Kids Play in the Stock Market, Adults Go Elsewhere

Financial planners love to give examples about a hypothetical investor who placed $2,000 in the stock market every year since he was eighteen years old in 1950 and retired rich thanks to the stock market’s returns. They talk about the power of compound interest and getting rich slowly, investing in low-cost index mutual funds. There’s nothing wrong with this idea. […]

2010 Top Safety Pick Cars

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts out a list of cars that earn their Top Safety Pick. The list isn’t limited by any number, it simply lists all the cars that satisfy it’s requirements which include a litany of safety tests from front and side crash tests to whiplash tests to roof crushing. […]

How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2011

The new year is upon us! I’ve talked to a lot of folks lately who have resolved to make this the year they get out of debt. Or start an emergency fund. Or earn more money. These resolutions don’t mean a whit, though, if you don’t have a plan. For the past five years, I’ve shared the following road map, adding one new tip every January. […]

My Main Financial Issues for 2011

As we begin the new year, I thought I'd list the financial issues I'll be working on/considering this year. Here goes: Keep going. Spending less than I earn to have as big of a gap as possible. Yes, it's the boring part of personal finance -- it's the same thing year after year after year. Then again, it's the main reason my net worth keeps chugging along at a decent rate. […]

Six tricks to finding deals on coins

Nickel is talking up entrepreneurship to his oldest son, and has found a stash of coins that could be ripe for reselling on eBay.  He asked his Twitter followers about starter investment books for kids because they were starting to get fairly sizable savings accounts.  (I never addressed that question but I recall Peter Lynch’s One Up on Wall Street specifically mentioned that he had elementary sc […]

Investing In REITs To Diversify Your Investments

The real estate market has been the black sheep of the financial world since the summer of 2008 when the real estate bubble burst to cause the American economy to plunge into what many feared would be the next Great Depression. But as you can expect with the economy and the markets, what goes down will eventually come back up. […]

Best of Consumerism Commentary 2010

This was a fantastic year for Consumerism Commentary. Readership has grown by 10% since 2009, and I’m happy with these results considering the website has been around since 2003. There are many readers who were with Consumerism Commentary since its start — thank you! And for those who may be new to Consumerism Commentary, welcome. I hope we continue to have something to offer anyway. […]

Review: Goals!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For my first book review of 2011, which will pop up on the site on Sunday and appear in subscriber’s mailboxes early in the morning of the first working Monday of the year, I thought I’d take a look at one of the best books out there about defining and setting goals, since so many people start out the year w […]

Christian Financial Alliance

For those of you who like reading about what the Bible says about money, there's a new organization called the Christian Financial Alliance. The group has defined a set of core beliefs regarding biblical finance and holds itself accountable to it. If you're interested, you can check it out here. […]

Podcast 89: Concerns and Challenges With Self-Employment

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about his recent decision to leave his day job and become fully self-employed. […]

Prosperity, The Sneaky Side of Discontent, Part 2

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from the book Christ-Centered Contentment. […]

Reader Story: A Fresh Start on the Path to Prosperity

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

Sharing is saving

Yesterday we spent a wonderful New Year’s with great friends.  They’re the kind of friends that you can enjoy sharing time with, without the need to put on appearances or impress.  It’s incredibly relaxing. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we scored some great Mr. […]

Eliminate Failed New Year's Resolutions with 3 Simple Steps

Ahhh....New Year's. The time of perpetual hope. Well, at least until the end of January. I, like many of you, have put together a list of New Year's resolutions that I will try to set out to achieve in 2011. […]

Take Control of Your Finances

This series explorers the concrete steps anyone can follow to take control of your finances. Many years ago, I felt like I was a victim of circumstances. Bad things, like job losses, apartment losses, and debt — even my girlfriend leaving me — were other people’s fault, a result of the world around me. I came to realize after self-reflection that I had the ability to control these outcomes. […]

Welcoming 2011 With Goals and Resolutions

Welcome to 2011! I’ve been reading 2010 recaps from friends and bloggers for the past few weeks and the general consensus is that people are happy to see the year go. With unemployment, health issues, and even death, the new year is being welcomes with open arms. […]

Happy 2011 from The Simple Dollar

I hope that your 2011 is filled with financial and personal success. I’ll be spending today with my family, relaxing and recharging. Keep reading, because I have some exciting stuff planned for this year, including a completely different approach to putting my next book in your hands. (Your regularly scheduled programming will resume Monday. A single post will appear tomorrow.) […]

Money-tracking advice so simple, that it just might work?

Bart, over at the Personal Finance and Money Stack Exchange site, lacks discipline with tracking his finances.  He asks: I have had very little success with managing money. I have gone bankrupt once ($50K in credit card debt) and since then I no longer have credit cards (just a debit card) but my spending is still totally undisciplined. […]

Goals For 2011

It’s January 1st – a great day to announce goals for the new year.  Here are mine - 1.  I want remain free from consumer debt.  I am entering my fifth year of consumer debt freedom – and it still feels great! 2.  I want to purchase a new-to-us automobile for my wife.  We have a minivan, but the model we have is a bit small, especially for trips.  We’ll keep it, because it’s paid for, but work har […]

Happy New Year

Here's wishing you all the best in 2011! May your net worth climb to the sky!!!! Happy New Year!! […]