My 25 Favorite Personal Finance, Career, and Personal Development Blogs

Collin writes in: What personal finance blogs do you read? You can actually find the answer to this question on any page of The Simple Dollar. […]

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 7: Home Gardening

Kris and I are avid gardeners. A home garden is a great way to grow tasty food while saving a bit of cash, and that’s the subject we plan to address in this week’s seventh episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a House on Contract

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I have been presented with an opportunity to buy a house from my fiance's grandmother.  Her income is tight and we have been offered to purchase the home at a value well below the market price.  I am a self-employed small business owner and my fiance is in her 2nd year teaching.  We both have student loan debt and personal debt.  Bank financing […]

What Is A Good Credit Score?

Ever wonder what a good credit score is? You can check your score at a variety of places that offer free FICO credit scores but how do you really know whether your score is good or bad? Is a 700 good? Or do you need an 800? How’s a 600? I think it comes down to what you plan on doing with that number. (If this post looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published earlier this year. […]

How to Have a High Net Worth

I've been thinking a lot lately about what actions have contributed the most to my net worth. I thought I'd list them here and let all of you comment and add your insights. Here goes: 1. My career. I have invested a lot of time, effort, and money in a career that's now over 20 years old (including my education) and it's certainly paid off. […]

CNN Will Grade Your Financial Health

CNN is featuring a short survey to help you determine your level of financial health. The result is presented in a form of a grade from F to A+. My result was an A; I lost points for not having any life insurance. The survey does not ask if there are any dependents. […]

Introducing the Money Tips Network

By Will Chen It's my pleasure to introduce you to the Money Tips Network.  We're a new network that includes 13 of the most trusted personal finance blogs. Our Mission Money Tips Network exists to provide you with honest and helpful money tips from the best personal finance blogs. Real life money management tips for the people, by the people. You know who we are. […]

Best Deals For Monday 5/4/2009

By Paul Michael Today's Wisebuy: Newport News Spring Sale- Up To 70% Off Apparel & Accessories (Dealnews) Newport News cuts up to 70% off select women's apparel and accessories as part of its Spring Sale. Shipping starts at $6.99.   1. FREE Subscription To Working Mother Magazine No credit card required, just fill out a simple form.     2. […]

Reader Mailbag #61

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with a few links to older articles that directly answer questions I’ve heard recently. […]

Congress Is Investigating Target Date Funds - Should You?

This is a guest post by Neal Frankle,  CFP ®. Neal found himself in a financially fragile situation at the age of 17. Both his parents passed away while he was still in high school, leaving behind a small insurance settlement. Neal sought out a financial advisor to help him invest his nest egg so that it would help put him through college. […]

The Money Tips Network

Today is the official launch of the Money Tips Network (MTN), a new group that includes 13 of the most trusted personal finance blogs in the world. Our Mission Money Tips Network exists to provide you with honest and helpful money tips from the best personal finance blogs. […]

How to Haggle: More Tips on Haggling

Since we’ve been on the subject of haggling for a better deal, I thought I’d highlight some lessons from an old article that I recently ran across. […]

The New Age of Thrift

Over the past few months, the mainstream media has been filled with stories about the New Frugals and the return to thrift. People who once lived beyond their means, financing their lifestyle with debt, have “found religion”. They’ve begun to embrace frugality, and have discovered the joy that can come through spending less. The new age of thrift Not everyone is happy about this. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, April 2009

Each month I open my personal copy of Quicken Home & Business to the public. This tradition was the original impetus for creating Consumerism Commentary in 2003. At that time, at the age of 27, I was about one year into managing my own finances. Prior to that, my own money was mostly something I ignored. […]

Properly Destroy A Credit Card

Do you know why credit cards have an expiration date? In the beginning, it was because a credit card had a limited useful lifespan. After a few years, the magnetic stripe on the back would either get demagnetized or damaged so much that it was unreadable. It wasn’t until later that the expiration date was used as a security feature. […]

Is FreeCreditReport.com a Scam?

“F-R-E-E that spells FREE, credit report dot com, bay-bee!” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that jingle a bazillion times. FreeCreditReport.com — sounds great, right? Just sign up and get a free credit report as well as a free credit score. But is it really free? Or is it some sort of scam? […]

If You Do What You Love, Will the Money Follow?

There's an old money/career saying that has many versions but goes something like this: Do what you love and the money will follow. In other words, if you select a career you love, something you enjoy and are passionate about, you'll put your whole effort into it, be an excellent performer (because of your excitement and interest in the topic), and, as a result, be rewarded financially. […]

Budgeting Hack: Gift Calendars

By Nora Dunn I do it all the time. I figure I’m right on track with my budget. I’m so proud of my budgeting prowess. Until…my friend’s birthday comes and goes. Then an anniversary, Mother’s Day, a few more birthdays, more holidays yet, and of course – the ever-present Christmas. When I’m left to pick up the pieces at the end of the year, I wonder what happened to my excellent budget. […]

Help Make Wise Bread Better (and Win a Free Wise Bread Book)

By Linsey Knerl I’m sure many of you remember Andrea’s recent Facebook ad debacle (the one where she was continually fed irrelevant, and sometimes insulting, ads while browsing.)  Here at Wise Bread, on the other hand, we strive to keep things fresh, applicable, and on-target for our readers. That's why we've teamed up with Federate Media to develop partnerships, giveaways, and advertising that w […]

Beautify Your Yard: Win a Black and Decker Cordless Trimmer!

By Linsey Knerl Here’s your chance to own the new Black and Decker 18-volt 12" Cordless GRASSHOG Trimmer/Edger, specifically designed to give busy yard-owners freedom, flexibility, and an outstanding opportunity to ditch the gas can this year.  How to Enter Read on to get Wise Bread’s best garden and yard advice, and comment at the end of the post with your best “green” lawn or garden tip for yo […]