Some Thoughts on Product Placement

Please take a moment and watch this YouTube video before we get started. I’d embed it here, but the person who uploaded it has disallowed embedding of the video. If you’re unable to watch, the video is a series of clips from the movie Transformers, showing the absurd amount of product placement within the film itself. What do I mean by that? […]

Free Money Restoration Kit

I've posted on this twice before, but I wanted to remind you one more time before the offer slips away... 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 too […]

Reader Story: How Moving to a Developing Nation Improved Our Financial Situation

This guest post from Craig Ford 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. […]

Weekend Reading: Buying Your First House, Poetry, and Warren Buffett

Here are a few articles to keep you entertained and informed this weekend.4 Questions Before Buying Your First House. Here is my recent contribution to US News. “The decision to buy a house is about more than just mortgage interest rates, the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, and property taxes. Your home is more than just an investment, it’s also shelter, security and safety. […]

I’m Fresh Out of College, Have Lots of Student Loan Debt, and No Job. What Now?

I get some variation on the above email all the time. In fact, I could probably include some variation on this question in every single reader mailbag (yes, I filter the questions a bit as to not get too repetitive). The story is usually the same. A person went to college, often majoring in a field that doesn’t have enormous job possibilities after earning one’s first degree. […] Free Credit History Check (7 Day Trial): Service Review

Regularly checking the health of our credit is a good thing, of course. However, it becomes necessary if you’re in the market for a loan — especially if you’re planning to borrow funds for a big ticket item. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #3

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. My daughter’s enthusiasm for ballet My three year old daughter started with a community ballet program a few weeks ago. […]

Why Car Insurance is so Expensive

MSN Money goes into the details of what can make car insurance more (or less) expensive. Their thoughts: Negative impacts on a driving history -- Things that put you in an auto insurance company's high-risk category include recent or multiple car accidents, driving while intoxicated or tickets for reckless driving. […]

Blogging: A Demanding Task with Few Rewards?

Note: I try not to blog about blogging at Get Rich Slowly. Though some of you are interested in the subject, most of you are not. Today’s article is a one-time deal. Last week, a reader named Matt sent me an article from Chicago Business about how bloggers are quitting what they call a demanding task with few rewards. […]

PenFed Eliminating Bonus Cash Back on Groceries

Hmmm… I just ran across some bad news related to the PenFed cash back credit card. Here’s the scoop: Effective March 1, 2011, PenFed will no long offer 2% cash back for supermarket purchases. You will continue to earn 5% cash back on gas purchases made at the pump and 1% on everything else, including your supermarket purchases. […]

How Will The Comcast/NBC Merger Really Affect You?

It’s a deal that has been in the works for over a year, and it’s finally going ahead. […]

Follow-Up: Thrifting for Holiday Gifts

As I mentioned earlier this week, I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’m going to start a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly. […]

Dinner With My Family #3: Stir Fry with Asparagus

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. […]

Friday Finance Findings for January 21st

I know readers come from all corners of the globe, but those of you who reside in much of the U.S. have had quite a winter thus far, myself included. It seems like it’s been snowing non-stop for weeks and some areas have over three feet on the ground. I’ve probably shoveled the driveway more in the past two weeks than I did all of last winter! […]

Itemizers Must Wait Until February 14 to Submit Tax Returns

Thanks to the bevy of new changes to the tax code for 2010, the IRS is still unprepared to handle tax returns filed early. If you itemize your deductions, you must wait until Valentine’s Day to submit your returns to the IRS.That doesn’t stop taxpayers from starting early. If you use software to file your taxes, like TurboTax or H&R Block At Home, you can start the process at any time. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Your Take: Do You Use a Financial Planner?

Ask anyone in personal finance about financial planners and the first few words out of their mouth better be “go with fee only, watch out for those commissioned guys.” The only people who don’t say that are the commissioned planners! That said, I’ve never actually met with a financial planner before. […]

7 Common Investing Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Looking back on my years of investing, I notice some small and some big mistakes I’ve made along the way.  As I’ve talked to other people, I’ve found that others have made the same mistakes. In order to help you learn, I’ve complied this list of the top investing mistakes. 1. […]