Mother’s Day Reading: Financial Lessons, Saving for Retirement, and Pretending

To all those who celebrate, have a happy Mother’s Day.Jim from Bargaineering asks, “What financial lessons has your mother taught you?” Jim’s mom provided negotiation skills and some of his readers learned various lessons for dealing with credit cards, spending smartly, and being compassionate.Here are five reasons the author of the Well-Heeled Blog saves for retirement. […]

What Day Is It?

It would be easy for me to write some nice platitudes today about my wife (the mother of my children) or my own mother. I could go on for a long time about how wonderful these two women are, the most important two women in my life. But I really don’t need to. […]

Reader Story: A Drastic Change for Drastic Results

This guest post from Ian is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and 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. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Introduction

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Over and over again, the Bible promises blessing/favor/prosperity/success. A few verses to illustrate what I'm talking about: For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. […]

Secure Investment Strategies God’s Way

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Faith & FINANCES: In God We Trust, A Journey to Financial Dependence. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? […]

19 Things to Take Off Mom’s To-Do List

It's Mother’s Day. Forget breakfast in bed. Instead, take some things off of mom’s ever-growing, never-ending to-do list. 1. Plan an entire week’s menu (including snacks for the constantly growing children). Do all the shopping at your local market, warehouse store, or roadside stand. […]

Remaking Your Path of Least Resistance

Most of the time, our lives function along a path of least resistance. We give into social cues because it’s the easiest path, causing us to buy stuff we don’t need and lust after “premium” items. We don’t rock the boat at work because that’s the easiest path, causing us to run in place with our career. […]

Weekend Roundup: They’re Back!

For those who follow my Twitter account @bargainr, you get treated to interesting links as I find them throughout the day. […]

Congratulations to the Winners of the Plutus Awards!

The Plutus Awards is an awards ceremony highlighting the best personal finance products, services and resources. After a nomination process, finalists are chosen from the top nominees and the public — mostly from within the personal finance online and social media community — votes for the winners in a variety of categories.Here are some of the winners of the First Annual Plutus Awards. […]

The One-Year Wardrobe Project

About a year ago, at the advice of GRS readers, I started an experiment. I took all of the shirts and sweaters from my clothes closet and moved them into our spare room. Whenever I needed something to wear, I checked the clothes closet first. If what I needed wasn’t there (as was often the case at first), I went to the spare room to find it. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 8, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

If Shopping is Your Passion, then Get Another Hobby

The following is an excerpt from In The Trenches: Financial Survival During Times of Hardship. One suggestion to add to what's below: you may want to turn your hobby from an expense into an income producer. There’s one thing we can agree on. Shopping costs money. Even if you go out with the best of intentions, a list, and a maximum limit it is oh so easy to spend more. […]

A six-pack of reasons not to buy in bulk

This article on MSN MoneyCentral puts the (usually) tried-and-true advice of buying in bulk on the chopping block, and lists fifteen things that are probably better not bought in bulk.  A few of them surprised me because they were items that I thought were great to buy in bulk. I’ll reorganize the list a little bit and summarize the big reasons why things shouldn’t be bought in bu […]

No Foreign Transaction Fee = Why I Still Love My Schwab Invest First Credit Card

Despite the fact that FIA (formerly MBNA, now owned by Bank of America), told me to bend over as they slashed my credit limit on my Schwab credit card, I still prefer to use the Charles Schwab credit card as my primary transaction card.  It’s simply too hard to ignore the 2% cash back on any purchases, plus there’s the absolutely zilch foreign transaction fee when you use the card while traveling […]

What Works?

Of all of the parenting tactics I’ve tried, nothing has worked better at facilitating good behavior and a trusting bond like floor time. […]

Dow Jones Crashed: Stupid Trader Error?

Lots of blame to go around for yesterday’s “close to” 1,000 point crash in the Dow Jones. You can point the finger at the European sovereign debt crisis for this, but you should also throw in some dunderheaded moves by some trigger happy traders to get the formula for an epic one day collapse. And to think that these people get paid a ton of money because they’re so much smarter than all of us. […]

Inside the Home Star Energy Efficiency Bill: Cash for Caulkers?

The big news out of Washington today is that the so-called “Cash-for-Caulkers” bill has been passed by the House of Representatives by a 246-161 margin, and is on its way to the Senate. […]

Insurance Companies Work for Shareholders, Not Customers

The entire concept of insurance, particularly public insurance companies with shareholders, is backward. If a company is to survive year after year, it has to make money for its owners. […]

Seven Easy Steps to Your Dream Job

A few days ago, I was reading an article in ESPN Magazine (I started getting a subscription to it a while back after I signed up to play fantasy baseball at ESPN.com) by Vivian Chum that talked about what you would need to do to get a job as an NFL coach (you can read the article online if you’re a subscriber). […]