Pinterest Roundup: 10 Frugal Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

Ah, summer time. Birds, bees, flowers, warm weather – and the bane of all parents’ existence. Summer means long days and no school. And you might find your kids getting bored more easily than you thought possible. Before you drop money on an expensive vacation or new toys, check out these 10 frugal summertime activities […]


Manilla to Close–Here are 5 Alternatives

Manilla has closed, I’m sorry to say. Here are 5 excellent alternatives to Manilla that can help you manage your money and pay your bills on time. Manilla recently announced that they will be closing effective July 1, 2014. It’s unfortunate as Manilla provided a free and very unique service. In addition to tracking your […]


DR 064: How to Manage Your Money Like a CFO–Interview with JD Roth

What can we learn from a man who has blogged about personal finances for over 8 years? Quite a lot as it turns out. JD Roth has much to say on how to make better financial choices, and about what personal development has to do with personal finance. Topics Covered in the Interview How JD […]


DR 063: The Four Hidden Fees of Mutual Funds (This Could Save You 33%!)

I recently read an article by John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. The article, The Arithmetic of “All-In” Investment Expenses, is a very detailed piece about investing costs over and above what’s reflected in the expense ratio of a fund or ETF. There are four “hidden” mutual fund fees that aren’t captured in the expense […]


DR 062: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Financial Advisor

I‘ve received several emails recently about the topic of hiring an investment advisor. This is a very important question, and I suspect many wrestleg with this issue. Whether you’re just starting out and trying to figure out how to invest, or you’re nearing retirement with a decent nest egg, you may be thinking about this […]


DR 061: 6 Ways to Harness the Power of Hedonic Adaptation

Why does the excitement of a pay raise wear off in just a few months? Why does the “shine” of your new gadget or gorgeous new home wear off so quickly? The answer is hedonic adaptation. Some people also call it the hedonic treadmill. It sounds philosophical, but it’s really relevant to how we make […]