Happy Labor Day

Sep 01, 2014: We wish you a wonderful Labor Day. Hope your long weekend went well :). Ours was spent in de-cluttering our household. This year our focus has been to reduce consumption, so we refrained from buying stuff through "Labor Day Sale" promotions. It feels great to get rid of stuff!

Top 10 Dollar Store Buys

Top 10 Dollar Store BuysAug 28, 2014: Shopping at a Dollar Store is really fun. Over years we have observed that certain goods are definitely cheaper at dollar stores. So we created a dollar store game plan to cash in on low prices. We often wondered how they kept their prices so low. Later we discovered that dollar stores, whether mom-and-pop shops or local franchises of a national chain, get some inventory from product lines created just for discount stores. The rest come as remnants from wholesalers, which explains why we see such a wide variety every week.

However, we are suspicious about the quality of food and kitchenware sold at these stores. So as a policy we never purchase edible stuff or anything that has to do with cooking from them. Barring that we've found tonnes of useful goodies at rock bottom prices. Here are our top ten dollar store buys:

Quickbooks Simple Start FREE - Online 2014

Aug 26, 2014: Quickbooks is offering their product Online Simple Start 2014, FREE for 30 Days. No credit card is needed to avail this deal. If you have a small business with simple accounting needs then this tool might be a perfect fit for you. Simple Start is an easy-to-use free small business accounting software that can help you to manage your business better by staying organized, being prepared at tax time and presenting more professional looks.

Check Scam - Don't Be A Victim

Check Scam - Don't Be A Victim!Aug 19, 2014: We received a letter in the mail which had a check and a notification. It said that we'd won a foreign lottery! So far so good, after all who does not like free money especially lotteries. The next step was to deposit the check but there was a catch which raised our suspicion. We're told to keep the portion representing our winning and wire transfer $3000 back to cover the taxes so that we could collect the rest of our winnings! Our inner voice whispered "Scam, Scam, Scam!"

Back To School - Super Savers Guide

Back To SchoolAug 14, 2014: Back to school season is here. Parents and students alike are busy planning, budgeting and shopping to meet the semester head on. With rising tuition and increasing costs of school as well as college education, getting our kids back to school can be a major drain on our pockets if we don't plan it well. It gets better if we can get our kids to cooperate with us :). Well, easier said than done!

Top Traffic Referrers for FIRE Finance - Jul 2014

Top Traffic GeneratorsAug 05, 2014: July saw us traveling a lot. It was really a challenge to maintain this blog amidst our busy schedules.

Thankfully, we were able to meet the challenge successfully :). Heartfelt thanks to our loyal audience and friends from the personal finance community for sending traffic and visiting FIRE Finance.

We express our gratitude to July's top traffic referrers:

July's Best of FIRE Finance - 2014

July's Best of FIRE FinanceJul 31, 2014: July was renamed for Julius Caesar, since he was born in this month. Earlier, it was called Quintilis in Latin, since it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar, before January became the first month of the calendar year. However in the Gregorian Calendar July is the seventh month of the year.

We like July since on an average, it is the warmest month in most of Northern Hemisphere. Another interesting fact about July is that Spring Lambs, born in late winter or early spring, are usually sold before July 1st. Also, the major league US baseball All-Star Game is played in the middle of July on a Tuesday. And let's not forget that we (Americans) celebrate our independence day on the 4th day of this month. With odes to a warm month, let's "Retro-July" .....

20 to 25% OFF - Budget Truck Rental Coupon - Sep 2014 - Discount & Promotion Codes

Aug 30, 2014: We are extremely glad to present this great truck rental deal from Budget. It offers 20-25% off any Budget truck rental!

Why do we get laid off? A complicated corporate work culture ....

A simple ant
Every morning a small and simple ant arrived at work very early. Without wasting any time he started his work immediately. He produced a lot and was very happy about his contribution to his company :).

Dilbert's Personal Finance

Jul 17, 2014: We found a very pithy article (at fool.com) by Robert Brokamp about Dilbert's views on personal finance. The essence of the article is quoted as:

Save Your Wallet With These Penny Hacks

Coin TricksJul 15, 2014: Every couple of months our wallets wear out due to the stress of bulging coins on the soft leather. Often the cost of replacing a wallet varies from $10 to $25. We're wondering about ways to optimize this expense. One possible solution is to increase the life of the wallet. Another one is to do away with the use of a wallet! Since we need a wallet, we chose to go with the former one :).

On close scrutiny we found that pennies dominated the coins' section of our wallet. So getting rid of the pennies would leave the wallet flatter thus extending its life. On that note here are some cool ways of getting the pennies out of our way:

FREE courses from MIT available online

Jul 10, 2014: For those of you who are interested in advancing your knowledge through formal coursework, MIT is offering its courses online, FREE for everyone.