Your Take: Presidential $1 Dollar Coins

The sad reality that about a billion dollars in dollar coins currently sits in Federal Reserve vaults has been circulating the last week or so, a staggering sum considering we keep producing them because of a Congressional mandate. The idea behind dollar coins is simple – a coin lasts longer than a bill. We’re supposed to save money by using coins… except we didn’t do away with the dollar bill. […]

Best Savings Accounts for 2011

To be honest, I’m curious about alternative online savings accounts too. I’ve had my savings at ING Direct for the past three years, but are there better options? I spent last Sunday morning sorting through dozens of online savings accounts to find the ones that seemed most promising for Get Rich Slowly readers. I’ve listed twenty top choices below (though I’m sure I missed a few). […]

U.S. Government Offers "Free" $50,000 to Troubled Homeowners

A new program called the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program is offering a small group of struggling homeowners up to $50,000, and the money does not have to be repaid if the homeowners meet certain requirements.  This program has a funding of $1 billion and is being offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the nonprofit housing advocacy group NeighborWorks America. […]

Gigwalk: Get Paid While You Walk!

Who said walking had to be boring (and unprofitable)? Now you can get paid to run simple errands while you're out and about. And it's all based on where you happen to be, whether you're inclined to take up a gig, and how much money you want to make. It's Gigwalk! The idea is so simple, yet so amazing. […]

Best Money Tips: The Best July Fourth Sales

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the best July fourth sales, household items to use as toys, and how to get a job in your dream city. Top 5 Articles Guide to the Best July Fourth Sales — This 4th of July, head on over to Macy's and Sears for great deals! […]

Fee Fighters: Fighting for Low Credit Card Processing Fees

Does your freelance business (or eBay or Etsy account, etc.) accept credit cards, or are you looking to incorporate credit card processing into your business practice soon? Have you turned selling stuff into a viable business that's ready to go to the next level? […]

10 Things You Should Always Buy in Bulk

US News lists 10 things you should always buy in bulk as follows: 1. Toilet Paper2. Soap and Shampoo3. Alcohol4. Office Supplies5. Toothbrushes/Toothpaste6. Vitamins7. Cell Phone Minutes8. Non-Perishable9. Blank CDs and DVDs10. Detergent Here's what we do with each of these: Toilet Paper - We buy in bulk at Costco. […]

Carnivals for the Week of June 27

As a reminder, the three simple credit card money makers I've written about recently are still available. They are: How to Get 6% Cash Back on Grocery Purchases (Or $500 Cash Back) Chase Freedom® Visa - $200 Bonus Cash Back How You Can Make Over $600 for Very Little Effort Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Ebates Double Cash Back Deals, Sales & Merchant Discounts

Ebates is a great shopping portal which is designed to give you cash back when you make purchases through their site. I’d like to track the latest offers they have on this page. […]

Four Financial Realities of Being in a Relationship

One of the most common themes I see in questions I receive from readers is an uncomfortable sense of what financial roles are in a relationship. A person lives with someone/is engaged to someone/is married to someone and is unsure about how to handle their partner’s debt/spending/shared purchases. […]

How Much Do You Plan to Spend on Summer Travel?

Money Magazine's June issue asked readers how much they planned to spend on summer travel. The results: 27% said they won't travel this summer 27% said under $1,000 35% said $1,000 to $5,000 11% said more than $5,000 We plan to take our regular vacations this summer -- to see family. We'll drive and won't have to spend much, so we'll be in the "under $1,000" group. […]

Coming Soon: Bank Fees, Bank Fees and More Bank Fees

For nearly a year, a battle has been raging between banks and retailers. It appears that banks have lost, and on July 21, 2011, a 12-cent cap on debit swipe fees will be implemented. Last year, Congress passed a law that included, among other things, a cap to debit card swipe fees. These are the fees, averaging 44 cents a swipe, that retailers pay when you use your debit card. […]

College Costs Well Worth the Investment, Better Than Stocks

College tuition costs for undergraduates increase beyond the rate of inflation. Particularly in a recession-focused economy, it’s popular to question whether college degrees are worth spending the money. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/30, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Frugal summer fun. […]

Help a Reader: Saving for Retirement

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I have a couple questions regarding work sponsored retirement programs.  I am 26 and have been employed by the same publicly traded company since graduating college in 2007.  Things have progressed well and I have a large amount of responsibility given my age/tenure.  Recently my employer offered a Roth 401(k) in addition to the traditional pre […]

Sharing Bad Financial News With Kids

If you are like most people I know, you go through financial ups and downs. When this happens, do you talk about it with the kids or pretend nothing is wrong? If you decide to share it with your children, how? And how much do you share? I faced this dilemma a few years ago. I’ve been pretty diligent about my finances for years. I save, invest, and (most important) track my spending. […]

Reader Mailbag: Art Museums

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Am I oversaving for retirement? 2. Same-sex marriage and taxes 3. Pricing of e-books 4. Handling a complex debt snowball 5. The very first step 6. Next steps for young programmer 7. Sharing costs of electronics 8. […]

Put Your Credit Card on Ice

One of the most popular suggestions for people trying to cure themselves from overspending with credit cards is to freeze credit cards in a block of ice. It’s a cute approach to removing the temptation to overspend. It’s a fun concept to consider. You can make an event out of the freezing process. Invite your wife or husband and your kids to help. […]

Money Leaks: Unnecessarily Wasting Electricity

Electricity is wonderful, isn’t it? It powers so many of the devices in our home, it makes life more comfortable during periods of extreme heat or cold, and we probably wouldn’t have as much fun without it. […]

How My Generosity Got Me $8,000 in Debt

This is a guest post from Logan Sachon. Her piece originally appeared at I am in debt: $8,000 on two credit cards, to be precise. The debt occurred over several years, and includes a few periods when I was living off the cards because I was in between jobs. […]