The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Black Friday Edition

I know several people who often use Black Friday sales as a method for reducing the cost of their Christmas shopping. They do it the

11.20.12

Clean Up Your Remaining Bills (324/365)

Once you’ve followed all of the suggestions of the last several days, you should have pared down your bills at least a little. Still, you’ll

11.20.12

Christmas Worries

In a recent reader mailbag, Dave wrote: Up until January, I had a wonderful job where I handled all of the IT needs for a

11.19.12

Take a Hard Look at Entertainment-Oriented Monthly Bills (323/365)

I’ve talked over the last few days about the value of reviewing monthly bills and subscription services. Today, I’m going to look at two bills

Reader Mailbag: Pets and Allergies

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

11.18.12

Take a Hard Look at Club Membership Fees and Gym Fees (322/365)

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the first things Sarah and I did when we began our financial recovery was to start going through all

Setting Clear Long-Term Financial Goals

When Sarah and I first began our financial turnaround, we discovered that it was very easy to set and complete very short term personal finance

11.17.12

Eliminate Any Monthly Services You Don’t Use (321/365)

When we first ran into our financial wall, the first action I took was to head to the library and check out a pile of

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #100

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

11.16.12

If Prices Are Equal, Buy It Local (320/365)

I compare online and offline prices all the time. It’s simply part of how I naturally shop. Sometimes, though, I’ll find that I can get

11.15.12

Don’t Buy “Just One More Thing” to Get Free Shipping (319/365)

It happens to almost everyone who shops online. You go to a site to order a specific item that you’ve already decided on. You add

Reader Mailbag: Family-in-Law

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

11.14.12

Don’t Store Your Credit Card with an Online Shopping Site (318/365)

My single biggest temptation with online purchasing is to buy books for my Kindle. I absolutely love the ability to have a lot of books

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thanksgiving Prep Edition

Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is still eight days away. However, most of our Thanksgiving prep extends over several days. Our extended family will certainly

11.13.12

Shop Online for Better Price Comparisons (317/365)

It seems pretty common to use online sources to comparison shop for the big items. The internet is a powerful tool for finding the best

11.13.12

Six Simple Gifts to Make Between Now and Christmas

Two years ago, I ran a fall article series on homemade gifts, which I then gave out to relatives that Christmas. Naturally, some of the

11.12.12

Shop on Your State’s Tax-Free Holidays (316/365)

On the first Friday and Saturday of August each year, Iowa has a sales tax holiday on “select clothing and footwear,” which actually translates into

Reader Mailbag: New Phone

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

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