The Dime Roll: New Year’s Eve, Minimalism, Rule-Breaking & More

December 19, 2014

Ready for a little recap of all the great content we found while trolling personal finance blogs this week? Check it out!

This Week on The Dime: 

How to Shop for the Holidays While Donating to Your Favorite Charity

Not All Financial Organizations Are Out to Turn a Profit (No, Really.)

Don’t Check That Box: What the ‘Terms and Conditions’ May Be Hiding

And other awesome content across the World Wide Web:

Money Saving Tips:
What Can I Do With Gift Cards I Don’t Want? by Holly Johnson on GetRichSlowly
Don’t waste an unwanted gift card on items you don’t need (or particularly want). Consider these options instead.

10 Tips for Throwing an Awesome, but Cheap, New Year’s Eve Party by Maryalene LaPonsie on MoneyTalksNews
New Year’s Eve might appear to go hand in hand with glitz and glam, but it doesn’t have to come attached with a hefty price tag. Here are a few ways to keep your gathering affordable.

What’s Your Frugal Go-To Meal? By Kristin Wong on TwoCents
The meaty part of this post is in the comments. If you’re looking for a tried and true recipe or meal idea that won’t cost a lot, you’ll find plenty left behind by readers.

Money Management:
Minimalism: Fad or Solid Payoff Tool? by Shannon Mcnay on ReadyForZero
There has been a big push for the minimalism movement in the past year, but practicing minimalism doesn’t have to just be a comment on consumerism – it can actually be a huge help if you’re working to become debt-free.

15 Personal Finance Rules You Should Be Breaking by Nora Dunn on Wisebread
While I agree that some (or all) of these “rules” should be put to rest, the main takeaway from this post is that personal finance is just that – personal. There is rarely a one-size-fits-all answer.

6 Big Reasons Your Budget Isn’t Working by Paula Pant on DailyFinance
If you’re struggling to stick to your budget and wondering where the issues lie, read this post. Usually one of these six reasons is to blame.

Food For Thought:
Forget Motivation, This is the Key to Achieving Your Goals This Year by Travis Pizel on MoneyNing
With the New Year right around the corner, many of us will be thinking about goals to set. If you don’t want yours to fizzle out before February, read this.

How I Started Enjoying the Holidays – Without a Credit Card by Katharine Paljug on GoGirlFinance
Consumerism around the holidays is suffocating to say the least. Ironically this is also the time when we’re supposed to appreciate what we have and enjoy the season. Get back to that purpose with this post.