Comparing Online Personal Finance Analysis Tools

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about web-based personal finance tracking tools, especially since Intuit launched Quicken Online and Mint won the TechCrunch 40

Emotional Fulfillment and Financial Success

Recently, I read an excellent discussion on why we don’t save money. I originally intended to include it in my weekly roundup this week, but

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Total Trust Edition

How many people in your life do you trust completely? The kind of people that you’d not hesitate handing your wallet to, allowing them to

Access Credit Report and Credit Score Safely

Whenever you make a significant financial move today that requires financial assistance, it’s often accompanied by a check of your credit report and often a

How to Build an Inexpensive Hobby

As any regular reader of The Simple Dollar knows, I love to read. It’s a hobby that relaxes me, encourages me to think, and doesn’t

Encouraging Young People to Be Entrepreneurs

When I was young, I was a budding entrepreneur. In the late 1980s, one could easy get forty cents a pound for aluminum, so I

Wallet Hacking

One of the first major challenges I had to overcome during my financial turnaround was right there in my own back pocket. It was an

Review: Never Wrestle With A Pig

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. An old friend of mine loaned me Never Wrestle With A Pig

The Simple Dollar Book: Where Do I Go Now?

As many of you know, I’ve been writing a book over the last several months in my spare time, and it’s basically completed. I wanted

Six Steps for a Beginning Stock Investor

Once a person has their debt under control, the next thing that they want to do with their money is figure out ways to maximize

Twelve Invaluable Life and Money Hacks: Little Daily Steps for Finding the Money and Time to Get Things Done

Since starting The Simple Dollar (and discovering, when it became successful, that it required constant attention) and having two children, I’ve found that getting financially

Review: Gotcha Capitalism

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Few things annoy me more than hidden costs. In fact, it was repeated hidden costs

Robert Kiyosaki and Learning From Another Perspective

Several months ago, I offered up a detailed and rather negative review of the well known personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In it,


I’m Frugal, But My Spouse Is Not

This sentiment comes up quite often in the comments at The Simple Dollar: people leave notes complaining that they make frugal choices, but their spouse


The Fed Cuts Rates – What Does That Mean For Me?

Whenever the Federal Reserve makes a move, it dominates headlines. I watched CNN for a while yesterday while waiting for a meeting and they kept

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Downloadables Edition

Since eliminating most of the ads on The Simple Dollar for ethical reasons, I’ve been looking at other approaches to earning money from the many

Personal Finance and the Fundamental Choice

A few days ago, I reviewed in detail the excellent book The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz. In that book, Fritz posits that


The Value of Customer Service

In the wake of yesterday’s discussion about ING Direct and customer service, a fair number of readers wondered whether I am overvaluing customer service. I

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