March 26, 2014

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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card or one of two $50 Skype gift cards! Use #WBChat and #SkypeChat to participate. This week's topic: Keeping in Touch for Less! […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: March Madness Edition

As usual, I submitted the same exact bracket to a bunch of different NCAA bracket contests. This year, I’m doing really, really well, though I’m not perfect. My bracket percentage is 90.3%, believe it or not, as I have guessed 47 of the 52 winners so far correctly. […]

No, credit cards are not evil

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A little over a month ago, my husband and I were getting ready for a five-night trip to Jamaica. And as usual, we went to great lengths to budget for anything and everything. For starters, all but $97 of our airfare was paid with points I earned with my Chase Ink Bold Business Card, and that expense was taken care of months before. […]

10 Money Conversations You Must Have With Your Family

Discussing finances with your family can be difficult. Many of us associate feelings of shame or guilt with money — or in some cases, we were raised thinking that we shouldn’t share details of our financial lives at all. But having open, reasonable discussions about money is one of the most important things a family can do. Not sure what money conversations you should be having with your family? […]

30 Awesome Decorating Hacks Anyone Can Do

You don't need to spend a lot or be an expert at DIY or crafting to bring some ingenious decorating solutions into your living space. If you're in need of some easy, budget-friendly decor tips, then look no further. Try out some of these tricks to spruce up your place with minimal to no skills necessary. (See also: Cheap Home Decorating Projects That Look Great) 1. […]

10 Costs You Should Always Negotiate

Negotiating is a bit of a lost art in our society. Historically, nearly every kind of good or service was negotiable and subject to haggling when it came to finding a fair price. Today, prices are mostly set by sellers, and people are generally hesitant to question those who set them. But negotiating can still be a prudent thing to do, given the proper environment and a negotiable product. […]

10 Ways to Stop Being Impatient and Live a More Satisfied Life

Do you recognize this scenario? You're running late for work on a Monday morning; you've been stuck in traffic with a steady stream of emails coming in; and now you find yourself mired in a long, glacially-slow line at the grocery store? Scenes like these are all too common in modern life and they test the outermost limits of our patience. […]

5 Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes That Could Save You $1,500 This Year

There are 101 things you can do to improve your life if you have 15 minutes to spare, and saving yourself some serious cash is one of them. In fact, you can reduce some of your most costly expenses and put almost $1,500 in your pocket in the same time it takes to check your Facebook feed. […]

Help a Reader: Partnership with a Family Member?

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: One of my family  members offered me to start a business - 4 relatives would be involved. Do you think it's a good idea? gives some reasons why it's difficult: You know so much about the other person--you've been privy to intimate information about them. You've most likely had arguments or negative conflicts with them. […]

All-star-cash-management lessons from the diamond

If you’re a baseball fan like me, it’s a good bet you read the Michael Lewis book “Moneyball” well before it spawned a Brad Pitt movie. The tome is a laugh-out-loud chronicle of how free-thinking general manager Billy Beane brought some respectability to his woebegone, small-market, tiny-budgeted Oakland Athletics. […]