How Spending Less Made Me Happier

By Oleg Mokhov Contrary to popular belief, you don't need money to be happy. In fact, spending less can actually make you happier. "Say what? Are you crazy? I need money to buy fancy toys, flashy cars, get into exclusive clubs, fine restaurants, big shows. Y'know, the fun stuff." It might seem counterintuitive, but you can become happier by not spending money on those things, or whatever else. […]

Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust

By Sonja Stewart This dish rarely has any leftovers at my house. It's the only thing, except when I make gluten free noodles, everyone eats voraciously. From my husband down to my 15 month old, pizza, or calzones are always a hit. Once you get familiar with the recipe, imagine, bread sticks, flat breads, garlic knots... […]

The College Education Bubble

This is a guest article by Investor Junkie, a blogger who writes about investing and being an entrepreneur.In the past 10 years we’ve had many financial bubbles. First it was the tech bubble, and then it was the housing bubble. But do we have a higher education bubble? Having a web site named Investor Junkie I’m obviously into investments. […]

He’s teasing you; nobody has two television sets.

That’s a line from one of my favorites movies, Back to the Future, during the scene where Marty McFly almost has dinner with his mother and grandparents. If there ever was a commentary on consumerism, this is near the top of my list:Lorraine Baines: Our first television. Dad just picked it up today. Do you have a television?Marty: Well, yeah, you know, we have… two of ‘em.Milton: Wow! […]

What To Do With Old Stock & Bond Certificates

Between buying single shares of stock and money trivia about the $500 bill, I’ve been on a “fun money” kick lately. […]

Roth IRA Conversions Made Easy

This is a guest post from Steve Juetten, a fee-only certified financial planner in Bellevue, Washington, and long-time Get Rich Slowly reader. He has written a book for consumers on the topic of 2010 Roth IRA conversions. […]

Setting Up Your Freelance Business

As I’ve noted in the past, I’ve been generating a decent amount of freelance income over the past couple of years. After I resigned from my “real” job in 2008, I actually took the plunge and started freelancing as a full-time job. Today I want to talk a bit about how I got everything set up. Making it legal My first priority was to make sure I was doing everything on the up-and-up. […]

Seven Steps to Get Out of Debt

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link. After detailing the fact that many Americans are deep in debt, I thought I'd offer some suggestions for getting out of it. […]

How to dry herbs from your tasty herb garden

If you’ve ever tried to buy dried or fresh herbs from the grocery store then you know that getting flavor and spice into your frugal family meals can be expensive. […]

Help a Reader: Picking a Broker

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am looking for advice on choosing an online discount broker. I have read this post from couple years ago and obviously things like fees and service have changed since then. I have also read Consumer Reports article on discount brokers in May of 2009 issue but need someone to steer me in the right direction. Here is my situation. […]

You’ll Never Get Ahead With Resentment, Jealousy, and Hate Inside You

When I was younger, I used to have a great deal of resentment towards rich people. I often felt like they were greedy. I believed that they had somehow “cheated” to get where they were at. Yet, at the same time, I desperately wanted what they had, too. Today, I no longer feel that way. […]

How to Self-Diagnose Your Financial Health

The New York Times Your Money section features consistently great advice from Ron Lieber and his team. […]

Has Customer Service in America Gotten Worse, Better, or Stayed the Same?

In my post titled Comcast Blows It and then Saves It, one commenter suggested the following: Maybe you should ask your readers to discuss the state of service in America: Has service in general in the US got worse over the last 5 or 6 years? He's asking because he's been out of the country that long. So what do you think? […]

Investing In Global Financial Markets: A Look At Historical Investment Performance

Here’s a follow up to a post I published a few years back, where I took a look at historical financial charts and various investment markets. Since it’s been a while, I’ve decided to do an update on the performance of different markets. Note that the charts illustrated below reflect a snapshot in time, primarily up to the end of 2009. […]

Best of Money Carnival

This week's Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How Long Should I Keep Financial Documents? I made the carnival as well with my post Actual Versus Acceptable Debts of Americans. Enjoy!   […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you the best stuff not to buy in bulk, how to make a stellar breakfast pizza, and how health reform will affect you in 2010. Top 5 Articles Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk — Beware the allure of savings when dealing with this list of products. You may not be getting your money’s worth! […]

5 Ways to Get Discounted Designer Shoes Without Using eBay

By Danielle Liss Which do you love more? Sliding your feet into a pair of new Manolos or saving money? Designer shoe prices can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the brand and the particular shoe. Typically, if you love designer shoes and you don't want to pay retail prices, you would head to eBay, but lately the selection and prices can be hit or miss. […]

Finding a Good Job in a Bad Economy: A Job Hunt Post-Mortem

This is a guest article by Revanche, a twenty-something west coast girl who writes about money at A Gai Shan Life.You’ve all heard that line about not burning professional bridges, right? That goes double or even triple for job interviews. I started my job hunt 20 months ago — as soon as there were doubts that our company was going to remain in California. […]

New Car Sales & Excise Tax Deduction

If you bought a car between February 16, 2009 and January 1, 2010 (non-inclusive), and you paid a sales tax or excise tax, you may be able to deduct it from your income taxes. This was one of the provisions of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The car, light truck, or motorcycle has to weigh less than 8,500 pounds and you must have purchased it new. […]

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