July 25, 2009

To Shred or Not To Shred? Paper Management Tips

When should you shred old bills, financial records and other documents? Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast offers these tips for managing the paper trail of home documents.Out with the Old"Do you really need to keep that water bill from 1998? How about your tax returns? […]

How I Plan To Save Money Next Week - State Sales Tax Holiday

My oldest daughter is going into the fourth grade and my son is starting kindergarten.  They need school supplies!  Thankfully, Georgia’s 2009 Sales Tax Holiday begins next week.  I should be able to save a little money, buying school supplies and some clothing, sales tax free. Several states offer Sales Tax Holidays, including the state where we live, Georgia.  (Click here to visit the Georgia De […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - July 25, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

What Works For Me - Checking And Savings System

I have three checking accounts - a primary checking account at our local bank, a business checking account with the same bank, and an online interest-bearing checking account with ING Direct.  I also have an online savings account, also with ING Direct. Click here to read about how I use these four accounts to manage the flow of my money. Right Now - I’m pretty satisfied with my current setup.  My […]

How to Get Free Wi-Fi at Airports that Charge for Internet Connections

By Frugal Duchess If you're stuck at an airport that charges for Internet connections, here's a solution: Go to the gift shop and ask for a a free Wi-Fi pass. That's what happened to me last week. I was in LaGuardia Airport and my flight -- surprise, surprise -- was delayed. […]

The Total Money Makeover: Maximize Retirement Investing

This is the eighth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the ninth chapter, finishing on page 167. The next entry, covering the tenth chapter, will appear on Wednesday. A few weeks ago, I took my three year old son to the theater to see Up. […]

Posts of the Week

Here are a few articles from around the web I recommend reading. A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step. A few days ago, Tom, the producer of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, and I spoke with Matt Jabs and recorded most of that conversation for an upcoming episode. […]

Buying Food: Grocery Shopping Tips from 1950

The American housewife! Who has a more important or more responsible occupation? Wife, mother, laundress, counselor, maid, chef, purchasing agent. All of these are her duties at one time or another. So begins Buying Food, a home economics film from 1950. Buying Food is fascinating not just for its shopping tips, but also for the inside look at a grocery store from 60 years ago. […]

Building a New Brand YOU

The following is excerpted with permission from Managing Brand You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Most Successful Self by Jerry S. Wilson and Ira Blumenthal (AMACOM 2008). I've written that you need to market yourself when you're looking for a new job, but you also need to market yourself to grow your career. […]

Zecco Review: Want Free Online Trading?

While I’ve made it a mission to orient myself with the best online brokers around the web, I’ve come to know quite a few of them well enough to favor some over others. As far as Zecco is concerned, I look upon this company as a popular but “misunderstood” entity in the online broker world: they’re well-known and recognizable, yet garner mixed signals from customers. […]