Vegetarian Crock Pot Recipes: Mediterranean Stew, White Bean and Fennel Soup, Chili, and Black Bean Soup

Crock pots (or slow cookers) are amazing tools for cutting grocery costs and feeding a family for less. After getting a new slow cooker last year, I’ve been amazed with the delicious, easy, healthy, and cheap family meals I’ve prepared in zero time with few cooking skills. […]

Can You Live Without That Service?

When I reached my financial bottom, one of my first responses was to look for fat to cut out of my life. I eliminated Netflix. I eliminated magazine and newspaper subscriptions. I whacked away at some of the pricier options on several other bills. I needed to do this because, quite simply, the monthly bills had grown so large that they had overwhelmed my income. […]

The Carnival is Up!

Today’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by ABCs of Investing. […]

Reader Mailbag #57

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. […]

Six Common Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid

This is a guest post by Nate of Debt-free Scholar. To learn more money saving college tips, consider subscribing to his free RSS feed. Most college students cannot pay for college out of pocket. Therefore, they must apply for loans or financial aid. Because financial aid is basically free money, all students should apply for it before considering loans. […]

Why I Am Not Blogging Full Time

I do not normally write about blogging here. For me, writing about blogging is like singing a song about the songs one sings rather than singing a song about something inspiring in itself. […]

TradeKing Review: How Does TradeKing Measure Up?

TradeKing is one of the most popular online brokers around, and I consider it one of my top picks. As it is, I’ve got a lot of brokerage accounts (for the sake of diversification), but I’d read a lot about the merits of TradeKing, given their various awards in the online world, that I thought to give them an even closer look and a more in-depth review. […]

Review: The Difference

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I really enjoy books like The Millionaire Next Door - books that focus on addressing the more interesting differences between people who achieve financial success and those who do not. What I particularly enjoy is how they often wind up mostly hammering on the reader’s preconception of what “success” means. […]

Several Changes Coming to Consumerism Commentary

In a few weeks, I will be bringing a number of enhancements to Consumerism Commentary. I am not sure yet whether to roll out all new features at once or to gradually introduce the changes; I plan to see how inspiration strikes over the next week or two. […]

Consumer Reports Gives High Grades to Low-Cost Brokers

This report is from Consumer Reports:"Discount brokers did a better job shepherding clients through the stock market upheaval of the past year than traditional investment banks, according to Consumer Reports survey of the most satisfying brokerage firm services. Topping the list in overall satisfaction was USAA, available only to current and former military personnel and their families. […]

The Recession Finally Hits My House

I work for a small Interactive Agency of twenty-four people. This is a company that managed to survive the dot-com bust and, like any company, has good times and bad times. Our president always makes every effort to keep great people, even if it means cutting her own salary. […]

Save on Travel: The Most Expensive Airports

Have you ever noticed that certain airports are consistently more expensive than others? I certainly have. The good news is that our nearest airport offers generally competitive fares. […]

Weekly Roundup: Links I Liked & Frugal Blog Network

Here are a few posts that caught my eye this week.From The Money Muse: The Big Picture: What is My Purpose in Life? […]

Are You a High-Yield Interest Rate Chaser?

Over the last decade, on-line savings accounts have grown into prominence, first with new internet-only banks offering high-yield accounts thanks to their low overhead costs, and followed by old-fashioned brick-and-mortar banks offering on-line accounts to give the newcomers competition. […]

8 Keywords That Set Your Resume On Fire

This article is part of a series called How to Write a Resume. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Does your resume sizzle with the right keywords to get you noticed? Can your resume make it past the “reject pile”, get found in a crowded search database, or inspire a job interview? […]

Social Media Sites That Help You Manage Your Finances

When I started No Credit Needed four years ago, there were only a handful of personal finance blogs.  Now, there are thousands of them, with hundreds that update their content on a daily basis.  Keeping up with all of the available information can be daunting, so I’ve gathered a few links that make it easier to connect to the information you need - and the people who write about personal finance. […]

Filing Taxes: What are You Worried About?

Tax Day is less than two weeks away, and taxpayers across the country are worried. According the results of a recent survey by CCH CompleteTax, nearly two-thirds of tax filers are concerned that they might overlook tax breaks or make mistakes that could result in penalties. […]

H&R Block Offers Free Second Opinions of Tax Returns

I'm curious if anyone plans or has used this free second-opinion tax review offer from H&R Block. Here's the item:"Common errors translate into millions of dollars that are due to taxpayers. In fact, H&R Block found $1.8 million nationally on Friday (March 27th) alone. The hunt continues this weekend as H&R Block offers free professional, second opinions on completed tax returns. […]

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

If you have been following Consumerism Commentary, you might be aware that I publish a monthly report of my financial well-being, and I have been doing so since 2003. Here is my latest balance sheet, whose bottom line represents my “modified net worth.” That number has increased in March by 12%. […]