The New Rules of Engagement Ring Shopping

The MintLife blog lists the new rules of engagement ring shopping as follows: 1. Feel free to flout tradition. The traditional rule of thumb was that the groom should plan to spend anywhere from one to three month’s salary on the engagement ring. But as priorities shift, that rule has fallen out of favor. Diamonds and a traditional gold or silver band are no longer de rigueur either. 2. […]

Lessons Learned from New Year's Eves Gone Wrong

Nobody gets out of dodge faster than me on New Year’s Eve. Not because I don’t like to spend the holiday at home — New York City has some of the best celebrations on earth — but by this time of the year (especially now — holy blizzard, Batman!) I’m ready for fun in the sun. For the past couple of years my destinations have been tropical, an […]

Reader Mailbag: Friends Without Work

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. Using recorded financial data 2. Moving away from debt consolidation 3. Student loan forbearance 4. Stopping all retirement contributions 5. Chasing passions without self-sabotage 6. Dealing with college burnout 7. […]

5 Tips to Cut Moving Expenses

Moving is an expensive proposition, but there are ways to cut costs, especially if you have a little insight into how the process works. In high school, I worked for a moving company, and I picked up a few tricks: 1. […]

What Is Financial Independence?

When asked about what it means to be financially independent, most people think about retirement and the amount of money needed in the bank and investments in order to be worry-free for the remainder of their lives. For many, this is why we work, why we suffer through a job we may not enjoy. […]

Happy New Years!

Depending on when you read this, it’s either New Year’s Eve’s Eve, New Year’s Eve, or sometime in 2011… regardless of when you read it, I hope you had a fantastic time ushering in the new year with friends and family. A new year brings new opportunity, a chance at something bold and exciting, and I hope you’re ready to take advantage of it. […]

My $132,683 Comcast Bill

This is a guest post from Carl Hendley of The Motley Fool. He’s substituting for Robert Brokamp, the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. Brokamp generally contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks, but he’s had the audacity to take a vacation over the holidays, so Hendley is filling in. $132,683 — That’s how much I’m paying for cable. […]

Why (and How) Some People Succeed in Business Without Getting an MBA

The following is a guest post by Josh Kaufman, a business teacher and the author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business. He teaches craftsmen, artists, and professionals how to learn the fundamentals of modern business practice without mortgaging their lives. […]

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Small Business Growth & A Look At Parkinson’s Law

Many personal finance bloggers are finally making the leap to full time blogging. That’s certainly good news for our particular Internet niche. In my case, I’ve been feeling growing pains since around Spring of this past year. […]

GRS Blogger Profile: Sierra Black

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! My name is Sierra Black. I’ve been a staff writer here at Get Rich Slowly for just under a year, and was a regular guest previously. […]

The 10 Worst States for Retirees

MarketWatch lists the 10 worst states for retirees as follows: Illinois California New York Rhode Island New Jersey Ohio Wisconsin Massachusetts Connecticut Nevada These ten were rated the worst by the website TopRetirements.com based on three criteria:  fiscal health, taxation, and climate. Ha! It's a "bad states" list that Michigan finally didn't end up on!!!! […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Money Change

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29. […]

FMF March Money Madness Brackets Set

At the end of this post is an Excel spreadsheet that contains the brackets for the 2011 version of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you're wondering what I'm talking about, click here.) A few things to note about the competition: The games will begin on Monday, January 17 and new ones will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the initial round. […]

Free Retirement Planning Book

This is just a quick note to let you know that you can download a free electronic copy (direct link to pdf) of Jim Otar’s book “Unveiling the Retirement Myth.” This book sells for $49.99 on Amazon, and is currently rated 5 stars by the six individuals who have reviewed it. The general topic is how to make your retirement portfolio last when you are living off your savings and investments. […]

New Trend: Moving In With Your Parents

The recession can shape a generation. With many college graduates over the past few years unable to find jobs right away, many opted to move from campus back home with mom and dad. The proliferation of this trend has led to concepts like the Boomerang Generation and Prolonged (or Extended) Adolescence. […]

Are Educational Videos for Infants A Waste of Money?

MoneyTalksNews asks if educational videos for infants (you know, the ones you show your small child that are supposed to make them smarter) are a waste of money? Their answer: yes. The details: The research found children between 12 and 18 months learned almost nothing from infant-learning DVDs designed to improve vocabulary, even after watching them several times a week for a month. […]

Bunching Your Income Tax Deductions to Maximize Their Impact and Minimize Your Taxes

Do you want to maximize the value of your income tax deductions? If so, then you might want to consider “bunching” them into years when they’ll have the greatest impact. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Years Resolutions Edition

Over the past week, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about the art of the successful New Year’s resolution. I thought I’d share some of the best with you this week. What to Do When Your Fire Runs Out I wrote this article for OPEN Forum as a look at how to handle any life situation where your fire to move forward is gone. […]