Review: The Little Book of Big Dividends

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve always found the idea of investing in stocks for dividends to be an intriguing one. In a very simplistic way, that means you buy stocks in individual companies that are very stable and have paid strong dividends for a long time. […]

Podcast 51: Money and Parenting, Kara McGuire

This week’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kara McGuire, personal finance columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. […]

When Financial Change Is Overwhelming

Mark writes in: I’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a year or so and I’ve found it really inspirational. My problem is that I can’t get past the “inspirational” part. Several times, I’ve started to try to implement your tips. I’ll make grocery lists and try out lots of free activities and give up my morning coffee and start watching less television and reading more. […]

Reader Story: I Was Drowning in Debt

This guest post from Steven is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

A Very Simple Budget

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I was listening to a Willow Creek podcast (the sermon series is titled "In God We Trust" and is about managing money) where guest speaker Andy Stanley offered a simple budget formula as follows: Give Save Live on the rest Sound familiar? […]

When Your Mental Health Keeps You from Success

Anxiety disorder. Depression. Panic attacks. Intense phobias. Our brains are incredibly complex pieces of meat. Just like other parts of their body, they can break down and not work quite right. Yet, society often treats ailments of the mind as something either not to be spoken of or something to be looked at as an intense personal flaw. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 10, 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. […]

Want to Make Something by Hand? Sew Start, Already!

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Recently, J.D. wrote about the value in finding something that you enjoy making by hand. As I read his post, I couldn’t help but to think about my mom, who is hands-down one of the craftiest, most creative people I know. […]

How to Start an eBay Home Business

The following is a guest post from Start an eBay Home Business. So you want to have some more money at the end of the month to save for the future, to live a bit better or to be able to afford that new mobile phone? Consider selling stuff on eBay, almost everything you've got at home can be made into money. […]

8 Top Balance Transfers

Each Saturday we bring you information about current credit card offers from major banks. This series is designed to assist you in comparing and choosing credit cards with the best features. […]

Best Money Tips: The Perfect Pie Crust

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you expert tips for making the “perfect” DIY pie crust, how to know if you need gap insurance, and whether an 850 credit score is even possible! Top 5 Articles The Perfect Pie Crust — This is a skill that everyone should master, but sadly, I’m still far off the mark. […]

Tax Freedom Day and Some Homework

Happy Tax Freedom Day! In case you weren’t aware, the average American will spend 99 days working to pay their 2010 tax bill. That makes today, April 9th, Tax Freedom Day. […]

Pay Off Your Student Loans While Carrying A Mortgage

How about this for thinking outside of the box? The following guest post is from Mike @ Green Panda Treehouse. Here’s a little bit more about Mike: “I work in the financial industry specializing in personal finance. I enjoy earning cash in different ways aside from just waiting for my pay check every two weeks. I love to try different things and will be posting true stories about my experiences. […]

12 Surprising Ways to Reuse Aluminum Foil

Ever since the mandatory conversion to digital TV -- the proverbial death knell to rabbit ear television antennas -- I've wondered if aluminum foil sales have plummeted. If you grew up with rabbit ears, you know what I'm talking about. […]

Rebooting Your Life

Henry writes in (I edited a few minor details to help with privacy issues, because I think without edits it might be possible for people to easily figure out who Henry is): Six months ago, I lost my six figure job as a database administrator. A month after that, just before Christmas, my wife left me, taking the kids with her. […]

Lending and Borrowing

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. […]

The White House’s Tax Filing Tips

In the past 14 months, we’ve covered many of the ways the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act might affect your household finances, including home buyer tax credits and energy efficiency tax credits.If you still haven’t yet found the time to file your taxes, or if you’re the sort of person who makes it a sort of game to wait until the last possible second (I used to do that, though I can’t expl […]

Family Dinner Night

One of my readers recently wrote to me, telling me about the “family dinner night” they host. Here’s how it works. Once a month, on a set day that everyone knows about (they do it on the second Friday of each month), they have a “family dinner night.” Once you’re invited to this event, you’re always invited. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 9th

Hopefully those of you who celebrate Easter had a nice holiday last weekend. I’m just glad spring has finally sprung around these parts. But you wouldn’t know it if you lived around here. It was 80 on Monday and it was snowing yesterday. Not cool at all. Thankfully, they said it’s supposed to return to normal this weekend. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 1Q 2010

When I reported my net worth earlier this week, RetirementInvestingToday, a Consumerism Commentary reader, mentioned I should be reporting my investment performance as well, as raw changes in balances don’t tell the full story. […]