Free Dave Ramsey Starter Kit, YNAB Software Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. I’ve announced the winners of the Dave Ramsey kit and YNAB giveaway. Congrats to all! I am celebrating my 4th anniversary as a blogger with a simple giveaway event. In fact, I’m celebrating a variety of things this week, including my wedding anniversary (so we’re off on a little family break too). […]

Review: The Little Book of Economics

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve really enjoyed the “Little Books” series of personal finance and investing books over the years, and I’ve reviewed almost every book in the series – twelve so far. […]

Discover Student Credit Cards For First Time Card Users

Thanks to the CARD Act of 2009, college students are less likely to graduate with a heavy load of credit card debt. For instance, most students under the age of 21 will need a parent to co-sign for a credit card application. But there’s an exception: if the student can provide proof of employment, then he or she won’t need a cosigner. […]

Podcast 79: Potential Income Tax Changes, Bob Meighan

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Bob Meighan, CPA and Vice President of Consumer Advocacy at TurboTax about potential income tax changes for the new year. Bob and Tom talk about the potential sunsetting of the “Bush Tax Cuts” and how it will impact more than just those making $250,000 a year. […]

Can Once-a-Month Cooking Really Work?

A long time ago (summer 2007, in fact), I wrote about once-a-month cooking, in which a person basically spends one solid day once every four weeks or so preparing food for home use so that meal prep later on is much easier. A quick note: I’ve never actually done this before, but I have done big pieces of it. […]

Reader Story: How I Persevered and Killed My Credit Card Debt

This guest post from Jeff is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

Are Your Acquaintances Helping or Hurting Your Finances?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an interesting verse from Proverbs 13:20: He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Let me put a personal finance spin on this: He who associates with and listens to those who are doing well financially becomes wealthy. […]

A fire insurance rider for the really important stuff

I mentioned in passing a couple of weeks back that a house across the street from us burned to the ground.  I also mentioned that our family was very lazy up until that point in that we didn’t have any escape plan whatsoever.  Nothing like a near miss to bring about a sense of urgency!  In our previous house it wasn’t really much of an issue — as it was a rambler and we could get […]

Jealousy – And What You Can’t See

One of the nicest houses in our town recently went into foreclosure. The family that lived there seemed to have “everything” on the surface – a gorgeous house, nice cars, nice clothing, expensive cell phones, and so on. In truth, though, they were in debt up to their eyeballs. Now that house that they had sunk so much money into is gone, as is the family. […]

How to Save $1,500 on Coffee

By now, many of us are familiar with The Latte Factor, the idea that if you put aside a little bit each day (equivalent to the cost of your morning coffee and a pastry), you can save a lot.  But have you ever actually added up how much you spend at your favorite coffee shop? […]

Back to Work

Hello from Portland, Oregon! After nearly a month on the road, Kris and I are once again sleeping in the comfort of our own bed. Our wardrobes now consist of more than four shirts per person. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 23, 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. […]

Getting the Most from Your 401(k) or 403(b)

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. For many workers, their retirement account is their largest asset. Having so much of your nest egg in one place means you should watch carefully how it is invested and monitor it regularly. […]

Homemade Gift Series #6: Meals in a Jar

A simple picture will probably explain things better than any introductory description could. The jar on the left, obviously, is a “Rainbow Brownie” mix, to which you add just a couple liquid ingredients, pour into a pan, and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. The one on the right is a soup mix, to which you add 6 cups of water (and, optionally, 1/2 lb. […]

How To Perform Stock Market Research

This is a guest post from Investor Junkie, a personal finance blog that covers alternative investments, and entrepreneurship topics. The common question I get when people want to invest in stocks is “How do I pick stocks?” They also then ask, “How do I know if the stock that I’m buying is a good investment?” Stocks are unlike mutual funds or ETFs that buy many individual securities to spread […]

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card $800 Bonus

Over a year ago, the popular Southwest Airlines purchased AirTran Airways, furthering the growth of the discount airfare business. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Southwest hub near you and can take advantage of their highly discounted fares, take a look at the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card. […]

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Clarifying

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

Credit Card Fraud and How to Avoid It

ShareThisCredit card fraud affects thousands of people every year. During 2009, in the UK alone, £440.3 million was lost due to fraudulent actions on stolen or cloned credit cards. […]

4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Side Income

I have spoken to many friends and colleagues who have expressed that they would like to earn some side income outside of their primary jobs, but most of them do not consider extra income to be a necessity. In my opinion, side income is something everyone needs. […]

Best Money Tips: Oktoberfest Recipes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we're bringing Oktoberfest into your kitchen with recipes featuring — you guessed it! — beer. Plus: 20 cheap and yummy meals, creepy Halloween crafts, and tips to prep for a winter power outage. Top 5 Articles How to Bring Oktoberfest Into Your Kitchen — Beer brittle and beer donuts. […]