Why Was My Credit Limit Lowered?

Jennifer writes in: Yesterday, I received a notice from [my credit card company] that my credit limit had been lowered from $10,000 to $4,000 on my primary credit card. I was immediately worried that my credit had been damaged by identity theft, so I checked it on annualcreditreport.com and there was nothing there at all. […]

Reader Story: How I Paid Off $18,000 in Student Loans While Still in Graduate School

This guest post from Andrea is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. I am a graduate student, working towards a PhD, and I hope to graduate in 2012. […]

The End Times and a Cashless Society

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Last month I highlighted a Crown Ministries piece on how we're becoming a cashless society when I asked How Much Cash Do You Use? In that case, the question and post centered around the practical day-to-day side of using or not using cash. […]

Crap: Hard to Open Packaging That Requires a Chainsaw

Or in this case, a butcher knife. I swear to Xenu, lord and dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, that if I ever encounter another packaging that requires stabbing motion to open, I’m going to send Tom Cruise and his Scientology pals after the person responsible. In all seriousness, from today forward, I’m genuinely going to make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing poorly-designed packaging tha […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 6, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Your Parents' Estate Plan Part 2: What You Need to Know

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. A thoughtful estate plan can make your heirs' lives easier. But it is your parents' estate planning that will make your life easier. Not every family has fostered the ability to speak openly in love. But if you have begun that process, here is an outline of what grown children need to know about their parents' affairs. […]

Friday Fiscals: Flush valve edition

We’re in our new home (albeit with boxes and such).  Tonight I started tackling one of the toilets in an attempt to replace a shot flush valve.  It won for tonight until I can get a bigger wrench. Squawkfox explains how to make a budget in an “unboring” way. Wise Bread reveals the one question that might get you free money if you’re shown the door by your employer. Free Money Finance asks, “When […]

My Stock Trading Strategy: Using Options to Enhance Returns

Can this interesting stock trading strategy help you beat the market? Let’s see what Stephen Jeske, an independent option trader, has to say. He’s come up with themeatballeffect, a complete swing trading option strategy. […]

Interview Notes

Earlier today, I did a lengthy interview with Dean Voelker on his Improving Your Financial Health radio show. […]

You CAN Entertain – Dinner Party For Dollars!

If you need to tighten the purse strings and think entertaining on a tight budget is out, think again. Here is our solution for keeping the party going. […]

Dallas’s Smart Power Meter Problem

I wrote last November about a rollout in my city to upgrade everybody’s power meters to the “smart” kind which should allow the power companies to operate and communicate remotely with our electricity. […]

Top Tools for Analyzing Your Salary

The following is a guest post by Raine Parker, who writes about online accounting degree programs. I like this post because it gives resources that tie in nicely to point #4 in my post titled How to Demonstrate that You Deserve a Raise. […]

5 Tips to Acing An Interview

By Kate Luther Before I embarked on my new life as a freelancer, I had both feet firmly planted in the Corporate World. With my DayPlanner in one hand and my resume in the other, I had big visions of the corner office, the corporate expense account, and business cards with some impressive executive title. Needless to say, I have had more than my share of interviews. […]

How to Report Visa and MasterCard Violations

In the past week, I’ve written up the credit card acceptance guidelines for both Visa and MasterCard. But what if a merchant doesn’t follow the guidelines? What recourse do you have? In short, you can report them to Visa or MasterCard and (hopefully) corrective action will be taken. […]

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Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 17-20

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or 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 […]

Frugality and Moving On to New Values

Over the last few days, I’ve had several interactions with readers who are heavily concerned about the healthiness of their food and other chemical items they bring into their home. In general, these people subscribe to the “five ingredients or less” school of eating, meaning they don’t bring home any food item that has more than five ingredients in it. […]

Precision Plastic Reduction Part Three

By Myscha Theriault It’s been a while since my last plastic reduction post. That’s because the further I explore the process, the more difficult I discover the next phases to be. I’ve persevered however to find new successes and frustrations. Ready to find out how this next phase of plastic reduction has gone? […]