Unemployed? Underemployed? Here’s How to Get Help

For a long time, GRS readers have been requesting a list of resources for low-income families struggling to get by. I haven’t put anything together because I don’t know much about the subject. Fortunately, I know somebody who does. […]

Opened A New Checking Account

When we moved in February, the distance between our house and our bank doubled.  No longer desiring to drive almost forty minutes, just to deposit a check, I recently opened a new checking account at a small, locally-owned bank, just two minutes from our house. My wife an I now have four checking accounts – a free, no-frills personal account, at our old bank, a free, business-only account, at our […]

Winning the Lottery Won’t Fix Your Finances

This is a guest post by Roshawn Watson of Watson Inc. If you like what you see here, be sure to download his free e-book “Your Foundation to Wealth” by signing up to receive free updates from his site via e-mail (no spam). You might also be interested in subscribing to his RSS feed or connecting with him on Twitter. Some people are consumed with the idea of winning the lottery. […]

Warning Signs of Career Obsolescence

The book The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career lists the following warning signs that your career may becoming obsolete (increasingly unemployable): Not knowing your strengths -- Can you communicate your value clearly? Complacency -- Habit and repetition become the norm rather than pushing the envelope. […]

Asset Allocation Strategies: Rebalance Your Portfolio

How are you rebalancing your investment portfolio? How many of you garden? For those who know me, I’m actually knee high in weeds right now, in our new lavender farm. After converting a few acre pasture, we decided it would be fun and even possibly profitable to grow lavender that supposedly does so well in our climate. But, despite the laborious process, the weeding must be done. […]

When in Rome…

J.D. here with a quick update from my European vacation. Our housesitter reports that everything is fine (and she’s made friends with our cats), while Kris and I are enjoying the best of Italy. […]

7 Tips to Conserve Heat and Money This Winter

Ready for winter? Here are a few ideas to keep the cold out and the savings in this season. […]

Review: Investing from Scratch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. This is one of those books I found digging through the personal finance section at the library. The subtitle, A Handbook for the Young Investor, intrigued me. How would this book particularly tackle the issues of the young investor? […]

Podcast 76: Trulia and House Price Reduction Trends, Tara-Nicholle Nelson

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Manager of Consumer PR and Marketing at the real estate website Trulia. […]

Doing the Math on Renting a Movie

It’s Saturday evening. The kids are in bed. Sarah and Trent want to stay up late watching a movie. What’s the least expensive option? Redbox If we’re already thinking about this earlier in the day, there are several Redbox machines within ten miles of us that we could visit as part of our shopping trip. […]

Reader Story: How We Became Reluctant Landlords

This guest post from Jolyn 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. […]

Jewish Thoughts on Wealth: Extravagance and Frugality

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. In my Sunday posts we're currently digging into the book The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. […]

Know what you’re saving yourself from

A colleague at work was twisting my arm to get an Xbox 360 so that I could “play with all the cool kids” and get my butt handed to me in the new Halo game.  This was after telling him that I already had a Wii.  As a parting shot — he knows I write on this blog — he suggested to me that it would save me money because I wouldn’t be going out all the time for entertainment. I’ve hear […]

Welcome Fox News Viewers!

I was so thrilled to be contacted recently by Cynthia Smoot, an evening news anchor and reporter at our local Fox News station here in the Tampa Bay area. […]

Opening Doors and Taking Chances: A Special Thanks to the GRS Readers!

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. If you’d like to continue following and reading Baker’s journey, you can catch him hanging out over at Man Vs. Debt. Thank you. This is my final article as a staff writer for Get Rich Slowly. Actually, it’s not going to be much of an article. […]

The Value of “Project” Magazines

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I subscribe to a handful of magazines of various kinds. What I’ve found is that these magazines (aside from a couple of freebies that we won’t pay to renew) fall into one of two categories. […]

Writing Your Own Business Plan: Thrifty or Foolish?

ShareThisIt might sound like an easy task to write your own business plan — after all, you know what you are planning, right? Unfortunately, it's not really that simple. A business plan is a much more complex document than it sounds. […]

Car-Buying Options, Worst Commercials, and Money Index

Is it better to buy a new car, buy a used car, or lease a new car? If you ask personal finance writers, gurus, and bloggers, the answer is always to buy a used car without question — and without debt, if possible. Here is the problem with one-size-fits-all, mass-audience advice. In most cases, this advice would be correct, but there are special situations that could change the recommendation. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 2, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (September 26 – October 2, 2009) Do You Want to Appear Rich? […]