Buxr Review and Giveaway (Chance to win an Amazon Gift Card, Buxr Travel Mug or Tote)

Buxr is a small, tightly-knit community of bargain hunters who share, review and rate the best current deals on the internet. You can find lists of freebies and discounts there, and they make it as easy as possible to save money. Active Buxr members are rewarded with a chance to win daily cash prizes. […]

Review of The Instant Millionaire by Mark Fisher

The law of attraction is in full effect within the pages of Mark Fisher’s The Instant Millionaire: A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth. […]

Money Myths

In a couple months I'll be speaking to a group on "Money Myths." The speech will focus on things that most people think are true about money but aren't (and there's some supporting evidence for this.) I don't want to have a "regular" set of "myths" that are really just tips (for instance, "debt is good" and "buying a home is always better than renting" my be untrue, but they are really just tips - […]

Thousands of E-books: Free

When you think about using the library now, you may think of getting in the car, driving to the nearest branch, finding the book you're looking for - hopefully all the copies won't be checked out - then waiting in line to borrow it. But what if all you had to do was to log on to the library's website, do a quick search, then click "download"? […]

Reader Mailbag: Long Hair, Short Hair

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. Single mom, crazy life 2. Debt payoff or Roth IRA? 3. Pay cash for car? 4. 401(k) or IRA rollover? 5. Cut Roth contributions to travel? 6. Switch to HSA? 7. Watching sports without cable/satellite 8. […]

When Deals Matter

Some people are into deals. They collect and organize their coupons, they check prices on the internet, they shop multiple stores, they keep an eye out for surplus or discontinued items on sale, they buy used, they buy at auction, they negotiate with sellers. These are all good strategies, but they all take effort. […]

Free Amazon Prime for Students and Parents

Not quite three years ago, I signed up for Amazon Prime, which offers free two day shipping and discounted overnight shipping ($3.99/item) with no minimum purchase requirements on millions of items. If an item is eligible for “Super Saver Shipping,” then it’s generally eligible for Prime. In short, I love this service. […]

Free FICO Score: Score Watch Trial is Back (Yay!)

Whenever people ask me about getting a free FICO score, it’ll often involve a long process where I’ll explain why they will most likely have to pay for their FICO credit score. […]

Children Covered by Parents’ Health Insurance Plans

A Consumerism Commentary reader wrote in with the following question:I called our health insurance company about adding our sons back on our policy and they said they still had to be in school for 12 credit hours. Is this true? They said the new law did not effect them yet. Any answers for this would be great.It likely is true. […]

Travel and Money: Carrying Decoy Wallets

Traveling safely and managing your money along the way is an exercise in balancing multiple risks: theft, loss, high surcharges, and confusing discrepancies. […]

How to Run Without Music

I don't run with music (or podcasts, audio books, etc.) but I can understand the attraction. Logging lots of miles can be boring and pushing yourself can be difficult without distraction. […]

Rule of Thumb on Insurances To Avoid

Here’s the rule of thumb I use on whether or not an insurance policy is worth getting – if they are willing to sell you insurance without knowing anything about you, don’t buy it. Think about how much information you have to provide if you’re buying any kind of “traditional insurance.” With life insurance, you have to submit yourself to a physical. […]

The War on Work

I write a lot at Get Rich Slowly about Financial Independence, by which I essentially mean early retirement (or semi-retirement). That is, accumulating enough money that I no longer have to work. To me, escape from work has always seemed like the ultimate goal. This is probably because my father held out retirement as a sort of Promised Land. […]

This Money Making Idea is Going to the Dogs

Smart Spending lists five ways to make money from dog owners as follows: Pet sitter: $600 a week is quite possible for part-time work. Dog walker: According to Professional Dog Walkers, you can earn up to $3,600 a month. Pet groomer: Some groomers can make six figures a year, but it takes money to make that much because you have to invest in the equipment. […]

You Can’t Beat Index Mutual Funds

I don’t think you can beat index funds — I don’t mean this necessarily in terms of performance. While index funds are hard to beat even when it comes to rates of return, they’re even harder to beat in their simplicity and affordability. Index funds are a pretty low cost way of investing in the stock market and staying in it for the long term. […]

Review: The Checklist Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Every once in a while, a book I read for personal enjoyment becomes a book reviewed on The Simple Dollar. This is one of those times. I thoroughly enjoyed Atul Gawande’s first two books, Better and Complications. […]

Podcast 74: Not Your Parents’ Money Book, Jean Chatzky

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to NBC “Today Show” editor Jean Chatzky about her National Money Talk Night event and her new book, Not Your Parents’ Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money.Jean discusses many talking points of the National Money Night Talk event, including the right money topics to discuss with your children depending on […]

Why a 0% Loan Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brian writes in: I was at a local car dealership looking for a replacement for my truck. I only have about $8000 in savings so I knew I would have to take on some debt to buy. The dealer offered to sell me a new F150 for a good price and a 0% loan for 36 months for $589 a month car payments. […]

Reader Story: Working for Uncle Sam Overseas

This guest post from Mike 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. Traveling to exotic new places is a passion of mine. […]

Jewish Thoughts on Wealth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. In my Sunday posts we're currently digging into the book The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. […]