30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 1 and 2

Are you overwhelmed thinking about all the work required to get your finances in great shape?  Well the good news is that you can do a complete financial overhaul (or if you're in less dire straits, a tune-up) in 30 simple steps. Yep, that's it. […]

Men Choosing Fatherhood Over Careers

Last week, I acknowledged recent survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that women are beginning to value success in their careers more than men value their own. It’s a historical twist, brought about by the idea that women entering the workforce is no longer related to a necessity, but an innate desire. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Joy of Anticipation

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. Roth and Traditional IRA 2. Investing for very early retirement 3. Clutter caused by family 4. Next steps for expectant parents 5. Finding direction in retirement 6. Pay off house or invest? 7. […]

Five Unique Ways to Make Money

Ok, that’s it.  There’s hardly nothing I won’t do to make a buck.  That is if it’s legal and moral.  Let me rephrase that statement.  There’s nothing that I won’t do within reason to make a buck.  I’ve been known to sign up for studies and surveys and clinical trials. […]

How to Make Homemade Cleaning Products

Have you ever looked underneath your kitchen sink, or whoever you put your cleaning products, and marvel at all the bottles and containers you have there? I recently took a peek and went on a cleaning kick, trying to use as much of the stuff up as possible, and was amazed at how chemically some things smelled. […]

Hunting for Health Insurance

I am sick. For the past ten days, I’ve been wrestling with a high fever, a cough, a persistent sore throat, and a general malaise that’s kicking my ass. Basically, I’m the sickest I’ve been in over a decade. (The last time I was this sick? The evening that The Fellowship of the Ring premiered. […]

10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet

This article is made possible by our underwriter Equifax. We all know that sense of panic when we realize that our wallet or purse is missing. If you’re like me, half of your life is in your wallet. Credit cards, debit cards, ID, insurance cards, money — you name it, it’s in there. And if it falls into the wrong hands, it could be devastating. The least that can happen is you lose a little money. […]

9 Dollar Store DIY Projects to Try Out

Some DIY projects can get pricey because of the materials, but you can always keep your costs low if you stick to dollar store items! I recently spotted this cool site called Dollar Store Crafts that has plenty of great ideas for what to do with your $1 goodies. […]

Best Money Tips: Thrifty Gifts for Mom

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on thrifty gifts for mom, building your financial dream team, and ways to slash prescription costs. Top 5 Articles 9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts For Mom — This Mother's Day, consider giving your mom homemade potpurri. […]

Letting Go: 8 Steps to Forgiveness

Valerie Poteete was a single mom who had just started her own business. She had no insurance and was, much to her dismay, quickly diagnosed with cancer. When she lost her home, her sister came to help her pack up to move. Valerie went to the store to pick up some more packing materials, and when she returned, her sister had stolen every bit of cash from her home. […]

LinkedIn Best Practices

The following is reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from The Panic Free Job Search: Unleash the Power of the Web and Social Networking to Get Hired © 2012 Paul Hill. Published by Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. All rights reserved. LinkedIn is to business networking what Google is to Internet search. If your profile is not on LinkedIn, then you do not exist as a professional. […]

Consolidate or Refinance Any Debts (119/365)

The most painful part of debt is the interest. It can be crushing. Let’s say you borrow $200,000 on a 30 year fixed mortgage at 6%. That’s a pretty typical home loan that someone might have taken out in the mid-2000s if they had decent credit and a down payment. Over the course of that loan, you’d have to pay back the $200,000, of course. You’d also have to pay back $231,676.38 in interest. […]

Podcast 158: Kimberly Palmer, Palmer’s Planners

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Luke Landes talk with Kim Palmer, author of Generation Earn and creator of Palmer’s Planners. […]

A Little Customer Service Story

Sarah and I purchased an outdoor playhouse kit for our youngest son for his second birthday. It was on sale, we had a perfect spot for this playhouse in our yard, and all three of our children were absolutely in love with it. Several days ago, the kit was delivered in an unmarked box. […]

Reader Story: Escaping Poverty

This guest post from Karin 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 with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want submit your own reader story? […]

A Scriptural Perspective of Debt

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Sound Mind Investing gives four reasons why God wants you debt free as follows: 1. Debt is considered slavery. (Proverbs 22:7) 2. Debt was considered a curse. (Deuteronomy 28:15, 43-44)3. Debt presumes upon tomorrow. (James 4:13-15).4. […]

Time is not money

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “time is money.” Time is related to money, for sure: People exchange their time for money at their jobs. People choose to pay others to do tasks that will take time away from something they’d rather be doing. People take time to make lunches, change their own oil, mow their lawn, etc., to save money. People pay more to live in a city to cut down their commute […]

Know What You Owe (118/365)

When the bills from my debts were coming in fast and furious, the last thing I wanted to do was to think about them. At all. I would avoid the mailbox like the plague. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #71

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]