Is Goldline A Scam?

Gold has always been seen as a nice safe store of value. When the world is in crisis, people turn to gold for stability, which is why the price of gold is around $1,200 an ounce these days. I’m not an investor but one important lesson, repeated by savvier investors, is that gold itself may be an investment but it’s true value is as an independent store of value. […]

Frugal Babe, Rich Life

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. “A rich life without a lot of money.” — That’s the tagline of a blog I’ve read almost as long as I’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly, and long before I had an emergency fund or paid off my consumer debt. Frugal Babe (FB) is the blog of a 31-year-old woman living in the suburbs of a fairly large city. […]

Advice for Graduates

CNN Money has three things it would like to tell graduates as follows: Your career: Heed your enemies. Understanding the value of what your adversaries have to say will help you improve, giving you a big leg up. Your investments: Buy and hold. You'll make more money in the long run, in part because you'll minimize your taxes and trading fees. Your love life: Understand the odds. […]

To smartphone or not to smartphone?

My cell phone is on its last legs.  I have to insert the phone very carefully into the charger now, or else it won’t charge up.  For the nine (or so) years I’ve used a cell phone I haven’t upgraded as soon as my provider would allow me to. I did feel a little bit of urgency to upgrade to some kind of smartphone (either an iPhone or an Android) when I heard that my carrier soon was […]

How to Get Free Publicity For Your Career or Business: $100 Giveaway

Editor's Note: The $100 giveaway winner is Bonnie Boden!  Congratulations Bonnie! Getting your name mentioned by the media is worth its weight in gold.  It immediately establishes you as an expert, which can help you supercharge your resume, land a promotion, or build up buzz for your business.  (It is also a lot of fun to be on TV!) As a s […]

When To Dispute Credit Card Charges: Should You Get A Chargeback?

There is nothing more frustrating than paying for something and not getting the service or product you expected. What’s even worse is not getting anything at all. In some cases you have even been charged twice, three times or even more for something you never bought in the first place. I know. I’ve been there. […]

Review: The Other 8 Hours

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. A while back, I reviewed Robert Pagliarini’s The Six-Day Financial Makeover and concluded that there was some very good advice buried inside a lot of marketing gloss. The core of that advice was strong enough that I kept an eye out for future books by Mr. […]

Podcast 59: Microsaving, Donna Freedman

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Donna Freedman, personal finance columnist at MSN Money (read Donna’s articles here) and author of her own blog, Surviving and Thriving.Flexo and Tom Dziubek discuss microsaving, small changes you can make that over time improve your financial condition, as well as general tips for building emergency funds, finding coupons, and earning income. […]

Think the iPad Will Save You Money on Magazines? Think Again!

Magazines, to many, are a luxury. For those who can’t seem to live without their favorite subscriptions, we’ve shared some tried-and-true tips for saving money on magazines. Among the many ways to keep costs down are digital subscriptions. […]

Preparing Your Information for Disaster, Part Two

About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled Preparing Your Information for Disaster, in which I discussed the challenges my mother (and I, in a peripheral way) had in organizing the accounts and papers of my maternal grandmother after she passed away. The article is really thorough and I consider it to be one of the most essential things I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar. […]

Reader Story: Surviving and Thriving

This guest post from Donna Freedman 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. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 4: Saving for the Future

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude – and Five Tactics for Doing It

There are quite a few things that you can do to improve your financial and personal state without spending even a single dime. One of the biggest is simply improving your attitude – the way you interpret the things around you and the way you relate to others. Think about it for a moment. […]

Your Money: The Missing Manual, News and Reviews

Your Money: The Missing Manual went to a second printing while I was in Alaska. Not bad for a book that’s only been out for a couple of months! The book has been doing especially well at Amazon, where it’s consistently been in the top 5,000 in sales, and has even creeped into the top 500. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 5, 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. […]

Almost Perfect Roundup

I don’t follow baseball extremely closely, not until after the All-Star break anyway, but this past week Armando Galarraga was robbed of a Perfect Game. […]

Banks Can Switch You from One Credit Card to Another Without Your Permission

Here's an interesting email I received from a reader: My husband and I have a Bank of America Visa card, an account that we’ve had for several years.  About a year ago, we were “upgraded” to a Visa Signature, which I really didn’t pay much attention to, because we rarely use the card.  Recently, however, we were “upgraded” again, this time to an American Express card.  Bank of America was chang […]

Foreign Currency Hedging: Diversify With EverBank CD Accounts

With the equity market doing its usual dance, a lot of this volatility may be making long term investors nervous. If you’re in this boat, and if you’ve been doing some reading on what to do next, then you’ve probably come across suggestions about diversifying into other asset classes in order to restore stability in your portfolio. […]

Summer Meal Series #1: Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. I have a four year old and a two year old at home. […]

High-Deductible Health Insurance and Health Savings Account (HSA) Update

As long-time readers may recall, we switched from a traditional PPO health insurance plan to high deductible plan this past fall. We did this for a couple of reasons. First, it dramatically reduced our premiums. […]