6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget

The concept of an annual "spring cleaning" has roots in several cultures spread across the centuries, from ancient Persia and Jewish preparations for Passover to more modern-day needs for a routine whole-house scrubbing. Today, the arrival of spring signals the start of that ingrained habit. […]

Where do I mail my tax return?

I don’t usually dispense much information about filling out IRS forms manually because I am a big believer in e-filing. There are, however, certain times when it’s necessary to mail in a form and where the benefits of e-filing are reduced significantly. […]

6 Ways to Benefit From Your Credit Card

No amount of credit card reform is going to help if you don't spend the time to make your credit cards benefit you. As with many things, credit cards can be wonderful if you are disciplined, but they can also backfire and create a huge financial hole for you to dig out of. […]

Living Below Your Means Is Like Saving for Retirement Twice

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Hello, GRSers. […]

Thoughts on Investing

The book Never Buy Another Stock Again: The Investing Portfolio that Will Preserve Your Wealth and Your Sanity summarizes their thoughts on investing with the following: You don’t have enough time to invest in individual stocks. […]

Who’ll Win The Merchant Debit Card Fees Debate? Banks vs Retail

There’s an interesting debate brewing right now between lobbyists representing banks vs merchants, with a lot of drama among the regulators, lawmakers and constituents alike. The issue here is to do with the fees that merchants pay to banks when consumers use their debit cards. These are fees that get triggered when we use our [...]Who’ll Win The Merchant Debit Card Fees Debate? […]

Are Stocks Too Risky?

When it comes to investing for the future, there appears to be an interesting dichotomy. The typical financial advice marketed to the middle class — upper and lower — calls for long-term growth through investing in the stock market. […]

When Pride Gets in the Way of Success

After my article a few days ago on putting food on the table when you can’t make ends meet, a reader sent me an email that left me thinking. A key part of the email: When you write about such things on your website, they sound realistic and doable. But when I actually think about going to the food pantry or using food stamps or asking a pastor for help, I don’t want to. […]

Spare Change: Blog Continuity Edition

I’ve tried something new at Get Rich Slowly lately. Several years ago, my friend Sparky gave some feedback about the site. “There are lots of great discussions in the comments,” he said, “but you never really make that obvious on the blog itself. If there’s a good conversation, you should let everyone know.” I’ve never done that — until now. And I’m still not really doing what he wanted. […]

The Hidden Job Market

The book Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy is, as you might imagine, about the hidden job market. […]

Fidelity Investments 200 Free Trades Offer

If you have $100,000 in cash and/or eligible securities, you can take advantage of Fidelity’s 200 free trades offer. It’s not uncommon for brokers to offer free trades to entice you to transfer your funds, TradeKing has a $100 refer a friend offer and a $150 transfer reimbursement offer, and 200 seems to be a nice round number that has the “wow factor” they’re looking for. […]

Five Tips to Help You Land a New Job

The numbers for February unemployment are in, and they show the lowest jobless numbers in two years. The national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.9%, and there are signs that companies are ready to begin hiring again. […]

Finding Health Insurance if You Are Self-Employed

Where to Self-Employment Health Insurance Anyone who is fortunate enough to have a full-time job that provides health benefits probably gives little thought to their health insurance other than grumbling about the premiums. […]

Questions to Ask Potential Employers

You know that point in most job interviews where the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" What do you say? No, I don't? Or do you ask what you really want to know: what does this job pay? […]

How Does Negativity Help You?

“I don’t really care what you have to say because you don’t have the same political beliefs as I do.” “This idea just doesn’t match my life at all, so it’s worthless.” Several years ago, my immediate circle of friends were full of people who would go out for drinks after work and spend an hour or two being as snarky as possible. […]

Living in a Small Space Can Pay Big Dividends

When we got married, our first apartment was a very tight fit. It was a small, one-bedroom apartment with an awkward layout. Our living room had to be creatively arranged to accommodate a small couch, a television, and a chair for any guests that might drop by. […]

Chase Eliminating Debit Card Rewards

JP Morgan Chase Bank is not done changing its programs in apparent response to new regulations against fees. The large bank is increasing ATM fees to $5 for non-customers and considering limiting debit card transactions to $50 or $100. […]

Ask The Readers: Do You Have Pets?

As the "mom" of a 3 year old golden retriever and 13 year old kitty, I know firsthand that the costs associated with pet ownership can often be a huge budget drainer. Many animal lovers like myself choose to make pets part of their families despite the costs. […]