Ten Pieces of Inspiration #65

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

A Wedding or Retirement?

Here's a piece from Fox Business that talks about parents trying to manage both the cost of paying for a wedding while also saving for retirement and/or dealing with a drop in the value of their investments. And with average wedding spending last year at $25,631, there's reason for taking the issue seriously -- that's a chunk of change! […]

Unusual Pet Products For Pampered Pets

Do you spend on your pet? I used to think that it was silly (or even crazy) to spoil a pet like you would a person, until I found a pet that really connected with me. At that point, we fell into the clutches of the pet product industry and bought into toys and trinkets [...]Unusual Pet Products For Pampered Pets Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com All rights reserved. […]

Involve the Children in Frugal Projects like Gardening (82/365)

Our family’s gardens consists of three raised terraces, a small patch along the side of our house, and a decorative patch in the front. We have a few trees that need tending as well. Sometimes, the work in the garden provides a solitary respite for either Sarah or myself. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 29-32

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Double-Check Your Bills on a Regular Basis

Earlier this week, I received a “thank you” flyer from AT&T for signing up for their for roadside assistance program. The only problem with this is that I never signed up for it. […]

Some Thoughts on Social Savings Inside the Store

A few days ago, Sarah and I were buying shoes for our daughter. She’s graduating to shoes with laces, as she’s developed the finger strength and dexterity to tie them for herself, plus her feet are just getting too big for her old ones. After checking prices in several different stores, we found the perfect pair in an outlet store. […]

Reader Question: Resolving a Dispute With a Brokerage

From time to time, Consumerism Commentary readers contact me with questions. I am not an investment professional or a financial planner, and I don’t offer advice related to investing other than my general thoughts on the topic. The questions I receive range from basic investing details like government-regulated limits for investment account types to how to deal with a malfunctioning ATM. […]

Your Take: Do You Blame Presidents for Gas Prices?

Politics is a funny game. Every time gas prices go up, the party that’s out of power blames the part that’s in power for the increase. President Obama’s a Democrat and so the Republicans blame him for higher gas prices. When President Bush was in office, Democrats blamed Bush for higher gas prices. […]

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

The “Ask the Readers” feature has always been popular at Get Rich Slowly. It’s a great way for people like you to ask questions about money, and, best of all, it’s a chance to help others solve their problems. But there’s no doubt that the “how much do you spend?” questions get the most responses. Maybe that’s why Kate wrote recently to ask a question that hadn’t ever occurred to me. […]

Bringing Water and Wheels to Africa: My Amazing Frugal Vacation

  While I travel a lot, it’s rarely with my parents, which is why I was surprised when I received a call from my father inviting me to join him on a trip — to Uganda. For some, Uganda might bring up images of infamous guerrilla leader Joseph Kony, or scenes from heart-wrenching film The Last King of Scotland. […]

15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish

Remember that time you glued your fingers together with Super Glue? Don’t be embarrassed — we’ve all done it at least once. What did your mom tell you she needed? Nail polish remover, right? And you were probably like, that’s not gonna work. Except it did. Before there was nail polish remover, however, there was nail polish — a predecessor of multifunctional proportions. […]

Best Money Tips: Teach Your Kids about Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on teaching your kids about money, why your tax refund may be delayed, and preparing for a layoff. Top 5 Articles 5 Tricks to Teach Your Kids about Money — Teach your kids about money by paying them for their labor. […]

The Safest Retirement

I'm sure you all have seen discussions about what is deemed to be a "safe" withdrawal rate from your savings during retirement. Can you take out 4%, a bit more, or a bit less? Or does it depend? And what if you live longer than you expect and run out of money? What's your back-up plan in that sort of scenario?For some time now, I've been considering the questions above. […]

Roll With the Retirement Punches

We’re taught our retirement years will be a period of unalloyed pleasure, a placid, decades-long stretch seldom roiled by the kinds of concerns, worries, and sleepless nights we face all too often over the course of our work lives. In truth, the retirement years can be fraught with nervousness and fear. […]

Resist the Temptations of Soda and Fast Food (81/365)

Soda and fast food are both convenient pick-me-ups that many people utilize for a sweetness fix or for getting rid of a case of the munchies. From a personal finance perspective, though, there are much better choices for each of those options. Let’s look at soda for starters. […]

Box of Books #24

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learn […]

How to Calculate Social Security Benefits

Social Security can be tricky to understand, with the various retirement ages and payout amounts. What makes it even trickier is that, in an effort to save money, the Social Security Administration stopped sending paper statements that helps explain some of those calculations. […]

Tax Relief for Unemployed Taxpayers Who Can’t Pay

As if being unemployed isn’t difficult enough, unemployment benefits are taxable, which can just add to the financial burden. ­It may seem like the unemployed can’t catch a break, but the IRS may have a heart (even a small one) after all. In early March of 2012, the IRS made an announcement stating they planned to expand on the 2008 ‘Fresh Start’ program. […]

Looking for Freebies? Start Here

The most frugal way to go is to get something for free. Indeed, you might be surprised at the freebies available around the Internet, and around your town. […]