Do the Research (11/365)

A friend of mine told me that for every $100 he spends on buying an item, he devotes an hour of research to the purchase before making a move. That seems like a good rule of thumb. In fact, I’d go even further: for every $100 I spend on an item over the item’s lifetime, I try to devote an hour to researching the purchase before making a move. What do I mean by that? Take a car, for example. […]

9 Facts about the Santorum Tax Plan

Mitt Romney may have the eyes of the Republican party right now but there’s no doubt that the race is far from over. […]

The High Cost of Convenience

The other night while on my way home from work, I was reminded of the high cost of convenience. We were in the mood for margaritas, so I stopped by the liquor store to pick up some tequila and mix. As it turns out, they were out of the mix I was after, but I made a mental note of the price. I then stopped off at the grocery store (a bit out of my way, but not too far) to grab the mix there. […]

Refresh Your Finances for a New Year

A new year offers the chance for new beginnings. While it’s true that you can improve all year, and start new projects in any month you desire, we humans tend to want to have a time that we can designate as “the beginning.” The start of a brand new, unspoiled, year is often such a time. As a result, the new year is a perfect time to refresh your finances. […]

Beware of shrinking products with increasing price tags

Back in the 80s I had a strange fascination with Shrinky Dinks — the toy, not ‘the deflating disappointment’. Sigh. […]

Eight Ways to Save Money When Eating at a Restaurant

Eating out is fun, relaxing, tasty…and darn expensive! The current tough economic times have forced a lot of people to trim their dining budgets, but it’s a hard thing to give up altogether. […]

The Gap Between New Car and Used Car Costs Shrinks

Personally, I prefer to buy new cars (then keep them for years.) The numbers argue for a different option -- to buy used instead because you'll save a TON of money. That said, the gap of what you'll save by buying used versus new is shrinking. […]

The Worst Celebrity Tax Problems

It’s with a tinge of schadenfreude that people are fascinated with the failures and foibles of famous celebrities. Every year, the IRS chases people who evade or underpay federal income tax, and actors and popular figures in the media, who often don’t manage their own finances, make the news. The latest is Lindsay Lohan. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sickness and Timing

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. Helping partner build credit score 2. Rechargeable batteries 3. Job and heavy course load 4. Renting a mailbox 5. Reading time 6. Thrift clothes for tall folks 7. To sell or not? 8. Car search in new location 9. […]

12 Month Calendar and Task List For A Secure Retirement

Your retirement plan is only as strong as the weakest link. The final link in that chain is the 12 months leading up to your actual retirement date. It is a critically important time period requiring specific action steps to realize the full value of your long-term savings plan. […]

What Really Makes Your Retirement Accounts Grow

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. As far as investing goes, 2011 won’t be a particularly memorable year. […]

LCD Price Fixing Settlement

Near the end of last year, there was a settlement in the big price fixing lawsuit against some LCD panel and LCD panel component makers. Samsung, Sharp, Hitachi, and several others had agreed to pay $538 million for colluding to inflate the price of thin film transistor LCD panels, which are used in a variety of products from computer screens to televisions. […]

How to Go on a Financial Detox

You've probably heard the term "cleanse" or "detox" in reference to physical health. "Detoxification" originally referred to the process that drug addicts go through when experiencing withdrawals associated with severe addiction. […]

8 Cool Mint Tools for Managing Your Money

Mint.com allows you to view all your financial accounts (brokerage, mortgage, loans, etc.) in one place. It's a very convenient way to navigate your financial landscape and track your spending. But Mint is capable of way more than that. I recently re-discovered Mint and found some cool, convenient tools that everyone can use to better manage their money without wasting time. […]

Best Money Tips: Should You Get a Prenup?

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on getting a prenup, ways to a cozier home, and how to live within your means. Top 5 Articles Should You Get a Prenup Agreement? — If you own a business, you should sign a prenup before you get married. [Cash Money Life] 11 Ways to a Cozier Home — Make your home cozier by displaying artwork. […]

The Tyranny of Stuff

My holiday wish list last year was simple — I just wanted one pound of good coffee. For all the folks who were kind enough to ask, “What would you like for Christmas?” my answer was the same — a bag of good, dark, aromatic French roast coffee. […]

Economic Lessons from "Farmville"

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Because I've loved games all my life, I am very careful about which games I choose to spend time on. To interest me, a game must have a simple but thought-provoking premise that allows for deep strategy. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/12, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Actions That Don't Save You Money. Learn about buying in bulk, signing up for store credit cards, and doing your own taxes. […]