Use a Financial Fire Drill to Prepare for the Worst BEFORE It Happens

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Hey, federal employees: How many of you were you watching the Countdown to Shutdown clock and wondering how you’d cope if salaries were delayed by even a few days? […]

Surprising Items That Criminal Recyclers Are After

Tough economic times can breed innovation. For some, innovation comes in the form of novel sources of work. For others, it comes in the form of novel theft. The booming industry of criminal recycling is an example of the latter. […]

5 Things Our Realtor Told Us That Weren't True

I wanted to share this post because if this happened to me, it is undoubtedly happening to thousands of other Americans who are being "represented" by realtors. Let me start with a quick background. Our realtor was a friend, sort of — he is the husband of my wife's friend. He helped us out with a sale years ago. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money After Your Baby is Born

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save after your baby is born, how to teach kids about money, and places to buy cheap travel supplies. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save Money After Your Baby is Born — Save money after your baby is born by taking advantage of new parent coupons. […]

More Sales Insanity, This Time From Walmart

Sometimes this world really makes me wonder how even the smallest things got so weird and screwed up. I had already written about my adventure at Hobby Lobby. In this case, I was buying a movie set from Walmart. It was recently my birthday, and my folks back in England sent me some money to buy myself something nice. […]

Retiring Overseas

I've previously suggested that cash-strapped retirees consider moving overseas to be able to afford the retirement they want. The main reason: they can save a TON of money by moving from the (usually much more expensive) U.S. to a foreign land. Throw in some GREAT weather as well, and you have a recipe for success, right? Well, a growing number of people sure think so. […]

4 Tips To Land A Job From A Money Coach (Video)

I’m pleased to present a great video to you today care of Christine Hassler, American Express’ money and life coach for the AmEx ZYNC Quarterlife Project. I had written about the project in my earlier post, where I asked readers to offer a question (on job and career topics) that can be answered via video. [...]4 Tips To Land A Job From A Money Coach (Video) […]

April’s Fool

I’m having a little frugal media fun this month and you’re invited to the festivities. Ok, it’s not like I landed the cover of Vogue or got ranked in Forbes or anything — the day any of these happen will likely be April 1st — but hey, I’m working with what I’ve got here, and that’s an honest blog, a big-eared dog, and my naughty noggin. […]

Review: Talent Is Overrated

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. About a year ago, I reviewed the wonderful book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. […]

Podcast 103: Lost and Found, Geneen Roth

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money. Geneen has appeared on national television shows including The Oprah Show, 20/20, and The NBC Nightly News. […]

What’s Worth Living For?

Lenny writes in with a fairly distressing email: All of your articles assume a few things, and one of the big ones is hope for the future. […]

Reader Story: Fight for Your Finances

This guest post from Justin is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Normally, we personal finance aficionados aren’t the fighting sort. […]

What the Bible Says about Your Career

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. As regular readers know, I talk often about your career being your most valuable financial asset. I've also discussed the fact that the Bible lists growing your career as one of the seven pillars of financial success. […]

10 Steps To Balance A Checkbook

So who still balances their checkbook? Let’s see a show of hands. Here are some fun facts: 40% of Americans don’t regularly balance their checkbook. 20% don’t even track their balance. I’ll admit that I used to be much more on the ball about this, but ended up abandoning the practice for a while. Recently [...]10 Steps To Balance A Checkbook […]

75 Things Worth Watching on Netflix Streaming

I consider Netflix streaming to be one of the best bargains out there in entertainment. For $9 a month (assuming you have a home internet connection), you gain access to an enormous libraries of commercial-free films and television series. […]

ING Direct Electric Orange Checking $50 Bonus

I’m aware that many regular Consumerism Commentary readers already have ING Direct savings accounts. Those who have been reading this website since the beginning know that I’m a fan. Their interest rates may not be at the top of the chart these days, and there is some concern that ING Direct’s parent company plans to sell off the bank’s American operations by 2013. […]

GRS Video Contest Update

Time is winding down on the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest. For a while, I was worried that nobody was going to play along. But digging through the archives, I see that last year we had a similar entry pattern: We only had five entries in the first few weeks, but the videos poured in during the last week. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #14

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. […]

More Ways to Spread Out the Gold $1 Coins

Here's the latest update on what we're doing with our gold $1 coins purchased from the U.S. Mint (here's the last report if you need a review.) If you read the post on our 2010 credit card results, you know that we have quite a few of these coins on hand. […]

Longtime homeowner tax credit documentation

Nine short days to the federal tax filing deadline on April 18th, 2011.  This year, Uncle Sam has a $6,500 tax credit in store for those of us who bought a new home during the first part of 2010 after having lived in another home for a while.  The instructions to Form 5405 call a person who fits this description a “long-time resident of the same main home.” The main criteria are these: You (and y […]