Reader Mailbag: The Unexplained

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. Starting a small business anywhere 2. Challenges with life and education 3. Guilt about financial position 4. Handling major debt situation 5. Ads or not? 6. Advice on tree planting 7. Lunch staples for my desk 8. […]

Contest: Best Summertime Frugal Saving Tip

We haven’t done a contest on Bargaineering in a while and so I thought why not kick off summer, a few days late, with a contest? We’re giving away a $50 gift card to, one of my favorite online retailers (free Zappos vip!), to one lucky reader who leaves a comment sharing their favorite way to save money. […]

Signs of Financial Relationship Trouble?

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. With my husband across the planet in Kuwait for most of the past two years, we don’t fight a lot. When we do fight, it’s about three things: what I’m doing with the kids. What things are going to be like when he comes back (for leave, or for good). And money. We started out so well? […]

How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV

One of the first things I discovered when cutting the cable TV cord — and something I planned for a little, but not enough — was how to watch live sports without having a cable bill to pay. […]

5 Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More

Do you ever wander through the grocery store and end up spending more than you were budgeting for? Don't beat yourself up over it — supermarkets actually have several different strategies to trick customers into blowing bucks. […]

Best Money Tips: Unique Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on unique ways to cut wedding costs, beating the latest airline fees, and organizing your workday. Top 5 Articles Unique ways to cut wedding costs — To reduce your wedding costs, take advantage of daily deals sites. […]

3 Reasons Not to Save for Your Child's College Fund

Since I had my son, I have often heard from family and friends that college is going to be extremely expensive, and it is best to start saving now. After much research I decided that I wouldn't put too much into a college fund. […]

Should You Purchase Long-Term-Care Insurance?

Ever notice how once you begin thinking of a topic you seem to run into it everywhere? I have recently written posts titled Thoughts on Long-Term Care Insurance and Good Advice on Long-Term Care Insurance and now can't seem to get away from the topic. […]

Go Grocery Shopping Once a Week at Most (189/365)

Whenever I go grocery shopping, I always find myself eyeballing the gum in the checkout aisle. Chewing gum is one of those little things in my life that’s worked for me over the years. I like buying really minty gum, and I’ll often chew a piece for a little while before I meet someone. […]

Podcast 167: Women and Success

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ellyn Spragins, speaker, author, and editor of the Letters To My Younger Self series of books. Ellyn talks to Tom about how women differ from men in regards to success, especially regarding finding and developing their inner talents. […]

The Art of Saving Money on Food – or Anything Else

I can make a really good loaf of bread for about two dollars, all told. That includes the cost of water, of flour, of yeast, and of the electricity used to make that loaf. […]

Reader Story: Getting Off Track

This guest post from Nicholas 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 with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want submit your own reader story? Here’s how. […]

Sacrificial Giving

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. On my recent post titled More Thoughts on Tithing there was quite a discussion on the concept of tithing. Most of it was about whether or not a "poor" person should try and give away 10% of their income. […]

Don’t Eat Out as Often (188/365)

The average American eats an average of 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and five times a week, on average. This number equates to 18.2 meals in an average month eaten outside the home. When I first heard that statistic, my initial reaction is that the number was high. I eat out perhaps once a week at this point in my life. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #81

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. I spent some time this week working on a presentation designed to encourage people to volunteer their time to causes that they care about. […]

Which is Cheaper: In the Kitchen

Until the end of this week, we’re sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from long-time GRS reader Sarah Greesonbach. […]

30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 25 to 27

Welcome back to our series on 30 steps to improve your finances (if you're just joining us, you can get a full recap from the beginning by starting here.)  So far we have covered 24 steps, and if you have completed them all (which will likely take several years), you’ll be in a great place financially. […]

10 Ways to Save Money on Air Travel

We’ve been enjoying the middle-of-the-week holiday for more than one day, so we’re going to share a guest post from partner site By Jeanine Skowronski Airfare certainly isn’t cheap. […]

Watch Less Television (187/365)

Right off the bat, let me make it clear that I don’t think television watching is an inherently bad hobby. My primary concern with it is that it’s an expensive hobby. Let me explain what I mean in detail. For starters, the average American household has approximately three television sets. The average television set lasts around six years, and the average television set costs $400. […]