Best of Money Carnival #1

It's my pleasure to host the first ever Best of Money Carnival, the blog carnival that recognizes the top 10 personal finance posts each week. I had over 100 articles submitted this week, though many of them did not qualify. Why not? Because they did not follow the carnival rules and include a short description of their post. […]

Supermarket Angst Part II: What Eggs Should I Buy?

By Carrie Kirby Recently I wrote about marketplace confusion when it comes to milk -- in terms of cost, health, the environment and animal welfare. Today, I'm taking on eggs, another area where my bargain-sensor and desire to eat better end upmutually lost in a sea of terminology. […]

Good Business In A Bad Economy? Grow Your Business In A Recession

Good Business In A Bad Economy? Are there businesses that thrive during an economic recession? Definitely. I believe you can run a small business even in time of crisis. With the right amount of luck, planning and hard work, you can find business success and see your venture do well even in the worst economic conditions. […]

$250 Social Security Stimulus Check

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about the $250 Social Security stimulus check so I thought a post would be the best way to answer all of your questions. If you’re wondering where your $250 Social Security stimulus check is, wait until June 4th before trying to contact the Social Security Administration. […]

Jeans for 99 Cents & Other Consignment Store Deals

Consignment stores offer value and selection. That's what my sister Debra discovered after she complained about the cost of maternity clothes at a national chain. A fashionable co-worker shared her money-saving secret:Try consignment shops, which include items that are new with original tags. […]

Review: Oblivious Investing

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The second I picked up Oblivious Investing by Mike Piper, I was immediately reminded of Michael Mihalik’s excellent Debt Is Slavery. The two books have much in common. […]

Podcast 6: Frugality and 397 Ways to Save Money

Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money and creator of financial blog Squawkfox joins Tom Dziubek today to discuss her book, currently available from Kerry explains how she paid off $17,000 of debt in six months and how to make drastic life changes. […]

Lowest Foreign Transaction Fee

In a couple months, my wife and I will be taking an extended vacation to Europe. […]

Review: Money Strategies for Tough Times by Matt Bell

Matt Bell is a personal finance writer in Chicago who ran into financial difficulties early on in his adult life and, in turning it around, used his experiences and knowledge to try to help others who may have gotten themselves in a similar situation. […]

Amazon’s 25 Software Bestsellers - And Their Free Equivalents

A few days ago, I was browsing through Amazon’s software category when I stumbled upon the software best seller list. Intrigued, I took a look. Here’s the top twenty five when I found it (go ahead and check, it’s probably very similar right now): 1. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (Windows) 2. QuickBooks Pro 2009 (Windows) 3. […]

Why Do You Want to Be Rich?

I’m not the only one who has been thinking about the relationship between money and meaning lately. This is a guest post from CJ at, who is trying to live a rich life even as he works to pay down debt. “Wealth and riches are not synonymous. Wealth will get you riches, but riches will never make you wealthy.” – Dr. Edwin Louis Cole I love this quote from Dr. […]

The Price of Faith, Being Jewish

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's a piece from CNN Money that discusses the price of faith, what Jews, Muslims, and Christians have to pay/spend related to their faiths. […]

Seven Hidden Lessons from “Getting Things Done”

A few years ago, I first read David Allen’s seminal book on time management, Getting Things Done (here’s the skinny on what it’s all about). To put it bluntly, it was an epiphany for me. […]

F-Secure Internet Security 2009 Review

When it comes to financial activity, I try to do as much as I can online because it’s much more convenient than driving to a branch. With that convenience comes a risk, with more financial transactions being conducted online, more thieves are looking to the internet for their next scheme. […]

The GRS Garden Project: May 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for May 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) What a difference a year makes! Our fruits, berries, and vegetables had a slow start last year (and then were further slowed by a cold, cold June). This May was warm — very warm. Our food crops loved the weather, and they’ve shown explosive growth. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - May 30, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

Married to the Military: Maintaining a Career as a Tag Along Nomad

By Myscha Theriault Welcome to the second article of a collaborative series between myself, and Kate Kashman of Military.Com. If you're a new military spouse, you're likely in the process of discovering an inconvenient truth. Your career, and the secondary income options it generates, is exercised largely at the whim and convenience of the United States government. Welcome to our world. […]

Frugal 51 Weeks A Year

I’m on vacation with my wife and our kids.  The weather is glorious - 85 degrees, sunny, slight breeze.  The beach is beautiful and the kids are really enjoying the pool. When I’m on vacation, I’m ON vacation.  I try not to check my email or worry about work.  Instead, I focus on hanging out with the kids and enjoying the week off.  The past few months - years really - I have been very, very busy. […]

Money Tips for New Grads

The Wall Street Journal lists five money lessons for new grads as follows: 1. Savings matter. Whether you call it rainy-day money, an emergency fund or just reserves, having cash in the bank is important at any time, but it's especially comforting and crucial these days. 2. Find the fine print. Look at agreements and contracts as though you were on a scavenger hunt for key facts. […]

Balance Transfer Credit Card Tips, Facts and Traps

I’m one of those people who appreciates credit cards (especially cash back credit cards) as great tools that can benefit our finances when used wisely. But you may have a different opinion, especially if you are struggling with card debt. […]