Master the Thirty Day Rule, Too (7/365)

Yesterday, we talked about the ten second rule, which you can use to protect yourself against impulse buys that are well within the limits of your pocket money. We’re talking about things like a pack of gum, an inexpensive board game, or something like that. As I know all too well, though, many of the purchases we make are much larger than that one. […]

Podcast 142: New Year’s Resolutions

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about New Year’s resolutions. Flexo discusses several tips to addressing New Year’s resolutions including performing an honest self-assessment, setting goals that are meaningful to you and breaking them down into more manageable chunks. […]

Reflecting On Short Term Business and Personal Goals & Resolutions

At the beginning of each year, it’s typical for everyone to declare their goals and assess how they’ve done in the previous year (or years past). I think I’ll follow suit with this compendium of updates on this subject. Earlier on, I had set forth some goals that I hoped to achieve at some point. […]

Review: EntreLeadership

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. I’ve written about 250 book reviews on The Simple Dollar since I started the site in late 2006. Along the way, I’ve found a few books that I just immediately recommend for certain topics. […]

Giving 101: A Crash Course on Biblical Giving, Part 1

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Secret of Generosity, an excellent book on what the Bible says about the power of generosity. […]

Reader Story: Can a Saver Learn to Spend?

This guest post from Felix 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. I suspect I’m representative of a large group of Get Rich Slowly readers. […]

Yet another reason that lottery tickets are a waste of money

It’s often said that the lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math.  It’s virtually guaranteed that you’ll lose money playing the lottery regularly, because the more you buy, the closer you’ll be statistically to the intended winning probabilities (i.e., losing more than winning).  Even casting lottery tickets as an investment is flawed; Powerball tickets generate about am 80% loss, which dwarf […]

Master the Ten Second Rule (6/365)

I’ve been going to the same barbershop most of the time for the last fifteen years or so. We grew up in the same area, so it’s rather fun to catch up with him on things that are happening in our hometown area. He’s a good barber, so he’s also pretty busy. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #54

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. Recently, I was working on a project that coupled frugality tips with black and white public domain photographs. […]

Charities Supported by FMF in 2011

As many of you know, I give away all the proceeds from Free Money Finance to charity each year. And each year I list of many of the organizations FMF has supported the previous year. […]

Free Antibiotics Prescriptions from Publix plus $4 and $10 Prescription Programs

With three kids, I am always looking for ways to save money on prescription medication.  A few years ago, I found out about the prescription discount programs offered by Walmart, Target, and Kroger.  Each of these stores offer a selection of $4 and $10 medications. I recently spoke with a friend who shops at Publix – and he noted that Publix offers a discounted prescription plan, which features a […]

Four-Week Financial Boot Camp

Yesterday I wrote about three 30-day challenges that can help you start forming new habits, and I recently learned about one more. MyMoneyCircles is offering a four-week personal finance boot camp, starting on January 9. […]

Record Every Penny You Spend in a Month (5/365)

One of the most generic personal finance suggestions is to “create a budget.” The advice usually revolves around setting aside money from your paycheck for all of your known expenses, then making smarter choices with what’s left over. Here’s the problem with that suggestion: a lot of people who are in financial trouble have no idea where their money is going from month to month. […]

Life In A Dot Com & Working In A Tech Startup (Videos)

I occasionally write about my background in Silicon Valley because my experiences here have played a huge part on my finances, primarily on the job, career and investment front. Living in Silicon Valley has provided me with the unique experience of being exposed to the world of startups. […]

Citi Bonus Cash Back Reward Categories for Winter 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus

As a followup to my recent post about Chase Freedom bonus categories for 2012 (and their $200 signup bonus), here’s some info on the bonus categories for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Visa credit card… As you’re likely aware, many credit card companies have switched to a model where they offer a base level of rewards (typically 1%) plus bonus rewards (usually 5%) in certain categories. […]

Renters Insurance – How it Works and Why You Need It

When you buy a home or car, one of the first accessories you purchase is insurance. In many states the law requires you to have car insurance in place before a vehicle can be registered. Many mortgage lenders mandate that borrowers have homeowners insurance to protect the lender’s investment in the home. What about the people who rent an apartment or a home? […]

Five Fiscal New Years Resolutions for Families

New Years resolutions usually involve losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. Instead, this year use your resolutions to help put your financial house in order. Doing that won’t help you fit into that pair of skinny jeans or improve your breath, but it will fatten up your wallet and improve your financial outlook. […]

How to Love Cooking

This is a guest post by Forest from Frugal Zeitgeist. Forest writes about frugality, finance, minimalism and lifestyle. In this article, Forest shares his experiences in the kitchen. Cooking great meals is a great way to save money and stay healthy, but it’s a skill that I haven’t developed for myself. […]

Finding Good Information for Your Situation

One of the biggest challenges I have when writing articles for The Simple Dollar is finding a balance of usefulness and audience. What do I mean by that? Well, if I tried to write a personal finance article that would reach out to everyone who read it, it would be completely devoid of content. […]

Your Take: New Year’s Resolutions?

For many, 2011 was a struggle (much like 2010) as the economic troubles of our broader economy continued to bear down on everyone. Fortunately, that’s behind us and we can all look towards a better 2012. That said, with a new year comes the classic talk of resolutions. […]