Banks Testing Out More Fees

Last year, the furor over Bank of America’s proposed $5 a month debit card fee slowed some of the efforts by banks to introduce new fees. However, even during that time, some banks were quietly testing out account fees in limited markets. Those market tests are expanding, and banks continue to roll out new fees [...]Banks Testing Out More Fees from personal finance blog […]

How to Pay for Your First House in Cash

Here's a piece from Fox Business that details how one couple purchased their first home with cash. […]

Reader Mailbag: Trail Walking

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Frugal meal tip 2. Picnic planning 3. Roof repairs and homeowners insurance 4. Maternity leave challenges 5. Tax blues 6. Saving on phone service 7. Retirement savings and deductions 8. “Walking Dead” thoughts 9. […]

Credit Card Piggybacking Score Boosting Still Effective

Credit score piggybacking is when someone with a worse credit score “piggybacks” as an authorized user on a credit card issued to someone with a better credit score. […]

Burgers or Blogging? Further Thoughts on Pursuing Your Passion

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been exploring the nature of work at Get Rich Slowly. What does it mean to pursue your passion? Is passion what work should be about? Or is a job just a source of income? For me, there’s no right answer. Right now, yes, I’m pursuing my passion, and I love it. […]

Five Contracts You Should Review Each Year

Reducing your monthly fixed costs is one of the most impactful ways to save money. It’s impactful because one small change, which can take as little time as an hour, can yield such big results over the course of the year. Think about how much you spend on cable television and internet each month – [...]Five Contracts You Should Review Each Year from personal finance blog […]

25 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Beans and Rice

Hailed by nearly everyone on the planet as one of the most frugal food pairings you can choose, beans and rice form the basis of staple recipes from many different countries. So why do some of us avoid sitting down to eat them so often? Well, part of it probably has to do with the way we may have been raised to view this particular type of meal. […]

Best Money Tips: Cut Auto Insurance Premiums in Half

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on how to cut auto insurance premiums in half, saving money while getting fit, and reasons you should have a side business. Top 5 Articles Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! How To Cut Auto Insurance Premiums In Half — Get lower car insurance rates by having good credit. […]

How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?

Last week, we wrote about the power hogs that hide in your home, trampling all over your wallet while making your carbon footprint way too fat. This week we'll concentrate on how, going forward, you can combat your energy costs by purchasing Energy Star products. […]

Help a Reader: Saving for College

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My wife and I recently had our first son, and we're looking to establish a college savings account for the new addition to our family.  As you know, one of the first steps with college savings is to decide between a 529 plan or a Coverdell ESA.  Initially, I'm leaning toward funding the ESA, but I'll eventually contribute to my state's ESA as t […]

Talking about money? Please do!

I ran across this post on which argues that it’s almost always a bad idea to talk about money outside of the family. This topic of conversation often leads to jealousy, feelings of superiority, pity, and offense, according to writer Jennifer Derrick. […]

Go Outside (77/365)

Over the last week, I’ve mostly discussed indoor activities when discussing inexpensive ways to spend time with your family. Art projects? Usually inside. Reading? Usually inside. Making things in your kitchen? Usually inside. We’ve just been through an Iowa winter. Much of the last few months was spent on indoor activities. Today, though, the weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. […]

The Definitive Guide: 22 Ways to get a discount on anything

I used to take a store’s sticker price at face value. If the product I wanted was priced at $24.99 (or whatever), I’d pay it. No qualms, no questions asked, no problem — I’d make the purchase. Sticky price tags stuck on marked up merchandise led me to believe all retail prices were firm, fixed, and immovable. Guess what? […]

Podcast 152: LearnVest

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Ainslie Simmonds, Chief Marketing Officer of LearnVest. They discuss the free and paid features of LearnVest, how people are using the service and what sets it apart from other methods of financial planning. Consumerism Commentary Podcast LearnVest: S06E21 / 176 jQuery(document).ready […]

Why Do It Yourself? Digging into the Value of DIY

A few days ago, I spent more than two hours dismantling and reassembling the guts of a toilet tank. There were some issues with flushing, and I wanted to see if I could diagnose it myself (I did, actually; there was a small broken part that was simple to replace). […]

Reader Story: I Quit My Passion and Took a Boring Job

This guest post from long-time GRS reader Knot Theory is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. I’m a consumer of the personal finance blogosphere as much as anyone. […]

The Secret to Riches!

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Building Your Financial Fortress in 52 Days: The Lessons of Nehemiah. This post is from Day 37. What a loser. Nehemiah will never get ahead by missing these opportunities of a lifetime. […]

Minimize Television Time (76/365)

Whenever I tell people about the family activities I’ve talked about over the last week – art projects, lots of reading, making your own crayons, and so on – they usually end up asking “where do you find the time for all of this stuff?” Our secret is a simple one: we drastically minimize television time. In our house, there is a simple “no television” rule from Monday to Friday between the time th […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 17-20

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #64

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Over the years, I’ve served as secretary for several different groups. […]