Snowflaking and Goals

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is “snowflaking.” For those unaware, “snowflaking” refers to the idea that if you make little frugal steps throughout the month, you simply add the amount you saved with that method and include the total as an extra payment at the end of the month. […]

20 Important Lessons I Learned From My Marketing Mentor

Link: ShareThisMost of us remember the first person who opened our eyes to a new way of thinking with regard to marketing. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 1, 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. […]

GRS Video Contest Winners

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had a chance to filter through the 57 submissions to the Get Rich Slowly video contest. Contestants made two-minute videos sharing a financial success story or a favorite money tip. Nearly every submission was interesting or amusing or insightful. You guys did awesome! […]

Money To-Do Calendar: May

The great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the May steps as follows: Begin planning strategies to reduce this year's income taxes. If you received a sizeable tax refund, adjust your withholding allowances to increase your take-home pay. […]

Angie’s List, Craigslist, Yelp: Help Wanted for Products & Services

Off the top of my head, I can think of three home improvement projects I want to tackle. I find that no matter what the season is, there’s always something that needs some tweaking at home. After all, things can break or need fixing anytime. […]

Best Money Tips: 18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we let you in on things you shouldn't say in conversation, how to make a peanut butter cup cake in a slow cooker, and how to score free comics on May 1st! Top 5 Articles 18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation — Should you ever tell someone “Wow! You’ve lost a ton of weight”? […]

Temps, VAs, Contractors and Employees: Who Should You Hire?

Link: ShareThisThe options for bringing in some help for your business go far beyond hiring a full-time employee. […]

Meet Matthew

Matthew is the newest addition to our family, having just recently arrived in the world. He has long toes, soft skin, and a deep enjoyment of warm blankets. […]

5 Money Lessons Learned from ‘Saving Penny’

Learning life’s financial lessons can be a tough battle. No one likes drowning in credit card debt, buying too much (or not enough) insurance, or putting money into the wrong investment. Watching someone else struggle is a bit easier. […]

$100 Checking Account Signup Bonuses

If you’re in the market for a new checking account, I’ve listed below four recent signup bonuses that I’ve run across. In each case, I’ve included a summary of the offer details. Full details are available by clicking through to the application pages. […]

What Does It Mean to Be Rich?

If you wander by the personal finance section at your local bookstore, one of the first things you’ll notice is that a lot of books use the word “Rich” in the title. Rich Dad, Poor Dad. How to Get Rich. Smart Couples Finish Rich. I Will Teach You to Be Rich. Heck, one of the most popular personal finance blogs out there is named Get Rich Slowly. Rich. […]

Low Cost Medical Clinics That Can Help Boost Your Health

Times are tough. Health care costs are steep and getting a good deal on a doctor’s appointment can seem like a faraway dream. Sure, the new reform is floating around out there, but it will take some time to execute it and see how it all works out. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 30th

This weekend I was hoping to be firing up my new smoker for the first time and smoking some baby back ribs. Unfortunately, my plans have been foiled. I purchased a Weber Smokey Mountain late last week along with a few other things and because of the size of the smoker it had to be shipped separately. I figured no problem. […]

The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.

When you're forking out several hundred dollars for a cell phone, the thought of spending even more money to keep it scratch-free seems a no-brainer. But I'm cheap. And I don't like spending a few bucks on a piece of clear tape when, well, a free piece of clear tape will do. […]

Ally Bank No Penalty CD

Certificates of deposit often offer higher interest rates than savings accounts and money market accounts because the banks expect customers to keep their money locked away in CDs for a predetermined period of time. […]

Your Take: Would You Accept Cellphone Payments?

There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about a bunch of new startups offering cell phone payment systems. They talked about PayPal, Intuit, VeriFone, and Square and how each of their systems let you collect payments, whether from friends or customers, through systems integrated with your cell phone. For businesses, this is great. […]

Money and Relationships: A Matter of Control?

Last week I gave a talk at Powell’s bookstore here in Portland. During the question-and-answers session, one woman posed an interesting question. (I’ve forgotten her name, so let’s call her Kim to make things easy.) Kim has been aggressively paying down her debt, and is pleased with her progress. However, her boyfriend thinks she’s doing it wrong. […]

Reset Your Investment Cost Basis With Charitable Donations

Today, I want to share a tip that will help you avoid future taxes on the taxable portion of your investment portfolio. […]

Americans Falling Short Managing Their Finances

Smart Spending details several facts that appear to say many Americans are not that great when it comes to following sound, basic, financial habits. […]