Month: May 2014

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Weird IM Conversations Edition

A lot of my readers know my IM name. A few of those readers seem to think I’ll be really interested in their weird eBay auctions. No, I’m not going to help you out by buying your set of 1985 Topps baseball cards, chief. Now, onto some personal finance news. Discover 0% APR For Life …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Deconstructing Suze Orman

This week, The Simple Dollar is deconstructing five top personal finance and investing pundits and asking the big questions about their track record and their message. If you flip through the channels on many evenings, you’ve probably seen Suze, perched behind her desk on her personal finance show on CNBC. You almost can’t help but …

Categories: Suze Orman

Digging Through The Comments: Readers Of The Simple Dollar Speak Out

Occasionally, I like to highlight comments about various articles on The Simple Dollar for several reasons. One, it lets me highlight some of my best readers and let them know that I really value their comments. Two, it lets everyone else know how integral comments are to The Simple Dollar. And three, after sifting through …

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 24: Evaluating Your Expenses – Entertainment & Hobbies

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. If you’ve been following along with this series and have been participating in the expense evaluations of the last week, you’re probably feeling pretty good about your financial direction. Now we come …

The Life Map: Connecting Your Daily Activities And Spending To Your Lifelong Goals And Dreams

Over the weekend, I participated in a really interesting activity that reinvigorated me to keep working towards my lifelong goals and dreams. It took some time (about an hour and a half), but when I was finished, it was worth every second of it. The best part? I had constructed a tool that keeps driving …

Categories: Getting Started

Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Building A Ten Stock Portfolio

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at Jim Cramer’s Real Money. Cramer has made a huge name for himself in stock picking punditry and he claims to reveal his methodology in this book. Is it worth reading? Let’s find out. Another interesting portion of the book was Jim’s recommendation of a ten stock …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Heading Towards A Possible New Career Edition

I’ve made an adjustment to my work schedule that will allow me to have one afternoon a week to focus exclusively on my writing. I discussed the matter with my boss, who was quite happy to work this out with me. I think the consensus was that I was going to ask for a raise, …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Deconstructing Dave Ramsey

This week, The Simple Dollar is deconstructing five top personal finance and investing pundits and asking the big questions about their track record and their message. Quite often, I find myself listening to streaming audio of Dave Ramsey’s radio show on weekday afternoons (I usually listen via NewsTalk AM 1270). His message is very similar …

Categories: Dave Ramsey

Money Magazine – February 2007

My subscription to Money Magazine started with the February 2007 issue; I was quite happy to see it in my mailbox, even though it ups my magazine subscription list to eight (The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Economist, Money Magazine, Wired, Discover, and Consumer Reports). Money Magazine is almost always an entertaining read with …

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 23: Evaluating Your Expenses – Bank Fees

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. The vast majority of Americans do their primary banking with one of several very large bank chains. Unfortunately, these large chains are often almost insulting in how they treat their average customers, …

A Reader Asks About Tax Withholdings And Savings

Recently, a reader of The Simple Dollar contacted me with an interesting question about tax withholdings: With the tax year over, we get to see what we owe the IRS and the State in taxes. Normally we have our employers withhold amounts and send them to those entities, where they sit doing nothing. Alternatively we …

Categories: Advice, Taxes

Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Advice to Beginning Investors

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at Jim Cramer’s Real Money. Cramer has made a huge name for himself in stock picking punditry and he claims to reveal his methodology in this book. Is it worth reading? Let’s find out. Much of the early part of the book is focused on advice for …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Smashing The Block Edition

I smashed my writer’s block to smithereens yesterday after a really good night’s sleep. It felt so good to feel the words flowing like water again… I feel much more peaceful when I can just let the words escape me. On to the personal finance postings. Free Money: Got 10 Crisp Dollar Bills In My …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Festival of Frugality #58

Welcome to the 58th Festival of Frugality! For those unaware, the Festival of Frugality is a series of weekly posts hosted by various blogs in which we highlight great posts on frugal living. Usually, when I go to read a carnival or festival, I scan the article titles quickly and only click on ones that …

Categories: Websites

Deconstructing Jim Cramer

This week, The Simple Dollar is deconstructing five top personal finance and investing pundits and asking the big questions about their track record and their message. Since I also happen to be reviewing Jim’s book Real Money this week, I thought I would start off the week by focusing on an individual that I would …

Categories: Jim Cramer

How Bad Of A Deal Is A 50 Year Mortgage?

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend who is moving into a new home that he’s financing with a fifty year mortgage. He was bragging about how low his payments were and he’s putting equity into his house. For regular readers of this site, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I quickly loaded up …

Categories: Housing

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 22: Evaluating Your Expenses – Monthly Services

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. Most of us have a set of monthly bills that we pay as part of our regular routine. They constantly chip away at our monthly and annual budget, eroding how much we …

The FICO Battle: Ten Common Tactical Mistakes When Dealing With The Credit Score Blues

When people discover a problem with their credit score, they often act rashly, doing things that seem as though they would improve your credit, but actually damage a credit score. Before we get into the ten mistakes to avoid, let’s first look at what makes up one’s credit score, as defined by Fair Isaac: Although …

Categories: Credit Reports

Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Overview

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at Jim Cramer’s Real Money. Cramer has made a huge name for himself in stock picking punditry and he claims to reveal his methodology in this book. Is it worth reading? Let’s find out. In the past, I concluded that Jim Cramer’s success was due to the …