September 15, 2009

American Express Introduces Online Banking Products

If you’re in the market for a new bank, you might want to keep your eye on American Express. According to a company press release, they’re introducing a new online savings account as well as a variety of CDs. […]

Your Kid’s Allowance: How Much To Give Your Child

Have you started to teach your children about money? As a parent of school-aged kids, one thing I’ve wondered about was when and how to introduce the concept of money to my kids. Many parents start early, explaining the whole process of earning, saving and spending to their children as soon as they understand that their cool piggy banks aren’t just toys, but are also great financial tools. […]

Ask the Readers: Is a Penny Saved Really a Penny Earned?

By Linsey Knerl ********The winners of the $10 Amazon Gift Card are: Comment #5: many factors Submitted by Kathryn -   "I think there are a lot of factors that complicate the equation. […]

Paying for College or Saving for Retirement: The Generation X Balancing Act

As Generation X continues to age, build successful careers, and start families there comes a time when parents need to weigh two important financial options. Save for college, save for retirement, or somehow try to do both. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #16: College Advice

The sixteenth episode of The Simple Dollar podcast deals with college advice. What did my own college experience teach me in terms of what’s most useful during your college years? Here’s a hint – too much time in the classroom is a negative. […]

Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets to Free Meals

The following is an excerpt from Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets and is reprinted with the permission of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. […]

I.O.U.S.A. the Movie - A Review One Year Later

By Xin Lu I.O.U.S.A. is a documentary film released in late 2008 by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation that focuses on the national debt of the United States. I finally watched it this weekend and I am glad that I did. Although this review is one year late, I think the topics addressed in I.O.U.S.A. […]

Tax Return Filing Deadline

It’s September 15th, do you know where your tax return is? (please laugh or it’ll be uncomfortably quiet in here) If you filed your taxes on April 15th, you can ignore this post. If you requested a tax filing extension, let this be a reminder that your tax return will be due in exactly one month. […]

The Little Things and the Big Things: Which are More Important?

It’s easy to adopt one concept and use that concept to define your world. You commonly see this in religion, but I’m referring to personal finance concepts, as you might expect from Consumerism Commentary. One popular financial guru talks about The ECRD Factor. […]

Where to Invest Your Time to Get the Best Pay-Off

I've been reading Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest, a great personal finance book IMO. Over the next week or two I thought I'd share parts of it with you and add my  comments to what the author says. Today, I want to highlight what he says about the value of your career. […]

Frugality as a “Spending Transfer”

Of all the posts on The Simple Dollar, the post that seems to drive the most emails to me is my homemade laundry detergent guide. People seem to hardly believe that I actually make my own laundry detergent. […]

Redfin: The Greatest Real Estate Website Ever

By WC Porter Buying a home is one of the most stressful, nerve-racking experiences in the world—and I haven't even bought one yet. M and I almost made an offer on a place we technically shouldn't have. And we've seen a couple of places we really, really liked. But still no dice. Throughout the whole search, there has been one constant: Redfin. […]

Slash Your Grocery Bill With Store-Brand Products

The October 2009 issue of Consumer Reports contains an article extolling the virtues of generic store-brand products. While shoppers used to sacrifice quality when choosing generic, that’s no longer the case. From the article: If concern about taste has kept you from trying store-brand foods, hesitate no more. […]

Are You One of the 4400 (Tax Evaders)?

Every so often I come across a news story that’s more enjoyable to read when I add a vindictive “ha ha ha ha ha” after each sentence. […]

10 Tips to a Kick Ass Resume

A few years ago, when unemployment was low and the economy was rosy, all you needed to do to get a job was get your resume in front of as many people as possible. You had to carpet bomb, stuff electronic resume boxes, and simply wait. […]

Lending to Friends

Wise Bread brings up the age-old issue of borrowing from friends (or, looking at it from the other way, lending to friends.) Either end of the transaction is a potential friend-ending move, so let me give you my thoughts on how to handle the issue: Borrowing from friends -- Don't do it. […]

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