30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 18 to 21

Welcome back to our series on improving your finances in 30 easy steps (if you're just joining us, you can get a full recap from the beginning by starting here.)  We last left off with the first three steps of managing your gap (the difference between your expenses and your income) -- create an emergency fund, get a full employer 401k match, and pay off all debt except for the house.  Once you hav […]

Do Proper Maintenance on Your Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit (168/365)

Your furnace and air conditioning unit are designed to be quite sturdy, but they aren’t designed to run forever. Their biggest enemy? Dirt and dust. Both your air conditioner and your furnace (along with your blower) are in the business of changing the temperature of air and moving this air throughout your home. […]

Podcast 164: Vanguard’s My Classroom Economy

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay talks with Shannon Nutter-Wiersbitzky about My Classroom Economy, a model classroom curriculum designed by Vanguard. […]

The Remnants of a Past Life

A few months ago, my parents handed me a small tub of items that they’d found in their home. They had spent some time renovating the upstairs of their home to make it more comfortable for guests and, in the process, they cleaned out a bunch of old things that had been there since I still lived there. […]

Reader Story: Financial Advice for a Five-Year-Old

This guest post from Neil Wyn-Jones is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly, and a perfect post for Father’s Day. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want submit your own reader story? Here’s how. […]

More Thoughts on Tithing

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Recently the Christian Financial Alliance asked several bloggers the following question: “What are your convictions regarding the practice of tithing?” Here was my response: “I believe that 10% of gross income is the minimum a person or family should give to their local church. […]

Do an Insulation Inspection (167/365)

The more insulation in your walls, the less heat will transfer through your walls. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #78

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. 1. Nietzsche on tiredness and focus Most of my mistakes are made when I’m overworked. […]

How I Won $10,200 on Game Shows

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 Chip Chinery, who writes about personal finance at Chip’s Money Tips. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #45 through #41

Here's the latest post in my list of the 52 best money saving tips in countdown order. The intent of this series is that these ideas can be applied throughout the year, a week at a time, to help you improve your financial situation and maximize your savings. […]

Install Ceiling Fans in Every Room You Spend Time In (166/365)

Few things feel better than a sudden breeze on a hot summer day when you’ve been outside working on something. The sudden movement of the air feels incredibly good on your skin. Most of the time, though, it’s just hot air moving around a little bit. Your skin might feel cool, but it’s just hot air blowing past it. This works because of a few basic properties of your skin. […]

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories for Summer 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus

This is just a quick reminder that it’s time for Chase Freedom cardholders to sign up for the summer bonus categories. As you may recall, this card offers 1% cash back on all purchases with an additional 4% (5% total) in rotating categories. The categories for July-September are gas stations and restaurants. If you’ve signed up for auto-enrollment, there’s nothing more to do. […]

Time-Shifting Your Credit Card Purchases to Maximize Rewards

A few months ago, I provided some tips for maximizing your credit card rewards. I then promptly forgot to take my own advice about labeling our cards for the current quarter. […]

It’s More Expensive to Raise Kids Today

Despite low or stagnant measures of inflation, at least as those numbers are reported by the government, families are faced with expenses that continue to rise. It’s been a while since I last wrote about the Department of Agriculture’s calculation of the cost of raising a child. […]

Insanity and Perseverance

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We’ve all heard that chestnut many times. I’ve seen it attributed to many places: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, mystery writer Rita Mae Brown, the Narcotics Anonymous handbook. The phrase makes a good point in some ways. All of us get stuck in ruts. […]

Your Take: Would You Buy a Doomsday Bunker?

At the depths of the financial crisis, interest in doomsday bunkers soared as some people feared the collapse of the United States. CNN profiled Patrick Geryl, who spent $130,000 on survival prep and author of How to Survive 2012, and discussed what he was doing to prepare. […]

Frugal or Foolish? Our Cruise-Ship Wedding

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 Honey Smith, who says she’s at the beginning of her debt-reduction journey. […]

How to See the Summer's Blockbuster Movies Without Breaking the Bank

The summer's blockbuster movies are here (finally!) so you can give your Netflix queue a rest. Are you gearing up to see The Dark Knight Rises, Brave, and/or Prometheus? Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cinema alone or with friends (so long as their A/C is working). But "the full movie theater experience" — complete with popcorn, soda, Snow Caps, and the like — can be pricey. […]

10 Out-of-Fashion but Totally Frugal Old Tools

We all love the convenience that modern technology affords, but that convenience often comes with a hefty price tag. You don’t have to pay top dollar for newfangled devices, however. […]

Best Money Tips: Money Tips for Couples

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on money tips for couples, eating out on a budget, and online safety tips. Top 5 Articles 8 Money Tips for Couples — Couples should remember to think about retirement and not try to keep up with the Joneses. […]