The Public Humiliation Diet: Five Things Worth Learning About Your Money and Improving Yourself

One of the best articles on self-improvement I’ve ever read popped up recently on the Deadspin blog. Titled The Public Humiliation Diet (note: some language NSFW), it describes how Drew Magary, the author of the post, lost sixty pounds in five months without doing anything too incredibly radical. […]

Get Kitchen Gadgets for Less at the Local Restaurant Supply Store

My pal Chris Guillebeau is out of town on another one of his around-the-world jaunts. While he’s living the high life in Equatorial Guinea, his wife Jolie (the artist behind my Kermit painting) is left to entertain herself here in Portland. What does she choose to do? While away her hours with me and Kris. On a whim, yesterday the three of us made a trip to the local restaurant supply store. […]

Moments in the "Garden of Eatin"

I know what I’m doing differently this summer. No, it doesn’t involve the length of my shorts or a different vacation destination. […]

Book Review: Hot (Broke) Messes - How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too

Nancy Trejos is a personal finance writer for the Washington Post. While she was advising readers on financial problems, she was actually so broke that she had to ask her hardworking immigrant parents for money. […]

Roundup: BP Oil Spill Gusher Rages on in Gulf

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just keeps on going (though it’s down to a smaller leak)… it’s been spilling since the Deepwater Horizon exploded April 21st. Since then, oil has been “leaking” out at a staggering rate. These pictures are just sad. The effects of this disaster will be felt for decades. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 29, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (May 23 – May 29, 2009) The Paradox of Thrift: Is Saving Money Bad for the Economy? […]

Money To-Do Calendar: June

The great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the June steps as follows: Increase contributions to retirement savings plans. Evaluate the quality of service provided by your advisers. […]

Why Internet Banking Customer Satisfaction Matters

The financial crisis and the years succeeding it have been pretty tough for the banking industry. And as a consequence of the crisis, it’s not uncommon to hear people slandering their local banks, and to notice how consumers are switching away from traditional banks and into other institutions, like their local credit unions. […]

Talking to a Reader

A few days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop (my once-every-two-months-or-so visit) reading some of the comments on The Simple Dollar with my laptop. Out of the corner of my eye, I could tell that someone was looking over my shoulder at the screen, so I glanced over at this fortysomething lady. She smiled at me and said, “I love that website.” I couldn’t resist. […]

How Does Fraud Detection Work on Your Cards?

You probably know that your debit and credit cards have someone watching over them for indications of fraud and/or theft, and we’ve written here before about making sure you tell the bank in advance of a trip so that they don’t mistakenly block your card. I’ve personally seen this system work well, and also not so well. […]

Best Money Tips: 25 Factors That Affect Car Insurance Premiums

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share how to really save on car insurance, how to get over buying used, and how to make an awesome banana pudding! Top 5 Articles 25 Factors That Affect Car Insurance Premiums — Whether you buy from a gecko, a cave man, or your local agent, you do have some control over pricing. […]

The Real MSM: Maintenance Saves Money

Five minutes of maintenance can save hundreds of dollars, lots of time, and tons of heartache. For me, maintenance of the things I rely on in life has become a complete no-brainer. Spending a bit of time here and a bit of time there on the valuable things and the important things in my life extends their lifespan. It helps them to keep running great. […]

Friday Finance Findings for May 28th

Hopefully most of you will be able to take advantage of the long weekend coming up. I know in many parts of the country the weather has already turned to summer so it could make for a good weekend to get outside. I’ll be doing my best to take advantage of the weekend myself, but I’ll be traveling to Kansas City to go visit my family. […]

5 International Cities to Boost Your Standard of Living for Less

ShareThisAs a resident of one of the most chronically expensive cities in the world, moving to a cheaper, more quality-of-life beneficial city has sat steady at the back of my mind for many years now. […]

Ultimate Credit Card Perks Checklist: Benefits You Don't Know About

I consider myself pretty well versed in credit card benefits. I have two credit cards that I use for most everyday purchases — one gets me 5% cash back on groceries and one between 1-3% cash back on everything else. I always use a card when renting a car to get car rental insurance protection. […]

Your Take: Name Your Favorite Bank or Credit Union

The recent economy woes have not been kind to banks. It seems like every weekend a bank is failing (over 60 so far this year) and mainstream media is piling on. Four of the thirty two companies in Consumerist Worst Company in America 2010 bracket are financial services companies. […]

How Quickly Wants Can Turn to Needs

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently featured a post on his own blog entitled, Are You Eating Yourself Into Debt? As some of you know, Courtney and I recently spent just under a year traveling abroad with our two-year-old daughter. A couple of months ago, we returned home to Indiana and decided that we’d take a six month break from our mobile lifestyle. […]

Would You Waste a Year of Your Life for $100k?

Here's a story of a man who has agreed to try and live on coupons only (no cash) for a year. If he does, the coupon site Groupon will award him $100k. The details on the rules of the contest: Groupon's contest requires the participant to abandon his job, leave his apartment and put his belongings in storage. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 24

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

How to Spot Counterfeit Money

Have you ever gotten stuck with a counterfeit bill? The LA Times recently ran an interesting story about a guy who cashed in a $1000 Postal Service money order and received ten $20 bills along with eight $100 bills in return. Unfortunately, all eight of the $100 bills turned out to be fake. Even worse… Once the police got involved, they confiscated the bills, and he was out $800. […]