January 6, 2012

Free Antibiotics Prescriptions from Publix plus $4 and $10 Prescription Programs

With three kids, I am always looking for ways to save money on prescription medication.  A few years ago, I found out about the prescription discount programs offered by Walmart, Target, and Kroger.  Each of these stores offer a selection of $4 and $10 medications. I recently spoke with a friend who shops at Publix – and he noted that Publix offers a discounted prescription plan, which features a […]

Four-Week Financial Boot Camp

Yesterday I wrote about three 30-day challenges that can help you start forming new habits, and I recently learned about one more. MyMoneyCircles is offering a four-week personal finance boot camp, starting on January 9. […]

Record Every Penny You Spend in a Month (5/365)

One of the most generic personal finance suggestions is to “create a budget.” The advice usually revolves around setting aside money from your paycheck for all of your known expenses, then making smarter choices with what’s left over. Here’s the problem with that suggestion: a lot of people who are in financial trouble have no idea where their money is going from month to month. […]

Life In A Dot Com & Working In A Tech Startup (Videos)

I occasionally write about my background in Silicon Valley because my experiences here have played a huge part on my finances, primarily on the job, career and investment front. Living in Silicon Valley has provided me with the unique experience of being exposed to the world of startups. […]

Citi Bonus Cash Back Reward Categories for Winter 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus

As a followup to my recent post about Chase Freedom bonus categories for 2012 (and their $200 signup bonus), here’s some info on the bonus categories for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Visa credit card… As you’re likely aware, many credit card companies have switched to a model where they offer a base level of rewards (typically 1%) plus bonus rewards (usually 5%) in certain categories. […]

Renters Insurance – How it Works and Why You Need It

When you buy a home or car, one of the first accessories you purchase is insurance. In many states the law requires you to have car insurance in place before a vehicle can be registered. Many mortgage lenders mandate that borrowers have homeowners insurance to protect the lender’s investment in the home. What about the people who rent an apartment or a home? […]

Five Fiscal New Years Resolutions for Families

New Years resolutions usually involve losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. Instead, this year use your resolutions to help put your financial house in order. Doing that won’t help you fit into that pair of skinny jeans or improve your breath, but it will fatten up your wallet and improve your financial outlook. […]

How to Love Cooking

This is a guest post by Forest from Frugal Zeitgeist. Forest writes about frugality, finance, minimalism and lifestyle. In this article, Forest shares his experiences in the kitchen. Cooking great meals is a great way to save money and stay healthy, but it’s a skill that I haven’t developed for myself. […]

Finding Good Information for Your Situation

One of the biggest challenges I have when writing articles for The Simple Dollar is finding a balance of usefulness and audience. What do I mean by that? Well, if I tried to write a personal finance article that would reach out to everyone who read it, it would be completely devoid of content. […]

Your Take: New Year’s Resolutions?

For many, 2011 was a struggle (much like 2010) as the economic troubles of our broader economy continued to bear down on everyone. Fortunately, that’s behind us and we can all look towards a better 2012. That said, with a new year comes the classic talk of resolutions. […]

10 Monthly Bills You Can Slash

Bills! Bills! Bills! Sometimes it seems as if everyone’s got their fingers in the pie when it comes to your hard-earned money. Electric bills, water bills, cable, cell phone bills, doctor’s visits — the cost-of-living expenses never seem to end. However, if you’re smart about it, you can work the system and save some money on these so-called necessary expenses. […]

Best Money Tips: How To Be Successful in the New Year

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to be successful in the new year, ways to make spending less more painless, and how to look great for less. Top 5 Articles How To Be Successful in the New Year — Want to make this year a successful one? Make it a point to help someone with something everyday. […]

Ask the Readers: When Is It Okay to Use Your Emergency Fund?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in want of a good fortune must be in possession of an emergency fund. Hilarious literary allusions aside, the emergency fund — or rainy-day savings, or whatever you want to call it — is one of the bedrocks of basic personal finance. […]

How Natural Disasters Can Change Pricing Worldwide

Millions of natural disasters occur around the world each year, from volcanic eruptions to wildfires to tsunami. As implied by the term “disaster,” these events can have devastating effects on human life, local economies, and the environment itself. Historically, natural disasters have caused a lot of damage to pricing schemes, as we can see from the following. […]

Reader Profile: JN

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Jan 2

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality Carnival of Wealth FrugalDad has a problem with patents. BripBlap buys American. My Dollar Plan offers 12 financial tips. Money Smart Life failed us in 2011. The Digerati Life has debt reduction ideas. […]

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