January 13, 2014

Podcast 171: Kimberly Palmer, The Economy of You

I’m a reluctant entrepreneur, but I’ve learned to be less self-conscious about the fact that this is the designation society has given to me as someone who started his own business. While many people after, but also before, the recession have started side businesses to improve their financial security, for me, a hobby turned into a profitable and enjoyable way to spend my time. […]

“Getting Rich” Is a Code Word

Whenever I go into a bookstore, I usually make a point of stopping by the personal finance section. I browse through the titles and usually take a moment or two to look through any books that I’m not familiar with that might be relevant to The Simple Dollar. […]

Reader Mailbag: Changing Brand Quality

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. IRA or 401(k)? 2. Careers with perks 3. Estate auction question 4. Book for early twentysomethings 5. Selling collectibles to a friend 6. Ending whole life insurance? 7. Low-income long term care 8. Why recommend Netflix? 9. […]

How I got $132 worth of clothes for free

Kristin WongA clothing swap allows you to freshen up your wardrobe without a pricey shopping spree. It’s totally unfrugal, but sometimes buying new clothes and shoes and accessories just feels good. But know what doesn’t feel so good? A busted budget. Good news is, there are ways to satisfy your inner shopaholic without going broke. […]

How Malicious Sites Benefit From Your Misfortune; Insights from Brand.com

In 2013, a group of 25 women won a victory against “revenge porn” site Texxxan.com, ultimately getting the site taken offline. However, that was a small victory in what online brand management firm Brand.com says is a lopsided war. On Texxxan.com, disgruntled ex-lovers published compromising pictures of wives and ex-girlfriends. […]

10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding

There's something going down in the yogurt aisle at the grocery store, and I don't like it one bit. First it was low-fat yogurt. Then nonfat. Then fat free. Now, labels are trumpeting "0% fat!" and "only 35 calories per serving!". Next up: an empty carton? (See also: 12 Foods to Add to Your Diet This Year) I find it a little sad, actually. […]

Watch Out for These 4 Sneaky Charges on Your Monthly Bills

Your days are undoubtedly hectic. And if you're always on the move, you may do everything fast — eat fast, drive fast, work fast, and even pay your bills fast. But while the Internet makes bill paying painless and simple, you could end up paying more than necessary for certain services. (See also: 10 Monthly Bills You Can Cut) Be honest with yourself. […]

Shirt tales: How to find clothes for your kids

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When we doubled our family size, we more than doubled the amount of laundry. And let’s not even talk about the increases in stains and holes. Or the back-to-back phone calls from my son’s principal: “Hey, Mrs. Aberle, your son was playing in the snow without snow pants. He is soaked. […]

8 Things You Can Microwave Besides Food

The average household microwave is used much more frequently throughout the day than people realize. (See also: 5 Best Microwaves) If you're unaware how often you "nuke" leftovers, warm up a cup of room temperature coffee, or make a bag of popcorn, try living without a microwave for about a week. […]

How to get the best deal on an engagement ring

We are right in the middle of the engagement season. According to the wedding planning website theknot.com, 39 percent of weddings begin with a proposal between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to buy the perfect ring. Being one of the most expensive purchases we make in our life, it is important to plan ahead and understand the process. […]