A Niche Can Make You Rich

Have you ever thought about making money as a paid speaker? If so, then do I have a book for you. Paid To Speak: Best Practices For Building A Successful Speaking Business is from the National Speaker's Association (NSA) and is a GREAT resource for people wanting to know how to develop a paid speaking business. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, If You Bank Online, You Need To Do This, Pronto! Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: On Workbooks

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. Car buying question 2. Food business 3. Student loan question 4. Difficult car choice 5. Moving from Mint to spreadsheet 6. Savings or down payment? 7. Homeschooling 8. Overwhelmed by mortgage 9. […]

Get a National Park and Federal Recreational Lands Pass and Save Money

Do you love national parks but hate the idea of paying expensive fees to gain entrance into them? Does your vacation itinerary involve multiple states and camping sites? […]

Fun Visit to Grand Rapids

For those of you looking for a bit of fun on a Monday, check out this video from my city. It was made a couple weeks ago and was on ABC World News Tonight last Friday -- naming our city "Persons of the Week." Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! […]

Beat the Market By Lying

Selling newsletters offering stock-picking advice is a big business. This is how sites like The Motley Fool survive, and it’s also a big draw for products carrying Jim Cramer’s name. You may remember Jim Cramer from such CNBC entertainment broadcasts as “Mad Money.” This is a fun show where Jim runs around, punches in sound effects, and yells his buy/sell advice at the camera. […]

SmartMoney 2011 Broker Survey

When I first started investing, I put a lot of stock into these broker rankings because I didn’t have any of my own experiences to draw upon. I didn’t know how I would use a broker, what features were important to me, and whether or not a deficiency really matter. […]

Debt Reduction Basics

I want to thank those of you who have been reading No Credit Needed for years – and welcome new readers.  No Credit Needed is the story of our journey from “being in debt” to “being financially free”.  Over the past six years, we’ve accomplished a great deal – but we still have so much more to do! At its core, No Credit Needed is, primarily, a “debt reduction blog”.  While I write about a wide arr […]

How I Still Make Money with eBay

In the glory days of eBay, the marketplace was ripe for amazing profits. Grandma’s hand-knitted doilies sold for $10 each, vintage puzzles with two pieces missing sold for $25. Buyers were drunk on a heady concoction of new technology mixed with dot-com incomes and childhood nostalgia. Those days are gone. […]

Why You Should Buy a Desktop Computer

My first laptop, purchased back in 1997, was a 12-pound gray Toshiba that took approximately eight minutes to fully boot and froze constantly. It had something like 256MB of RAM, which was considered a great deal of RAM at the time. I believe it cost a little under $1,800 (which, in today's money, is like $6 million). […]

5 Travel Bag Solutions for the Digital Nomad and Business Traveler

Finding the right travel bag is challenging under any circumstances. But as a digital nomad and semi-frequent business traveler, I’ve found it extra challenging. Factor in my need to carry specialized camera equipment and a 17-inch laptop, and perhaps you’ll begin to see why this quest has sent me nearly over the edge. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with $250k

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Here is our current situation:We are a married couple, living in  Florida, 33 and 35 years old. My husband has a MS degree and I am a Summa Cum Lade graduate, with a BA degree. We have both worked hard and saved well. We have no children yet, but would love to one day be able to raise a family. […]

Discounted Gift Cards: The New Coupon

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I’m currently house-sitting in Anchorage, where one of my duties will be kid-wrangling while my niece does the Alaska Run for Women. […]

Review: The Total Money Makeover Workbook

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. Ronald writes in: I really loved your series of posts on The Total Money Makeover. […]

Podcast 111: The Money Coach, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, also known as The Money Coach. […]

Reader Story (and Question): Financial Health vs. Mental Health?

This guest post from “NotPollyanna” is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader 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. […]

Using Some Self-Control is Good for Your Finances

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an interesting verse from Proverbs 21:17 (New International Version): Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. Now I don't think this is talking about enjoying yourself being a bad decision. But to me it does speak of excess. […]

We do like our monthly charges, don’t we?

I was talking with my wife last night about getting a smartphone — yes, again — because, as I told my newsletter subscribers today, I may have found a reason that actually makes having a smartphone worth the money. As we were discussing the costs of said smartphones, our Y membership came up. […]