Reader Mailbag: Junk News

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. The downsides to cash 2. Math tools 3. Mortgage questions 4. Hobbies by the hour? 5. Bank consolidation worries 6. Politics and house sales 7. Online bank thoughts 8. Fast breakfasts 9. Student loans and kids 10. […]

Work-life Balance, New Challenges, and Thanks

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. I’ve been a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly for three-and-a-half years and an editor for the last one-and-a-half. In fact, I was one of the first staff writers to come on board, along with Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt. But this will be one of my last articles as a staff writer. My last official day will be July 4. From reader to writer When J.D. […]

USPS Online Change of Address Form

Before we bought our own home, I moved every single year. I hate moving. It seems like such a waste of time and resources but sometimes you don’t really have much of a choice. […]

10 Inexpensive Weekend Getaways Anyone Can Take

With time away from work at a premium and day-to-day expenses on the rise, many people are turning to weekend getaways to let off steam. What can you accomplish in a two to three day adventure, you ask? Here are 10 weekend getaways that offer something for everyone. (See also: Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?) 1. […]

12 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer

Saving on groceries doesn't just stop at the supermarket checkout. Have your dollar go even further by preserving your food and using some tricks to extend the life of your groceries. If you're throwing away food, you're wasting cash, and all the tips you've used to save money at the grocery store will be for naught. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Prepare for a Road Trip

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on preparing for a road trip, using your credit cards to make and save money, and getting reduced prices on Amazon. Top 5 Articles How to Prepare for a Road Trip — Before you go on a road trip, make sure you get your vehicle serviced. […]

Nine Great Ways to Blow Your Wedding Budget

Money problems are the top reason so many marriages collapse, people say. So if you want your marriage to collapse quickly, why not start the money problems early? Here are nine tips for blowing your wedding budget, leading to more stress than any young couple can handle: 1. […]

Cancel Student Loans to Save — and Receive an Interest-Free 120-Day Loan

Student loan debt is all over the news. There are concerns that student loans might be the next "bubble" and finger pointing by Congress, universities, and of course, students. There's a lot of blame to go around, but at the end of the day, you are the one who has to repay the debt. So, what's an easy way to have less debt? Return money you don't need. […]

Your Money or Your Life, Calculating Your Lifetime Savings Percentage

I have read several sites and posts where people have said that Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century was the one personal finance book that had changed their lives the most. For one reason or another, I had never read the book. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/24, 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: DIY. Learn about doing repairs and routine maintenance tasks on your own. […]

Transitioning Home: Supporting Service Men and Women Looking for Work

U.S. & the Problem of Veteran Unemployment For service men and women returning from active-duty, a period of unemployment is next to unavoidable. Most veterans make a non-negotiable trade in coming home: the sureties of military assignment in exchange for an uncertain spell of civilian unemployment. For many, landing a job signals full return home. But, for the 220,000 U.S. […]

Send in the Registration Form Immediately – But Fill It Out Carefully (143/365)

Whenever you buy a sufficiently expensive product – usually anything over $100 or so – you’ll find a registration form in the box. For many products, you need to send in the card to validate your warranty. For some products, you need to send in the card to get additional features. However, registration cards are one of those “not urgent” tasks that tend to get lost in the shuffle. […]

The Eight Tax Rules

The following is an excerpt from Securing Your Financial Future: Complete Personal Finance for Beginners courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. All Rights Reserved. Taxes! Strong opinions abound on virtually every aspect of the subject—at least among taxpayers. Are taxes already too high, or are even higher taxes necessary to balance the budget? […]

7 Best Cars for College Students

As another school draws to a close, thousands of high school seniors around the country are preparing to head off to college. For many, this means that it’s time to get a car. However, taking an expensive car to college can put financial strain on a student who is already expected to live off Ramen. […]

CFPB Introducing New Prepaid Debit Card Rules

I’m amazed that prepaid debit cards aren’t more heavily regulated than they are now. That’s about to change. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to unveil some rules for prepaid products and is currently holding a hearing in Durham, North Carolina to discuss some of these changes. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Insightful Questions Edition

Over the last few weeks, my children have been absolutely loaded with insightful and challenging questions. Why do people look different than each other? Why is the sky blue, since you just read that it’s red on Mars? How do we know there is a God? […]

Investing for Dividend Income: Not All That Passive

Passive income is the Holy Grail of financial independence. Although modern Western society and capitalism relies on the Puritan work ethic, the idea that labor is a value to society and hard work is the path to a spiritual and successful life, most people would prefer not to trade their time and effort for an opportunity to survive financially. There are good reasons. […]

5 Lessons I Learned from the Facebook IPO

Before the Facebook IPO, I wrote about how I wasn’t going to buy any shares. Then 11 AM rolls around, the NASDAQ opening cross on the stock put it at around $45 (that’s where the bids and asks meet, the NASDAQ gives you a general idea of where that is), and I thought why not play a little. I put in a limit order at $42 once the cross slipped to $43. […]

My Financial Evolution: Discovering What’s Right for Me

This post is from staff writer Tim Sullivan. “I don’t know what they want from me. It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see.” — Notorious B.I.G. For a while, just like Notorious B.I.G., I battled the stresses of lifestyle inflation, though on a much smaller scale. I was making more money than ever, yet more nervous about finances as well. […]