Five Minute Finances

Five Minute Finances #21: Look At Your Community Calendar

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Quite often in the evenings, my family looks for activities to do together. Sometimes we’re frugal and we go to …

Five Minute Finances #20: Drive A Different Route

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. If you’re like me, your route to and from work takes you by a lot of temptations. For me, there …

Five Minute Finances #19: Adjust Your Auto Insurance

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Many people sign up for auto insurance when they acquire a new automobile and then forget about it. They get …

Five Minute Finances #18: Freeze Your Credit Cards – Literally

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. If the one thing keeping you from cutting up your credit cards is fear that you might someday desperately need …

Five Minute Finances #17: Check Your Cell Phone Minutes

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Depending on your cell phone plan, you may be paying for far more service than you’re using – or not …

Five Minute Finances #16: Cancel The Channels You Don’t Watch

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. One thing I did recently that started saving us about fifteen dollars a month was that I made the useful …

Five Minute Finances #15: Wash Your Hands

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Does the title surprise you? It shouldn’t. The financial costs associated with germs spread by hand-to-hand and hand-to-face contact numbers …

Five Minute Finances #14: Set A Tangible Savings Goal – And A Reminder Of That Goal

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. One big factor for saving money that many people miss out on is motivation. For me, constant reminders of what …

Five Minute Finances #13: Sign Up For A Free Customer Rewards Program

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. In the past, I discussed how you can do very well with the Borders Rewards program, but the effectiveness of …

Five Minute Finances #12: Contact Customer Service

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Ever received a product that was severely worse than your expectations? For example, ever bought a bag of chips that …

Five Minute Finances #11: Open All Your Vents In The Winter

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. This is a tip that my parents discovered the hard way after I moved out, and it simply works. When …

Five Minute Finances #10: Buy Some Clothespins And A Rope

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. An average clothes dryer is a real energy hog; it uses 5,000 watts. Let’s say it takes 50 minutes of …

Five Minute Finances #9: Make a Sandwich (or Something Else)

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. This is a “five minute” trick I do twice a week or so: I assemble a big, delicious sandwich and …

Five Minute Finances #8: Replace All Of Your Light Bulbs

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Most American households still have all of their light sockets filled with old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs and have yet to …

Five Minute Finances #7: Air Up Your Tires

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. According to CarCare.org, underinflated tires can reduce gas mileage by 0.4% for every 1 PSI below the recommended maximum in …

Five Minute Finances #6: Drink Lots of Water

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. This is one of my favorite money saving tips, mostly because it’s so surprising to most people. Drink water? What …

Five Minute Finances #5: Get Started on Setting Up Your 401(k)

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. If you haven’t started up a 401(k) plan (if you’re an employee) yet, what are you waiting for? Let’s say …

Five Minute Finances #4: Get A New High-Yield Savings Account

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. The average American has a savings account at their local bank, which offers on average an interest rate of 0.07%. …

Five Minute Finances #3: Make A Grocery List

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Ever had to face down a $150 grocery bill? I have, and the reason was usually that I entered the …