Put Your Credit Card on Ice

One of the most popular suggestions for people trying to cure themselves from overspending with credit cards is to freeze credit cards in a block of ice. It’s a cute approach to removing the temptation to overspend. It’s a fun concept to consider. You can make an event out of the freezing process. Invite your wife or husband and your kids to help. […]

Money Leaks: Unnecessarily Wasting Electricity

Electricity is wonderful, isn’t it? It powers so many of the devices in our home, it makes life more comfortable during periods of extreme heat or cold, and we probably wouldn’t have as much fun without it. […]

How My Generosity Got Me $8,000 in Debt

This is a guest post from Logan Sachon. Her piece originally appeared at Bundle.com. I am in debt: $8,000 on two credit cards, to be precise. The debt occurred over several years, and includes a few periods when I was living off the cards because I was in between jobs. […]

The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles

I’ve always been a tap drinker — it’s refreshing, healthy, and free — but when some genius started putting H2O in plastic containers and selling it for a dollar a pop, Americans went nuts. Water? In a bottle?! As popular as it became, you’d think they were filled at the Fountain of Youth. (See also: The Many Uses for Empty Plastic Bottles) Some quick facts: The U.S. […]

10 Productivity Hacks From a Work-at-Home Mom

I work at home, part-time, as a (you guessed it!) freelance writer. So, I'm a writer. I'm also a mom. Of four kids. Under five years old. My youngest, in fact, is only a month old. While I can't share anything much about the experience of high fashion, expensive restaurants, or periods of silence lasting more than five minutes, I can share about getting maximum work done in minimal time slots. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money While You Sleep

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money while you sleep, strategies to pay for college, and how to afford gourmet food every day. Top 5 Articles Save Money While You Sleep — Save money while you sleep by turning off electronics and unplugging everything before you go to bed. […]

How to Quit Your Job

Quitting your job can either be the greatest day of your life or the most nerve-wracking event you have had to face. […]

Save Money on Groceries by Shopping on Wednesday

CBS Moneywatch says that Wednesday is the best day to shop for groceries if you're looking to save money (FYI, they say it's the best day to buy gas too). Their thoughts: Supermarkets tend to reduce prices on items that are expiring soon [on Wednesdays]. Many grocery stores release their new sale advertisements [on Wednesday] but also honor the sales items from the previous week. […]

Why Care About the Long Term?

Mark sent me an email regarding my recent article, Some Thoughts on the Long Term, in which he asked the following question: I still don’t see any compelling reason to worry about my future more than about five years down the road. I can think about where I’d like to be in ten years, but life shifts so rapidly that no matter what I think of it won’t happen. […]

Spare Change: Reader Requests Edition

Ah, summer. Warm weather, food on the grill, watermelon…and writer’s block. As happens every summer, the creative juices have taken a vacation — not just for me, but for other GRS writers as well. So, as also happens every summer, I’m solving the problem by coming directly to you, the readers. Get Rich Slowly is only useful insofar as we cover subjects that matter to you. […]

What's It Take to Be "Rich"?

Continuing our discussion of trying to put some sort of absolute number (or even range) on subjective words about the amount of money someone has, today we'll talk about what it means to be "rich." here are some thoughts from MSN Money on the subject: What's rich? […]

Write about juggling your job and your kids

Starting up a blog is not an easy way to make money by any means, but by doing so it opens up a lot of doors for building up a side income later.  Knowing how to write to convey useful information and sell things to a market will put food on the table, even in very tight times. Greg McFarlane, co-author of Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense and writer on the parent blog, calls a large swat […]

Your Collection: Not Worth That Much

Many of us have dreams of collecting coins, or sports cards, or comic books and then scoring big later on. However, the truth is that there are a number of collections that just aren’t worth that much. Part of the problem is that, in the 1980s, many people made a lot of money because they had older baseball cards in good condition. […]

Should Couples Get a Prenup?

Prenuptial agreements are on the rise, as more individuals are concerned about losing their assets in the wake of the recession. Prenups, when handled correctly, can protect an individual’s assets in the increasingly likely event of divorce. […]

Gain Financial Freedom With These Concrete Strategies

Right now, I’m reading a fun novel called The Penny Pincher’s Club by Sarah Strohmeyer. It’s about a woman who realizes that not only is she in debt, but she needs a ton of money to become financially secure. What if someone wanted to make quite a bit more? […]

College as an Investment

We’ve talked in the past about how much your college degree is worth. […]

Help a Reader: Investing Cash

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I have saved money for my children's college education ($60,000) and sadly my oldest son is unable to go to school full time due to some health challenges.  He went very part-time last year and may be unable to go next year.  My second son will be going to college hopefully in another year.I also have a tax fund of $128,000 which I will need to […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Three Bicycling Tips Edition

I’ve been bicycling a lot this summer after previously not bicycling much at all for several years. I’ve learned three simple things that really make bicycling enjoyable for me rather than the punishing exercise I imagined it to be. Go slow. It’s not a race. You don’t have to fly along the road or bike trail you’re on. Build up a little speed, then coast for a while and enjoy the environment. […]

Chase Freedom Visa $200 Bonus Cash Back

For the last six months, potential credit card customers have been courted by companies offering bigger bonuses and better offers. Different customers look for different things when choosing to sign up for a new credit card, whether it’s a 0% introductory interest rate, a lucrative rewards program, or thousands of miles to use on a favorite airline. […]