Mortgage Payoff Progress For March With Chart

In February of 2010 my wife and I purchased our very first home.  We have a conventional 15-year mortgage and our plan is to pay it off in less than 10 years.  Our stretch goal is to pay it off in less than 7. As of March 31, 2011, we have made 13 regular mortgage payments – and several additional principal-only payments. When I posted last month’s update, we had paid off 5.72% of our mortgage deb […]

Financial Literacy Month 2011

Though April is no longer officially recognized as National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S., many states and organizations still treat it as such. […]

Baseball Statistics for Player Salaries

If you love baseball, you might also love statistics. I suppose analyzing players’ performance numbers gives spectators something to do during long at-bats. Very few other sports engage fans by providing scorecards, and learning how to score a game is like learning a language or a code. […]

The Adoption Tax Credit

For the first time ever, the adoption tax credit is refundable. This is a great change for parents who have adopted children in the past few years, because it means they could file their 2010 taxes and receive a bigger-than-expected refund. […]

Dinner With My Family #12: Slow Cooker Jamaican Red Bean Stew

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

Routinely Missing Personal Goals

Amy writes in: I have no problem setting goals for myself. I follow the steps you suggest: make them realistic, make them numerical so I can keep track of them, write them down, and so on. The problem is that when I come up with a plan to reach them, that plan completely falls apart within a week, every single time. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Championship

Here we go with the championship round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

PenFed Credit Cards Review

Even though you’ve probably seen hundreds of commercials for Discover, Citibank, Chase, Capital One, Bank of America and American Express, the best credit card issuer continues to be Pentagon Federal Credit Union, and their line of three — only three — credit cards. PenFed is a credit union designed to focus on members of the military, but anyone can apply and be approved. […]

Your Take: General Electric’s Tax Rate

Last week, one of the biggest stories in the news was how much General Electric paid in federal taxes. The genesis of the story was a New York Times article in which the third paragraph said: Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. GE responded, tweeting: GE paid significant U.S. […]

Ask the Readers: A Fool and His Money…

It’s April Fool’s Day, one of my favorite days of the year at Get Rich Slowly. It’s the day I get to share the story of some foolish thing I’ve done with money in the past. This year, though, April Fool’s Day falls on a Friday, which is when I traditionally field reader questions. So, I thought it would be fun to mix things up. […]

How to Win the Lottery: Grab a Snickers!

Have you ever dreamt of winning the lottery? Well, the dream recently came true for a group of seven New York state IT workers who chipped in to buy what turned out to be the winning Mega Millions ticket. […]

Is the Sunday Paper Still a Value?

The Simple Dollar asks if the Sunday paper is still a value. They did an experiment for a month where they compared the cost of the paper with the savings over the best-priced alternative product (usually generics) when using coupons from the paper. The result? The papers cost $7.50 and they saved $13.11 for a net gain of $5.61. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Mar 28

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post pieces there that usually aren't on FMF. […]

New Legislation Gives Coupons “Equivalent Cash Value”

[Note: This was Wise Bread's April Fool's Gag for 2011. Please don't take it seriously, but by all means read it to see what all the fuss was about.] An old law, established over 80 years ago, has been overturned due to a violation of section 15 of the FTC Act. And it’s making those coupons you clip every week a whole lot more valuable. […]

ESA vs 529 Plan: Types of College Savings Accounts

I am a parent who used to be a lot more laid back about the long term goal of saving for college. But with college tuition and other related expenses increasing each year, it’s become tougher to play catch up to this savings goal. So with the cost of a college education rising every year, [...]ESA vs 529 Plan: Types of College Savings Accounts […]

Jump-Start Your Career With a Personal Business Model

This is a guest post from Tim Clark, an entrepreneur, teacher, and the author or editor of five books on entrepreneurship, personal development, and business models, including the international bestseller Business Model Generation and the forthcoming Business Model You. […]

Can Individual Investors Beat the Stock Market?

You’d be surprised how often I’m asked some variation on this question. People will write in to me asking me whether they should buy an index fund (in other words, they would own a little bit of a LOT of stocks and ride the averages of the stock market), a managed mutual fund (where someone else actively chooses stocks for them), or whether they should just pick stocks for themselves. […]

How Often Do You Rebalance Your Investments?

The book Never Buy Another Stock Again: The Investing Portfolio that Will Preserve Your Wealth and Your Sanity has the following thoughts on rebalancing investments: Rebalancing has many benefits. […]

Capital One Venture Card Matching Miles Being Credited

I just received an e-mail about the Capital One Venture Card matching miles promotion from a reader that I’ll call Jason. In it, he wrote: I applied for the Capital One Venture Card back when you first talked about their “matching miles” promotion. I got the card, spent $1000, and have already received the 100k in matching miles. Thanks! He also sent a screenshot as proof. […]