Hit The Brakes – Get Real About Your Expenses

Being in debt stinks.  For real. I know.  For years I lived with credit card and automobile debt, worried and frustrated.  So, one day, I decided to do something about my debt. I hit the brakes. I stopped – took a look at where I was – and decided to go in a whole new direction. No Credit Needed was born and my life changed – forever. I think it’s time for a new series here – one I’m calling Hit t […]

Share Purchases of Equipment with Neighbors and Friends (298/365)

There are a lot of pieces of equipment that are useful to have around, but that you don’t use very often. Gardening equipment is a great example of this. Most of the gardening tools we have simply aren’t used all that often. […]

There Are No Dumb Questions About Money by Liz Pulliam Weston

Most of us have questions about money. How can I build my credit? What can I do to pay for college? What should I look for in a financial advisor? Some of us may even feel as though the questions we have about money are a little stupid. Liz Pulliam Weston, one of the foremost experts on money, and a popular personal finance columnist, believes that there are no dumb questions about money. […]

Better Bargains With Foreclosures and Pre-Foreclosures

I’ve taken a cursory look at the possibility of investing in real estate near where I live, with the intent of buying a property for rental. The numbers don’t work well in my favor. I’ve confirmed this with friends experienced with renting their properties in the area; most would not do it again if given the choice. […]

Reader Mailbag: World Series

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. Visa renewal worries 2. Cheap exercise in winter 3. Cheap package mailing 4. Bankruptcy and libraries 5. Selling plasma? 6. Thief in home 7. Hand sanitizing and long life 8. Cutting hair at home 9. […]

Side Gig Thurdays: Robert Bragoli, Marathon Trainer

Starting this week, and for as long as I can sustain it, I wanted to share some stories every Thursday from our readers of side gigs they started. Some of these stories are from people who wanted to earn a little extra cash. Some are from people who just wanted something fun to do (and get paid to do it!). […]

We all have our Joneses

When I wrote last week’s post, I admit to feeling a bit pleased with myself when someone made a comment about wanting their furniture to all match (and thus free pile-ism was hard for them) now that they were fully adult. “Who cares!” I thought to myself. […]

25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself

Taking time for yourself may seem impossible if you're the type of person who packs your daily schedule, or if you tend to overcommit your time. Even taking a five-minute break seems unrealistic to parents and those of us with busy lifestyles. […]

Beauty Routine Basics You Could Be Spending Less On

We all like to look our best, and a solid beauty routine is critical to achieving that goal. However, it’s easy to let yourself be persuaded into thinking you need to spend top dollar for grooming supplies. Here are a handful of beauty routine basics that might have you overspending, and tips to reverse the situation. […]

Best Money Tips: Fighting Killer Gas Prices

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on fighting killer gas prices, hidden money wasters, and shrinking your smartphone bill. Top 5 Articles Killer Gas Prices: Six Ways to Fight Back — Stop warming up your car. It will save you money on gas. […]

Shifting Money Worries Into Reverse

If you’re old enough, you may remember when Americans were, by and large, pretty responsible about money management. They scrimped and saved, and stashed money into savings accounts. They squirreled away cash for vacations and home improvements, rather than funding those purchases with credit cards. […]

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card Changing Its Terms

Readers of FMF know that I like and use the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card. It was even on my list of the best cash back credit cards for some time. […]

Pumpkin Stencils: Free pumpkin faces for some frugal Halloween fun

I don’t know why I’m doing this. Carving a pumpkin isn’t going to save you mega millions. Tracing a pumpkin stencil won’t significantly boost your retirement nest egg or help you pay back your student loan. I should know. I’ve done the mathy math to see just how much moolah you’d save carving pumpkins, and the savings are frightfully abysmal. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 10/25, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Building Wealth! Learn about making more than you spend, investing, and setting financial goals. […]

GRS 2.0 (still with cat pictures)

Now that J.D. has said his farewell, I wanted to introduce myself to the Get Rich Slowly community, since my name will be on many of the posts that are not written by staff writers. I am Ellen Cannon, the editorial director of the financial services websites owned by QuinStreet. […]

Organize “Work Parties” Where People Gather to Help with a Task (297/365)

One of the best memories I have of my college years was on the moving days, when people would move in and out of the dormitories. I always liked to be one of the first students to arrive and one of the last ones to leave, because I found it incredibly fun to help people move in and out of the dorms. I found this particularly useful on my very first semester in college. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rates – November 2012

The September inflation numbers are now out, which means that we can now predict the new (November 2012) rate for Series I Savings Bonds… As a reminder, the rate for Series I Savings Bonds is made up of two pieces: the fixed rate and the variable rate. The fixed rate is set by the feds, and has been at 0% since the fall of 2010. […]

Extending Your Health Insurance Benefits With COBRA Coverage

I was just perusing my employers HR web page looking for information on our upcoming open enrollment period when I ran across a link to information on COBRA coverage for employees who have separated from their employer. […]

Series I Bonds Interest Rate Update (Nov 2012)

Guess who just released inflation data for September? The Bureau of Labor Statistics! Guess who can now calculate how much a Series I bond will be yielding once the inflation/variable portion of the interest rate is reset in November? […]

Mortgage Fraud: U.S. Government Suing Bank of America for $1 Billion

I never liked the term “hustle” when used to discuss making money on the side. The word has the slight connotation of fraud or taking advantage of someone, and moving quickly to do so. Now, the word “hustle” is going to be linked to something more specific and decidedly negative. […]