Caretaking As a Career Option – What’s In It For You?

I am suffering from a rabid case of wanderlust after reading through the listings featured in the Caretaker’s Gazette. Who doesn’t like the idea of earning their keep by caring for properties throughout the world? I personally find the thought of caring for a villa in Latin America or Europe very romantic. […]

Car Sharing: How Playing Nice and Sharing Cars Saves Money

One of the most important lessons we learn in kindergarten is also one of the best money saving tips of all time — share. People save money by sharing library books. We save money by sharing movies and renting. Those who share tools by renting them at the local hardware store save money. This is one of the foundational premises behind the […]

Unemployed Job Applicants Are Turned Away Automatically

If you are currently looking for a job, you’re probably aware that it’s an employer’s market right now. There are many potential employees for each open position right now. This is making it difficult for recent college graduates, many of whom are likely to move home with their parents as they continue their job search. […]

5 Signs that You're too Obsessed with Your Budget

There is no doubt that budgeting can get you out of a financial hole. It can also lead you to employ better financial habits — a wonderful thing! But can you actually overdo it? Well, like with anything else, you can go overboard if you aren’t careful. […]

6 Documents You Need But Hate Thinking About

In general, there is only one thing worst than dying… it’s thinking about dying. If there is one thing worse than actually dying and thinking about dying, it’s probably planning on dying. […]

Patience and Personal Finance

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I used to describe myself as impatient as though it were a trait of which to be proud. While I still have a long way to go, I think back on that and have to smile and shake my head. […]

The Downside of Travel Rewards

Despite my revelation on Friday that we’re getting an AmEx Delta SkyMiles card, I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of travel-based rewards. This goes for both airline and hotel rewards programs. There are several reasons for this… Redemption difficulties First and foremost, it’s often difficult to redeem your rewards even if you’ve saved up a ton of points or miles. […]

Three Steps to See If You're Ready for Early Retirement

A reader writes in to CNN Money with the following situation: He's 50 years old He "absolutely hates" his job (it's stressful, requires long hours and he has a tough boss.) He has about $1.6 million dollars saved. The only debt he has is a mortgage on his house that equates to less than half its value He also leads a very frugal lifestyle. He's wondering if he can retire early. […]

Best of Money Carnival #56

My host for this week backed out and my back-up wasn't reachable, so I'm hosting the Best of Money Carnival, the blog carnival that recognizes the top 10 personal finance posts each week. Let's get right to the good stuff. Here are the ten best personal finance posts (IMO) submitted for this week along with a description of each post: 1 (the winner) - Walmart vs. Super Market vs. […]

Fix Your Bad Credit Yourself or Use a Credit Repair Service?

As far as I know, I don’t have any major problems with my credit. However, if I were on the verge of applying for a mortgage or car loan, I would tend to be more paranoid about my credit and would look into reviewing my credit history with a more eagle eye. If you’re in this position, then the need to fix any sign of bad credit should become a priority for you. […]

Daily Links: Ain’t No Sunshine Edition

I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty. Now, as an Oregonian, I’m okay with several months of grey and misty. I like it. That’s why I live here. […]

Happy Father’s Day To All You Great Fathers!

I hope you don’t mind that I resurrect this greeting during this special day each year. You see, this message is timeless! To all the wonderful fathers out there — especially to my own Dad, dear Digerati Spouse and Dad-In-Law — Happy Father’s Day. Love this image of Dad as Superman. Thanks, Bagley! […]

Review: Who Can You Trust With Your Money?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote an article describing an utterly painful meeting my wife and I had with a financial advisor. That meeting was painful. […]

Podcast 61: Summer Money Saving Tips, Flexo

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek talks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about his money saving tips for the summer. […]

When Interest Rates Head Up

It doesn't take any skill at prognostication to make this forecast: Interest rates are heading up. For one thing, they can't go any lower. Whether you think rising interest rates is good or bad mainly depends on whether you're a borrower or a lender. […]

Roundup: Joining Yakezie, Before & After Contests, and Links

It’s been a while since Bargaineering has been in a somewhat active “blog network” but I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the Yakezie, an informal group of personal finance bloggers looking to help each other out. I sometimes miss the camaraderie of the blog networks in the past so I hope will bring some of that back. […]

The Real Reason Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High – And Seven Simple Ways to Fix It

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months. That first month where the outdoor heat kicks into overdrive usually results in a friendly notice from the electric company with a number that sometimes has an extra digit that we didn’t expect or a “3″ in place of the “1″ we’re used to. Yes, it’s the air conditioner. […]

Reader Story: Social Capital and the Microeconomic Recovery

This guest post from Kimberly is part of the Reader Stories feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and 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. On May 27th, J.D. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 6: Get Insured

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

Simple Changes Aren’t Always Simple

One of my favorite writers is Ian Rogers, who blogs about his health at Fistfulayen. In one of his best posts, he writes about his use of the L.L. Cool J workout, which eventually turns into an astute point that virtually every “healthy diet” book focuses on the same handful of seemingly simple principles. He identifies six: 1. Eat five or six times a day 2. […]