The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2011

It was a strange, strange month for me. After an amazing June — a month in which everything seemed to go right — things fell apart in July. For much of the month, I felt like I was simply trying keep my head above water. If I were still tracking my sleep every night, I’d expect to see I was averaging less than six hours a night (possibly much less). […]

"Go Fishing" in the Calm Sea of Bonds

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. FYI, I received this post a couple weeks ago. Not sure he'd offer the same advice now given what's going on with the U.S. government.Adding bonds to an all-stock portfolio can boost returns and lower volatility, especially in choppy markets. […]

Debt Ceiling Contingency Plans

What will the Treasury do if there's no increase in the debt ceiling? What should you do? Back in April I wrote a post about what would happen if the debt ceiling were not raised. I suggested that the Treasury could deal with a cash shortage the same way Illinois had — by delaying some payments and prioritizing others. […]

The Debt Ceiling Crisis in Everyday English

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve heard more than you ever wanted to hear about the debt ceiling crisis. However, hearing is different from understanding, and this is a complex problem that can be difficult to grasp. In this case, it's been even harder to get an accurate explanation about what is going on in language that’s easy to understand. […]

Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

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. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to really experiment with almost anything as a sandwich filling. […]

Citi mtvU Platinum Select Visa Card for College Students Review

In an effort to market towards a younger generation of customers, Citi has teamed up with the MTV brand to create the Citi® mtvU™ Platinum Select® Visa® Card for College Students. That would not be enough of a reason for students to become customers of this card, though there may be a certain percentage of customers who find the MTV brand a draw on its own. […]

6% Real Estate Commission

When selling a house with the help of a real estate agent, that 6 percent real estate commission can eat into any profit the seller might receive from the sale. In today’s depressed real estate market, that fee could even result in an overall loss. […]

Some Thoughts on Enjoying Parenting

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Twitter, Pinco shared this thought: “I love your articles about parenting. […]

Your Take: Flying vs. Driving Your Next Trip

One of the common dilemmas we face is whether we want to drive or fly whenever we go home for the holidays. We’ve done both, experienced the headaches of both, and my opinion is that flying is “better.” But is it? […]

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Food?

Five years ago, I posted the first-ever “Ask the Readers” question here at Get Rich Slowly. “How much do you spend on food?” I asked in a short post (the likes of which one never sees around here anymore). […]

How to Visit Museums for Free

Whether you’re into art or archeology, spacecrafts or handicrafts, there’s a museum for you — and you may be able to visit a museum that interests you for free. […]

Getting Whole-Grain Nutrition

Among the key recommendations in the USDA's latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans is eating more whole grains and fewer refined grains. According to the guidelines, Americans should consume six ounces of grains each day (about six slices of bread), at least half of which should be from whole grains like whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice. […]

How to Complain About Your Credit Card

Have you ever been wronged by a credit card issuer? Did you wish you could complain to someone other than the customer service line? […]

Best Money Tips: The Rules of Re-Gifting

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the rules of re-gifting, ways to find cheap paperback books, and how to avoid credit card problems while traveling. Top 5 Articles The Rules of Re-Gifting — Only regift when the parties involved do not know each other. […]

Saving Green by Growing Your Own Vegetables

Money doesn't grow on trees, but you can save a lot of it by growing your own veggies. Here's a quick overview on how to garden even if you don't have a green thumb. […]

Reader Profile: TL

The following is the latest post on my new "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 25

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Totally Money Blog Carnival Carnival of Wealth Get Out of Debt exposes some debt relief providers. Frugal Confessions likes to hack up finances. The College Investor says income diversity is a necessity. Enjoy!P.S. […]

Shoehorning family vacations in? Don’t

My wife, daughter, and mother-in-law have been traveling around Wyoming for a week.  The stated purpose of the trip was to do some research for a sequel to her first historical fiction, but my daughter sure is learning a lot out there having a good time, too.  They’ve been to Yellowstone National Park and a number of forts.  For the rest of the trip, they’ll be hitting parts of Colorado. Me?  I’m […]

Location Independent Lifestyle & The Pros and Cons of Blogging

Once in a while, we have to go on break in order to recharge. When you work for someone else, you’re usually given 2 weeks a year to spend as you wish. Your vacation time is scheduled and also limited. […]

Starting with a Blank Slate

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Lois on Facebook wants to know about starting from scratch. “After two years of living just on basic needs in order to get rid of 60k in credit card debt – yea! […]