September 20, 2009

Weekly Roundup – Cold Water Edition

About three weeks ago, our hot water heater tripped the circuit breaker. In the time since then, it’s become clear that it’s in need of serious help. While we could’ve had it repaired, we decided to go ahead and replace it. Unfortunately, the unit that we want had to be ordered, so we’ll be without hot water for the better part of this week. […]

Series: How to Write a Cover Letter (that gets job interviews)

This is the introduction to a multiple part series on How to Write a Cover Letter (that gets job interviews). Do you have it covered? When you hand over your radical resume to a prospective employer do you really have it covered with the best possible cover letter? If you’re not sure or just plain baffled when it comes to writing a convincing cover letter then this series is for you! […]

Review: The Element

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal growth, career, or entrepreneurship book. The brightly-colored cover of this book caught my attention on the “New Releases” shelf at the library. I picked it up and read a bit of the first chapter – a story about a girl left alone in a room and watched by her mother. […]

On Spending Money: How Do You Buy Stuff?

Is there such a thing as a “frugal spender”? My rambling reflections on frugality, saving and our spending habits. How Do You “Buy Stuff”? The story of Sam Walton has always fascinated me. Here was a guy who was worth a huge load of money yet who was reputed to live a simple life. […]

Podcast 22: Mint’s Acquisition by Intuit and Roth IRA Conversions

CEO and founder of Mint, Aaron Patzer, joins Consumerism Commentary again to discuss his company’s recent acquisition by Intuit and possible changes to personal finance software. Also on today’s poscast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Bryan Olson from Charles Schwab about the new rules for Roth IRA conversion that will be in effect next year. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), downl […]

Technical Glitch (with Kittens)

I’ve taken down today’s post about the free Roth IRA e-book. I’ll re-post it later this week (possibly later today). This morning, one of my webhosts decided to switch the server on which my account is hosted. In the process, they broke many of my websites, including the links to the e-book. […]

Thoughts on Abandoning the Paper Towel

We have little kids. Kids are messy. Our daughter spills milk or juice on almost a nightly basis. Our son, who’s a bit older, doesn’t make messes as often, but when he does, they tend to be even more disastrous, such as a full jar of salsa knocked off the counter and shattered all over the floor. For years, our solution to this problem has been a big roll of paper towels. […]

Free eBook! The Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs

In early 2008, I put together an e-book. I collected my series of articles about the virtues of the Roth IRA, cleaned them up, added new information, and drafted a 30-page document to serve as a sort of introduction to this important retirement plan. The great folks at Web Warrior Tools took my work and made a polished e-book. […]

Dave Ramsey, Christianity, and Money

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's a piece from MSNBC on Dave Ramsey. It's an overview of his business and how he gives money advice mixed with scriptures and teachings from the Bible. Of all the personal finance "experts" out there, Dave is probably the one I agree with the most. […]