Enough Excuses, Just Make it Happen

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, how are they working out for you? I ask because today marks the beginning of the second half of 2010, and the vast majority of people have long since broken their resolutions. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Since they’re often overly-ambitious and ill-defined, most resolutions are doomed from the start. […]

The Costs of Working

As I detailed awhile ago, the author of Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy found that she saved a TON of money when she stopped working. It wasn't as much as she lost in salary mind you, but it's not inconsequential. […]

Getting Your Greens on the Road: How to Eat Well While Traveling

Summer is in full force and you’re ready to hit the travel trails. You’ve got the time; you’ve saved the money; and you’ve picked the spot. You’ve also worked hard to stay healthy this year and you don’t want to ruin your health with too many rich foods. You’d rather nosh on the green goods. […]

BP Logo Design Contest: Win $200 By Making A Statement

With the oil spill disaster in the Gulf continuing to wreak havoc on our environment and the livelihoods of so many Americans, I continue to get visceral reactions to the images of this catastrophe that are reported by the media. So how have you been reacting to pictures of dirty beaches, toxic brown sludge in the waters and oil-covered wildlife? […]

Energy Savings with a Solar Blanket, Hair Clips, and Curtain Rods

Only very rarely do I pass along a guest post, but a reader sent me such a spectacular energy saving do-it-yourself idea (and wonderful writeup about it) that I just had to pass it along. The only change I’ve made to this article is highlighting a few key pieces. […]

Most Common Problems Identified by Home Inspections

Buying a Home: The Missing Manual lists the most common problems and issues identified by home inspections as follows: Improper surface grading and drainage. Improper and undersized electrical wiring. Older and damaged roofs. Deficient and older heating systems. Poor overall maintenance. Structural problems. Plumbing problems. Exterior items. […]

Best Money Tips: 9 New Uses for your Old iPhone

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you 9 ways to upgrade your old iphone, some inspiration for stopping "stupid" work, and clever ways to use up a wine windfall! Top 5 Articles 9 New Uses for your Old iPhone — Looking to get version 4 of the iPhone? Consider upgrading your old model first. […]

3-Month Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension

There have been a lot of news reports of a potential 3-month extension of the $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit and those reports are all correct, albeit a little misleading. The bill they voted on would extend the deadline for closing a home sale as long as there was a signed contract by the original signing deadline of April 30th. […]

Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension in the Works

In case you haven’t heard, the House of Representatives voted yesterday to extend the homebuyer tax credit by three months, but only in a limited fashion. More specifically, they’re looking to extend the deadline for closing on your new home if you went under contract before the April 30th deadline. […]

Help a Reader: Hates His Job

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Since 2001, I've worked for the same transportation company. I make roughly 54K a year and have a pretty good pension plan. The problem is that I hate my job. I tried looking for something else but I haven't found anything. […]

Chase Freedom® Visa $100 Bonus Cash Back

The Chase Freedom® Visa – $100 Bonus Cash Back has launched a $100 cash back offer that deserves serious consideration. All new cardholders can earn a $100 statement credit after being approved for the Chase Freedom® Visa – $100 Bonus Cash Back and making $799 in purchases over the first three months of card ownerships. […]

Ask the Readers: What Makes You a Cheapskate?

**This giveaway has been extended until July 12th ** Remember when the title "cheapskate" had a negative ring to it? Thanks to people like Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate and author of the new book The Cheapskate Next Door, it's nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you can now wear your cheapskate badge with pride! […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Very Short Hair Edition

I’ve officially decided to start clippering my hair very short – and doing it at home. I used to do this in college, but since then I’ve had my hair somewhat longer. […]

How to Split Food Expenses With a Significant Other

ShareThisWhen couples first start living together, a lot of questions about money arise that you don't really think about when you're living on your own. For example, who pays for grocery and food costs? When you're living on your own, you buy groceries maybe once a week and pay for yourself when you're at a restaurant. Simple. […]

Eco-ergonomics: Reducing Strain on Your Budget

This is a guest article by Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, posts weekly at MSN Smart Spending and blogs at Surviving and Thriving.Is your budget hurting? […]

Making Your First Paycheck Work for You

Getting your first post-graduation paycheck can be exciting and unnerving. In theory, you know that your take-home pay and discretionary income will be far less than the salary (or wages) quoted by human resources. But seeing the paycheck with deductions subtracted can still be a surprise. […]

The Billionaire Secret: Avoid Ordinary Income, Acquire Capital Gains

The key to building wealth is to build or buy an asset that can appreciate in value and/or generates passive income. The key to building or buying an asset that can do that is to convert your labor into capital (money). […]

Slow and Steady: More Thoughts on Physical and Financial Fitness

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last week, Robert Brokamp lamented about his not-ready-for-prime-time bikini body, asking GRS readers “whether it might make sense occasionally to engage in some extreme fiscal or physical fitness in order to see bigger results sooner, which could serve as encouragement to keep going.” Brokamp’s post was highly entertaining to be sure, but I immedia […]

Why You Should Fire Your Financial Advisor

This is a guest post from Financial Uproar. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed or following him on Twitter. As a DIY investor, I have a strong dislike of financial advisors – perhaps too strong. […]

Be Wary of Warehouse Clubs

Many money savers are big fans of warehouse club stores and/or buying in bulk. While the author of Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy does like the latter, she's a bit cooler on warehouse clubs. […]