10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

A garage sale can be a great way to clean out your closets and make some extra cash. But if paying customers can't find you or aren't interested in what you have to offer, your hard work can quickly turn into a wasted Saturday morning. Garage sales aren't complicated, but they can be intimidating if you've never had one before. […]

Help a Reader: Getting a Loan

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am looking to consolidate my credit card debt into one personal loan. […]

Giveaway: $150 in Amazon Gift Cards

Today begins the third week of giveaways as part of Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. To start this week, I’ve partnered with Adaptu, an online financial planning service. […]

Review: Emotional Currency

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

Podcast 108: Extreme Couponing

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Donna Freedman returns to the show. Donna Freedman is a columnist for MSN Money and staff writer for Get Rich Slowly. […]

Personal Finance and the End of Days

Over the last month, I’ve received many emails from followers of Harold Camping, a Christian radio host who is claiming that Jesus will return to Earth and the end of the world will occur within the year. […]

Reader Story: I’m a Sugar Mama (and Proud of It!)

This guest post from Kerry is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader 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. Hello. My name is Kerry. […]

Forget the Outward Appearance

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why.In a recent post, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley (author of The Millionaire Next Door) quoted 1 Samuel 16:7 which says (in part): Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. This verse appears when God had rejected Saul as leader of Israel. […]

Follow-Up: Mason Shoe Company

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly. Whenever I hear back from a previous poster, I’ll share an update so that we can all know what happened. Last October, I shared a comic book ad from 1956. […]

The Technique

How do you cook pasta? I’m willing to bet there are a least a couple simple things you can do to make better pasta faster with fewer dishes to clean. How do you fold a t-shirt? It seems really straightforward and routine, but most likely, you’re folding it inefficiently and there’s a more efficient way of doing it. How do you chop an onion? […]

WaMu Free Checking Becomes Chase Total Checking: From Free To Fees

When free checking turns into “fee” checking. Let’s check on the latest update on a popular bank account. Remember Washington Mutual? This bank (more familiar to many by the name WaMu) has undergone quite a transformation. So much has happened to this institution that I thought to provide an update. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #19

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. Barbara Kingsolver on community This is an extended bit from a speech by the author Barbara Kingsolver in 2008: This is an ancient human social construct that once was common in this land. We called it a community. […]

Time to Rebalance in May and Call It a Day

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. The old stock market adage "Sell in May and stay away" suggests you can avoid risk and increase return by getting out of the markets during the summer. Seasonal investing hit a high after Sven Bouman and Ben Jacobsen's 2002 study. The drop in the markets that summer also contributed heavily to the trend. […]

Flat World Knowledge For Affordable Custom Textbooks

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flat World Knowledge for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. […]

A Sick Child or a Mountain of Money

My children have been sick for most of the week, so I’ve been sticking to old reliable meals that I can make with my eyes closed rather than being adventurous. That means no new “Dinner with My Family” post this week. Tune in next week for a new one, though! A few days ago, my two oldest children were extremely ill. […]

ING Direct Kids Savings Account

ING Direct unveiled a new savings product designed to help encourage kids to learn the benefits of better financial habits early on. The Kids Savings Account isn’t much different from ING Direct’s standard Orange Savings Account for adults. […]

The Difference Between What We Want To Be True and What Is Actually True

Almost all of the suffering we put ourselves through in life is because there’s a difference between what we want to be true and what’s actually true. During my early professional years, I watched as the gap between the financially successful person I wanted to be and the financially unsound person that I was became wider and wider. As that gap widened, I became miserable. […]

Vanguard Reduces Minimum Investment on Target Retirement Funds

I have a sort of love/hate relationship with target date mutual funds. In case you’re not familiar with the term, these are funds that automatically track a target asset allocation that changes over time. […]

Citi Gold / AAdvantage World MasterCard Review

If you travel by airplane often, and you find that the best prices for your routes center around one airline, it can often be beneficial to join that airline’s frequent flyer loyalty program. […]

Your Take: Do Tax Shelters, Dodges, and Rolls Anger You?

I’m a big fan of Bloomberg Businessweek, especially their iPad app where you can download your subscription and take it anywhere, and recently they had a really interesting special report called How to Pay No Taxes – very good reading. It held a lot of insights into how the wealthy are able to avoid taxes in entirely legal, and very clever, ways. […]