Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Speaks With Teachers

Yesterday, Ben Bernanke spoke to teachers across the United States in a video-conferenced town hall-style meeting. Several teachers were invited to participate in Washington, while others attended the meeting from distant locations aided my modern technology. I wasn’t able to watch the live broadcast of the meeting, but I watched the hour-long recording this morning. […]

Spectacular Celebrity Tax Problems

It’s hard for us to conceive of the idea that celebrities have tax trouble. After all, they have plenty of money. Shouldn’t they be able to pay their taxes? Shouldn’t they be able to hire people who make sure they can pay their taxes? […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress for July 2012 with Chart

It’s that time again – time for an update on our mortgage payoff progress.  As a reminder – My wife and I have a conventional, fixed-rate 15-year mortgage.  Also, yesterday, we finalized the process of reducing the interest rate on our mortgage, and re-amortized our loan.  So, our August 1st payment was the last payment made under the old interest rate – and the September 1st payment will be the f […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Edition

Over a three-and-a-half week period, our family is jamming in a trip to northern Iowa/southern Minnesota, a trip to Seattle, a trip to Chicago, and a trip to Indianapolis. This means a lot of traveling. A lot of time spent in cars. A lot of time spent sleeping away from home. A lot of children taken out of their daily routine and thus a bit cranky. A lot of time spent on bathroom breaks. […]

CFPB to Monitor Credit Reporting Agencies

I don’t know what’s more surprising – the fact that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will now be supervising any credit reporting agencies that has more than $7 million annual receipts… or that this is the first time those bureaus will be subject to federal oversight. […]

Are Universities Immoral?

This is a post from staff writer 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 contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. By popular request, J.D. has added photos of cats once again. […]

5 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

I lost my wallet at the mall the other day. I was paying my bill at the Hallmark card store, and at my next stop in Bath and Body Works, I had to borrow $24 and some change from my 10 year old daughter. My wallet was gone, and I had no recollection of what happened in the two minutes it took me to walk from one store into the next. […]

How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan

Your health insurance plan can impact your physical, mental, and financial health. Choosing the right one can benefit your peace of mind, help you navigate the healthcare system, control costs, and, in some cases, put extra cash in your pocket. Start by familiarizing yourself with the types of health insurance plans to get an understanding of general plan designs and features. […]

Best Money Tips: The Olympics Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we are highlighting some of the best personal finance articles that reference the Olympics! Top Articles The Cost of Raising an Olympian — Families of gymnasts can end up paying around $1,000 a month to keep their child competing at a high level. […]

6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants With a Dual Purpose

Mosquitoes are incredibly common in my home state of Minnesota. Perhaps it's all the lakes and ponds — which make for great mosquito breeding grounds. Every summer it's another battle to keep these pests away. I've previously written about homemade mosquito repellent recipes, but I've recently discovered something even easier — mosquito repellent plants. […]

How to Be Upwardly Mobile

For those of us in our teens, twenties, and thirties, we like to believe the world is at our doorstep. […]

How to Reach $1 Million

CNN Money recently ran a series on how to get to $1 million in net worth. They featured several articles, each purporting to help you accumulate $1 million on their own. The ideas: investing, owning rental real estate, launching a business, saving money, and climbing the corporate ladder. […]

Bank on the Advantages of Credit Unions

In recent years, I’ve sometimes been stuck in lines at my bank that made me feel like time had stood still. Whenever this happens, I and other customers wait. And wait. And wait some more. Eventually, we all begin giving out like-sounding sighs. Then we start rolling our eyes. […]

Lowered The Interest Rate On Our Current Mortgage

I have just completed and mailed the paperwork necessary to lower the interest rate on our current mortgage. As I mentioned just a few days ago, my wife and I have been considering refinancing our mortgage.  Interest rates on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage are significantly lower now than they were when we financed our home nearly three years ago, so we decided to do some research. We contacted sev […]

Eliminate Smoking and Minimize Drinking (219/365)

Whenever you consume something, it has some cost. In the immediate sense, you have to pay for what you just consumed. You bought the beverage, you bought the food, and so on. […]

Ways Online Video Can Save You Money

YouTube started as a fun way for people to share their videos, but it didn’t take long for it to change into an online resource that can help support your hobbies and help you to save money.  Now, there are many other video sites on the Internet that can save you literally hundreds of dollars every year.  If you don’t think it is possible, consider all of these sites that can help you save some se […]

Could You Benefit from an Accelerated MBA?

My program at Syracuse University was an accelerated MA. I started going to school ahead of fall semester, and finished up during the summer semester almost a year later. I still had all of the credits required for a Master’s degree, and I still completed a rather challenging project (plus took more than one class requiring a large research paper). […]

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card: Two Free Weekend Nights

If you travel frequently and are interested in earning points to redeem for stays at Hilton’s family of hotels, car rentals, vacations, or experiences, you may be familiar with the Hilton HHonors program. The Hilton HHonors program awards its members on eligible purchases with at least 3 HHonors Bonus Points per dollar spent and up to 10 HHonors Bonus Points per dollar spent. […]

Should I Give My Adult Children Cash Gifts?

Monica writes in: Some of your recent articles have touched on an issue that has really troubled me for a while. I have two children, both in college. […]

Types of Insurance Policies You Must Have

While it is possible to obtain insurance for nearly anything these days, there are certain policies that every responsible person needs to protect themselves. […]