October 21, 2010

Baking Cookies and Sharing Them In A Cookie Exchange

Mrs. Accountability writes about personal finance and how her family is getting out of debt at her blog, Out of Debt Again. Did you ever wish you had time to bake 10 different kinds of Christmas cookies? I was fortunate as a child in that my mother was able to be a homemaker, and she would make dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies. […]

Ask Stacy: Should I Shun Stocks and Buy Bonds?

Having no money in these volatile economic times is stressful – but so is having some money and not knowing where to invest it. […]

20 Favorite Dirt Cheap Meals

A few days ago on Facebook, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar what their favorite dirt cheap meal was. The responses poured in, so I decided to pull out 20 of my favorites and share them with you. Sticky rice, peas, and soy sauce (shared by Leslie) is pretty simple and not altogether different than something I used to make in college. […]

Living Like a Millionaire on Pennies a Day

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle. Last fall, I quit my job. […]

Umbrella Insurance Is Always the Right Answer

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. If you have a personal umbrella insurance policy, congratulations. If you don't, you must not have a lot to lose. This important insurance can extend your liability coverage beyond your home and auto insurance by millions of dollars. We live in a litigious society. Anyone can sue you for any reason. […]

EPA Increases Allowable Ethanol Content in Gas

I’ve written in the past about how many drivers have reported significant drops in mileage when using a 10% ethanol-blended gas. That post spurred a ton of discussion, so I thought it would be worth highlighting a bit of ethanol-related news that I recently ran across… Did you know that the EPA has approved E15 (gas with 15% ethanol) for use in 2007 model year and newer cars? […]

Earn More Money by Being the Proper Weight

This post is sure to ruffle some feathers. ;-) FMF has covered all sorts of unusual ways of making more money in our jobs. The list so far: Wearing skirts and makeup (for women, of course) Being taller (heels, anyone?) Being attractive Having just a "touch" of gray hair (for men) Well now we can add "weight" to this list. […]

How to Create Your First Budget

Creating Your First Budget is Easy Creating a budget is no fun. It’s even worse if you’ve never actually created a budget before and this is your first time. It’s a bit intimidating. You’re dealing with all of your money, expenses, bills, and income to try to come up with a clear picture of where your money is going. […]

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Living on less 2. Retirement or debt? 3. Strategic foreclosure 4. Help partner or yourself? 5. Which retirement plan? 6. Paying student loans early 7. Exceptional Microsoft Office deal 8. […]

Sick of Rebate Credit Cards? Read This to Get Cash

Have you noticed the increasing trend of rebates being sent on credit cards? I recently received a $6 rebate on a plastic card. […]

Toothbrushes and Toilet Paper – from Amazon.com?

You can shop for groceries and toiletries online - and, believe it or not, pay less than you would from local grocery and drug stores. […]

The Road Out of Debt Review

For a lot of people, the term bankruptcy evokes the same emotions as the word cancer. To hear someone has gone through bankruptcy is like hearing they are getting chemotherapy for a malignant tumor or treatment for a life threatening disease. To others, bankruptcy sounds a lot like surrender and defeat. […]

Where Your Federal Tax Money Goes

Thanks to an organization called Third Way, American taxpayers can get a good, detailed look at how much of a typical tax bill is destined for any particular government program. […]

Why Are There No Ads Urging Us to Save?

This is a guest post from Rob Bennett, a long-time GRS reader. Bennett created the first retirement calculator that contains an adjustment for the valuation level that applies on the day the retirement begins. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Who’s the miser? Who’s the spendthrift? Nearly everyone is going to say that the Cat in the Hat is the spendthrift and that the Grinch is the miser. […]

Husband Cancels Life Insurance, Wife Divorces Husband

Divorcing someone just because they cancel their life insurance policy? Is that a reasonable thing to do? The idea stunned me when I first read the e-mail. I figured there had to be more to the story, and there probably was. […]

It's the Student, Stupid (And How to Pick a College Major)

(For those of you wondering at the title, please refer to Bill Clinton's often-quoted campaign slogan.) I have been reading the best book I've ever read on preparing financially for college. The book is Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents and I've been sharing a bit of it over the past several days. […]

Debt settlement is an alternative to bankruptcy

(This guest post was provided by RP, a community writer for Debt Consolidation Care.  She has written various articles on debt consolidation, debt reduction and debt settlement.) Debt settlement is a process in which you and your creditor agree to reduce the overall debt in exchange of a lump sum amount of money. […]