Credit Card Diversification

In a recent episode of the Personal Finance Hour, JD and I had the great pleasure of interviewing Liz Pulliam Weston about credit and credit scores. […]

Do You Need Disability Insurance?

My husband and I have recently been reviewing our insurance coverage to figure out exactly we need as a married couple with no kids. Last week, I shared some thoughts on health and life insurance. One of the most frequent responses to my previous post was that we should also be thinking about disability insurance. Nobody likes to think about what life would look like should disability strike. […]

Working Longer Hours Early in Your Career is a Good Investment

In my pot titled Do You Work on the Weekends?, I had one reader leave this comment: Investing time in you career seems to be similar to investing for retirement, extra work early in life pays a lot more dividends than trying to catch up at the end. We've already discussed the power of saving early and often and what it can do for your investments. […]

Save Money on Cable Television and TV Services

I’m opening the floor here to guest contributors so I can catch a break now and then to enjoy the sun. So the following is a guest post by Satellite TV Guru, where you can read about everything you want to know about television. […]

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 16: Moving to Australia

In the recent GRS reader survey, one common request was to delay the weekly podcast announcement until after the show so that I could provide a brief written summary for those who don’t have the time or the inclination to listen. […]

Supermarket Savings Guide

By Greg Go Food: We all need it. There are various quick and easy ways to get a meal these days: eating out, taking out, ordering in -- but the financial, environmental, and health costs add up over time. Most people still prefer to cook their own meals, but even then, the cost of groceries can run high, especially for those who have to feed a family. […]

Nine Ways I Use Google Calendar to Keep My Money Straight

Over the last year, I’ve been gradually moving away from a paper calendar (I used a Moleskine desk diary for it) to using Google Calendar for keeping track of all of my appointments, important dates, and other such information. It’s been a slow process - I’ve been using paper calendars for more than a decade, so the transition wasn’t immediate and I often fell back to using the paper calendar. […]

Help a Reader: Dressing for Success

Here's an email I received recently from a reader: You write all the time about advancing and managing your career and I have an interesting question that I am having a hard time digging up some information on in relation to this issue.  Here is the issue:  I am a 26 year old woman.  I have managed to stumble into somewhat of a successful career by working hard and developing a great reputati […]

Close-to-Home Outdoor Adventure Basics

By Julie Rains I know many people would like to spend more time outdoors, but may not know where to start. Here are some of my favorite modes of outdoor exploration that doesn't require too much research and preparation. Use them to plan a quick weekend adventure or spice up a staycation. Hiking Hiking is generally the easiest and cheapest way to spend time outdoors. […]

How to Save $1,000 & More on Moving Costs: Tips From

A while ago, I ran a piece with moving tips from Myscha of Wise Bread. Here is a guest post from the folks at Relocation. com:"With moving season in full swing this month putting moving services in higher demand, the costs can add up quickly. […]

Pausing Your Netflix Subscription

Did you know that you could pause your Netflix subscription? We’ll be going on vacation for parts of July and August and won’t be able to take advantage of our Netflix subscription. Rather than canceling the subscription, Netflix offers an option where you can put the subscription on hold for 7 – 90 days. […]

Is This a Valid Saving Tip?

Family Handyman magazine says in its July/August issue that you can save $50 on your car insurance by shopping early. Not too early, mind you, but not too late either. Their thoughts: Everyone should shop around for new insurance rates every three years. Insurance companies reward early shopping (30 days before renewal is perfect) by giving better rates. […]

Best Deals For Monday 7/13/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up To 50% Off At DIESEL.COM (dealnews) Diesel cuts up to 50% off sitewide during its latest sale. Shipping adds $7.50.   1. FREE Tote Bag & Samples With Target Baby Registry Register at Target for your baby and then pick up your free tote bag with samples.   2. […]

Best of Money Carnival Up Now

Just a note to let you know that the latest edition of the Best of Money Carnival is up at My Life ROI. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Why I Invest with Vanguard. (I even made the top 10 with my post How You Grow Your Income by 10% or More a Year.) Check it out -- lots of great posts in one spot! […]

Reader Mailbag #71

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. Being fat is voluntary. People make a choice to eat unhealthy and not excercise. […]

Our Frugal Weekend

I haven’t written much about frugality here lately. Because of that, you might think it’s become less of a priority for me. That’s simply not the case, although sometimes it feels that way — even to me. “I’m worried about our spending,” Kris told me early last week. “I feel like it’s a little out of control.” “Really?” I said. […]

Pesky Pests: Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent

By Nora Dunn ‘Tis the season! You want to enjoy the long warm days and evenings by spending time outside (in the backyard, for example). The only problem is, as soon as you get comfortable out there, the pests set in shortly thereafter to make your time outside as unbearable as can be. […]

California IOUs: Buying, Selling, and Inherent Value

The state of California is in poor fiscal shape. Without an agreed-upon budget, the state has resorted to sending people and businesses IOUs rather than the money owed. California has distributed $335 million in the form of these documents. […]

CDs Investing Beating S&P Investing, Since 1994

From 1994 to 2008, investing in certificates of deposit has beaten investing in the S&P 500, including dividends, according to data collected by The Big Picture. Check out this chart: Does this mean you should be investing in CDs? Not based on this chart alone. […]

Debt Reduction: Share Your Story

I frequently get e-mails from people who are in over their heads and looking for advice on how to get out of debt. While I do my best to point these people to relevant articles and provide some general guidance, I never hear back from them as to how things are going. With that in mind, I thought I’d kick off the week by asking you guys to share your debt reduction stories. […]