The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Timing Belt Edition

Recently, I had to replace the timing belt on our Honda Pilot. I tried to figure out how to do it myself, but the intricacy of it was just too far over my head, so I took it to a shop instead. This is exactly why it’s good to have an emergency fund. […]

Best Money Tips: Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you step-by-step instructions to make your own rain barrel, budget-friendly ways to occupy your kids, and a quick guide to McDonald's Monopoly game! Top 5 Articles Building My DIY Homemade Rain Barrel — This rain barrel costs only $20 to make. […]

Renters Insurance Basics: What Every Renter Should Know

Do You Need Renters Insurance? Homeowners Insurance is designed to protect a person’s home. This is an obvious need for insurance since a home is often somebody’s most valuable asset backed by a large loan. This is why most people don’t even think about renter’s insurance. You don’t own the apartment, you didn’t have to borrow money to live there, so you’ve got nothing to lose. […]

Save Money on Car Rentals

A bit over a year ago, I wrote about how to get cheap car rentals through Priceline and/or Hotwire. Today I want to revisit the issue with some additional info that might help you score a great deal. I’m writing this on Tuesday night. By the time you read it on Wednesday morning, I’ll be a single dad. No, my wife didn’t leave me. […]

5 Simple Ways to Cut Your Car Expenses

ShareThisTransportation today can be considered a basic need. We need it for work, gathering resources, and basic improvement of our lives. That being said, it can also be a major cost that has the potential to break budgets. With ever-rising gas prices, it's important to do what we can to cut back vehicle expenses. […]

Travel and Money: Passport Carrying Tips

Traveling safely and managing your money along the way is an exercise in balancing multiple risks: theft, loss, high surcharges, and confusing discrepancies. This Travel and Money series discusses various ways to address money and security issues while you are abroad. Today, we're talking about ways to carry your passport. […]

TARP Bailout: It’s a Success and Failure

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), created and enacted by President George W. Bush’s administration in 2008 with strong support from Republicans, has been deemed a success for taxpayers by President Obama’s administration on the date of its so-called ending, despite being criticized by opponents both liberal and conservative. […]

How Do Bloggers Make Money? What Every Non-blogger Should Know

Since writing an article about how to make money blogging, I've realized that a lot of my readers and friends have no idea that bloggers make money. Interestingly, most bloggers assume that readers already know how they make money. […]

25,000 Reasons to Pamper Your Credit

Would you take good care of your credit score if you knew someday it could save you $25,000? What if you wouldn't see the savings immediately, if you had to wait a year or two? […]

Bargain Shopping Gone Berserk!

This is a guest post from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the host of the popular Til Debt Do U$ Part on CNBC (Saturday nights at 10 and 10:30). Gail is a columnist for Yahoo Canada, Chatelaine, and Zoomer Magazine and blogs daily at her website, where she also offers terrific tools people can use to dig themselves out of the hole. Gail’s latest book is Debt-Free Forever. Who doesn’t love a good sale? […]

Eight Steps to Early Semi-Retirement

Yesterday I posted on early semi-retirement from 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. […]

Generation Earn: A Guide To Spending, Investing and Giving Back (Book Review)

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Kimberly Palmer from my online activities over the past several years. She’s the well known personal finance columnist for US News & World Report who runs the Alpha Consumer blog. […]

Building My DIY Homemade Rain Barrel

I have just finished building and installing my very first homemade DIY rain barrel.  I’m super excited to have finished this project, which will provide for collection, storage, and supply of free water for my plants.  Here are the details: The Materials - 1 – 55 gallon plastic barrel (free) 1 – tube of silicon ($3) 1 – roll of plumber’s tape ($1) 1 – 3 inch piece of 3/4 inch galvanized pipe, t […]

The Value of Reducing Stress – And 12 DIY Tactics for Doing So

60% to 80% of job-related accidents are due to employee stress level. 90% of all diseases are caused by or exacerbated by stress. 60% to 90% of doctor visits are caused by or related to stress. To put it simply, stress is expensive. Very expensive. You pay in the form of lower energy, more illness, more medical visits and procedures, and, frankly, escapism, too. […]

Is Early Semi-Retirement a Better Option than Retirement?

I've been reading the book Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement. The book suggests that instead of working all our lives up to retirement and then enjoying "the good life" for whatever time we have left, that we semi-retire along the way. […]

How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game

MacDonald’s Monopoly game for 2010 has started! McDonald’s announced that this year’s Monopoly game will start on October 5, 2010 and end on November 1, 2010 (official rules) Every year McDonald’s runs its very popular Monopoly game where you get a Monopoly property sticker/game piece with selected items. If you get all the properties in a color group, you get to win that cash prize. […]

IRS Not Mailing Forms This Year

In case you haven’t heard, the IRS has decided not to automatically mail out forms for paper returns this year. […]

Commission Denies Postage Rate Hike Request by Post Office

News alert: The United States Post Office is hemorrhaging money. It’s estimated that the USPS will lose a staggering $7 billion in 2010 after losing nearly $4 billion last year. If you’re wondering why you get so much junk mail, it’s because “business mail” is one of the few profitable parts of the existing mail volume. According to Postmaster General John E. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 3Q 2010

Last quarter’s devastating investment performance resulted in an overall annualized return of -9.33%. The fact that the S&P 500, the benchmark I use for my investments, faced a -15.14% annualized return at that point was little consolation. The third quarter of 2010 proved to be kinder to my investments.I can’t take much credit for the improvement. […]

Best Money Tips: Lessons From the Cat

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you lessons from Dr. Seuss, tips to save 30 minutes a day, advice to help single parents cut expenses, and a short checklist to ID real wheat and multigrain bread. Top 5 Articles 8 Must Read Success Lessons from Dr. […]