May 10, 2009

ShareBuilder Costco Sign-Up Bonus Promotion

The online discount broker ShareBuilder currently has a sign-up bonus promotion for Costco members.  ShareBuilder encourages recurring monthly investment, dollar cost averaging, and the general idea of building your investment for the future — because of that, it wasn’t much of a surprise when ING Direct decided to purchase ShareBuilder a few years ago. The promotion is simple. […]

Save Money by Rekindling the Art of Reusing your Stuff

By Nora Dunn Before recycling became popular, reducing and reusing were the key methods of keeping our stuff out of landfills. But long before overflowing landfills were an issue, our forefathers were masters at the age-old art of reusing. Ingenious and creative, their ways of putting old things to new uses were practical and well and truly frugal. […]

Guide To Commuter Bikes: Bicycle Commuting Saves Money and The Environment

I’d like to present to you a really cool article on how to cut costs on your commute. It’s a great guest post from, which covers eco-friendly solutions to living, using the right kind of products. You can subscribe to their feed here. We cover a lot of cutting-edge green products at […]

Review: Stimulated!

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or career book. At almost every job I’ve ever worked at, from a minimum wage service job where I helped people print documents to a full time job in a research lab, creativity and initiative have been rewarded. […]

Bulk Food Bin Bags: How I Got Mine for Cheap

By Myscha Theriault You know that final hurdle in plastic bag transition I've been trying to jump? The one I was going to initiate with leftover bread bags? Well, I was able to make the full leap to fabric this weekend with over a fifty percent savings.  Turns out the answer was in the children's aisle at Jo Ann Fabrics. Wanna know how I finally got my bulk bin groove on? […]

If You Live in Central Iowa…

Watch the KCCI (channel 8) evening news tonight (Sunday) at either 5 PM or 10 PM. There’s going to be a story about me, my family, The Simple Dollar, and my book (365 Ways to Live Cheap). I was fairly nervous during the whole thing - I’m not exactly comfortable in front of a camera yet. […]

Prepping for College Exams Without Spending a Fortune

With a 16-year-old high school student in the house, we're preparing for the college entry exam also known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).Paying for exam prep classes can be expensive. Prices range from $1,100 for a series of classes to about $3,400 for 26 hours of private tutoring. […]

Podcast 3: Credit Scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ken Lin from Credit Karma about credit scores. Tom also talks about credit scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act with MSN Money’s Liz Weston. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use the iTunes link. […]

The NCN Podcast Is Back!

I sat down last night and recorded a new episode of the No Credit Needed Podcast. For those who are new to the podcast, or podcasting in general, a podcast is an Internet radio show.  The show is free, and you can download it to your computer, listen to it via iTunes, or listen to it directly from the NCN Podcast website.  If you own an iPod, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, and new ep […]

Making Financial Literacy Compelling to a Wide Audience

A reader that I’ll call “Maggie” writes in with an interesting question: I manage a federal TRiO grant at a community college in Arkansas. If our funding proposal is approved again next year, we are required to include programs on financial literacy, as required by the new Higher Ed Authorization Act. We currently offer a money management fair and one or two workshops per semester. […]

Free Personal Finance eBook from The Simple Dollar

A few years ago, Trent of The Simple Dollar wrote a post in which he boiled down all the salient points of personal finance onto five business cards. […]

Mother Knows Best: 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

For Mother’s Day, I invited blogger Amanda Steinberg of DailyWorth to write a guest post for moms. DailyWorth offers daily personal-finance tips for women. Recession talk is everywhere, even on Mother’s Day. At work, at home, at the supermarket, at the library, at soccer games, and on play dates. Everyone hates this recession, and most everyone is being affected by it. Especially mothers. Why? […]

Recent NCN Network Chart Updates

Here are the most recent updates from the No Credit Needed Network. LadyT 444goingup 2bdtfre snowedin Time4Change MoneyLibertyDebt - Completed Chart LooniesAndSense DebtDumbie LTsDebt SaveSaveSave GetDwn2zero debtmaven Click a link above to view a member’s chart. Click here to view the No Credit Needed Network homepage. The NCN Network is a place for members to post a financial goal […]

Tithe Rap

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I recently ran into a video on tithing that I thought was pretty funny. So today, I want to share it with you. This is my first shot at putting a YouTube video on my site, so I may mess it up. If so, you can click and see the video here. […]