Why I Still Write Paper Checks

I know plenty of people who write essentially no paper checks any more. I know students who pay everything with debit cards. Others manage their financial lives with electronic payments. I do neither. I get by with a mix of cash, credit cards, and paper checks. Now it's really just a matter of inertia. […]

5 Reasons to Change Traditional Holiday Gift-Giving

Some traditions are worth keeping. Others almost beg for you to stomp all over them, perhaps none so much as traditional American holiday gifting. If the recession has taught us anything (and this is a big "IF"), it's that many of us are spending way more than we should be. […]

Best Money Tips: Feel Better, Look Younger

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share an easy way to feel and look better, a strategy to convince your spouse to help manage your finances, trips for growing basil at home, and more! Top 5 Articles WOW – What An Easy Way To Feel Better And Look Younger! […]

Should You Walk Away from Your Mortgage?

A lot of people are “underwater” on their mortgages, that is the value of their home is below the amount they still owe on their mortgage. Other people simply can no longer afford their monthly mortgage payments and are on the verge of being foreclosed on. […]

Making Work Pay Credit Extension

The 2009 economic stimulus came to the middle class in the form of the Making Work Pay credit, which provided a $400 credit for single taxpayers or a $800 credit for married taxpayers filing jointly across two years. […]

More Than Just The Numbers

Sometimes, money management is about the numbers, the percentages, and the rates.  Often, however, it is about attitudes, choices, and behaviors.  When it comes to staying motivated, and moving forward, here’s what works for me: I consult the Scriptures and pray about our finances.  As a Christian, every area of my life is important to Jesus, including my family’s  finances.  It’s always comforti […]

How to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The chilly season is upon us. If you live in North America, you’ve probably had at least a few cold nights by now. Up in my neck of the woods — in the Boston area — we’ve had our central heat running for a few weeks. […]

Six year-end financial tasks

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Books that Make Great Gifts: FMF Readers' Edition

A couple weeks ago I Iisted books that I think make great gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. I asked readers to suggest the books they would add to my list. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Electronics, Bikes, and Free Burgers

It's Cyber Monday! There's a lot of savings out there today, but as always, we've got ways to save tomorrow. Check out great deals on video cameras and bicycles, and grab a few coupons. […]

Travel Rewards, Health Savings Accounts, and One-Salary Families

As I mentioned a few days ago, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable contributions. Please take this opportunity to give to your favorite charity. Here’s how to make your charity count twice. In other news, I have returned from visiting my family in California for Thanksgiving. […]

What’s Your Retirement Income Strategy? Some Out of the Box Options

When it comes to determining the best investment strategies for your money, the first thing to consider is why you are investing to begin with. […]

Podcast 84: Stew Langille, Mint Data

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stew Langille, Director of Marketing for Intuit Personal Finance Group about Mint’s new real time consumer spending tracking website Mint Data. […]

How to make your own Christmas Crackers

It’s not a proper holiday party unless I’m wearing a paper crown on my head. The odd joke, a fun gift, and a popping good snap also ring in a good time around my dinner table. […]

Review: The Cheapskate Next Door

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I reviewed Jeff Yeager’s excellent book on frugality The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. […]

Giving Grows Your Net Worth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. A few weeks ago I spoke at a church luncheon. The topic was "money myths" and focused on several statements that most people consider to be true about money -- but are actually false. […]

Reader Story: My Debt-Free Marriage

This guest post from Mike C. 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. On June 26th, I married my best friend. […]

The Cinnamon Bear: An Old-Time Radio Christmas Tradition

Because I love The Cinnamon Bear so much, I post this same article every year. This year is no different, except that I’m posting it a couple of days early to give you time to download the files. If you have young children — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to listen to these old radio broadcasts with your family. Holiday traditions don’t have to be expensive. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 27, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Six Painless Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

MSNBC says that the average family of four spends nearly $6,000 a year at the supermarket. If you'd like to spend less (we spend less than $5k, BTW), here are their six painless ways to cut your grocery bill: Have a plan. Make a list before you leave home. Use the supermarket flyer from your mailbox or the store’s website to take advantage of weekly sales. But read it carefully. […]