Sue Your Broker When Your Investments Lose Value

I know Larry Hagman from watching re-runs of I Dream of Jeannie, but he’s apparently better known as the answer to the question, “Who played J.R.?”. Hagman’s now in the news, not because his next movie is in production, but because he has won $1.1 million plus legal fees in a suit against Citigroup. That’s not all. […]

Nigerian 419 Scams

One of the oldest scams is the book is the advance-fee fraud, more commonly known as Nigerian 419 scam after its huge use by Nigerians in the last decade or so (419 is the part of the Nigerian Criminal Code that covers this frime). […]

DIY Personal Finance: How to Take Control of Your Financial Life

This story originally appeared on Boing Boing in slightly different form. It’s my favorite article I’ve ever written. I’m not a trained financial professional; I don’t have a degree in finance, and I’m not a certified financial planner. I have no formal training. I’m just an average guy who was deep in debt, and finally got fed up with his situation. […]

Top Five Tips to Build Wealth and Success

Yahoo recently shared the top five tips to build wealth and success from the lives of several wealthy individuals (such as Warren Buffett). Their list: 1. Live Below Your Means. Being wealthy isn't just a product of your salary or investment prowess; it's learning how to save. […]

Why You Need Title Insurance

If you’ve ever bought a house, you’ve probably wondered if title insurance is really necessary. I mean, sure, it protects you in the event of a dispute over the ownership of your property, but how often does that really happen? This issue has been brought into sharper focus by recent developments in the ongoing foreclosure crisis. […]

Carnival of Money Stories

The Carnival of Money Stories is a weekly collection of money-related stories from the blogosphere. And this week, I'm the host! […]

Date with a Dragon: Meeting Robert Herjavec from Dragons’ Den

First impressions matter a lot to Robert Herjavec. This $100 million dollar man has made a fortune from his ability to size-up his competition in under 90 seconds and turn a profit on an elevator pitch. […]

Stock Market Strategies: Trading In A Bull vs Bear Market

Nobody can blame you if your views of the stock market have changed lately. Buy and hold investing is no longer as rewarding an approach as it used to be in decades past. With most decisions in life, no question has an easy answer and this is no exception. […]

Debt Reduction Success Stories

Debt Reduction Success Stories: I recently asked my followers to share their debt reduction success stories.  Here are some of my favorites: @Elle_CM has a great article about How To Pay Off Car Loan over at CoupleMoney. @FCN from Five Cent Nickel did an awesome thing and paid off his mortgage – in less than 10 years!  That’s pretty cool. @CanadianFinance recently hit a major mil […]

Banks deal with you as it benefits them

I was forwarded an article about a local woman whose bank, Bank of America, foreclosed on the house she and her family lived in only three months after her husband drowned in the river adjoining the property. Meanwhile, in other parts of Bank of America, foreclosures are being halted all over the country to make sure that documentation related to foreclosures was filled out proper […]

Review: Generation Earn

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I really enjoy reading personal finance books that target young professionals – the one group that I believe could use the personal finance help the most. […]

Podcast 77: Pam Lassiter, The New Job Security

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Pam Lassiter, founder of the career management consulting firm Lassiter Consulting and author of the book The New Job Security: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career.Tom talks to Pam about what’s changed since the first edition of her book which was released in 2002 and also about her career management strategies, […]

5 Best Money-Saving, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings

Salad dressing is a ridiculous expense. The non-refrigerated kind have all sorts of unpronounceable additives, and the healthier jar type found near the produce aisle run at least $4 a jar — and they usually turn bad before I finish them. A solution? Make your own salad dressing, and only the amount you'll use within the week. […]

4 Places to Start Your Debt Management Crusade

Even though much of the country has been working hard to bounce back in the last year, you may only now be realizing your struggle with debt. […]

Scarcity and Abundance: Escaping the Scarcity Mentality

Recently, Barrie left a very interesting comment on The Simple Dollar Facebook page: I’d love to see something about scarcity vs abundance. I can’t seem to escape the scarcity thought bubble. The ideas of scarcity and abundance have bubbled under at The Simple Dollar for a very long time. […]

Wise Bread Blogger on the NBC News with Brian Williams

On Friday, September 24th, my family was on the NBC Nightly News talking about changes we've made in the way we use credit cards because of the financial crisis. We'd interviewed with one of their L.A. reporters, Kristen Walker, a couple of weeks previous. Filming was a blast. […]

Scam Week 2010

You won the lottery! Just kidding… but you are very close. Wire $10,000 to my account in Estonia and the King of Prussia will authorize me to immediately transfer into your account a payment of! I need the wire transfer in order to get your bank information. […]

Reader Story: Even Better Than Enough

This guest post from Louisa Rogers 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. I feel deeply fortunate. […]

Does the Bible Suggest Being a Millionaire Next Door?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. As I was reading my Bible recently, I came across the following verses: Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food. Proverbs 12:9 (New Living Translation) Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. […]

Positating the negative

Our county had our annual Fall Festival today.  After trying in futility to corral all kinds of parade traffic, and after doing some hearing tests for the Lions Club, I went around to the vendors inside.  I ran across someone I had done some website work for before. It speaks to my lack of self-confidence in my abilities that I did all of this for free.  In fact, it’s worse than t […]