Roundup: Living Without Money

The last few weeks, the frugal world has been buzzing about how Mark Boyle lived an entire year without cash. It’s was more about sustainability and reducing waste than living without cash, but I think it’s was a pretty valuable social experiment. It reminded me of a more “important” Super Size Me type of experiment. If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. […]

Reader Story: I Got a 20% Pay Cut — and Loved It!

This guest post from Tim Stobbs is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some 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. Tim Stobbs is the writer behind the blog, Canadian Dream: Free at 45. […]

The Jewish Phenomenon

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I've been reading the book The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People and am intrigued by it. Here's a summary of the book in a nutshell: Jews are disproportionately wealthy and accomplished. […]

The Danger of Assumption

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a guy who had a large scar on his neck that looked like a swastika. The man had it partially covered with a turtleneck on a hot day. I could have easily assumed that he was a “scary” member of a fringe group, but I was sitting next to him and said hello anyway. […]

Kids These Days

Kris and I took a stroll through the neighborhood today to visit the weekend garage sales. First we walked down to Lane’s house to browse his books and knick-knacks. (Lane is a GRS reader, and when we showed up, he said, “J.D., this is all capital-S Stuff!”) Then we hit other sales on the way home. At the last house, Kris got side-tracked looking at unused vintage postcards. […]

Why Do a Credit Card Balance Transfer, and How?

I first considered a balance transfer last summer. A newly-minted MBA, I was also up to my eyeballs in debt (let's face it: I still am), but was hoping to responsibly pay it down, so I did the conscientious thing: I read up on which credit cards offered what benefits and chose the one that seemed to best suit my goals. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 11, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Managing Taxes in Taxable Accounts

The following is an excerpt from Personal Investing: The Missing Manual. Sometimes, you have to put higher-taxed investments into taxable accounts. For example, if you're saving for a short-term goal, stocks may be too risky, so you put your money in bonds or bond funds, or in a savings account. Or you may be saving for a goal that doesn't have a tax-advantaged account option. Don't worry. […]

OptionsHouse Online Discount Broker Review

If you take a look at our best online discount brokers page, you’ll notice that OptionsHouse leads the way as the cheapest broker to place a trade with online. While commission structure is a motivating factor in choosing an online discount broker, it shouldn’t be the only factor. […]

Summer Meal Series #15: Butternut Squash and Carrots with Coconut Milk and Curry

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. We’ve reached the end of this series, my friend, and so I decided to finish it off with a dish that bridges right into fall meals quite well. […]

PG & E Gas Leak Leads To San Bruno Fire: Disaster Strikes

I’m preempting our regularly scheduled personal finance piece to talk about something that preoccupied me most of last night and will probably be in my mind for a while. Today is when we see the aftermath of what happened in a Northern California neighborhood that is not too far from where I live. […]

Now’s the Time to Stop (or Alter) a Christmas Gift Exchange

Each Christmas, a lot of people find themselves in gift exchanges that they don’t really want to participate in. They end up buying gifts for people that they don’t have a close relationship with. They’re obligated to spend more money than they’d like on certain gifts. Sometimes, they’re guilted into it by the expectations of others at their Christmas parties. No more. […]

Friday Finance Findings for September 10th

Can you say football? I sure can, and it’s probably the best time of year right now. The weather is perfect, the kids are back to school, and lazy weekends of nothing but football are on tap (along with some of my home brewed beer of course). Although, being a Detroit Lions fan can take its toll, you start to get used to losing after more than a decade of failure. […]

Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort

Organization is the bane of many families' existence. Most busy families do not have the time or the energy to constantly battle household clutter because with each new day, there is more. […]

Why You Can Accomplish Even Your Wildest Dreams

My daughter, Sara, is turning six months old. She came into this world knowing nothing, but she was eager to learn. After all, it was necessary to survive. On her first days out of her mommy's tummy, she didn't even know how to drink milk! Eventually, she mastered the art. […]

Quarterlife Crisis! What is It?

ShareThisYour mid-twenties or early-thirties is usually when you have the desire to define yourself, set yourself apart from the rest. It is an age of utter confusion and internal turmoil, an age where you constantly contemplate what roads to take and who to travel with. Is it really true? […]

Your Take: Your Favorite Credit Card?

Every year, JD Power & Associates puts out a credit card customer satisfaction survey in which all the major credit card companies are listed along with their scores. It’s a 1,000 point scale and this year the “winner” was American Express with 769 out of the possible thousand. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are Your Favorite Finance Books?

Well, Book Week has come to a close at Get Rich Slowly, and while it was an interesting experiment, it’s not likely to happen again any time soon. For one thing, I learned that doing book reviews takes more work than doing regular posts. To do a review, you have to read the book (sometimes twice), decide how it’s relevant to readers, and then write a normal article. […]