Month: May 2014

Building a Better Blog: The Mini Audience

Once you’ve figured out who your audience is, it becomes much easier to determine whether or not content is appropriate for your site. The simple question of whether or not it appeals to this group is enough to decide whether or not it should be posted on the site. Obviously, if your audience is broad, …

Categories: Blogging

The Simple Dollar’s Detailed Tipping Strategy

Inspired by Personal Finance Advice’s discussion of tipping, I felt that it was appropriate to discuss my own strategy for tipping, which revolves around one simple tenet: good service is the reason for tipping. I also don’t like to multiply on the fly in restaurants, so I use a strategy that minimizes the need to …

Categories: Meals

25 Gadgets That Actually Save Money

I admit it: I’m a gadget addict. I like little devices that do neat things. At the same time, I also like to save money. What is a poor modern man to do with these two conflicting interests? Simple. I buy gadgets that can pay for themselves (and even see a bit of return) over …

Categories: Shopping, Technology

The Five Greatest Financial Board Games #4: Monopoly

To celebrate the week before Christmas (and give you a few great last minute gift ideas), The Simple Dollar is reviewing five board games that not only are a blast to play, but teach valuable financial lessons as well. All of these games should be easily found at a department store or a gaming specialty …

Categories: Entertainment, Shopping

The Richest Man in Babylon: Seven Cures for a Lean Purse

What can possibly be learned about modern finance from a book first published in 1926, you ask? What is so worthwhile about The Richest Man in Babylon that causes it to still be in print today? This week, we’ll look closer at this personal finance classic to see what hidden gems are within. Since The …

Categories: Books and Reading

Building a Better Blog: Search Engine Optimization Doesn’t Matter

Some of you are probably sitting there stunned right now. Without search engine placement, it’s very hard for a site to get a lot of attention from search engines, isn’t it? Yet I’m fairly sure that (to a degree) even SEO professionals will agree with the premise here when I make the case for it. …

Categories: Blogging

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail (Especially Financial Ones) – And How You Can Make Yours Succeed

For years and years, I would make a series of New Year’s resolutions in the days leading up to January 1. These would be full of high-minded goals, such as “I’m going to save $1,000 this year” or “I’m going to lose thirty pounds this year.” January 1 would roll around and I’d start off …

Categories: Money

Need To Give, But Can’t Afford Anything? Three Timeless Free Christmas Gifts

There are times in our lives when we simply don’t have the money to afford to buy Christmas gifts for everyone that we want to buy for. Perhaps unexpected bills have appeared, or debts have piled up too high; in any case, there are people out there who we desperately care for that we want …

Categories: Frugality, Shopping

The Five Greatest Financial Board Games #5: The Game of Life

To celebrate the week before Christmas (and give you a few great last minute gift ideas), The Simple Dollar is reviewing five board games that not only are a blast to play, but teach valuable financial lessons as well. All of these games should be easily found at a department store or a gaming specialty …

Categories: Entertainment, Shopping

The Richest Man in Babylon: Overview

What can possibly be learned about modern finance from a book first published in 1926, you ask? What is so worthwhile about The Richest Man in Babylon that causes it to still be in print today? This week, we’ll look closer at this personal finance classic to see what hidden gems are within. The Richest …

Categories: Books and Reading

Building a Better Blog: Leverage the Past

Once you’ve reached a point where you have a healthy number of posts, you’ll find that even your best, most original ideas overlap with ideas you’ve posted on in the past. Some people see this as a problem; they worry that they’re out of original ideas. Successful bloggers, however, see it as an opportunity. Let’s …

Categories: Blogging

Comparing Warehouse Shopping Chains… And How You Can Get In For Free!

As a regular patron of Sam’s Club (mostly due to proximity), I can emphatically say that I’m a fan of warehouse club stores. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit the other two major warehouse shopping chains in the United States, CostCo and BJ’s. For those uninitiated, Wikipedia describes a warehouse club: A warehouse club …

Categories: Shopping

Building a Better Blog: Guide Your Users

I like to write long posts. I’ve discovered that length doesn’t matter, so I write and write to my heart’s content until I feel like I’ve completed my thoughts and said what I want to say. Quite often, though, this means I have a big block of solid text, a nearly unpenetrable slab of words …

Categories: Blogging

Post-Christmas Thank You Notes: How To Have Good Manners and Look Creative With Little Expense

My family is starting a tradition of writing thank you notes for all gifts received. We’ve received thank you notes from others after giving gifts and we’ve really appreciated the level of courteousness that these notes have represented and has increased our respect for the note-sender. It’s simply a courteous thing to do, and it’s …

When Should I Begin Investing?

Lots of people who begin putting their financial house in proper order quickly begin to wonder when they should start investing in high-return items with risk, particularly the stock market. They see the 10%-12% average annual return, have cash that they want to sock away for a while, and talk themselves into investing before they’re …

Feeling Good and Overcoming The Desire To Spend

When I look back over the biggest spending splurges in my lifetime (excepting those that were carefully planned), all of them have one major factor in common: they were bought during times where I was sad and had a low self-image, even if I wasn’t consciously feeling it at the time. In almost every case, …

Review: Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life is a bit unusual in terms of personal finance books that you’ll typically find at your local bookstore. For starters, the book has very little concrete information about increasing your wealth. In a section that typically is loaded with books about becoming a millionaire, this is an unusual approach. So …

Building a Better Blog: Be Lucky

Every once in a while, you’ll write a post that is a surefire winner, but quite often, our most popular posts come as a relative surprise. You’ll post something and out of nowhere will come comments and people linking to the posts. How did that happen? The simple truth is that it’s luck. Finding that …

Categories: Blogging

What Exactly Is A Certified Financial Planner, And Why Should I Care?

Recently, I read Suze Orman’s The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom. At several points during the book, Suze refers to herself as a “Certified Financial Planner” several times, with the words in capitalized format. At the time, I somewhat brushed this off and kept plowing through her advice, but I kept wondering what exactly is …

Categories: Money