in a somewhat active “blog network” but I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the Yakezie, an informal group of personal finance bloggers looking to help each other out. I sometimes miss the camaraderie of the blog networks in the past so I hope will bring some of that back. […]

The Real Reason Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High – And Seven Simple Ways to Fix It

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months. That first month where the outdoor heat kicks into overdrive usually results in a friendly notice from the electric company with a number that sometimes has an extra digit that we didn’t expect or a “3″ in place of the “1″ we’re used to. Yes, it’s the air conditioner. […]

Reader Story: Social Capital and the Microeconomic Recovery

This guest post from Kimberly is part of the Reader Stories feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity, and with all sorts of incomes. On May 27th, J.D. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 6: Get Insured

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

Simple Changes Aren’t Always Simple

One of my favorite writers is Ian Rogers, who blogs about his health at Fistfulayen. In one of his best posts, he writes about his use of the L.L. Cool J workout, which eventually turns into an astute point that virtually every “healthy diet” book focuses on the same handful of seemingly simple principles. He identifies six: 1. Eat five or six times a day 2. […]

Control Your Allergies with Regular Cleaning

ShareThisSuffering constantly from allergies can make any person frustrated and not feeling 100%. Not only do you feel bad, you can also spend a small fortune on doctor visits and allergy medications. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 19, 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. […]

What Social Security Pays and When

Here's a GREAT piece from Vanguard that lists: How your age and birth date affect your benefits (what you get at various ages depending on when you were born) If you will lose benefits if you keep working (and how much you'll lose) Other factors you should consider (Your current health and family's longevity history, plans for you and/or your spouse to continue working while collecting […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 14

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Festival of Frugality - How to Save on Food While Traveling  Carnival of Personal Finance - Avoid the "Ring-of-Fire" Countries  Cavalcade of Risk - The Eight Money Ratios, Part 4 Enjoy! P.S. […]

How to Buy Organic Food and Eat Well for Less Money

Great tips on buying organic food at a lower cost. The organic food market has become huge in the past five years. […]

Summer Meal Series #3: Skillet Cilantro-Lime Chicken Fajitas and “Poor Man’s” Spanish Rice

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. One of my favorite ways to start a great meal is to look at the grocery store flyers. This week, for example, I noticed that one of the grocery stores I regularly shop at had both chicken breasts and small soft tortilla shells on sale. […]

Applying for an AmEx Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

We’re in the midst of some travel planning, and have decided to pull the trigger and apply for an American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles card. Why? Several reasons… Baggage fees. As I noted about six weeks ago, Delta is now waiving their baggage fees for AmEx Delta cardholders. When we take long trips as a family, it’s not uncommon to check four bags (for the six of us). […]

Smithee Debt Update, Mid-June 2010

Happy Friday. It’s been about a month since my last credit card debt update, and I’m pleased to report that I’m still committed, and the plan continues to work. […]

Using Automated Reminders to Save Money and Reduce Stress

As life has gotten busier and busier, I’ve had an increasingly hard time keeping track of the many deadlines and due dates that I run across in daily life. Depending on the context, this has the potential to result in late fees, embarrassment, etc. I’ve thus become increasingly dependent on automated reminders to keep things on track. […]

Dress Yourself For Free: How to Host A Clothing Swap

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I spend almost nothing on clothes. According to Mint, I’ve spent $199.50 to clothe my family of five this year. They say the average U.S. household has spent $1258.62. […]