About The Simple Dollar

How It Started

The Simple Dollar began as a site for people who are fighting debt and bad spending habits, while trying to build a financially secure future and still afford a few luxuries in life. Trent Hamm started The Simple Dollar in 2006 after going through a complete financial meltdown. You can read his full financial biography for all of the details. Trent decided to throw himself head first into fixing his financial situation and getting out of debt. Within eight months, he was able to pay off all of his credit card debt as well as his vehicle, and he also established an emergency fund. After that, he decided to share with the world what he learned and help those who were struggling with the same situation.

Where It’s at Today

Today, The Simple Dollar gets around one million visitors per month and is respected as one of the best personal finance sites on the Internet. It is ranked as a top-ten personal finance blog on Kiplinger, has a top-20 ranking on Technorati for all business/finance blogs, and is listed as a top website to help manage your finances by the Chicago Tribune. The Simple Dollar has been featured in some of the world’s largest publications, such as Inc., Forbes, The Guardian, and MSN Money.

The People Behind The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is now owned by Soda, a newly formed media company dedicated to creating the most useful content and products on the Internet. Soda continues to preserve the natural feel and integrity of The Simple Dollar, while adding more articles, greater depth, and high-quality tools to help you manage your personal finances and make smart decisions.

Trent Hamm continues to write for The Simple Dollar on a daily basis. Additionally, there are two other financial contributors who have joined Trent in 2014. Mike Jelinek is a Consumer Science graduate from the University of Wisconsin and former financial trader. Mike is a Co-Founder of Soda (the parent company of The Simple Dollar) and Reviews.com, a data-driven research site that helps users find the best products and services. Michael Gardon holds an MBA from DePaul University where he has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship topics. He’s a husband and father who offers a personal take on financial challenges and has a unique perspective as a former trader and serial entrepreneur.

If you’re interested in joining our team of contributors, please check out our jobs and contributors page for more details.

Our Mission

The Simple Dollar is a place where anyone can come to acquire financial information on finding the best products and services, saving money, making smart investments, and controlling personal finances. Think of the The Simple Dollar as a personal finance platform you can use to make better financial decisions and grow your bank account.

We won’t waste your time by delivering advice you can find on any website. We know that you are a real person. You are not just a “visitor” to us, which means we want you to come back again and again. That’s why each piece of content we publish goes through deep analysis and a rigorous process to ensure we are providing the most valuable and useful content to you.

Most Popular Content

We publish content on all types of personal finance topics. To help showcase what The Simple Dollar is all about, we have included a selection of our most popular posts below.

Frugal Living

Little Steps: 100 Great Tips for Saving Money for Those Just Getting Started
Trimming The Fat: Forty Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Required Spending
20 Favorite Dirt Cheap Meals
100 Things to do During a Money Free Weekend
Homemade Bread: Cheap, Delicious, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think
Eighteen Tips for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding
Experiments with Homemade Dishwashing Detergent: What Works Best?
Twenty Places To Hide Money At Home Besides Under Your Mattress

Financial Advice

50 Side Businesses You Can Start on Your Own
How Big Should My Card Down Payment Be?
How You can Actually Earn Reasonable Money from Mechanical Turk
20 Reasons Why You Need an Emergency Fund
Thoughts on the “52 Week Money Challenge”
How To Calculate Your Net Worth
18 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money

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