May 17, 2009

Have A Mind For Business? Entrepeneurs Think Differently!

Do you have a mind for business? To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as entrepreneurial. Having nurtured a long enough career in the tech industry, I imagined myself as becoming a “lifer” who would be working the 9 to 5 for some time. So imagine my surprise when I ended up changing course quite unexpectedly to try the entrepreneurial route. […]

Daily Links: Off to Orlando Edition

I’ll be making a quick trip to Orlando, Florida this week. T. Rowe Price and Disney are unveiling a financial literacy project, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, and I’ve been invited to take a first-hand look. I’ve been assured that I’m under no obligation to write about it. […]

Review: Rich Like Them

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Rich Like Them by Ryan D’Agostino follows in the tradition of The Millionaire Next Door and The Difference: it interviews a large group of millionaires in order to figure out what traits they have in common. Rich Like Them takes this tactic and runs in a slightly different direction with it. […]

Podcast 4: Financial Advisory Website Thrive

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek and I talk with Avi Karnani, founder, and Matt Wallaert, Lead Scientist, from Thrive about the services offered by this financial services website and about frugality. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use the iTunes link. […]

Wise Bread Book Excerpt: DIY Ten-Finger Discount

A 10-finger discount? Without theft or fraud, I score big savings with my manicured hands. Through careful maintenance and do-it-yourself enamel, I create my own 10-finger discount.After a visit to a salon, I follow these steps:• Let the paint dry. Meditate, breathe deeply or count to 1,000. The goal: Keep your mind active and your hands still. […]

Major Purchases and Your Specific Life Situation

When I turned sixteen, I had roughly $1,000 saved up with which to buy a car. Obviously, my biggest concern was what is the cheapest thing that can get me on the road? Reliability wasn’t a concern at all - I mostly wanted it to drive back and forth to school and to some extracurricular activities. […]

Starting a Business After a Job Loss

This is a guest post from Matt, a long-time GRS reader. After earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering, my father joined a large technology company where he did quite well for himself. The company transferred him twice, requiring him to pick up and move his newly-created family across the country. Then he was laid off. […]

When Childhood Hobbies Meet Adult Allowances

As a kid, I never collected baseball cards, but I collected all sorts of other things. I collected comic books, I collected comic book cards, I collected Magic: The Gathering cards, and all of these things are sitting in my basement right now, slowly appreciating in value. I saw The Baseball Card Movie at and invested ten minutes watching the whole thing, it was great. […]

Is It Ok for a Pastor to Earn $600k a Year?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. We've previously talked about how much a pastor should earn but here's a real-life situation to discuss. Check out this report: Manhattan's Riverside Church - one of the country's most illustrious religious institutions - is paying its new senior pastor, the Rev. […]