Your Take: Should We Increase Minimum Wage?

In President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, he talked about increasing minimum wage to $9 an hour over three phases. The last time minimum wage was increased was in 2009 (effective Jan 1, 2010) when it was bumped up to $7.25. […]

Women: How and Why to Take Charge of Your Finances

Ladies, I’m going to be blunt — the statistics about how we handle our finances are depressing.  A USA Today article from August 2012 notes that, “Many studies in the last decade have shown that women consistently feel less confident than men in their understanding of financial products, their ability to make financial decisions and their perception of their current economic standing.” I’m not try […]

52 Great Weekend Projects to Improve Your Life

For this list, I’ve come up with not 20, not 30, not 40, but 52 weekend projects! That’s one project per weekend all year; no reason to complain about Saturday afternoon boredom anymore. All can help you identify a small problem or an unaccomplished goal and help you fix it or reach it. (See also: How to Have a Perfect No-Spend Weekend!) Let’s get started. 1. […]

Ask the Readers: What are your favorite personal finance blogs?

Of course, you’re a loyal reader of Get Rich Slowly – and we certainly appreciate it! But what other blogs do you read, and why do you like them? Many readers have mentioned Mr. Money Mustache as a new fave. What do you like about his style? What have you learned from him? […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Vet Bills

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on vet bills, items you can buy cheaper online than in-store, and the worst money mistakes anyone can make. Top 5 Articles How to save money on vet bills — Pet-proofing your house can save you money on vet bills. […]

The Best Cheap Food Sources of Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a key role in helping your body deal with free radicals, which can damage cells and may contribute to heart disease, cancer, and other ailments. Many of the high-powered foods containing these antioxidants come with a price tag that's high powered, too. If exotic peppers and gogi berries aren't in your regular grocery budget, don't despair. […]

Update on My Real Estate Efforts

It's been a while since I have updated you on my real estate ventures. But never fear -- my silence doesn't mean there hasn't been a lot going on, because there has. Here's a quick update of all the activity: We finished the updates on the first property we bought and I finally stopped writing check after check on it. […]

Just How Tough is Today’s Economy?

My timing is terrible, but then, you can’t help when you’re born. I got out of college in the early 1980s, when the economy was struggling and jobs were hard to find. Things got better both for myself and the economy, and I spent much of the 1990s and early 2000s recruiting job candidates at a time when unemployment was low and qualified job seekers were hard to find. […]

What Is Your Logjam?

During the months leading up to our financial meltdown in April 2006, I knew that there were some serious financial problems brewing in our life. We had a lot of debt and didn’t own any major assets and we seemed to be consistently spending less than we earned. […]

Should You Buy Dental and Vision Insurance?

Right now, I’m going through the process of deciding whether or not I want to buy dental insurance. […]

Proposal: A Formula for Your Personal Human Capital

Calculating your net worth is easy. First find the value of all your assets, including your bank accounts, cash lying around the house, investments, and major assets like real property. Next find the value of all your liabilities, including loans, credit card balances, bills you have to pay soon. Subtract the liabilities value from the assets value and you have your net worth. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Calm Before the Storm

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Using a blog for sales 2. Emergency document contents 3. No 401(k) at work 4. Local bookswap 5. Whole life insurance 6. Handling windfall 7. Pen-and-paper games 8. Negotiating with credit cards 9. Hand sanitizer or soap? 10. […]

AARP Driver Safety Course Promotion Code

AARP offers an online driver safety course (it’s a defensive driving course) for $19.95 and it qualifies as a defensive driving course with respect to auto insurance premium discounts. […]

The 5 Best High Yield CDs

Savers are having a tough time. Interest rates are low, and that means yields on cash are low, too. […]

10 Surprising Marketing Tricks You Should Be Aware Of

As an advertising professional, I get exasperated by the use of deceptive language and product claims that are misleading. From ambiguous wording, to modern examples of snake oil, here are 10 things you should know before spending your hard-earned money. 1. Excedrin — Many Names, One Product You’ll see this not just with Excedrin, but with a multitude of products in the pharmacy section. […]

Best Money Tips: Bathroom Remodels on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on bathroom remodels on a budget, saving money by reducing waste, and investing with little money. Top 5 Articles Bathroom Remodels on a Budget — Remodel your bathroom on a budget by changing the mirror. [Beating Broke] Want to Save Money? […]

Lessons from a widow: The real value of money

Last year, one of my friends lost her husband. After decades of marriage, they said their final goodbyes. Since I work in a mortuary, I often witness some of the worst days of people’s lives. And that day was no different. My friend’s husband, the father of her children, was gone. No matter what anyone said or did, nothing could change that unfortunate truth. […]

The 5 Best Water Filters

It's important that people drink water. Without getting into the nitty-gritty science of it all, consuming water is essential to our survival. But that doesn't tell us just how we should consume our daily dosage of H2O. […]

Reader Profile: PD

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Wine Prices and Perception

Over the past week or so, I’ve discovered the joys of the Freakonomics podcast. I read and enjoyed the book Freakonomics shortly after it was released, but it took me years to discover the Freakonomics podcast. One of the beauties of this podcast is that not only do I enjoy it but my kids are (more often than not) fascinated by the episodes. […]