January 1, 2010

12 Cool Things to Do with Used Dryer Sheets

By Jeff Yeager Since nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. now end in divorce -- and those that do last less than eight years on average -- I suppose it's a matrimonial miracle that after more than 25 years of wedded bliss, my wife and I have only one major dispute. I'm referring, of course, to fabric softener sheets. […]

Setting Goals: 5 Financial Milestones to Aim for By Age 30

Young professionals have a ton on their plate, which often creates a paradoxical financial conundrum. With all the time spent on socializing, education, career, technology, and everything else — how is one supposed to focus on personal finance goals? […]

Get a year-end bonus? Do something responsible with it

No really, that isn’t a joke:  Some people did get bonuses this year, and they weren’t even bank executives! Got a tip to this CNN Money feature on how seven people will spend their year-end bonus.  (One of the featured people is Danielle Liss, also known as The Frugal Lawyer.) The bonuses for these seven ranged from $77 to over $50,000.  Though it isn’t apparent from the captions on the pictures, […]

Happy New Year! My One Goal for 2010

As an amazing 2009 fades into the sunset, it’s time to review my progress and look forward to the year to come. Am I a better person than I was a year ago? (I believe so.) How can I be even better at the end of this year? As in 2008 and 2009, I’m not setting resolutions for 2010. I’m setting goals. […]

Happy New Year!

This is just a quick note to say Happy New Year! While 2009 was a great year (both for FiveCentNickel and for my family), I’m hoping that 2010 will be even better. Matt has already opened up a discussion of financial goals for 2010, so I invite you to chime in over there about what you have planned for the coming year. And now… I’m off to spend time with family, watch some football, and relax. […]

Time to Get Down With Your Inner Zen

By Sasha A. Rae The world is awash in a sea of chaos, a sea that can carry you far off your path if you let it. But you don’t have to. You have more control over yourself and your life than you may think. […]

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Smithee’s Goals for 2010

My one goal from the beginning of 2009 was to do at least one creative thing a week. When I thought of it, it seemed pretty ambitious, then I started writing twice a week for this site, and it was automatically taken care of, so any other creative thing I did was just metaphorical gravy. […]

Saying Goodbye To A Strange Year

It’s time to say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010.  I hope all of my readers will have a blessed and profitable 2010. For me, 2009 was a bit of a strange year.  I dealt with a couple of health issues, including kidneys stones and some back pain.  I never really got into a good “groove” in 2009.  I can’t describe it, but for some reason, 2009 just felt like a throw-away year. Financially, I worked […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Pay Off Debt

Welcome to the 10s! It is unlikely this year will resemble Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novel. […]

It's Sew Easy to Save

By Sarah Winfrey Unless you're particularly crafty, sewing might seem like it's totally out of your league. And it IS intimidating, especially when you've never touched a sewing machine before and you take your first look at the instructions for getting the thing threaded. However, learning to sew some basic items can also save you a lot of money, so it might be worth spending the time to learn. […]

Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2010

Other than the removal of the income limitation for Roth IRA conversions this year, 2010 is not much different than 2009 in terms of IRA maximums. Like 2009, the maximum you may contribute to your Traditional and Roth IRAs combined is $5,000. If you reach age 50 this year, you may contribute an extra $1,000 for a total of $6,000. […]

Welcome to 2010! Happy New Year from The Simple Dollar!

I’m spending the first day of this new year sleeping off a long New Year’s Eve night and spending some quality time with my kids and my wife before the spring semester gets rolling. I hope your 2010 gets off to a wonderful start! Tomorrow, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming! […]

Your Take: Your New Year’s Resolution?

Two days ago I wrote a post about how to set a New Year’s Resolution you can keep and today I want to know what your resolution for 2010 is going to be! Mine? I plan on taking half of our emergency fund and committing it to the stock market in individual company holdings. […]

5 Ways to Get Junk Gone

By Thursday Bram The beginning of the new year always seems like a good time to get rid of things that you've been meaning to. But sometimes, the reason you haven't gotten rid of a particular piece of junk that is cluttering up your home isn't because you want to hold on to it — or even that it's useful in any way. Sometimes it can just seem entirely impossible to get rid of a particular item. […]

Happy New Year

Here's wishing you all the best in 2010! May your net worth climb to the sky!!!! Happy New Year!! […]

Waiting for the $5 million ball to drop

The New Year’s ball that dropped in Times Square last year cost about $5 million.  Five million dollars: Throw off $50,000 per year, even at 1% interest Stretch over 484 miles in $1 bills laid end-to-end Is accrued on the US National Debt every two and a half minutes Would weigh over 17 tons in Lincoln cents Would put you in the top 0.1% of salary earners Was only five days worth of spending for […]

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2009 and Welcome 2010: It’s All Up From Here

Goodbye to 2009. Earlier, I had been hearing a lot of people grumble about how glad they are that this year will soon be over. It was a pretty tough year for a good lot of people (particularly the first half of the year) so I’m sure most of you are relieved that we’ll now be “starting afresh”. […]