Download My Free eBook: Invest Like a Pro

Are you tired of all the investing gimmicks out there? Invest in gold, buy commodities, short stocks, trade Forex, and all of that garbage? You’re not alone. Companies are targeting investors and trying to lure them into more uncommon investments in part thanks to the weak economy and stock market performance over the last few years. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now live. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Creating Wealth With What You Already Have. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

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. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or sell old house? 7. Retirement calculations 8. […]

5 Ways to Make Money with Amazon Mechanical Turk

The Amazon Mechanical Turk or MTurk is a service that was created so that those who need work done can hire thousands of human workers for much less than minimum wage. Each task is called a HIT and it can be as simple as clicking a link and as complex as writing an entire computer program. […]

P/E Ratios

I’m not a skilled investor, particularly when it comes to short-term prognostication, and my long-term track record has yet to be established considering my first investing decision was less than ten years ago. I don’t invest in many individual stocks. […]

Lending Club: One Year Later

It’s been a bit over a year since I started investing with Lending Club, so I thought I’d put together an overview of my experiences. For those that haven’t been following along, I first set up two test portfolios focusing on low risk vs. high risk loans. For these test portfolios, I let Lending Club auto-select the loans. […]

Financial Contingency Plan Series

I’m sure you’ll agree – the best time to plan for a disaster is before it strikes. That’s why, during the Cold War, people built bomb shelters before the bombs actually struck. […]

Downshifting: The First Day of the Rest of My Life

“This is it,” I told my wife last Monday. “This is what?” Kris asked. “This is the first day of the rest of my life,” I said. She knew what I meant. For the past few years, I’ve been living in a self-created whirlwind of busy-ness. […]

The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire, Third Edition lists, as you may have guessed from the title, the 12 most important decisions you must make before you retire. Here's their list (stated as questions): Am I ready to retire? Can I afford to retire? When should I apply for Social Security? How should I take my pension payments? […]

Review: Power of 2

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the most powerful things you can do in the path towards building the career you want, the social connections you want, and the financial path you want is simply work on improving your ability to build and sustain relationships with other people. […]

Roundup: Electric and Hybrid Cars

GM announced this week that the Chevrolet Volt’s battery will be guaranteed for 100,000 miles or eight years. That’s a long time to warranty anything, let alone a lithium-ion battery that is expected to power the car for up to 40 miles (more than other gas/electric hybrids). […]

Got Company Stock Options? Here’s How They Work

How many of you have ever received stock option grants as part of your Total Compensation Package with your company? I’ve been getting documents (that reference my options) every Christmas from the company I work for and I would simply file away the large manila folder labeled Options into my desk drawer. […]

Don’t blow your dough! Use the Windfall Planner Worksheet

The Windfall Planner Worksheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. It’s a pretty sweet day when a nice tidy sum of cash falls into your wallet. Perhaps you’ve earned a bonus, received an inheritance, won the lottery, or found another source of financial fortune. Whee! Free money! […]

O Pioneers

Come my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready, Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers! Our adult lives are a long journey, and as with all journies, those who prepare adequately for that journey will see the most success. […]

Reader Story: Rich Dad, Stingy Dad

This guest post from Anna is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general “how I did X” 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. My experience with money is probably the opposite of many readers here. […]

13 Timeless Finance Tips from The Bible

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Online Christian Colleges lists 13 timeless finance tips from the Bible (along with reference verses) as follows: 1. Make a budget so that you can anticipate your expenses ahead of time. Luke 14:28-30 2. Be honest without fail in your financial dealings and never try to cheat others. […]

Eleven Effective Ways to Reduce Your Laundry Costs

We currently have five people living at our home. Let’s say, hypothetically, we all change clothes twice a day (it’s often more than that due to the nonstop accidents, spills, and other things that go on in such a household). That’s ten outfits’ worth of clothes to wash each and every day. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 17, 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. […]