How to Raise Backyard Chickens

We’ve kept chickens on our small 3-acre farm for over five years. I grew up raising them, so I’m comfortable with the ins and outs of the practice. As food gets increasingly pricey, and consumers turn to organic and free-range for their egg and poultry needs, a backyard flock is becoming more popular each year. […]

Are “All You Can Ship” Deals Worth It?

I was poking around on Williams-Sonoma the other day when I saw that they have a new program called Williams-Sonoma Reserve. For $30 a year, you get free standard shipping on most items and no minimum purchase. It’s a riff off Amazon Prime, which gives you free two-day shipping on most orders with no minimum purchase. […]

How to Find Time for Home-Cooked Meals

One of the biggest money drains, especially if you have a large family, is the food required to keep everybody happy and healthy. I hear a lot of talk about how people want to make more home-cooked food, eat healthier, and quit spending so much on take-out or restaurant meals. […]

Do Programmable Thermostats Really Save Money?

Programmable thermostats save you money. That’s a no-brainer, right? You’ve seen that advice in books and magazines and on personal-finance blogs — even here at Get Rich Slowly. Well, it turns out programmable thermostats aren’t the miracle device we’ve believed all along. In fact, sometimes using a programmable thermostat costs more than not having one at all. […]

Best Money Tips: Rent Your Spare Room

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to rent your spare room, saving and spending habits to adopt today, and how to prepare for an emergency. Top 5 Articles 6-Step Guide to Renting Out a Room in Your House - Should You Do It? […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Dresses, Pillows, and Free Business Cards

This week in deals: coupons for JCPenney and Advance Auto Parts, discounted swimwear and dresses, stuff for the home and the office, and weird deals on combat knives and wiper blades. […]

5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift

Everyone loves receiving cash as a present, but sticking a $20 bill in a card is a little anti-climactic. At best you'll receive a smile and a thank you. It's money. We've seen it before, and while it is nice that you were able to put an exact dollar amount on your thoughtfulness, you didn't step up and give a gift that's memorable. […]

How Rich People Stay Rich

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down says that "rich people and wealthy university endowments stay rich and wealthy by following the following three rules": 1. Have the right asset allocation. That means the right mix of stocks, bonds, commodities, and cash. 2. Keep the fees to a minimum. 3. […]

Review: 168 Hours

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. 168 hours? That’s the number of hours in seven days – a typical week. […]

Podcast 100: National Financial Capability Challenge

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President of The Charles Schwab Foundation, which is sponsoring the National Financial Capability Challenge as well as the Make Change Count program.Consumerism Commentary Podcast #100 National Financial Capability Challenge: S04E21 / 124 Adobe Flash required Download – RSS – iTunesTable of contents[00:00] Introductio […]

The Fear of Missing Out

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this blog post by Caterina Fake in which she discusses the phenomenon of FOMO at conferences (in this case, the SXSW conference in Austin, TX). Bear with me a bit as I go down a little bit of a side journey here. […]

Reader Story: Saving for Something Close to Home

This guest post from Jeanne 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. […]

Your Checkbook Reveals Your Heart

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. […]

What You Are – and What You’re Not

I’m never going to play in the NBA. That’s an unrealistic goal for me, and I knew it to be an unrealistic goal when I was ten years old on the playground. I wasn’t fast enough and didn’t have the natural reflexes of the other ten year olds on the court. It was a painful thing for me to realize. I loved playing basketball. I still do. […]

Look Out for Changes to Your Bank Accounts

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last year Congress passed the massive Dodd-Frank bill as a response to the reckless actions of Wall Street and to establish protections for consumers. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #11

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. Ralph Waldo Emerson on the “good old days” Unemployment is at 9% or so and the media bemoans financial apocalypse. A few years ago, unemployment was at 5% or 6% and everyone talked about prosperity. […]

Free Online Personal Finance Courses - What's Available?

The following is a guest post by Brian Jenkins at BrainTrack. Looking for free personal finance courses online? They're out there, and many are offered at no charge by top-notch institutions, including leading universities like Rutgers and Purdue. The courses won't turn you into a financial expert, but they will help you make smart choices with your money. […]

Tossing young entrepreneurs in the deep end

Allowances for children are a tricky matter.  Whether to tie allowances to chores or not is just one question to consider.  I still don’t think there’s one right answer but that doesn’t stop people from taking a stand.  One of Gary North’s articles today (in his members’ section) has this headline: “Do You Pay Your Children an Allowance? Stop! You Are Ruining Them.” That’s a strong opinion. […]

Dinner With My Family #10: Curry Pumpkin Soup and Sandwiches

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. I’ll be the first to admit that when I heard of the idea of curry pumpkin soup, I thought it sounded dreadful. Pumpkin soup? […]

Capital One Venture Matching Miles – Followup

This is just a quick followup to the Capital One Venture Card offer that I mentioned last week. In case you missed it, Capital One is matching your the mileage balance from your existing frequent flyer credit card up to 100k miles. […]