Reader Story: My Year Without Clothes Shopping

This guest post from Jill Chivers 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. Hi. My name is Jill, and I’m a recovering shopaholic. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 11. Make your home more energy efficient. Almost everyone who has a roof over their head has an energy bill that they have to face. Electricity. Heating oil. Natural gas. […]

My $10 Mistake and Articles of Interest

I overdrew my checking account about two weeks ago. It was a stupid mistake. I recently set up an automatic investment for my SEP IRA, $1,750 at the end of each month, transferred from my checking account at Wachovia to Vanguard, invested in VTSMX. On November 30, I checked my Vanguard account, and I didn’t see the purchase pending. […]

In Praise of Work-Life Balance

I went running with my friend Dan the other day. As we ran, we chatted. “You know, J.D.,” he said. “It seems like you have the perfect life.” I laughed. I think that Dan seems to have the perfect life — funny how the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. “My life is good,” I said, “but it’s not perfect. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 11, 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. […]

Should You "Sell in May and Stay Away"? Revisited

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Last May I wrote a column asking if you should "sell in May and stay away." I suggested it would be better simply to "rebalance in May and call it a day." Looking backward it wasn't bad advice. […]

Perkstreet Financial PowerPerks & Promos: 5% Cash Back Categories

PerkStreet Financial is a site that offers an online checking account along with a debit card called the Perkstreet Platinum Debit Rewards MasterCard that kicks off rewards; in particular, their card gives you cash back when you use it. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Do a Mind Sweep

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 10. […]

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just over two weeks away, and with many family budgets being tighter than ever, I wanted to take a few minutes to revisit the idea of homemade Christmas gifts. I’ve actually covered this topic in the past, and won’t re-hash all of the ideas here. […]

Track Your Portfolio With Google Docs

About a week ago, I spent some time messing around in Google Docs trying to get it to automagically pull in data related to stock quotes. At the time, I was interested in getting updated dividend yields, P/E values, etc., for the S&P Dividend Aristocrats. For background, most of you know that I’m a diehard index fund investor. […]

Don't Be Held Hostage by Miscommunication

I was recently held hostage at work. OK, so I fudge a little: Recently, there was reported to be a hostage situation around the corner from my building. […]

Making It All Work – In Closing…

This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my own life from a bit of a different perspective than before. […]

Don't Buy Memories, Make Them

I'm all about cheap, or at least cheaper, gifts this holiday season. […]

Maximizing Rewards Programs with

I don't fly or travel frequently enough to make the most of rewards points, but I still like earning them with the notion that someday I might be able to take advantage of them. However, I recently found out that most of my frequent flier rewards points had expired, and that made me angry! […]

Life After Salary: Saving for Retirement

One of the benefits of earning income outside of a day job while not significantly increasing my expenses has been the ability to fully invest in a 401(k) plan. Assuming one can trust the chances of the stock market (and the financial industry) to produce impressive results over the long term, the 401(k) is the vehicle most people will use to provide some stability in retirement. […]

Your Take: When Frugality Becomes Stealing?

I loved this post by Clark Palmer on Bankrate about when people take frugality too far (it even features Liz Pulliam Weston, one of my favorite personal finance writers). […]

Ask Stacy: How Do I Work from Home without Getting Worked Over?

Can you really make money working from home? Sure, but it'll take some work to separate the scams from the scores. […]

Ask the Readers: Is It Okay to Buy a Christmas Gift from a Thrift Store?

The holiday season can test a frugal person’s patience: There are so many temptations to spend. Sure, we all want to enjoy the festive nature this time of year, but where do you draw the line? And how fugal is too frugal? Michelle wrote with a terrific question. She has the sort of dilemma I can picture myself facing. Here’s her story: Like you, I am a big proponent of thrift store shopping. […]

However you want to do gifts this year has my seal of approval

It’s the holiday season, and a big part of the holidays is giving and receiving gifts.  Visit just about any personal finance blog or big financial website and you’ll get plenty of advice on what kinds of gifts to get.  You’ll also get lots of advice on what kinds of gifts not to get. I’ve read a couple of such articles recently.  One was Big Cajun Man’s Gifts You Shouldn’t Get Yo […]