July 10, 2010

Money and Basic Math: Some Thoughts and Six Quick Tips

Lately, I’ve been reading the very enjoyable book Stop Getting Ripped Off by Bob Sullivan of The Red Tape Chronicles (a full review will come in a week or two). The first section of the book discusses at length how people are often stymied at personal finance due to basic math skills. […]

Going Green Could Mean More Money In Your Pocket

With all the environmental disasters we've been facing lately, it's easy to feel helpless about the state of our world. You may feel frustrated and even compelled to protest the big picture issues we've been experiencing. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 2Q 2010

Last quarter, almost all of my investments were experiencing positive performance. Three months can make a big difference. My investments tell a different story today.One thing has not changed since last quarter: my company stock continues to do well, even when the broader stock market is in decline. This was not my best performing investment over the first half of the year, however. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 10, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]

Pay Yourself First with a Coupon Booklet

Is budgeting a hassle? Do you sometimes forget to make your Roth IRA contribution or to transfer this month’s installment for the new car you’re saving for? Do you wish there were some way to make the process easier? One way to reduce human error is to set up a separate savings account for each of your goals. […]

Save Money by Buying on Specific Days of the Week

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy says you can save money by purchasing certain items on specific days of the week. Their list: Airplane tickets -- Buy and fly on Wednesdays. Cars -- If they had a bad weekend, Monday can be a great day to buy. […]

Here’s a crystal-clear signal that you can’t afford to eat out

A friend recently took a job as a restaurant server to stop a mercifully-brief bout with unemployment.  He’s a quick study: after only a week his tips are averaging 20% and only one server is doing better.  Not a poor server by any stretch. A few days ago comes this little gem in his updates: “I got an 18 cent tip today!” Not 18%.  Eighteen cents, as in a dime, a nickel, and three […]

Chase Blueprint Card Payment Program Review

These days, a lot of people I know have become more interested in establishing a payment plan to tackle their credit card balances. Others would like to know more about their spending categories — after all, the more familiar you are with how you spend, the better it can be for you if you happen to use rewards cards. […]