The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fiction Edition

I’ve been struggling for several months with a novel I’ve been working on. It’s been hard to make any progress, mostly because I was having a very hard time with the motivation of one of the primary characters. Suddenly, on Saturday, it all clicked. I had a giant breakthrough. Now, I almost can’t stop working on the novel. […]

Is Your Money in the Right Place?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks, and likes carrots. When it comes to investing, you have two big decisions to make: What to buy, and where to buy it. […]

Can You Afford to Stay Home With Your Kids?

This is a guest article by Mike Collins, creator of In the article, Mike explains how he and his wife decided to become a single-income family and he shares some useful advice for those struggling with the same decision. Most new parents will at least consider the idea of living on a single income so one parent can stay home with the kids. […]

Smash Your Phone? Check Cell Phone Insurance Protection Plan

About a month ago, my lovely wife’s cell phone started experiencing microphone problems. I’d call her and she could hear me talk but I couldn’t hear her. A quick trip to the AT&T store revealed that her phone’s microphone was busted, a fix that should’ve been a quick swap out and covered under warranty. […]

20 Tasty Two-Ingredient Cocktails

I love a good cocktail, but I don't always like trotting out (or, moreover, buying) ten different bottles of stuff just to make one drink. […]

How to Have a Good Roommate Relationship

Over the years I’ve had my fair share of roommates — and not all of them were ideal. I’ve had roommates who have eaten my food and failed to pick up after themselves, and I’ve had roommates who never paid a dime toward household cleaning products or toilet paper even. […]

Best Money Tips: Having a Baby on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on having a baby on a budget, items you should buy new, and steps to get back on the right financial track. Top 5 Articles Having a Baby on a Budget: Ways to Save Money — Opting for cloth diapers as opposed to disposable ones is a great way to save money on a baby. […]

Reader Profile: BU

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Who buys six-figure rings at Costco?!

I went with my family to Costco this past weekend.  Our typical shopping trip there is in the $100 to $200 range.  I’ve been eating almonds like crazy now that my wife has taken over my meals for the month, so we needed to stock up on that and some other low-carb foods. Before we got to the groceries, we passed the electronics section and the jewelry section.  I knew that Costco sold high-end item […]

Be Generous to Reduce Your Estate

This is a guest post from Michael Maye at our partner site By Michael Maye Individuals looking for a simple and effective way to reduce their future taxable estate should consider the annual gift exclusion. What is the annual gift exclusion and how does it work? Every U.S. […]

Plan Your Meals Using the Grocery Store Flyer (191/365)

Within twenty miles of my home, I can find at least three Hy-Vees, two Wal-Mart Supercenters, a Super Target, a Target with a grocery section, two Fareways, a Dahl’s, and several smaller independent grocers. All of these businesses are essentially in competition with one another, which is good for me because there’s some competition for my business. How does that competition play out? […]

The Boy Scouts Know Personal Finance

A month or so ago I was traveling on business with a friend who has been a Boy Scouts scoutmaster for 20 years or so. […]

Find Cheap(er) Gas With Your Phone

This is just a quick tip for those of you that are traveling by car this summer… If you want to shave a few bucks off the cost of your travels, consider using your smartphone to find the best gas prices. By far the best service that I’ve found for this is, which has free iPhone, Android, and Blackberry apps. And no, I don’t have any affiliation with them. […]

What Do You Think About Executive Perks?

One of the hot-button issues today is the difference between what the “top 1%” get, and what the rest of us end up with. There are few places where the differences are as stark as when it comes to executive pay and perks, and the salary and benefits of “regular” workers. CEO pay has been on the rise over the past few decades, growing at a faster pace than worker pay. […]

Stock Market Exit Strategies

As a long-time stock market investor, I’ve always had a key “big picture” question about equities. And I suspect other long-term investors have pondered the same issue. That issue, as best I can state it, is as follows. We’re encouraged as market investors to be in the market for the long run in the quest for gains not found elsewhere. […]

Children, Personal Finances, and Entitlement

An allowance is not a salary or an entitlement. It is a tool for teaching children how to manage money. - Joline Godfrey, Raising Financially Fit Kids Our three kids are really blessed. They have involved parents that are in a solid enough financial state to provide for them without worry. […]

Make Extra Money on the Side By Being a Product Merchandiser

So, you need some extra cash but you can’t take on a part-time job due to time constraints. Have you ever thought about product merchandising? In addition to earning additional income, being a merchandiser affords you the luxury of having a flexible schedule. […]

What is the Fiscal Cliff?

You have may heard a lot of talk lately about this “fiscal cliff.” It refers to yet another battle over the debt ceiling, a lot of automatic cuts and tax law expirations, and generally a “perfect storm” of fiscal policy that paints a bad economic picture. […]

Seize the Summer

This post is from staff writer Tim Sullivan. Sometimes, my summers feel like any other season. Other times though, I do the season right. A couple weekends back, I sat out on a dock with my family, overlooking a small lake in Michigan, our bathing suits still wet and our t-shirts sticking to our backs in the heat. My brother had made a pitcher of lemonade. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Attend Networking Events?

Everyone has heard the saying "it's not what you know, but who you know." Oftentimes having a connection at a company you want to work for can help you get your foot in the door and land a job! One of the best ways to connect with other professionals is to attend networking events. Do you attend networking events? If so, how often? How do you find events? […]