November 29, 2009

Weekly Roundup – Cinnamon Bear Edition

Today was a big day in our household… November 29th marks the traditional start of the “The Cinnamon Bear,” an old-time, holiday-themed radio serial. I first learned about The Cinnamon Bear when JD wrote about it over at Get Rich Slowly a few years ago. If you have kids, this is definitely worth checking out. […]

“No Credit” Credit Cards: Are Prepaid or Secured Cards The Way To Go?

A young lady I know would like to make online purchases, but doesn’t have a traditional credit card or bank account yet. Someone else might have poor credit and be unable to qualify for a regular Visa or MasterCard. […]

The Cinnamon Bear: An Old-Time Radio Christmas Tradition

Because I love The Cinnamon Bear so much, I post this exact same article every year on the 29th of November. This year is no different. If you have young children — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to listen to these old radio broadcasts with your family. Holiday traditions don’t have to be expensive. […]

How Sunday Paper Coupons and Newspaper Ads Save Me Money

More ideas on how to save on groceries. Image from Sunday is a day off work and a time to rest and relax, right? Sure it is, although I use some part of the day to do some coupon clipping. Here’s when I take the time to sit down and organize my coupons. For decades, the Sunday coupon ritual has been a part of frugal households around the country, including my own. […]

Review: The Leap

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal growth, personal productivity, or career book. This is a book I wish I had my hands on about two years ago. I was working at a job I liked, but I also felt that there were several directions in which I was unable to spread my wings. The work I was doing was slowly moving in a less creative direction over time. […]

Podcast 32: Gift Cards and Financial Reform

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Jim Sharvin, a Certified Public Accountant affiliated with the California Society of CPAs. Tom Dziubek and Jim discuss how consumers can protect themselves when buying and using one of the most popular holiday gifts, gift cards. After the break Tom speaks with Heather Booth, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform. […]

Bargaineering 2009 Annual Financial Review Week

Since Career Week was so successful, mostly because of all of your insightful comments, I thought I’d bring you another “week” of focused posts. This time, since we are so near the end of the year, we’ll be focusing on an annual financial review. […]

Way to Save #134: Buy Textbooks Online

Buy textbooks online, used or both. Used to be you were trapped paying outrageous prices to the monopoly known as the campus bookstore. Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, you can buy new and used textbooks online and save serious bucks. Do a search for “used text books.” […]

Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel

Quite often, I’m emailed about a subject so frequently that I decide that, instead of just writing the same answer again and again, I should just write an article about it so I can point new emailers to the article. […]

Turns Out Giving Does Make You Wealthier (and Happier)

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I recently asked whether or not giving makes you wealthier. Turns out it does (makes you happier too -- and boasts lots of other benefits as well.) This piece details a series of studies from a professor at BYU. […]