October 24, 2013

The Danger of Lots of Simultaneous Goals

Setting and pushing toward goals has been an incredibly positive and powerful part of my life over the last several years. Goal-setting and progress toward goals helped me build The Simple Dollar, helped me get out of debt, and helped me build a successful marriage and a strong connection to my children. […]

Bankruptcy can set you back for 26 years

Miranda MarquitMost people aren’t surprised to discover that personal bankruptcy can set you back by quite a lot financially. After all, you have to be in a pretty poor financial position to file for bankruptcy in the first place. But the effects of bankruptcy on your financial situation might be greater than you imagine. […]

Calvin’s Net Worth, September 2013

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up

If you are reading this article, you are probably one of two things: Someone who doesn't like dressing up for Halloween, but must in order to attend a party and/or adhere to social norms. Someone who does like dressing up, but is close to a person who doesn't. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Thursday 10/24

Free App of the Day: Sprinkle Islands - Titan burns again! Award winning, fire-fighting, water-physics puzzler Sprinkle is back with an all new adventure. Camp Chef OS132 Super Outdoor/Indoor Movie Screen $154.99 (from $320.84) - 52% off! […]

Declutter Your Home in 10 Minutes

I'm sure I'm not the only one around here who hates cleaning the house. Although I want to be tidy, I'm naturally a "cluttery" person, and most of the time my home reflects that. When I tidy up, I tend to clean here or there with no real focus or method, which means that clutter gets managed but never fully cleaned up. […]

Shrink Your Utility Bill by Plugging These Surprising Home Energy Leaks

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average family spends more than $1,600 annually on utility bills. This breaks down to about $133 a month. (See also: How The Rest of the World Saves Energy) After a close evaluation of your utility bills, you may discover that your annual energy costs are higher than the average. There's plenty you can do to lower your costs. […]

Best Money Tips: Contributing to Charities Without Donating Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on contributing to charity without donating money, saving this holiday season, and risks happy people take every day. Top 5 Articles How Can I Contribute to Charities Without Donating Money? — Using a charity credit card is a great way to contribute to charity without donating money. […]

The 5 Best Computer Mice

We've gone through one of the fundamental computer input devices, the keyboard, so it's time to focus our attention on the other — the mouse. While the basic function of a mouse remains largely the same between models, there are lots of small details that can make a world of difference. […]

Reader Mailbag: Children and Careers

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. Starting a school 2. Note-taking software 3. Tips for cheap golf 4. Why worry about credit score? 5. Career crossroads 6. Weak will 7. Inheritance and property taxes 8. Need money fast 9. Unemployment and investing 10. […]

This is why you’re broke, coffee edition

Alissa FleckMy first time at Kaffee 1668, the line was literally out the door. When I got to the counter, I ordered a small mocha. […]

Success Stories (and the People Who Hate Them)

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. I spent last week in St. Louis for the third-annual Financial Blogger Conference. In two short years, Fincon has grown into more than just a gathering of bloggers. […]

Buy Nothing Year: Changing how we spend

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Julie Phillips was planning to move into a new apartment when a massive flood in Alberta damaged her would-be building. Suddenly, she found herself displaced. “The reason I wanted to move is I wanted to save on rent,” Julie says. “I wanted to save more, I wanted to live with another person. […]

Six Figure Interviews 3

Here's the latest in my series of six figure interviews, discussions with everyday people who have grown their incomes to at least $100,000 annually. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. […]