Could You Come Up with $2,000 Quickly?

MSNBC summarizes a study that asked respondents the following: “How confident are you that you could come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month?” Apparently, many people can't. Here are some highlights of the findings: Half of all U.S. […]

Mobile Shopping Technology Trends: Shop With Your iPad or iPhone

I still remember the days when the iPhone was this new gadget that got released to the public, and many people including a few frugal bloggers were debating about whether this thing was worth the money. The argument was that it was simply an unnecessary luxury. […]

Final Giveaway: $200 in Gift Cards

This is it. Somehow, I’ve survived Giveaway May, having operated contests every weekday this past month. Many winners have not yet been contacted, so if you haven’t heard from me, hang tight. The rest of the winners will be contacted within the next few days, and all winners will be announced on Consumerism Commentary. […]

A Memorial Day Tribute to Five People That Mattered to Me

Memorial Day is a holiday that was originally created to honor deceased soldiers, but has largely grown over the years to honor all deceased people. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: May 2011

For years, readers have complained that there are too many stories at GRS. “There’s no need to post more than once a day,” my wife tells me, echoing the feedback I receive from folks like you. So, I’ve gradually been reducing the number of posts at the site: I published 62 articles in January 2008, for instance, but there will only be 35 for May 2011. […]

How to encourage your spouse to sell their creative work without ticking them off (too much)

This past week, my wife published a 430-plus page novel she had been working on in one way or another for the past twenty-two years.  It’s quite the milestone, and we’re keenly interested and very excited in how things progress from here. For a time, though, I had resigned myself to the prospect that her writing would be a great creative outlet for her, and would help her to make peace with the th […]

Reader Mailbag: Bizarre Weather

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. Unplugging the microwave? 2. Morality and employment 3. Loan modification versus refinancing 4. Saving for vehicle replacement 5. Living expenses and college debt 6. Unequal chess skills 7. Handling banking errors 8. […]

Paying Children for Good Grades

I always encourage parents to find interesting ways to teach their children about responsible money management. When I do, I always lean toward behavior modeling. Children who, even at an early age, see their parents engaging in a positive relationship with money will subconsciously take what they observe to heart more than any explicit lessons they attempt to impart. […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, observed on the final Monday in May, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was once known as Decoration Day and enacted to honor soldiers, both Union and Confederate, in the American Civil War but was expanded to all Americans in all wars. […]

The Basic Allowance for Housing: Helping Military Members Afford a Home

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died while in military service. This is a guest post from Chris Birk, a recovering journalist and the director of content and communications for Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s leading dedicated VA-approved lender. […]

Dealing With and Understanding Migraine Headaches

I have suffered from migraines for about twenty years now. They are less frequent and of lower intensity than they were in my 30s, but I still dread them. Unfortunately, my daughter also occasionally has them. How much do they hurt? […]

How to Insure Jewelry for Cheap (or Free!)

I won't won't tell you the whole story of how I proposed to my future wife, but with the ring came another expense — jewelry insurance. We wanted to make sure that if it was lost, stolen, or damaged considerably, that we would only be responsible for a fraction of the cost. […]

Best Money Tips: Raising Money-Smart Kids

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to raise money-smart kids, running a profitable garage sale, and making your care more money efficient. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Raise Money-Smart Kids — Raise money-smart kids by giving them an allowance. […]

Happy Memorial Day

Just wanted to say Happy Memorial Day to everyone (it's a holiday where we remember the service and sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our country.) Like most others in the U.S., I'm taking the day off -- I'll be back tomorrow.In addition to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America, I like to remember and thank all our veterans, enlisted personnel, officers, and their […]

$100 Memorial Day Giveaway

To readers in the United States, happy Memorial Day! For Americans serving overseas — please arrive home safely. Many of us had long weekends for the holiday; I spent the weekend traveling. […]

Review: The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me

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. I picked up this book on a lark off of the shelves at a library recently. […]

Podcast 110: George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is George Hobica, president and founder of the travel comparison website Airfarewatchdog. […]

Dollar Cost Averaging Takes The Emotion Out Of Stock Investing

What should you do with your investment funds when the going gets tough? Should you invest all your money in a lump sum or dollar cost average into the market? Before we make those decisions, let’s define what dollar cost averaging is first. I’ve been following this one stock and it’s driving me batty. […]

Theming in Personal Finance: Do Dave Ramsey and Larry Burkett Work Without Jesus?

A few days ago, I met an employee of a local Christian talk radio station. We had a nice conversation about a variety of things, ranging from the programming on the station he manages, people we both knew, and so on. At the end of the conversation, this person gave me a pamphlet describing a local business that offers personal finance counseling locally. […]

Reader Story: How My Parents and I Partnered on a Win-Win Savings Plan For College

This guest post from Robb Engen 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. […]