Month: May 2014

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

Handling Cash Gifts, Both For Yourself And For Your Children

My family regularly receive small cash gifts from relatives in lieu of actual gift items. These gifts are especially nice when the pinch of the holiday season is being felt, but it leaves us wondering what an appropriate use of these gifts actually is. On one hand, the relatives expect you to spend it on …

Categories: Family, Shopping

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

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Last Minute Buying Frenzy Edition

The week before Christmas is upon us, so I spent last night filling in most of the remaining cracks on my Christmas shopping list. Ouch. On to the personal finance news… Costco vs. Tiffany: Who Has The Bargain on Diamonds? Do you really want to pay $10K for just a little blue box? (@ consumerism …

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

The Simple Dollar Challenges You To Spread The Christmas Cheer

‘Twas a week before Christmas And all over the ‘net Bloggers everywhere were writing Is it Christmas yet? The Simple Dollar is offering a Christmas challenge to all of you. If you meet this challenge, I’ll add a post to The Simple Dollar linking to the (family friendly) URL of your choice. Best of all, …

Categories: Blogging

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

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Bird Feeder Edition

I got a beautiful, quaint cedar birdfeeder for Christmas this weekend, pre-stocked with bird seed. I’m going to put it in storage and hang it at our new home when we move next year. Anyway, here are some nifty personal finance posts… Occasionally Good Ebay Sellers Go Bad Once, I bought a virtual item from …

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

The Talk: Tips For Difficult Financial Discussions

Eventually, there always comes a time in which a serious financial talk is required. You need to have a heart-to-heart with your parents about their retirement plans, your significant other is spending too much, or your children are wondering loudly about their college plans. Most of the time, we put off these difficult discussions because …

Financially Savvy Gifts For Graduates

Most people associate graduation day with the end of spring, but for many people, graduation day comes in December or in August. It never hurts to think about great gift ideas for graduates who are about to take a big step into the real world and might not be financially prepared for it. Here are …

Categories: Shopping

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 …