Ten Pieces of Inspiration #13

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. A big sister comes into her own Our daughter has been struggling with the role of being a big sister to her baby brother. She had been the baby of the family for years, then suddenly there was a new little one around. […]

How to Throw the Most Fabulous (and Frugal) Baby Shower of all Time

One of my very best friends in the whole world is having her first baby this August and I’m excited to help her celebrate by throwing the best baby shower of all time. While I’d like to say the sky’s the limit as far as budget goes, unfortunately, my funds are actually quite limited. […]

Don't Retire: Keep Significant Goals

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Most Americans fail to plan adequately for retirement and consequently miss out on opportunities to enjoy the last third of life. […]

How to Reward Friends Who Help You Move

I miss college. I never thought I'd say that — I'm not a "the best years of my life have gone by" kind of gal. But here's what I miss: owning the right size car and the right amount of stuff so that, whenever it came time to move out of the dorm, I could do it myself. […]

Two ways to pay down a mortgage up front: Which is better?

Saw this question over at the Money Stack exchange site: Bigger mortgage downpayment vs. paying extra on the first regular payment? […]

Creative Ways To Fight Debt: A Debtor’s Advice

Desperate times call for desperate measures sometimes. Despite our best attempts, everything has gone wrong for me financially. My computer and car needed emergency repairs and I did not qualify for heating assistance by mere dollars. Instead of paying off debt, I found myself covering repair bills and paying an astronomical oil bill. […]

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. […]