If You’re Going to Buy a Warranty, Shop Around

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’m writing this post on my brand new MacBook, which I just purchased yesterday. […]

How to Ask for a Raise

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link or get daily email updates using this link.  I've talked about how to make the most of your most valuable financial asset -- your career, getting consistent raises by delivering what your boss wants you to deliver. […]

How To Invest In Commodities as an Average Investor

Commodity market prices can serve as an inflation indicator (via a commodity market index). If you’re looking for an inflation hedge, you may want to look at investing in this market. One of the funnier stories on investment trading that I’ve come across is this one about the hapless commodities trader. It was that moment that Brad’s palm almost immediately made contact with his forehead. […]

Review: How to Get Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book alone encouraged me to not bother reading it for the longest time. As I’ve expressed before, I have no interest in being rich. I want financial independence, that’s all, and for me that’s not really a mountain of money. […]

Podcast 52: Unautomate Your Finances, Adam Baker

This week’s guest on the Season Two finale of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Adam Baker, creator of the Man vs. […]

How to Read The Wall Street Journal for Free

If you visit The Wall Street Journal and try to read the articles, you’ll find that you will need to have a subscription to read anything behind the first paragraph or two. Subscriptions are $1.99 a week if you want online access, $2.69 per week if you get both print and online. […]

6 Ways to Save Money on Eyeglasses

Dealista MP3:  Dealista #33: How to Save Money on Eyeglasses ShareThisThis article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. […]

Finding Your Own Value Balance at the Grocery Store

Whenever I go shopping, I find myself with an interesting mix of items in my cart. There’s quite a few generics, quite a few “low cost” name brands, and still some more rather upscale items (like organic fresh foods). Organic baking soda gets tossed in right next to the free range eggs, for example. Why exactly do I skimp so hard on some items but spend so much more on the others? […]

The Bible on Debt

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Recently I had the chance to speak at my church on How to Get Out of Debt. Before I got to the specific steps, I talked about some points the Bible makes about debt. Here are highlights of the four points I focused on: The Bible does not prohibit debt. […]

Five Financial Problems We Struggle With

Given all of the things I write about on The Simple Dollar, some people tend to assume that all of this just comes easy for me and my family. To put it simply, it doesn’t. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 17, 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. […]

What is the Middle Class?

“Middle class” is a term that has a hundred different meanings if you ask a hundred people for their definition. […]

Low Interest Credit Cards

This post continues our series describing features of the best credit card offers in specific categories. So far we’ve taken a look at PenFed credit cards, Chase credit cards, Citibank credit cards, and Top 8 Balance Transfers. Today we’re happy to bring you information about the best low interest credit cards. […]

Save Big Money on a Car by Buying Online

Here's an interesting comment left on my post titled How to Buy a Car the Same Way You Would Buy a Big Screen TV: I just bought a new truck two weeks ago. After getting some quotes in person I decided to get a quote through the dealers via email and WOW, what a difference. It's important to let them know you are serious and will be buying in the next couple of days. […]

Extra Insurance Coverage Through Credit Cards: Use Those Perks

Don’t let those credit card perks go to waste. Most credit cards offer a plethora of extra rewards and benefits that a lot of cardholders may not be taking full advantage of. And one of those things is extra insurance. Yes, credit card debt is bad. However, credit cards, when used properly, can be a tool to help you save money on additional costs such as insurance. […]

Does Rewashing Ziploc Bags Really Save You Money?

Mal writes in: I loved your post about how little you save by not flushing. You should do the same thing about your favorite bugaboo, rewashing Ziploc bags! Rewashing Ziploc sandwich bags is something that I’ve joked about being a frugality “step too far” since the first days of The Simple Dollar. […]

Seven Steps to Get Your Finances Back on Track

CNN Money lists seven steps to get your finances back on track (along with specific tips for each) as follows: 1. Get in touch with a better reality. Boost your emergency fund. Tap the power of a Roth. Cut out big-ticket money drains. 2. Work on your plan b Act as if you're already job hunting. Do a hard-nosed assessment of the danger. […]

Smithee Debt Update, Mid-April 2010

Happy Friday. It’s been just about a month since my last debt update, and I’m feeling relatively successful at it. I’m still on track to get rid of it by July, having eradicated $1,267.39 in the last four weeks.Aside from the satisfaction of persistence, there’s actual good news: as of yesterday, my employer has brought my salary halfway back up to what it was a year ago. […]

Best Money Tips: The Wisdom of Yoda

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share financial wisdom from Yoda himself, tips for making the best baked beans, and a quick hack for a space-saving clothesline! Top 5 Articles Wisdom of Yoda: Personal Finance Lessons — These are precious, entertaining teachings for Star Wars fans and non-fans! […]