January 2010

Review: Snap Judgment

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest. Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the biggest key to personal finance success is controlling your own psychology and impulses. Our entire lives are filled with quick decisions we must constantly make – and, for the most part, we’re good at it. We commute to work without getting in an accident. […]

Podcast 41: Credit CARD Act of 2009 Compliance

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Samir Kothari, co-founder and Vice President of Products at BillShrink.Tom Dziubek speaks with Samir about how the terms of the Credit CARD Act of 2009 have been addressed by credit card issuers so far and what credit card customers can expect in the upcoming months.Production Number: S02E15 Segment Number: 52To listen, use the player above (A […]

Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys?

By Katie Adauto Like many of you, I am always on the lookout for ways to earn a little extra money — and being a stay-at-home mom, I was looking for something I could do from home. I started my internet research approximately 1 1/2 years ago. The information I found along the way was interesting, encouraging, and a little disappointing. […]

How To Identify A Shopping Addiction, Poor Spending Habits

One of the hardest changes for people with debt is changing their spending habits. We all get used to buying what we want, and that becomes part of our “lifestyle”. I’m not even a big spender, but I know it’s hard for me to give up those things I’ve grown to enjoy. But when times get tough, you need to make some changes. […]

Getting Good

Samuel writes in: Much like you with your piano resolution, I decided to finally bite the bullet and begin a career path towards becoming a professional chef this year. I have a substantial amount of money saved up, so the costs of this choice aren’t a problem. My problem is this: it’s a lot more of a slog than I ever dreamed it would be. […]

Reader Story: Turning Debt Repayment Into a Game

This guest post from Amanda is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). […]

How to Store Up Treasure in Heaven

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Used clothes washers aren’t great deals for everyone

After giving myself a giant environmentally-friendly pat on the back for how green it was for me to buy a used washer and dryer, a big hole was pointed out in my argument. I had considered the costs of electricity and manufacturing, but neglected to consider water costs.  Commenter “First Step” points this out: I think you’re overlooking the real reason that the “efficient” washers are better for […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 30, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

The GRS Garden Project: January 2010 Update

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since Kris and I gave an update on our garden project. I’ve been too wrapped up in writing a book to pay attention to anything else. Now that I’ve pulled my head out of the sand, I can finally devote some time to other projects — like the garden. To be honest, we’ve done nearly nothing in the yard since October. Literally. […]

5 Awesome Easy to Freeze Meals

By Elizabeth Sanberg Knowing that I'd be short on time as a first year law student, my mom offered to help me cook in bulk at the beginning of fall semester. The batch method proved to be a lifesaver by the time finals rolled around (and I'm still feasting on a few of the items). Here are 5 of my favorite easy to freeze meals. […]

Citi Credit Cards Review: From Citi Platinum Select To Citi Forward

If you’re looking to get a Citibank credit card, you’ve got quite a few good choices. If you happen to pay your credit card in full each month, you’ll be able to benefit from the rewards offered by the Citi ThankYou Points Network, which is Citi’s credit card rewards program. […]

The Side Business Question: What Is Your Time Worth?

Bob writes in: I’m in my mid twenties, worked doing tech support all through college, and worked out of college as the IT director for a political campaign of 120 staffers. I now have left to a job that fits my interests a little bit better, but clearly still have a lot of IT skills. I haven’t been doing any IT work on the side, but the friend of a coworker of mine needs some computer help. […]

Top 10 Items You Probably Waste Money On

The following is an excerpt from Shoo, Jimmy Choo!: The Modern Girl's Guide to Spending Less and Saving More, reprinted with permission from SHOO, Jimmy Choo!, © 2010 by Catey Hill, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Top 10 items you probably waste money on: 1. Clothes. Where do I begin? Just because the DVF wrap dress was on sale does not mean that you could afford it. […]

A Real Story about Priorities

Jill writes in: I don’t earn much and am consequently unable to save much and what little I save is often wiped out by breakdowns (e.g. household stuff), minor illnesses and other emergencies. […]

Lending Club Using Social Networks to Help Verify Borrower Identity

I just ran across an interesting post over at the Lending Club blog… In it, they talk about the importance of identity verification for fraud prevention and what they’re doing to improve identity theft detection. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you what you need to know if you're driving a recalled Toyota, how to keep your budget under control when guests come to stay, and how much it really costs to have sick kids in your home. 5 Top Articles I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What? […]

Investments You Can Live With

CNN Money lists investments you can live with as follows: Prints and photographs Antique furniture Paintings and drawings Fine wine As Money says, these probably won't do as well as other investment options, but they are certainly more fun to own. ;-) Yes, they are more fun to own. […]

What the iPad Is and Is Not

I’m an Apple fan, which I define as being anybody who takes time out from the workday two or three times a year to watch their media events and keynote speeches. I’m happily using a Mac Mini as our entertainment hub at home (Boxee, Front Row and Hulu Desktop? […]

New Year, New Spending Habits

By Clair Boone After a month of eating badly and not really moving around, I decided it was time to get my body back in shape and get fit again. Instead of turning to an easy workout, I decided I’d let my very fit friend talk me into the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. […]