Reader Mailbag: NCAA Tournament Predictions

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. Handling a windfall 2. Underwater on mortgage 3. The best next step 4. More for the mortgage? 5. Saving up for payments 6. Package price increase 7. Maximize investments or pay mortgage? 8. Exercising at home 9. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 1-4

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Americans Finally Get It, But Is Saving Money Slowing Recovery? Enjoy! […]

How to Avoid Getting Hired

Jobs aren't exactly pouring out of every corner of the market right now. Whether you need a full-time job, a part-time bill payer, new clients for your business, or a second job, the market is tight even for the most qualified candidates. […]

Safe Donations to Victims of the Tsunami in Japan

Updated March 16, 2011. If you have been paying attention to the media, you most likely saw terrifying footage of tsunami waves destroying much of the eastern coastal areas of Japan, particularly Miyagi prefecture. […]

10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies

Dogs. These days, it seems like man’s best friend is an even better friend to the retail outlets. If you can think of a dog accessory or toy, it’s out there, and often at a whopping price tag. I sometimes scratch my head in the aisles of Pet Smart and PetCo, thinking “Really, $8 for a tennis ball and a white cord? […]

Do I Have to Report This Income?

Today we're going to play a game called "Do I Have to Report This Income?" It will teach us a little about tax filing requirements and present some interesting situations about what income is taxable and what can be left off a tax return. When doing taxes, there are a ton of ways to get around reporting income. […]

Understanding How Income Is Taxed

Remember when Warren Buffett famously declared that he paid a lower tax rate than his administrative assistant? It probably confused a lot of people who aren’t familiar with the myriad of ways our income is taxed and that confusion can lead to misplaced frustration and anger. […]

You Can Have It All (Just Not All At Once)

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. […]

How to Apply for a Posted Opening

The following is reprinted with permission from Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy. Copyright © 2011 by Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Review: Evil Plans

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 99: Swipe Fees and the End of Free Checking?

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Preeti Vissa, community reinvestment director of The Greenlining Institute, an organization whose mission is to empower communities of color and other disadvantaged groups through multi-ethnic economic and leadership development, civil rights, and anti-redlining activities.Consumerism Commentary Podcast #99 Swipe Fees: S04E20 / 123 Adobe Flas […]

Some Thoughts on Entering Drawings

I have several friends who have made something of a hobby of simply trawling the web, looking for sites that are offering giveaways, entering them, and then looking for the next one. After finally spending a couple of afternoons doing this at the behest of a couple of them, I find some good things – and some bad things – about doing this. It is an inexpensive hobby. […]

What’s Your Investment Risk Profile?

The first thing about learning how to invest in the stock market is to know what kind of investor risk profile you have. In so doing, you will determine how best to asset allocate your savings among various asset classes. Not knowing what kind of profile you have or what you are investing in may [...]What’s Your Investment Risk Profile? […]

Reader Story: How I Avoided Student Loans

This guest post from Crystal 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. […]

Life is Not Measured by How Much You Own

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Check out this cool verse I ran into the other day: Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. […]

The Tricky Tax Refund

Like many self-employed folks, for me April 15 means a day to write a check to the government. Even if I do manage to get a refund, I’m still writing a check on that day to pay my first batch of estimated taxes for 2011. It wasn’t all that long ago, though, when April 15 usually meant that I would be receiving a tax refund check. Back in those days, my tax refund check was a wonder. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #10

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. 1. A brother learning, a brother teaching My two sons have been amazing this past week. Our ten month old (the baby) has been trying very hard to learn how to crawl and to pull himself up on things for the past few weeks. […]

Tips for When Kids Move Back Home after College

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down lists the following steps to take when kids move back home after college: Have a close-ended agreement. Pay rent or forced savings for apartment deposit. Job search progress reports. […]