The Simple Dollar

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule: What Does It Mean for Your Money?

When you hire a financial advisor to help you manage your money, they’re recommending the best investments to help you achieve your financial goals, right? […]

How to Surprise Someone for Their Birthday (or Other Special Event) Without Spending a Ton of Money

Maybe you’re in the midst of a financial turnaround. Maybe you’re having a hard time finding a job. Maybe you’ve just been waylaid by a torrent of unexpected expenses. Whatever the reason, you’re in a situation where money is super tight. You’re dealing with it, though. You’ve got this. There’s only one catch. […]

How to Surprise Someone for Their Birthday (or Other Special Event) Without Spending a Ton of Money

Maybe you’re in the midst of a financial turnaround. Maybe you’re having a hard time finding a job. Maybe you’ve just been waylaid by a torrent of unexpected expenses. Whatever the reason, you’re in a situation where money is super tight. You’re dealing with it, though. You’ve got this. There’s only one catch. […]

Beware the Shady Financial Advisor

In late 2016, I achieved a writing milestone I was particularly proud of: I secured my own column in my state’s biggest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star. Every few weeks, they’d let me crank out a column about ways to save money or some other aspect of frugality, all in the name of helping community members achieve their financial dreams. […]

Beware the Shady Financial Advisor

In late 2016, I achieved a writing milestone I was particularly proud of: I secured my own column in my state’s biggest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star. Every few weeks, they’d let me crank out a column about ways to save money or some other aspect of frugality, all in the name of helping community members achieve their financial dreams. […]

These Are Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

You may already know that you have the right to claim a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. You might also know that you can dispute any errors appearing on your credit reports with the three credit reporting agencies (CRAs): Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. Both of these rights are conferred to you under a federal law known as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). […]

These Are Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

You may already know that you have the right to claim a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. You might also know that you can dispute any errors appearing on your credit reports with the three credit reporting agencies (CRAs): Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. Both of these rights are conferred to you under a federal law known as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). […]

10 Strategies for Standing Out During the Hiring Process

At any given time, there are millions of Americans out there seeking employment with some level of seriousness. Many of them are in your field, and some of them are likely applying for the same job. Most of those people follow the same exact pattern over and over again for their job search. […]

10 Strategies for Standing Out During the Hiring Process

At any given time, there are millions of Americans out there seeking employment with some level of seriousness. Many of them are in your field, and some of them are likely applying for the same job. Most of those people follow the same exact pattern over and over again for their job search. […]

Questions About Moving, Apartment Babies, Weight Loss, Denim, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Arguing over frugality 2. Selling possessions before big move 3. Maximizing lifespan of blue jeans 4. Cheap deep fat fryer setup 5. Cracked tablet screen 6. Resolving debts to family members 7. […]