5 Reasons Tax Prep Software May Be Right for You

By Linsey Knerl I’ve been doing my own taxes for about 5 years now. Even as my needs have changed (I’ve gone from a simple 1040EZ to a more complex small business partnership structure), I’ve found that the tax software available on the commercial market has grown to meet my needs. […]

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edin Lefevre

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edin Lefevre was first published many many years ago and tells the first person fictional tale of Larry Livingston, a stock speculator in the early 1900s. […]

How to Buy a Single Share of Stock Certificate

When GM was knocking on the doorstep of bankruptcy (who answered soon after), I thought it would be fun to try to buy a single share as a collectors item. It was under a dollar a share and I really only needed one, so I assumed it probably wasn’t going to cost all that much. […]

Cheapest Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix

By Sonja Stewart If you absolutely have to have your caffeine fix to start your day, maybe you've wondered if there was a cheaper way to do it. […]

Using Toyota's Problems to Get a Deal

I've mentioned previously that a new car is on my shopping list. I don't plan to buy until the fall, but I have already been checking out Consumer Reports and some car lots. I think I'm going to get a Honda Pilot, but that decision is still TBD. Before the Toyota meltdown, a Toyota Highlander was #1 on my list. But there's NO WAY I'm buying a Toyota now. […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 03/16/2010

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How to Handle Irregular Income

It’s been a busy last couple of months, but I’m amazed at how well everything is going so far in 2010. Among other things, I just received a small windfall from my freelance and blogging business. My freelance income has otherwise been fairly steady, with some irregular income for bigger projects and other things. I try to make my irregular income go as far as possible. […]

Where Does All of Our Money Go?

Kimberly writes in: A few months ago (yep, one of those New Years Resolutions!) I pledged to get a better grip on my finances. I found some personal finance blogs to read and decided to start off by simply tracking where our money went. But it’s impossible!! Every time I sit down with our bank and credit card statements, a big chunk of the money is going away to places I can’t figure out. […]

The Debate Between Buy and Hold vs Timing The Market

By Silicon Valley ... It's interesting to see that with the advent of computerized trading and value discount brokers, a new era of people investing with the idea of getting rich overnight has exploded, even as statistics show that most short term investors do not make money over the long term. […]

The New Credit Card Statements Are Here

New Credit Card Statements Help You Get Out of Debt The new laws from the CARD Act have created a number of changes for credit card holders. Teenagers now find it very hard to get a credit card, card companies can’t stick your past balances with a higher interest rate, and new credit card statements make it easier for consumers to see the consequences of their actions. […]

What’s My Tax Bracket?

In personal finance, you have to make a lot of decisions with imperfect information. You contribute to a Roth IRA because you like the tax free growth and you believe that you will be taxed at a greater rate in retirement (otherwise it may be better to contribute to a Traditional IRA). […]

Beware the Downloadable Content (DLC)

I buy maybe three video games a year, which is as often as they make games good enough to buy. I find it impossible to pay $60 for a new game, partially because as a child of the original Nintendo, I got accustomed to $40 games, so I always wait at least a couple weeks to get a used copy. […]

Automated And It Feels So Good

I’ve always resisted fully automating our finances.  Recently, however, I’ve had a change of heart.  Now, not only are most of our monthly bills paid online, but I’ve also automated deposits for savings, and payments towards our mortgage. We have a power bill, a telephone bill, a satellite bill, and a cellphone bill.  Each of these is delivered electronically, via email.  The onl […]

Win $500 in the 2010 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest

For a long time, I’ve wanted to host another contest here at Get Rich Slowly. Not a “leave a comment to win” contest (those bring hordes of random people from across the internet, which means the winners aren’t usually actual GRS readers), but a contest that rewards folks for doing something cool. Well, now seems to be the time. […]

Roth IRA Conversion Thoughts

I'm in the process of deciding whether or not to convert all or part of a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA this year. I've talked about the issues surrounding a conversion (including six mistakes to avoid when converting) as part of this process. […]

Get Cheap Clothes Online or Elsewhere With These Tips

You can achieve a great wardrobe makeover even if you’re on a budget. Here are some ideas on where to get cheap clothes online and anywhere else. My clothing budget is one of the lowest you’ll see around. I simply do not spend much money on clothes. I figure — if it’s functional, I’ll use it. […]

Win a Free iPod Touch From H&R Block

This giveaway is now closed to new entries. Thanks to everyone who has participated. We will be selecting the winners shortly.It’s time for another giveaway. H&R Block wants to give an iPod Touch to two Consumerism Commentary readers. […]

What's the Best Way to Build Wealth?

I'm listening to Dave Ramsey's book The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness for a speech I'll be giving soon on how to get out of debt. […]

15 Examples of Finding Ways to Enjoy Your Hobbies with Minimal Spending

One big problem that many people have when they adopt a frugal lifestyle is the perceived reduction in enjoyment they’re going to have in their hobbies. Entertainment spending is one of the obvious places to cut in a budget because it’s not a base need, but it is a very painful cut. […]

Five Tax Myths

The following is an excerpt from The Financial Crossroads. […]