8 Invitations to an IRS Tax Audit

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/8-invitations-to-an-irs-a... ShareThisIf you aren’t thinking about a tax audit, you should be. […]

What’s a Credit Score? An Intro to Credit Reports and Credit Scores

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A good friend of mine recently asked me what a credit report is and how he could get his hands on his. My friend has a PhD. He’s a smart guy, and generally savvy about life. […]

5 Steps to Help Anyone Negotiate for Things Money Can't Buy

The following is a guest post by James Clear from Passive Panda. I have developed a simple system to successfully negotiate for things that money can't buy. With a little creativity, you can use this 5-step process to gain access to all sorts of amazing experiences and events without paying a dime. […]

Yakezie Challenge: Did I win my Beta challenge?

On October 8th, 2010, I announced my plan to enter the Yakezie challenge and get my Alexa rating below 100,000 by today. My ranking at that time was 132,955, which means that precisely 132,954 sites were hipper, cooler, better, and more popular than mine on October 8th, 2010.  (Well, not really, but Alexa would like you to think that.)  In reality, the Alexa rankings can be manipulated to some ext […]

Avoid Stock Market Losses! Beware Of These 5 Investment Mistakes

In early 2010, a Moscow resident, Lusha, had a stock portfolio that was able to outperform 94% of all of Russia’s mutual fund managers. Surely, Lusha is a professional investor with a lot of advanced knowledge and a who’s who of researchers on her staff, right? […]

Review: Lighten Up

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book. […]

Podcast 90: Getting More, Stuart Diamond

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stuart Diamond, Wharton Professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist and author of the book Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World. […]

Free Money Restoration Kit

For those of you interested, Crown Financial Ministries is offering a free Money Restoration Kit. It includes a 20-minute teaching video from Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, the "Money Restoration Guide" (a practical budget planning guide), a Crown Money Map™, and "other tools that will assist you all year long."  I thought my Sunday readers would especially be interested in thi […]

Who Is Your Real Boss? Some Perspectives on Career Success

Let’s get this straight right out of the chute: your real boss is you. “Yeah, right,” you might be saying to yourself. “Easy for you to say. You’re self-employed. […]

Living or Luxury?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from the book Christ-Centered Contentment. Lifestyles of the rich and famous “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Prov. […]

Reader Story: How Our Simple, No-Category, Mostly-Cash Budget Accidentally Paid Off the Car

This guest post from Heather 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. […]

You Can’t Make Someone Be Who You Want Them to Be

Change in another person has to come from within them, not from within you. One of the most regular themes in emails I get from readers is a desire to somehow change the nature of the person they’re married to. […]

Running in the Snow

One of my goals for 2011, like most people who make New Year’s resolutions, is to lose weight. Earlier this week, I started a training program that will lead me to be able to finish a 5K. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #1

I’ve decided to retire the Time Machine series (for now). Instead, I’ve decided to start a new series, highlighting ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

The Laundry Agreement

Yesterday, I made a passing reference to The Laundry Agreement. A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed a further reference in the screenshot I posted to illustrate the article. Kevin and Samantha both searched for answers at GRS, but couldn’t find them. […]

Four Ways Gold Dealers Rip You Off

Buy Gold and Silver Safely lists four ways gold dealers rip you off as follows: Gold Dealer Rip Off #1 - Threats of Confiscation - This is the number one tactic gold dealers will use in telling a story about how a certain type of gold could be confiscated, while another type of gold wouldn’t. Gold Dealer Ripoff #2 – European Coins Will Give You More Gold For Your Money - This ploy was the numb […]

Number 1 NFL draft vs. architecture degree

I wasn’t anywhere close to being an athlete in either high school or college, so I never would have been posed this question.  Nor do I really follow football. The headline of Frugal Dad’s latest roundup, Turning Down Millions for a College Degree, makes reference to a statement by Andrew Luck, a superstar quarterback from Stanford University, that he intends to finish his architecture degree in 2 […]

I Just Lost My Job! How I’m Downsizing My Household Expenses

We’ve discussed how to survive a job loss before, but the following post, which was written from the point of view of someone I personally know, sure hits home. Thanks to Emma Chez Sun for sharing her personal story with us today. Thanks also to Natalie Dee, for their images. I just lost my job. Boohoo, woe is me. […]

Dinner with My Family #1: Vegetable Barley Soup

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. […]

Wachovia to Wells Fargo Transition

In addition to my bevvy of online savings accounts, I have standard, twentieth-century brick-and-mortar banking accounts, though only at two banks. I opened an account at TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank) several years ago — because everyone loves being able to visit the branch on a Sunday. […]