Elmo Teaches Kids About Saving Money

I have many things in common with my friends in the same age range as myself. Among these shared experiences that define a generation, for the most part, we all watched Sesame Street as children. When we reminisce, we remember Mr. Hooper. We remember when Big Bird was the only character to be able to see Mr. Snuffleupagus. […]

How to Challenge a Property Tax Assessment

If you were only looking at some property tax assessments, you might not get the idea that the housing market recently crashed. Many counties continue to value homes at what they used to be, before we saw a drastic drop in home values. While this isn’t true for all localities, you might find that your property tax assessment is higher than you feel it should be. […]

Help a Reader: The Right IRA

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: The age old question of Roth vs Traditional in a new/different twist.  My wife and I are both physicians, she is a resident making ~56k/year.  I am a physician in the Air Force making ~90k/year.  Right now we qualify for contribution to a Roth IRA (both would be new IRAs) based on our income but in 3 years when she is done with residency, we wo […]

24 Ways to Save on Your Tax Preparation Fees

In today’s economy, everyone is looking to save money on their groceries, car insurance, monthly rent expenses, and more. Luckily, this can work for tax time too. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Outside Writing Edition

Sometimes, companies and media organizations will hire me to write articles for them. I had a long stint writing at OPEN Forum, for example, and I’ve had shorter stints writing for HP and so on. When I’m hired to do such things, they’re hiring me to write about what I usually write about: simplifying personal finance, entrepreneurship, and so on, often by describing examples from my own life. […]

How to Request a State Income Tax Filing Extension

In response to my recent post about what to do if you won’t be able to finish your taxes on time, I received an e-mail from a reader asking the following question: What about a state income tax extension? Is there a form for that, too? Assuming that you’re running behind on tax prep, and that you’re not living in one of a handful of states with no income tax, this is a very real issue. […]

Chase Freedom® Visa $150 Cash Back Bonus Credit Card

One of my favorite cash back credit card offers has always been the Chase Freedom® Visa – $100 Bonus Cash Back, primarily because of the initial bonus offer combined with a great cash rewards program and low APR if you apply with excellent credit. That changed earlier this week when Chase announced the launch of the Chase Freedom® Visa – $150 Bonus Cash Back. […]

How to Be Removed From Catalog Lists

We get a lot of catalogs in the mail, probably around one a week, but I don’t think I’ve ever ordered a product from a catalog before (at least as far back as I can remember). 99.9% of the time, the catalog makes a one way trip into our recycling bin and the only one who benefits is the USPS. […]

How I Earn My Money

A lot of what we write here at Get Rich Slowly is theoretical. “This is how you should do things,” we say. Or, sometimes, the articles are meant for inspiration: “Here are some great ideas for taking control of your finances!” We don’t write as often about the things we actually do with our own money. In the early days of the site, I shared many of my own experiences. […]

How Your Last Name Affects Your Spending Habits

You may think it sounds ridiculous, but there's pretty compelling evidence that your buying patterns and, in essence, financial outcomes in life, may actually be influenced by your last name. […]

4 Things to Consider Before You Open an Online Savings Account

Opening an online savings account is a fairly simple process that offers a number of benefits, from a higher interest rate to convenient access options. But before you switch banks or open an account with the first online bank you find, there are a few things you should consider. (See also: Think Twice Before Ditching Your Current Bank) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Unusual Uses For Soap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on unusual uses for soap, last minute tax filing tips, and how to earn more in less time. Top 5 Articles Top Ten Unusual Uses for Soap — Use soap as a flea trap by mixing some soap in water and leaving it under a dull light. […]

Book Review: Debt Free for Life

Debt Free for Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom by David Bach There are really two steps to getting out of debt. First, cure whatever problem lead to you getting into debt. […]

What Americans Need

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists items Americans in 2009 felt they "needed" as follows (along with the percentage that felt this way and the change since 2006): Car -- 88% needed, down 3% Landline phone -- 68% needed (not asked in 2006) Clothes dryer -- 66% needed, down 17% Home air-conditioning -- 54% needed, down 16% TV set -- 52% needed, […]

Plan To Get An MBA Degree: Focus on Silicon Valley

Today, we welcome a guest post by a fellow Silicon Valley resident, Gal Josefsberg who’d like to share with us his thoughts on getting an MBA. This is a short and quick guide that we hope will help you determine whether it’s a goal you’d like to pursue. Sooner or later in the course of [...]Plan To Get An MBA Degree: Focus on Silicon Valley […]

Spare Change: Twilight Edition

I haven’t read (or seen) Twilight, but Forbes magazine thinks the fictional characters in that universe have read Get Rich Slowly! According to a recent Forbes slideshow listing the richest characters in fiction, Carlisle Cullen (who is apparently a billionaire vampire) is a huge fan of Get Rich Slowly. This may or may not be the case. […]

Some Thoughts on Investing in Dividend-Bearing Stocks

As I’ve mentioned several times recently on The Simple Dollar, one of my biggest areas of thinking in terms of personal finance right now is how to create a secure future for myself and my family. Right now, except for our mortgage (which has a pretty low interest rate), we’re debt free. We own both of our cars and they won’t need replacing soon. Our bills are relatively low. […]

2011 Budget Cuts Compromise Revealed

I personally think this whole debate on cutting the budget is a little silly, especially now, and that both parties are to blame. On one hand, it’s a little disingenuous for the Republican party to demand lower spending when we had massive spending bills during the Bush Administration. […]

Three Tips to Help You Nail Your Job Interview

In the current climate, just getting a job interview can be a difficult task. Official government figures indicate that the unemployment rate is dropping, but that doesn’t include people who are underemployed — and it doesn’t include those whose benefits have run out. […]