Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They’re From Nigeria?

Here’s an interesting little research note from Microsoft Research that tries to explain why scammers say they’re from Nigeria (found it via Reddit, which has a load of really interesting comments). Most people know that email we just received from the Nigerian prince isn’t from a Nigerian prince (in theory, there are no Nigerian princes… it’s a federal republic, not a monarchy). […]

How Not to Be Average

Here's a piece from the NY Times that says both median net worths and incomes have declined in America. The data, while from 2010, is still the most recent available, and highlights the hit that the average family has taken during the current financial crisis.Let's look at each of the results and then discuss them a bit. […]

5 Helpful Tips for a Successful Home Swap

One of the growing trends in travel is the use of the home swap. If you are interested in staying in a location for a month or more, you might be able to save on your travel expenses by cutting out the cost of lodging. […]

Mac Users Spend More Money on Hotels

For one to be an aficionado of Apple’s line of computers, it might be fair to generalize that one is willing to spend more money than necessary for perceived superior form — as a device that carries the same function, just on the more common technology modeled after the IBM personal computer costs considerably less. Orbitz has measured this tendency. […]

Using Group Travel to Save Money

Last week, I traveled with my wife, my children, and my parents to South Dakota and Wyoming for several days. […]

The Ability to Earn Income is Your Greatest Asset

In this kind of financial environment, with the volatility of the market, the crash of the housing industry, the uncertainty of the global economy, and the high unemployment rates around the world many people are saying that a job is a person’s greatest asset. There was a time when I would have disagreed with this. […]

Best Part Time Jobs for College Students

A peek at my Social Security statement online brought back some fond memories of part time jobs I’d held during college. Back then, it was pretty awesome to sit in an office somewhere on a work study job and get paid $7 an hour to do basically nothing. […]

The Reckoning (or, What Mint Revealed)

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Honey Smith, who says she’s at the beginning of her debt-reduction journey. […]

How Much Money Will You Need to Retire?

This article was made possible by support from OppenheimerFunds. Planning for retirement seems like a daunting task. Calculations can be complex, especially if you want to be precise in projecting yearly cash flows over your lifetime. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Kids Toys?

Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or you have a friend who has a child, chances are you have a kid in your life that you have to buy a birthday present or Christmas present for. With toy companies always coming up with the latest and greatest toys, sometimes it can be hard to score a good deal on that toy the child in your life must have. […]

How to Be Frugal (Without Becoming a Hermit)

“I can’t afford it.” You probably hate saying that, right? Heck, I don’t even like hearing it. It spells a dead end, no fun — and there’s a little bit of shame that goes with it, too. Saying it aloud sometimes feels like not being picked for the dodge ball team; there you are, standing out there by yourself. […]

How Much Does She Spend? Why Comparing Yourself to Others Is a Mistake

I spend too much time thinking about how other people spend money. (But! I’m a personal finance writer!) When someone mentions how hard it is to be a working mother in a two-income family, I think, but that’s a path you chose, working out in my head how possible it might be for that family to live just on one income. […]

25 New Things to Do Today

It's easy to get into the habit of doing the same things day-in and day-out. Here are 25 new things to try today to give your life a little bit of a shake-up! (See also: Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life) 1. Make Sure Everyone You Love Knows It Do the important people in your life know how much they mean to you? When was the last time you told them? […]

Best Money Tips: Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on sneaky ways supermarkets get you to spend more, paying less for insurance, and money talks to have with your kids. Top 5 Articles 5 Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You To Spend More — Don't fall for the supermarket trick of larger shopping carts make you to spend more. […]

Reader Profile: PA

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

Jim Cramer’s 15 Stock Tips: Why I’m A Fan

Do you think Jim Cramer knows what he’s talking about? Jim Cramer is a controversial financial guru who has written columns for several financial publishers and who has found success with theStreet.com, where he is a founder. Despite his celebrity, he’s been raked through the coals in financial message boards and other sites. […]

Have a Money-Free Weekend (176/365)

I used to truly relish the weekends in my life. I would get off work at 4:30 or so on a Friday afternoon and just be gleeful that I had all of those hours between then and 7:30 on Monday to do whatever I wanted. My job was often stressful, so those hours became a real respite from the stress. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a House

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am married, we are in our mid-30s, and live in the northeast.  I purchased a small home in late 2006, right around the peak of home prices.  We now have a baby on the way, and our home is going to get much tighter very quickly. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

Just a note to let you know that the Best of Money Carnival is now up. Enjoy! […]

Should Dividend Payment Dates Matter?

Awhile back I ran across an article asking whether you should worry about dividend payment dates when constructing a dividend-focused investment portfolio. […]