2010 U.S. Stock and Bond Lessons Learned

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Over the long term, stocks outperform bonds and bonds outperform cash, which was affirmed in 2010. Analyzing the breakdown of asset categories will help you craft portfolios that will perform best in this new year and beyond. Fees matter. The S&P 500 finished up 15.06% for 2010. […]

Why I won’t even think about paying for laundry services with gas

This is a lighthearted response to JD Roth’s laundry agreement that he has with his wife.  The sound-bite version of this fascinating agreement goes something like this: JD and his wife, Kris, have kept their finances separate throughout their marriage. JD despises doing laundry and would do it only if there were nothing clean left to wear.  He would hate every minute of doing the laundry, someti […]

The Pump & Dump Investment Scheme: Don’t Get Fleeced

I pride myself for not being duped too easily, if at all. I often make the claim that I can smell a scam a mile away. But there was one story that will live in ignominy, at least for me and my money — and that was a time several years ago when I found myself succumbing to a set up in a Yahoo! Finance forum. I Got Fleeced By A Penny Stock Scammer What was I doing in such a forum, you may ask? […]

Meet Bryan, Host of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast

Those listening to the Consumerism Commentary Podcast may have noticed that our latest episode, featuring guest David Bach, was hosted by a new voice. Our long-time producer, Tom Dziubek, is currently taking a hiatus from the show to explore a great job opportunity, and we wish him the best of luck. […]

Review: Bait and Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of my first book reviews on The Simple Dollar was of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. […]

Podcast 93: Debt Free for Life, David Bach

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is David Bach, author of Debt Free For Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom, the latest in the Finish Rich series of books and online tools. […]

Some Deeper Thoughts on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending

A few weeks ago, I gave a somewhat negative opinion of P2P lending sites such as Lending Club and Prosper. […]

Not Enjoying Your Wealth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are some sobering thoughts from Ecclesiastes 6:1-3: There is another serious tragedy I have seen under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity. […]

Reader Story: Money Lessons for Kids from Captain America

This guest post from Dustin Riechmann 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. […]

Managing Money, Time, Energy, and Information: Five Powerful Tactics from My Own Recent Experience

Earlier this month, Sarah returned to her work after an eight month unpaid maternity leave. Her return changed the flow of things around our house. Suddenly, I was back in the position of spending a lot of one-on-three time with the children, particularly during the workweek. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2011

I’m swamped! Kris and I leave for our African safari in just over a week. We’re mostly packed, have housesitting arranged (it’s almost like we should just have a permanent room-mate with as much as we’re gone), and have been experiencing only minor side effects from our anti-malarial drug. We’re basically ready to go — except that I haven’t had time to get the blog prepped for my absence. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #4

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. George Bernard Shaw on playing “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw I try very hard to live by this idea and include some play in my life every day. […]

The DOLP Method for Getting Out of Debt

WalletPop features the "new" DOLP Method from David Bach in his book Debt Free For Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom (FYI, DOLP stands for  "done on last payment.") Here's basically how it works: Step #1: You list all your debts. Step #2: You take each debt's balance owed and divide it by the minimum payment. […]

Are refurbished low-end computers worth the money?

My wife’s laptop is showing signs of getting ready to fail, so I’ve been looking around for the past couple of days for replacement options.  Since “buy used when it makes sense” is one of the very best money-saving tips I can give, part of my research involved looking for quality used options. We’ve bought “open-box” computers at places like Circuit City (remember that chain?) and Best Buy, and t […]

How to Close a DollarSavingsDirect Savings Account

As I noted earlier in the week, I’ve recently spent some time cleaning up and organizing our finances. As part of this process, I closed our FNBO Direct savings account. Today I want to share the steps for closing an account at another online bank that used to offer a competitive rate – DollarSavingsDirect. For starters, you should start by transferring your money out of your account. […]

Dinner With My Family #4: Bean Burritos

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Here’s what I’ve had for a lunch and for a supper over the past few days: Bean burritos. Very simple. Very inexpensive. Very tasty. […]

Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card $50 Gift Card Bonus

Well-known for having some of the best balance transfer credit cards available, Citibank has recently launched a new line of credit card products, aimed at attracting the consumers interested in rewards credit cards. The Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card is one of their new cards and it offers a 6,000 ThankYou® point bonus after members make $300 in purchases during the first three months. […]

Healthy Food Choices Can Be Economical Too!

Some of my favorite things in life (and many of my guilty pleasures) revolve around gustatory delights. But unfortunately, when the family economics falls into question, one of the things that may get sacrificed is the food quality of the household. Is it the case in your home that when you want to cut costs or save up for something big, you decide to start stocking up on potatoes? […]

Jeremy Siegel’s Economic Outlook for 2011

Jeremy Siegel, the author of Stocks for the Long Run, was correct with his prediction for the stock market comeback in 2009. […]

Friday Finance Findings for January 28th

I’m going to keep things short and sweet this week because I’ve got a nasty cold and should probably be sleeping instead sitting on the computer. So, no detailed introduction, no comments about all of the individual links. […]