How to Streamline Your Morning Routine

Save Time With These Tips It’s time to send the kids back to school and with that in mind, there has to be a better way to get out the door in the morning. Missing keys and misplaced permission slips can put a damper on your day and make it difficult for you to get to work on time. […]

Reader Profile: LL

The following is the latest post on my new "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Get a Deal on Group Hotel Reservations. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Child Independence

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. When to start retirement fund? 2. First house decision 3. Shopping for health insurance 4. Driving school 5. I’m overextended – what now? 6. Making money via social media 7. Working during grad school 8. […]

Tax Loss Harvesting, 31 Days Later

Just over a month ago, we were dealing with wild stock market swings in the wake of the debt ceiling debacle, and market indices had fallen to levels where many of us were carrying paper losses. I thus suggested that it might be a good time to harvest some losses for tax purposes. Harvesting our losses I’m not sure about you, but I followed through and harvested a significant chunk of losses. […]

Earn More Money: Teaching and Tutoring

This is the third article in a series about methods of supplementing income with spare-time projects. I typically focus on the big changes people can make that result in earning significantly more money, but this series focuses on incremental income. […]

How Much Do We Owe Others? (And When Should We Walk Away?)

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Last January I loaned money to a friend who was in financial crisis: Her vehicle was about to be repossessed. […]

The Recession Glossary

The recent economic uncertainties have given rise to an array of new financial terms. Certainly you have heard of terms such as staycation and bailout over the last few years; some of these terms have become so common that they are now included in major dictionaries. Below are 15 of the top recession terms; feel free to add yours in the comments section. […]

Best Money Tips: 12 Things College Students Don't Need

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on 12 things college students don't need, things to do when you retire, and how to get free flights. Top 5 Articles 12 Things College Students Don't Need — College students don't need a big meal plan or a credit card. […]

How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult in our "fast food nation" where many restaurant servings are enough for three people. […]

How to Deal with Market Turbulence

Sound Mind Investing gives suggestions for handling stock market turbulence as follows: Remember that market down turns, while unpleasant, are a normal part of investing in stocks. Understand that even severe bear markets aren't insurmountable obstacles for long-term investors. Imitate the styles of the successful — avoid a trading mentality. […]

Review: The Complete TurtleTrader

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. This is an interesting mix of a book. […]

Podcast 125: Underwater Mortgages

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek speaks with Gerri Detweiler, personal finance expert at, about her series of articles dealing with underwater mortgages. Gerri goes into detail about each of the six options including home loan refinances & modifications, doing a short sale and declaring bankruptcy. […]

How To Get Medical Insurance Claims Paid. Don’t Get Denied!

I can think of a million things I’d rather do than sort out my medical bills and payment issues. But it’s a common complaint. If you’re making an insurance claim, how many times have you had this dialogue with your friendly neighborhood insurance agent? Customer: I’d like to check on the status of my claims [...]How To Get Medical Insurance Claims Paid. […]

A Few Brief Thoughts on 9/11

Ten years ago today, I arrived at work without knowing anything of what was going on in New York and Washington. […]

Reader Story: Lay-Off Resistant Family Finances

This guest post from Sam 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. […]

9/11: Put Family & Friends First

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an especially poignant anniversary for those who were directly affected and an especially deep wound to New Yorkers. I grew up on Long Island and spent a summer working at a startup at 50 Broadway, so on numerous occasions I would walk between the World Trade Center towers and just stare up. […]

Using Religion to Steal Money

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an interesting post from US News on how some people use scams in the church to steal money from others. I find it almost unbelieveable that this would happen, but it's a fact of life. […]

Money Is Something We Choose To Trade Our Life Energy For

The title of this post is a sentence that appears in bold on page 51 of Your Money or Your Life. In fact, it appears twice in bold on that page. Money is something we choose to trade our life energy for. This applies to virtually every financial transaction we make. When we work, we trade our life energy for the money we make. […]