TurboTax 2012 Online Review

This is a relatively long review of TurboTax 2012 Online, software for completing tax forms and submitting them to both the federal and state authorities. I’ve updated the review to reflect the changes to the software in 2012 (for filing 2011 tax returns). Recently, the IRS began accepting federal tax returned filed electronically. […]

How To Stock A Pantry

With grocery prices on the rise and the recent spate of bad weather, I have been busy stocking our pantry with nonperishable foods and household items.  Here’s how I stock out pantry and ensure that goods are in-date and readily accessible. Find a location for pantry items - Technically, a pantry is a small storeroom for foods, but you can use a large kitchen cabinet, a couple of shelves in the l […]

Frugality and the Long-Distance Relationship

This is a guest post from Kelly M., who writes about long-distance relationships at Long-Distance Life. Long-distance relationships can be exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and all sorts of other adjectives…but “frugal” rarely makes the list. […]

How to Handle Missing Tax Forms

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been throwing all the documents related to my 2010 taxes in a basket on the kitchen counter. At this point, I’ve either received everything, or have been told that I should access it online. What about you? The main things that I’ve been expecting are my W-2 form from work as well as a bunch of 1099 forms. […]

Launching the Career of Your Dreams: How I Achieved My Dream Career Within 4 Years of College Graduation, Part 1

The following is a guest post from Bogey at Back Nine Finance. T Minus 1 Year The idea that the hunt for a career to step into begins after you graduate from college (or high school, trade school, etc.) is completely outdated. […]

Checking In from Africa

Greetings from Zimbabwe. Kris and I are ensconced at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a gorgeous and ridiculously colonial lodge located minutes from the edge of the largest waterfall in the world. […]

Review: Getting More

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One aspect of getting a good deal that I do not enjoy is the negotiation process. I’ve gotten over my unwillingness to negotiate at all. […]

Zions Bank Online Review: Get Higher Savings Account Yields

If you own a checking and savings account with a big bank, it may surprise you just how low the savings account rates have fallen. For example, the best rate you’ll ever get with a Wells Fargo checking account is an annual 0.15% yield. And that’s if you have at least $25,000 to put into your fund. But there are better options for savers, albeit the differences aren’t exactly dramatic. […]

Podcast 95: Behind the Scenes at a Bank

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Tom Dziubek, frequent host of this podcast and a recent customer service representative at one of the U.S.’s ten largest savings banks. […]

My Story

Many readers of The Simple Dollar have come here over the years to get ideas on personal finance, improving their life, improving their career, and improving their use of money. Although many of the articles heavily include details from my own life, I don’t really have a great full summary on why I write The Simple Dollar. How am I qualified to write such a site? Where did I come from? […]

Get-Rich-Quick Mentality Leads to Poverty

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 I ran into the other day: Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty. Proverbs 28:22 (New Living Translation) IMO, the Bible couldn't be more spot on. A few examples: 1. […]

Reader Story: Mistakes and Milestones, and Lessons Learned Along the Way

This guest post from Jen Bevel 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. In just a few short months, I will be — gasp! — thirty years old. […]

Ten daily money wasters (or occasional splurges)

MSN MoneyCentral has produced a list of ten things that people waste money on every day.  I agree that, most of the time, the items on this list are money-wasters.  There are always exceptions though.  Here are my comments on the list: Lottery tickets. […]

Some Thoughts on Haircuts and Frugality

This past week, I was fairly irked by a tweet by a high-profile Twitter denizen that basically said “you’re a loser if you’ve ever cut your own hair.” Simply put, it’s another perpetuation of the idea that somehow frugality is uncool. So, let’s start out with a confession. Hi. My name is Trent. I have a wife and three children. I live a pretty normal life. […]

Get No Credit Needed Delivered To Your Inbox For Free

I want to thank those of you who regularly visit No Credit Needed and have already subscribed to the site. For those of you who are new to the site, welcome! […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #6

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Sarah This past week, my wife Sarah gave so much of herself that I was simply amazed, even though it’s just par for the course for her. She gave me a long hug and a pep talk when I felt down. […]

Not All Index Funds Are the Same

The other night I was driving to a basketball game with a man I've known for a few years but only as an acquaintance. I was happy to have the chance to chat with him since from what I've seen he's a great guy in many different ways. He's an investment advisor, so it was natural for me to ask him about what his firm does. […]

Compound Returns in the Garden: How Long-Term Planning Pays Off When Growing Your Own Food

A lot of folks have been asking if my wife and I will be doing the Get Rich Slowly garden project this year. That’s the plan! After a one-year hiatus, Kris and I intend to track our spending and our profit for the food we grow on our land. January saw no spending and no harvest, though. […]

Tips For Dealing With Debt & Conquering Your Debt Fears

Does fear of debt hold you back from handling health problems or continuing your education? Are you so afraid of your current debts that you don’t even know what you owe? If you’re afraid of debt and feel you can’t make any progress on your financial situation, you’re not alone. Fear, as an emotion, can end up paralyzing us from doing anything productive! […]

Plan For Our Tax Refund

I have almost finished working on our 2010 tax returns.  We will owe a very small amount in state taxes, but it looks like we’ll get a refund (think hundreds, not thousands) from Uncle Sam. Instead of using the money to go on a vacation, or to make a down-payment on a new car, or for buying a big screen television, every penny will go towards paying down our mortgage.  This week’s articles about […]