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. […]

Creating Productive Workspaces

Link: ShareThisI spent most of my professional life as a freelancer, working from virtually anywhere: at coffee shops, libraries, bars, porches, the outdoors, and my home office. […]

Did Your Federal Income Tax Withholding Increase? Here’s Why…

In the past few days, I’ve heard from several readers who noted that their federal income tax withholding has increased in 2011 despite the fact that 2011 income tax rates will be unchanged from 2010. This situation has been made more confusing by the so-called Payroll Tax Holiday, which knocks 2% off your Social Security taxes. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Organize Dresser Drawers

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share tips for organizing dresser drawers, a way to help you keep your cool, and advice for college students living on a budget. Top 5 Articles 5 Tips for Organizing Dresser Drawers — I've been using the filing method for three years now. It really works! […]

How to Buy Facebook Shares Now

I mentioned recently that although Goldman Sachs appears to be trying to come up with a plan to skirt the regulations set forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook may be required to publicly disclose financial reports when the number of individual private investors is at least 500. […]

The Post-Christmas Challenge

This year for Christmas, most of the items my wife and I received were small and/or served some specific utility in our lives. I received some grape juice with which to make homemade wine (pinot noir), a replacement for our small saucepan, and some books (among other things). My wife received similar small items. Our kids? Not so much. Here’s the challenge with our children. […]