Swap Your Used DVDs, CDs, and Books Online (181/365)

For years, I’ve been trading books online using PaperBackSwap. It’s such a wonderful service that’s fueled a lot of my reading over the past five years or so. When I first signed up for the service, I swapped a ton of books. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #80

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. This week, I’m going to include some of my favorite photos and locations from my recent trip to South Dakota. 1. […]

Lost on the Career Path

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Elizabeth Falwell. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #20 through #16

We’re on a quest to see how much money you can save each year by practicing some basic – and a few not so basic – savings tips. […]

Which Online Services Are Worth Paying For?

The internet has a bevy of entertainment and information, mostly for free. The majority of websites offer a small amount of entertainment at no cost, and more for a nominal fee. And although the record industry and television industry seem to be suffering for it, we consumers are coming out on top. […]

Shop for Used CDs, DVDs, and Books (180/365)

Everyone who has read The Simple Dollar for long knows that I’m an avid reader. I will read multiple books in a typical week. Because of that, I’m going to use books as an example in the description below, but the entire thing holds true for other types of media – CDs, DVDs, etc. […]

Education Costs Continue to Increase

Guess what? According to the US Department of Education, the average tuition price tag at public four-year universities increased 15% from the 2008-2009 school year to the 2010-2011 school year. […]

Risk Happens

While perusing the Bogleheads discussion forum, I recently ran across an interesting discussion about ways of taking on additional risk to increase expected returns. […]

Student Loan Grace Periods Coming to an End

While all the focus has been on student loan interest rates. Congress has failed to renew one of the most important student loan benefits for undergraduates: the six-month grace period following graduation. […]

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in South Dakota

Recently, I took a weeklong vacation to South Dakota with my wife, my children, and my parents. As always on such trips, Sarah and I try to look for the value. What things did we discover on the trip that were really enjoyable that were also free or nearly so? […]

Your Take: Do You Invest in Peer to Peer Lending?

When Prosper and Lending Club emerged a couple years ago, I was skeptical. Back then, they promised above market returns on investment in very small loans with the added bonus of helping people out, even if on a small level. The idea was that you could make small investment, like $25, with others to fund someone’s goal. […]

Nobody Has It All: Careers We Can Believe In

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. By now, lots and lots of people know that Anne-Marie Slaughter doesn’t have it all. Even though she was extremely high-powered, as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton for two years, she was not a perfect mom during that time, getting on a train to Washington, D.C. each Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. […]

Finding Balance: How to Practice Moderation

I've been taking these exercise classes recently that I think are the most "LA" thing I've done since moving here — they build long, lean muscles through low-impact ballet techniques (thank you, LivingSocial). Recently, this fitness company has been trying to push a cleanse. […]

How to Control Anxiety and Start Enjoying More

My husband tells me I worry too much. I tell him he’s right. I clench my fists when my plane takes off and lands, grab my husband’s hand when turbulence hits, and gasp when he’s driving and I think we’re surely going to crash. While I wouldn’t call my worrying extreme enough to constitute an actual anxiety disorder, I would agree that it could be tuned down a little. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Enjoy the Beach

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on frugal ways to enjoy the beach, deciding where to live, and networking boo-boos. Top 5 Articles 15 Frugal Ways to Enjoy the Beach — Enjoy the beach frugally by playing frisbee or flying a kite. […]

Funny Money Commercials

It's Friday, so I thought you might like a bit of a lighter post today -- something cheery to get the weekend started in the right way. So I thought I would post some money commercials that I've found to be cute/entertaining throughout the years. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 25

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Money Life and More says to use emergency funds if you need them. The College Investor reviews Monsanto. Young Adult Finances tells how to write a resume. Wealth Pilgrim reviews Scottrade. Prairie EcoThrifter tells how to limit waste and save money at the grocery store. […]

Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a few moving boxes, so we loaded it on the truck and left. Because we were so busy with the move (and dealing with the arrival of a new baby a little over a month later), we didn’t pop open those boxes for quite a while. […]

Mail Order Friends of the Frugal

Remember the last time you were skimming across the clouds in a big commercial jetliner, looking to pass the time? You may have fished one of the glossy catalogs from the seat pocket in front of you, and flipped through the pages of amazingly ingenious and high-priced items. If only you won the lottery, or came into a plum inheritance from the rich aunt you’d never met, you thought. […]

Work-at-Home Part-Time Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents

With the high cost of childcare, more and more parents are making the decision to have one parent stay home to care for the children.  However, this decision is not made lightly as there are usually significant financial repercussions.  We live in a society that is geared toward two incomes, so living on one income can be difficult. The decision does not have to be all or nothing, though.  With go […]