August 11, 2009

Free Family Entertainment: Watch the Sky Tonight

We're hitting the roof tonight for an evening of free family fun. There's going to be a meteor shower, and it won't cost a thing to share the skylights with the kids. But how can you get the most fun and education from the evening? For answers and insights, I turned to David Dickinson from Astroguyz: http://www.astroguyz.com/"Stargazing," says Astroguyz, "is a completely free hobby. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #11: Networking with Value

The eleventh episode focuses on networking and building professional (and personal) relationships. How can you do this effectively? […]

Walking the Tight Rope of Financial Recovery: The Mental Game

By Sarah Winfrey It’s been in the papers, on TV, and all over the Internet. In fact, if you haven’t heard yet that the economy seems to be recovering, you must have been living somewhere remote or taking a real vacation (in which case, kudos to you). And it seems to be true. […]

Cash for Clunkers: A Bad Idea

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Recently President Obama signed an additional $2 billion into law, tripling the original expense of the "cash for clunkers" program. The president describes the program as a "proven success" because it is stimulating the economy and will reduce carbon emissions. […]

How Virtual Office Tools Can Increase Productivity & Save Money

Editor’s Note: I’ve been looking at a lot of office productivity tools lately, like internet faxing, and I knew one of the guys associated with Toktumi, one of the leaders in the home office PBX space. […]

Bank Overdraft Fees at All-Time High

Did anyone else see today’s headline about bank overdraft fees? According to a recent report, U.S. banks are on pace to collect $38.5 billion worth of overdraft fees this year. Can that number be right? […]

Ask The Readers: What is Your Personal Finance "Story?" (A Chance to Win $10!)

By Linsey Knerl Everyone is writing a book these days (even a few personal finance blogs we know.. *ahem*).  Even if you don't run out and buy every one that comes about, it's fairly obvious that many of them contain some of the same information.  Why?  One reason is because the universal truths of personal finance haven't really changed much.  The other is... […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 8/11/09

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Does a Pleasant Attitude/Personality Help You Succeed?

I've said before that I think the two parts of a successful career are delivering results and having a good attitude. But how much does the latter really contribute to any success you have? Maybe more than I originally thought. I just finished reading the book The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. […]

How Much Do Taxes Matter To You?

Susan writes in: I feel so helpless as a taxpayer, watching the ridiculous directions the senate, house and president are taking my country. Being self-employed, in the medical field and living in NY I feel like I have three strikes against me. […]

Saving for Retirement (and Other Long-Term Goals) on a Variable Income

By Nora Dunn If you have a freelance or otherwise variable (and in many cases – unpredictable) income, then saving for retirement can be tricky. […]

Average Billing: Is it For You?

My electricity provider (which is Green Mountain Energy, because I’m an aspiring hippie), offers me the ability to make the same payment each month, based on the previous six months’ usage. Here in Dallas, people require air conditioning for roughly nine months a year, so our average monthly billing is about $300. […]

Peer Pressure and Money: Do You Spend Differently with Friends?

This is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner and the blogger at The Wealth Pilgrim. Neal is a potential Staff Writer for Get Rich Slowly. His first post explored the benefits of starting a side business. […]

Just Do It

Sometimes managing your finances can seem overwhelming. There are a lot of quality resources out there, including websites like this, but the best they can do is to point you in the right direction. The problem comes when you can’t make a decision or you fail to follow through with a plan because you worried you’re somehow making a mistake. […]

Will This Recession Teach People Anything about Handling Their Money?

US News lists 10 ways to thrive after the recession including: Rethink your lifestyle. Eliminate small expenses that add up. Downsize—permanently. Get competitive about it. Take advantage of the way retailers have changed. Make use of new government policies. Educate yourself. Save more. Look for a better bank. […]

Credit Cards Requiring Minimum Annual Purchases

The recently enacted credit card laws are having some unintended consequences. Just as many places reported, credit card companies are now turning to other “innovative” ways to drum up revenue – one of those silly unintended consequences. It turns out, some are now requiring that you make a minimum amount in purchases a year to avoid an annual fee. […]