Gouge me ’til it hurts

As of right now we’re looking at about 30 hours before Hurricane Earl blows past our latitude.  It reminds me of something that happened during the aftermath of previous hurricanes:  price gouging.  Price gouging is a disparaging term given to the practice of hiking prices of demand items after some disruption has occurred that would normally clear out the existing supply.  Gasoli […]

ETrade: Free Trades for 60 Days, Get Up To $500 Cash Bonus

At the heels of a $50 bonus for new TradeKing customers, ETrade has come up with their own sweet offers. I’ve actually been an ETrade customer for ages now and have been with them since they first launched. That’s way over a decade ago. At any rate, I’ve always been happy with their service. […]

My Plans for Labor Day

Moose Tracks ice cream (yeah!) and yard work (boo!) is on the horizon for my family this weekend. We're going to Chicago in a few weeks, so we're going to be low-key until them vacation-wise. What are your plans to celebrate the holiday? […]

How Would Panhandlers Use Free Credit Cards?

Have you ever wondered what the panhandlers you see on the street would do if you actually gave them a bunch of money to spend? Like many people, I generally give my pocket change to anyone who asks. I figure that if they have to ask, they probably need it more than I do. […]

Yard Sale Ethics: Is the Sticker Price the End of the Story?

In my recent post about cultivating your own knowledge for fun and profit, I mentioned that you should hit yard sales, consignment shops, estate sales, and so forth as a way to put your knowledge to work for you and take advantage of underpriced items. […]

Money To-Do Calendar: September

The personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the August steps as follows: Review your insurance coverage to make sure no changes need to be made. […]

Mixed Banking News From the FDIC

This is for all you financial statistics junkies out there… According to the FDIC’s quarterly banking profile, more than one in ten US banks (829 out of 7830) are currently in trouble, and the number appears is climbing, with the number of banks on their “problem list” increased by 7% during the 2nd quarter. In terms of bank failures, 118 banks have already under in 2010, compared to 140 in all o […]

Heist of the Century: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Gold Bar Stolen

Up until August 18th, if you’ve ever wanted to touch a 16.5-karat gold bar, you could make short visit to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West. The treasure hunter Mel Fisher, after which the museum is named, found the bar in 1980 from the wreck of the Santa Margarita located 25 miles west of Key West. […]

Help a Reader: Universal Life Insurance Decision

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am recently married, and my husband's parents took out a Universal Life Insurance policy for him when he was six (6) years old.  Yesterday, we met with the insurance agent to transfer the policy into my husband's name, and add me as a beneficiary.  After growing for 20 years, the policy is now worth $58,000 and the premium is $17/month. I kn […]

Flexible Spending Accounts: Is a FSA Right for You?

Flexible Spending Accounts Provide an Easy Way to Save Money and Pay for Health Care Expenses One unfortunate result of rising costs associated with health care and health insurance is that employers are now looking for ways to trim employee health benefits. This usually includes increasing co-pays, out-pocket-costs, and deductibles. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

After the universal positive response to my idea of doing a chapter-by-chapter discussion of David Allen’s Making It All Work, I’ve decided to go ahead with it. […]

Downsizing With Kids

Hi. My name is Sonja, and I am crazy. Now that you know, I can tell you that my husband and I are selling our modest cottage on half an acre to move onto a sailboat with our two small children. […]

Why Going to the Gym Is a Waste of Money, Time, and Resources

I noticed this morning that I have gained five pounds. Conventional wisdom says it's time to shell out to join a gym, or if I want to save money, dust off that jogging stroller. But what does conventional wisdom know? […]

Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone

I don't usually brag about smartphone apps. There are a lot of really great money-saving iPhone apps out there, but it is truly a matter of personal taste as to which ones are absolutely a "must" to download. This week, I discovered a new app called CoupSmart when a reader alerted me to the fact that they had won $200 just for using it. […]

Ten Tips for Entrepreneurs

I don’t like the term “entrepreneur.” It’s not because it comes from French, though the word does have an interesting etymology. The first time the word was used in English, borrowed from Old French, it meant a “manager or promoter of a theatrical production” (source). The word has a different meaning now. […]

What is a Bearer Bond?

Pick any action movie ever made and chances are someone is trying to steal a boatload of bearer bonds. My first introduction to them was in the Bruce Willis classic Die Hard but my favorite movie involving guns and bearer bonds was Heat. As a kid, all I knew was that bearer bonds were valuable. […]

Yes, You WILL Get Social Security

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 contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. We hear a lot about the doubts over the future of Social Security. […]

Saving Green: New Help to Save on Power

If there's one technology that hasn't kept up with the times, it's the analog power meter outside your house that tallies your energy consumption – and the paper bill you get in the mail. But that may be changing for the better. […]

Hotel Alternatives: Save Money When Traveling

This is a guest post from Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. When we go on vacation, we book a hotel. We are sort of taught that’s where you stay. By instinct we book a hotel. […]