What Does “Financial Independence” Really Mean?

“Financial independence” is a phrase often bandied about by people without any sort of consistent meaning. Does “financial independence” mean complete freedom from debt? Does it mean the ability to switch jobs without creating a financial panic in your household? Does it mean having enough money to survive without further income? Does it mean having enough money to thrive and chase whatever endeav […]

Think Twice Before Ditching Your Current Bank

Have you finally had enough with your bank? With so many changes in the banking industry, it is not unusual for many bank customers to get frustrated or even disheartened to see their money being handled in an unfavorable manner. […]

Save Money Shopping Online With Google

Paying full price for something is ludicrous these days. There are so many different ways to ensure you're getting a deal — all you have to do is a tiny bit of work. You're already on Wise Bread, so you've (hopefully) already figured out whether this is an essential purchase or not. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 9, 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. […]

Comic Book Ad from 1956: How I Made a Small Fortune in Spare Time!

Last month, I mentioned that I got my entrepreneurial start as a kid by selling stuff door to door. This “stuff” generally comprised products advertised on the back of of comic books: seeds, greeting cards, and so on. For more than thirty years, companies recruited armies of salesboys and salesgirls through comics. I was one of them. But it wasn’t just kids they recruited. […]

How Work Evolves in Early Semi-Retirement

We've been talking about the book Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement. Basically, early semi-retirement is a concept where you cut back your spending, quit your job and through a combination of working a bit (part-time) and savings, you work a very reduced number of hours each week. […]

Get 5% Cash Back With The PerkStreet Debit Card

Have you started thinking about your holiday shopping list yet? The holiday retail season will be a time of spending for most of us but even with big party and gift giving plans ahead, we don’t necessarily have to add to our existing debt. […]

Homemade Gift Series #4: Homemade Beer

I often brew homemade beer. It’s an enjoyable hobby that allows me to sometimes use items from my garden and gets me deeply in touch with the natural process of making a homecrafted beer. […]

Money and Dating, Meal Planning, and Mind Mapping

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that American Express launched a new community-focused website called Currency and that I would be participating as one of the writers. I’m proud to announce my first article was published yesterday. […]

Brad's Deals Giveaway (Chance to Win A $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate)

Brad's Deals features promotions, discounts and coupons galore. Their philosophy matches Wise Bread's; you can live well without spending a fortune. From the Brad's Deals website: BradsDeals finds and publishes online shopping deals, online coupon codes and in-store printable coupons. […]

Making It All Work – The GTD Phenomenon

This is the second entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]

4 Amazing Life Lessons from Scrooge McDuck

ShareThisWhen I was a little boy, Donald Duck was my favorite comic series, and I used to read it every week. […]

The Ultimate List of Hangover Cures

We're only a few months away from the party season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are just a few of the many occasions that give you an excuse to drink a little more than you should. And then, the hangover is upon you. Are there really any good cures out there? […]

Depositing Checks With the PayPal iPhone App

Earlier this week, PayPal updated their iPhone app. While there were a number of minor improvements, there was one major change that really stood out. They added the ability to capture and deposit checks into your account. This sort of remote deposit has been around for awhile, though it’s been limited to a relatively small number of banks and credit unions. […]

Decision-Making Difficult for Ambivalent People

That title sounds a bit obvious. In college, a time that now seems long in my past, friends wanted me to take sides on a variety of issues. I didn’t see the need to feel passionately about issues which clearly had reasonable arguments on either side. I even took pride in my ability to see a situation from multiple points of view. […]

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Library Sale

ShareThisIf you're a book lover and a thrifty spender like myself, you're already familiar with library book sales. […]

Your Take: Double Dip Recession?

The Your Take question two weeks ago asked whether or not the Recession was over and the overwhelming opinion was that it wasn’t. With double digit unemployment and housing still underwater, it didn’t matter what economists said… we were still in a bad spot. […]

Welcome to Generation App

This is a guest post from Joseph D’Agnese who, with his wife Denise Kiernan, wrote The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, which sets forth a personal finance system for people with not-so-regular jobs. You can follow them on Twitter: @The_Money_Book. Hey you! Yeah, you hunched over the smart phone. […]

$93 Turned into $100k

Here's a great story from Yahoo. The summary: Carolee Hazard was at the grocery store when she saw that Jenni Ware wasn't able to pay the bill because her wallet was missing. Hazard handed her over $207, the exact amount Ware needed for her groceries. […]