How Do You Keep Track of Your Finances?

I’ve shared a lot about how we keep track of our finances, so today I want to turn the tables and ask you guys to share your methods. As you’re likely aware, I’m a bit of a Quicken junkie, having tracked our spending, investments, etc. in one version or another since January 1, 1997. (Yeah, I know. […]

Your Take: Do You Use High Yield Reward Checking Accounts?

About a year ago, a new type of checking account start appearing all over the place. They were basic checking accounts with, seemingly, abnormally high yields. It was not uncommon to see them offering over 5% APY on a checking account. Normally, checking accounts offer a very generous 0% APY. […]

Ask the Readers: How to Talk About Money with Teenagers?

Most readers here at Get Rich Slowly have their own tale of a financial turnaround. Many of us were just plain dumb with money when we were younger, and it took us years (or decades!) to realize the error of our ways. But what if somebody had cared enough to intervene before we got into serious trouble? Corinne wrote yesterday looking for help. […]

Seven Costly Pro Athlete Screw-ups

It's been awhile since we've covered fabulously wealthy people who have spent all their money and then some, so when a reader sent me this piece covering seven costly pro athlete screw-ups, I knew I had to run it. Here's a summary of the athletes and their screw-ups: Scottie Pippen - Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen lost $120 million in career earnings due to poor financial planning an […]

Carnivals for the Week of April 19

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Set your sights on open season preseason

Was chatting with a friend today who hadn’t been to a dentist in a while.  His teeth are apparently a lot stronger than mine are, as he’s never had a cavity, but he’s still a little leery about going there because of what he might need to have done. Fortunately, though, we both have some decent options for supplemental dental insurance through our employer.  The downside is that we can only change […]

Earth Day: How Are You Saving The Earth?

It’s Earth Day and another time to remind ourselves about what we can do to be kinder to our environment. I actually asked my 8 year old about Earth Day and what suggestions he had in mind, to take care of our planet. He said: consume less, don’t throw bottlecaps and plastics in the wrong [...]Earth Day: How Are You Saving The Earth? Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

How Does Your Spending Compare?

Here's a new website that allows you to compare your spending to those living near you. You simply go to the site, fill in the parameters on the left including your age group, household status, location, and income, and you'll get a listing of what the average household similar to yours spends on various expenses each month. […]

2011 Death and Taxes Poster Now Available

In my posts last summer about understanding the federal budget and the truth about taxes, I pointed to Jess Bachman’s Death and Taxes poster. This monster 24-inch by 36-inch graph shows you just how the government spends your tax money. From the site: “Death and Taxes” is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget. […]

Four Atypical Things to Do Before You Consider Buying a House

Most articles focus on the financial nuts and bolts of the things you should have in order before you consider buying a home. You’ve got to have good credit. You’ve got to have a down payment. You’ve got to know the housing market. And so on. Yet those aren’t the only important things to be thinking about. […]

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Buying Series I Savings Bonds

Well, it took me nearly six months to take my own advice, but… I logged into TreasuryDirect last night and bought some Series I Savings Bonds. We were initially delayed by some snags in setting up my wife’s account, and then time simply got away from us. I was finally prompted to act by news that the variable portion of the interest rate will be dropping from 3.06% to 1.54% in May. […]

Maryland’s Cash for Appliances

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the first day Maryland residents can take advantage of the Cash for Appliances program, known as the Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. […]

The Fragility of Freedom at 60%

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.  I generally like to stay out of political discussions, but the topic of over-spending by our government has been on my mind recently and I thought this piece might generate some good discussion. […]

Opening an IRA With a Discount Brokerage

As a fan of index mutual funds for the long term, I’ve stuck with first TIAA-Cref and currently Vanguard for my IRAs. I started with TIAA-Cref because when I first discovered Roth IRAs, I didn’t have enough saved to qualify for Vanguard’s minimums. […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Gmail Account

ShareThisSomewhere between 2005 and 2009, Google's free email service, Gmail, exploded and became the standard for the average email user. This wasn't just by chance. Gmail became popular because it started offering more features than Yahoo and Hotmail. […]

Reader Mailbag: Quicken

I started using Quicken 2010 recently. I like it. I don’t love it. It does enough frustrating things to sometimes make me not want to use it, but every once in a while, it just clicks and enables you to see some great financial overviews. The best part? For the first three and a half months of the year, we spent less than we earned even if you include the check written for our new vehicle. […]

12 Cheap Pineapple Recipes

How do I know summer’s coming? The pineapple prices at my local grocery stores have started to drop. Available for $1.89 at the nearest Save-A-Lot, these things make great eye candy when displayed in a fruit bowl. They also provide material for multiple meals from a single piece of produce. […]

11 Small Ways to Save Big on Ink

Printers are cheap but printer ink is pricey. One-time and day-to-day adjustments can help prevent waste and save money. Try these techniques to lower your office and home cost of ink. 1. Change the font type Change the default font (often Times New Roman or Arial) to a lighter font, such as Century Gothic that uses less ink. […]

New $100 Bill Design With Extra Security Features

Today’s news is all about the Benjamins. The United States Treasury has redesigned the $100 bill, and it is sporting a number of technically and visually impressive features. Just like the movies, currency is going 3-D. The new bill has a blue 3-D security ribbon woven into the paper. The ribbon displays alternating and moving images of bells and 100s. […]