Flying With Valuables? Keep Them Safe And Carry A Gun!

By Paul Michael In this day and age, with heightened airport security and insane flying fears, it may seem like an odd piece of advice. But that is just what has resurfaced in the internet recently, and for at least one guy, it's working. Put a gun in your checked bags and keep your valuables safe. Boing Boing reported this back in 2006, and I suspect it caught on back then, too. […]

Between a Rock and a Hard Debt

Well, I didn’t want to have to make this decision, and I know that all of you smart people will think I’m making a mistake, but I’ve decided for the time being to stop making pre-tax investments into the 401(k)-like thing that my company operates.Over the last year I’ve directed $1,879.18 out of my paycheck into that IRA, and as of yesterday the account was worth $2,181.61, which is an increase of […]

Do Expiration Dates on Drugs or Vitamins Matter?

My lovely wife got a little under the weather last week, so she reached into our medicine cabinet to find some NyQuil or Robitussin to help her beat back the cold. To her surprise, the Robitussin had expired about six months ago and she wasn’t sure how effective it was going to be. We had always heard that expired drugs and vitamins were fine, they just lost a bit of their effectiveness. […]

How I Bought an 8-Unit Apartment Building with No Money Down and Walked Away with $1000 Cash at Closing

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently outlined his ambitious 2010 goals for his blogging, business, and life. When I was 23, I bought an eight-unit apartment building with no money down. And I walked away with $1,000 cash at closing! Sounds pretty fancy, right? Wrong. […]

Credit card companies can profit from Haiti donations all they want

This Huffington Post article puts a big spotlight on all of the money that credit card companies and banks are making by being the broker of donations to charities that support rescue and aid over in Haiti: About 97 percent of these donations will actually make it to the designated organizations — but the other 3 percent will be skimmed off by banks and credit card companies to cover their “transa […]

Financial Risks and The People You Trust

Here’s a very interesting chart I picked up from Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish. Whom do you trust to help you manage the financial risks in your life? This chart represents the results of a survey taken early this year, involving 1,200 adults. There’s nothing that surprising about this chart, is there? You can only really trust yourself with the risks you face with your money. […]

10 Biggest Credit Mistakes To Avoid: Free eBook

For those who believe in using credit…. Because I don’t carry much debt (the only loan I really have is my mortgage), I am not a big expert on credit management. But this is not to say that I won’t need loans in the future. I’ve been exploring the possibility of starting a new business, and if that ever pushes through, then it’s likely that I’ll need a loan to get it going. […]

Six Steps to a Great Retirement

Consumer Reports lists six steps to a great retirement as follows: Live modestly. This was the top "best step" listed by retirees who said they were highly satisfied with their lives. Maximize your savings. Even if you don't have a defined-benefit plan, regularly contributing to a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, or other investment vehicle pays off, our satisfied retirees told us. Reduce debt. […]

Daily Links: Extreme Editing Edition

Haha. Here I thought that once I finished my manuscript I’d magically have more time to write at Get Rich Slowly. That’ll happen soon, but I’m not there yet. […]

Best of Money Carnival Now Up

Just a note to let you know that the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Get A Financial Education In Your Twenties. I made the carnival as well with my post titled How to Get a Raise or Promotion. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Education

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Gave to Haiti -- Hope Others Do the Same

Just a note to cover a few things: 1. I made a donation to help the earthquake victims in Haiti this weekend. I used proceeds generated by FMF to support Samaritan's Purse and their work there. 2. Wanted to encourage you all to do the same. No matter how much people are hurting here in the US (from the tough economy), we are substantially more wealthy than the average citizen of Haiti. […]

Request Your CLUE Report

Have you requested your CLUE report lately? It’s one of several specialty reports you should be reviewing annually and today I requested mine. CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange and your CLUE report details your seven year claims history with your insurance company. […]

Graduate Degrees Raise Income

We've covered the value of a college degree (a few times) as well as the value of an elite college, so it made sense for me to post on this Wall Street Journal piece saying that graduate degrees raise income. […]

Best Deals for Monday 01/18/2010

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U.S. Mint: Making Money By Making Money

I hardly use cash anymore. Almost every financial transaction I make as I go about my business is accomplished electronically or with plastic. […]

Poll: How Do You Prepare Your Taxes?

It’s that time of year again and the tax documents will start filling your mailbox in a matter of weeks. That means you will need to begin thinking about your tax return. It isn’t the most exciting chore in the world, but it’s something that just becomes part of our annual routine after a while. That sort of leads me to today’s poll question. […]