May 18, 2009

How to Unspoil Kids: A Crash Course from Money Magazine

What do you give to a teenager who has a lot of stuff, including a $1,700 designer purse? The answer: A brown bag of reality.The June issue of Money magazine offers an insightful and practical guide for parents seeking to "unspoil" their kids. The piece offers solid advice for parents who have lost income or face layoffs. […]

Roth Segregation Accounts

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. The world of retirement accounts is a confusing tangle of IRS codes. The average family does not take full advantage of the tax laws. They can find financial tax planning equally bewildering. […]

How to Save Money on Food: Great Tips from Three Years of Get Rich Slowly

While driving to our monthly book group discussion on Saturday, Kris and I had a conversation with our friend Courtney. Courtney’s family is beginning to feel a financial squeeze. Her husband’s employer is cutting jobs. To keep working, he’ll have to take a pay cut and move back to the position he left a couple of years ago. “I’ve started to read personal finance books,” Courtney told us. […]

The Advantages of Spending Less

Whenever I discuss frugal issues, someone usually brings up the argument that you’re better off focusing your energy on earning more money instead. While I certainly appreciate the value of earning more, I argue that spending a dollar less is significantly more valuable than earning a dollar more. On what facts do I base this unabashed bias towards penny pinching? […]

Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and the Money You Can Make

I recently posted a piece on how to make six figures walking and watching pets. During the conversation that followed, I ran into J.D. Antell, author of The Dog Walker's Startup Guide. I asked J.D. to write a guest post on the subject of making money on pets, and he's obliged with the following. First, I’d like to create a distinction between a pet sitting service and dog walking service. […]

Wise Bread’s 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget Giveaway

10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is a compilation of over ten thousand tips and tricks to help you make the most of the cash you have. I’ll have a review of the book itself later on this week but I wanted to announce two special giveaways and contest they’re holding. Win one of five Flip Mino Camcorders if you buy the book today (May 18th). […]

Down-To-Earth Financial Advice From A Mountain-Climbing Adviser

By Julie Rains I just finished reading The New Coffeehouse Investor by financial adviser Bill Schultheis. He's an index-fund investor and discusses his rationale for investing in non-managed funds. […]

Giveaway: 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget

I’d like to make you aware of a great new money saving book called 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget, which is a project put together by the Wise Bread team. I’d also like to disclose that along with several bloggers and writers, I had the chance to contribute to this book, and needless to say, I’ve been pretty excited about it! […]

How To Create A Strong Password You Can Remember

Everyone wants to be able to create ultra-powerful passwords, especially for their most sensitive accounts. It’s common knowledge that a strong password can go a long way to preventing identity theft. However, no one wants to struggle to remember their most used passwords. […]

Changing Our Reward Credit Card Strategy (Again)

After a good run, the time has come to once again change our reward credit card strategy. First, AmEx reduced the rewards on their Blue Cash card, and then the same thing happened to the Chase Freedom card. Over the past year or two, we’ve been using our AmEx Blue Cash card for nearly everything, with the Chase Freedom card serving as a backup at places that don’t accept AmEx. […]

Save Money By Going Local for Flowers, Balloons

This past week one of my best friends had the unfortunate experience of her mother needing emergency care. I spoke with Jim and we wanted to send her some “Get Well Wishes” in the form of a Mylar balloon bouquet. She is a wonderful woman and we hope that they will bring a bit of cheer during the remainder of her hospital stay! […]

16 Great Money Saving Tips

If you're interested in saving money, you'll love the new book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. It's from the writer's at Wise Bread, one of the members of the Money Tips Network. […]

Best Deals For Monday 5/18/2009

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Order The Wise Bread Book, Win a Flip Cam & Get $15 back. To celebrate the launch of the new Wise Bread book, we've got some very special deals for you!   1. FREE Coldplay Album Download (thanks Leonard!) Get Coldplay's Left Right Left Right Left MP3 Album for FREE when you enter your email address. […]

Guest post: Live a rich life on a budget

By Philip Brewer I have a guest post up at Get Rich Slowly that suggests that you be a bon vivant. A bon vivant is a person who lives well — someone who enjoys the best things in life, especially with regard to food and drink. The stereotypical bon vivant is someone who can afford the best (or has generous friends), but that’s not the only way. […]

Reader Mailbag #63

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with a few links to older articles that directly answer questions I’ve heard recently. […]

Help Getting Out of Debt – Using Credit Counseling

There is Help Available, but be Careful to Avoid Scams Have you tried to get a handle on your debt yourself but still can’t seem to make any headway? First of all, it’s OK and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. If you find that you just can’t get back on track yourself, there are people out there who can help. […]

Carnival of Personal Finance #205: Pay it Forward Edition

By Debbie Dragon Wikipedia tells us that the expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead. More specifically, the creditor offers the debtor the option of "paying" the debt forward by lending it to a third person instead of paying it back to the original creditor. […]

How to Live a Rich Life — On a Budget

This is a guest post from Philip Brewer of Wise Bread. For today only, Wise Bread is giving away $15 Ebates bonuses and a chance to win one of five Flip Cams with the purchase of their new book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. A bon vivant is a person who lives well — someone who enjoys the best things in life, especially with regard to food and drink. […]

Getting Ahead At Work: Are You A Hammer Or A Swiss Army Knife?

By WC Porter Everyone wants a little job security these days, and if a promotion comes our way—that's even better. That's why it's important to become a better employee. […]

Annoying Calls From Extended Car Warranty Dealers

Several times a week, I get a phone call from a number I don’t recognize. The caller never leaves a voicemail message, so I always perform a quick Google search to see if I can find any information about the caller before answering or returning the call. In almost all cases, the unknown number has attracted numerous complaints online. […]