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Capital One 360 Review

With several physical “cafe” locations, a full range of banking options, and a nationwide network of ATMs, Capital One 360 offers an easy introduction to online banking. If you’re looking for a strong all-round option in online banking, Capital One 360 is a particularly good choice. In fact, it’s The Simple Dollar’s pick for the best free checking account for 2015. […]

17 Vegetarian Recipes to Save Money on Meals

Fall is the perfect time to prepare a hearty vegetable soup served with homemade bread. Photo: Liz West A number of recent studies have proven that eating less meat can be good for your overall health. But did you know that eating less meat can be good for your pocketbook, too? When it comes to finding vegetarian recipes that can help you save, there are a handful of criteria to look for. […]

Inspiration from Sketchnotes, Fountain Pens, Voltaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Barry Schwartz on how the way we think about work is broken From the description: What makes work satisfying? […]

Guide to Consignment Shops

Photo: Don Gunn It’s a classic quandary: You have way too much stuff, but your wallet is empty. Selling your items on consignment can help solve both of those problems. […]

Why a Leased Smartphone Is a Dumbphone

Don’t be hypnotized by the hype: Leasing your smartphone is a dumb move. You can save more than a thousand dollars over two years by purchasing a phone outright and using a cheap month-to-month plan. Photo: Eduardo Woo If you find yourself itching to have the latest gadget, take comfort knowing you’re not alone. […]

The Locus of Control

Do you feel like the course of your life is mostly determined by your own actions, or by external forces you can’t control? Photo: Neal Simpson Let’s start off by talking about exactly what a “locus of control” actually is. […]

Five Reasons Everyone Should Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Year after year, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns top billing as the best flexible travel credit card out there. Because of its many partners, its flexible rewards program, and how easy it is to actually earn points, it is often suggested alongside top hotel, airline, and cash-back credit cards as well. But, is the card really worth the hype? […]

Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

When it comes to your cable, Internet, insurance, or credit card bills, it never hurts to pick up the phone and ask for a lower rate. The worst they can do is say no. Photo: Marjan Lazarevski If you have a love-hate relationship with your monthly bills, you’re not alone. […]

Some Thoughts on Markus Persson, Wealth, Goals, and Life

Minecraft founder Markus Persson sold his company for more than $2 billion. Photo: Widjaya Ivan Many people who have their finances under control have some pretty strong personal finance goals. They want to retire quite early, a goal that for most people requires an amount well north of a million dollars in the bank. […]

What Turning 35 Taught Me About Money

Photo: Marc van der Chijs Earlier this year, I turned 35. After what seems like a whirlwind, I am not only the mother of a preschooler and first-grader, but 10 years into my marriage as well. How did this happen? I have to be honest; I don’t know. It seems like just yesterday I was an awkward teenager in high school. […]