Some Notes on a Plant-Based Diet

A few weeks ago, I made an offhand mention that I had switched to a plant-based diet due to medical concerns. Over the next week, I received a lot of questions about it. Why? What was it like? How was it working? Was it saving us money? […]

How to Have God Reward You

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an interesting verse from Proverbs 19:17: Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. What's interesting to me is that if you are "kind to the poor" then there's a promise of a "reward" from God. […]

Reader Story: Pedaling Toward Financial Freedom

This guest post from Tammy Strobel is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

My “Reverse” Black Friday

This pre-Thanksgiving year is the time in which the internet seems to be abuzz with what various retailers are going to have on steep discount on “Black Friday” in order to get people in the door. For those not from the United States, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that occurs on the fourth Thursday in November, roughly one month before Christmas. […]

5 Unexpected Moving Expenses

Having just completed a move that took much more energy than I had anticipated, I realized there are a few hidden expenses associated with moving that I had left out of my budget. […]

Frequent Flyers, Dangerous Investing Advice, and Supercharged Income

A week from today, I’ll be on my way to California. I’ll be visiting my family in Los Angeles and Orange County for Thanksgiving and to get away. It’s not all personal, though; I’ll be doing quite a bit of work on Consumerism Commentary while traveling. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 13, 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. […]

How To Buy A Diamond Without Breaking The Bank

The following is a guest post by Phil Golden, the editor of Clarity of Diamonds. Congratulations. You are just about ready to buy a diamond. Perhaps you have finally proposed to your girlfriend, or maybe it is an anniversary gift for your wife of many years. Buying a diamond is an expensive proposition. For this little thing you are going to pay hundreds, or more likely thousands, of dollars. […]

Taming the financial paper monster

Getting a grip on all of the financial statements, bills, receipts — all of the paper, actually — has always been a challenge for me.  Here’s the cycle: The financial statements, bills, and receipts pile up. The piles wear down my psyche like coarse-grit sandpaper. The papers get filed slowly because I need to relearn my system for filing the papers. Eventually, the piles are fil […]

Lending Club Investors Get $100, Borrowers Get Lower Rates

On the peer to peer lending front, Lending Club has a few developments to report. They offer one way where you can invest in fixed income securities and a less traditional way to put your money to work. The idea is to fund the loans of borrowers “directly” through the use of a “match making” network that brings borrowers and lenders together. […]

Homemade Gift Series #9: Handmade Ornaments

This year, we decided to make a big batch of handmade Christmas tree ornaments for our home, just to make some “homey” Christmas items to decorate with. We decided to make them in the style of Christmas sugar cookies, with dough that would harden and look roughly like such cookies. […]

Blue Cash from American Express Review

You may have noticed the high ranking for the Blue Cash® from American Express on our best cash back credit cards page. I own the business version of this credit card and use it for all of my business purchases and some bills. […]

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective on the Runway: Next Actions

This is the eleventh entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]

Extreme Couponing: What’s Your View?

I understand folks wanting to save money on groceries. However, while at the grocery store this past Saturday night, I witnessed some hard core couponing. The guy ahead of me in line bought something like 24 cans of Chunky Soup for $1.95 total. That works out to roughly $0.08 per can. So how did he do it? […]

Ask Stacy: Why Can’t I Get My Free Credit Report?

A certain number of people will believe whatever you say on TV, providing you say it often enough. Example? "" […]

Kim Kardashian Prepaid Debit Card: Worst Product of the Year?

Update: The Kardashian Kard has been taken off the market due to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s concern over the prepaid debit card’s over-sized fees.If you’re the type of person to be outraged by credit cards companies marketing to kids, you probably are not a fan of the Kardashian Debit Card (or “Kard”). […]

7 Frugal Lessons from Great-Grandmother

If there is anything good that came out of the financial disaster we just experienced, it's the general public's attention to frugal living and the realization that money does not, in fact, appear out of thin air. […]

Your Take: Should People Get Homes for Free?

If you’ve been following the latest round in the foreclosure mess, you’ve probably read about how some banks have lost the loan documents for some mortgages. The gist, as I understand it, is that after mortgages were signed, some of the larger banks would enter the data into the MERS registry (which is owned by large banks). […]

Are Outlet Malls Worth Your Time?

One of the bonuses of traveling for work is discovering new things in the towns where I travel, like a great restaurant, boutique, or indie movie theater. I came across one such find last month that gave me particular joy — an outlet mall. […]