What Everybody Ought to Know About Twitter

By Paul Van Lierop In hallway conversations and chatting with friends I frequently hear the phrase "I just don't get Twitter." And frankly I didn't either until I decided to get more involved in the Personal Finance world and start blogging. I'm a techie so I do my best to stay up on all new and emerging technology; but for whatever reason I chose to ignore Twitter. […]

10 Great Posts

Just a note that this week's Best of Money Carnival is up at All Financial Matters. The winning post was 13 Simple Tips To Make Tent Camping Easier And More Fun. Check out the carnival for the 10 best personal finance posts from last week! […]

Save Money: Take the Boring Challenge

By WC Porter How boring can you be?  Most of you probably don't want to think of yourselves as boring, but what if being boring could save you some big bucks? I saved over $2,000 by eating a boring lunch every day for the past three years. Does that make me lame? Boring? Uninteresting?  Maybe, but it also means I have $2,000 that I didn't have before. […]

TradeKing vs. Zecco: Discount Broker Comparison

When Zecco first appeared on the discount broker scene, everyone celebrated their $0 stock trade commissions. I know it caught my attention, there are very few things that beat free. Even when reports of customer service woes rolled in, I still thought their offer was the best of the bunch. […]

Outsourcing Chores Could Be a Good Investment

What's your time worth? That's the key question behind this piece on MSN Money that advocates outsourcing some chores. The summary: Outsourcing chores by hiring a cleaning service or personal assistant might sound like the kind of splurge that a recession-era budget would quickly eliminate. […]

Best Deals For Monday 8/24/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. 75% Off At Old Navy, Plus FREE SHIPPING and MORE! (dealnews) During its latest sale, Old Navy discounts select items by up to 75% off. Plus, get free shipping on all orders via coupon code "SHIPFREE".       1. […]

Finding the Best Mortgage Deals

Finding the Best Mortgage Deals Can Save You Thousands Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make. Because it’s such a large purchase and there is a lot of money at stake it only makes sense to get the best possible financing. After all, most home loans last for decades, so a poor choice up front can end up costing you for years to come. […]

10 Tricks to Save Money with Credit Cards

By Silicon Valley ... The most credit savvy among us have been able to use credit cards to their benefit in order to wisely and optimally save money even while charging on their cards. If you are careful about how you use your credit cards, you may actually come out ahead by using them, rather than if you just stuck to cash. […]

Reader Mailbag #77

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. The only credit card I’ve ever had is one my father signed me up for when I went away to college. […]

Funny...and True?

Is this really how mutual fund companies work? I wouldn't be surprised. :-) […]

Understanding the Federal Budget

Note: Although I try to keep GRS a politics-free zone, today’s topic is inherently political. I’ve stayed as neutral as possible in the article, but I know that there’ll be some political discussion in the comments. […]

Cash Back Rebates Now Take the Form of Prepaid Debit Cards

My girlfriend is an elementary school teacher in the New York City public schools. One of the benefits of her employment is the reimbursement for the purchase of supplies and materials used in her class. […]

How to Win the Lottery

The only time I’ve ever played the lottery is when the Powerball pot gets to be astronomical and my co-workers pool together some money to buy a few tickets together (this was several years ago). […]

Eight Great iPhone Apps for Managing Your Money

As most of you know, I got an iPhone back in July. Since it arrived, I’ve had a blast digging through the App Store looking for life-changing apps. While I’ve found some real gems, I’m sure that I’ve missed out on some great ones. […]

My Jobs, The Blame's on Me

Last week I shared some of my career history and left off when the dot com bubble burst. Today I continue this series by giving details on the next position I held. As you recall, I made the shift to the head of marketing for a sister company when the dot com I was working for went under. […]

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 17: What I Did On My Summer Vacation

We’re back! After a six-week hiatus, The Personal Finance Hour returns Monday afternoon with an easy-going episode in which Jim and I discuss what we’ve been doing since you last heard from us. (Short answer: Jim’s been trekking across Europe; I’ve been walking and biking all over Portland.) We would love to have you call with questions and share your own experiences! […]

Use Low Interest Rate Credit Cards To Lower Your Debt

The latest credit card usage statistics show that the changes underfoot in the credit industry has put a slight damper on how Americans have been using their cards. The average household credit card debt has been slipping gradually over the last year — from over $8,300 to around $7,800 now (while households that own at least one card have an average debt of almost $10,500). […]

Review: Escape from Cubicle Nation

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or career book. Several months ago, I wandered upon Pamela Slim’s excellent blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation. In a nutshell, the blog covers the transition from working in a cubicle (i.e., a traditional job) to self-employment - and all of the issues in between. […]

Podcast 18: Financial Snap Judgments and the PowerCost Monitor

Today’s first guest is David Adler, behavioral finance expert and author of Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes With Your Money. Tom Dziubek and I discuss with the author the elements of good financial decision making. […]