Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos

Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos is part memoir and part personal finance advice book written by a personal finance writer and staff editor at The Washington Post. The book follows her journey from a young college student, already in debt, to getting onto financial track years later. […]

The Mythology of Spending and Mental Anchors

I have a quick four question quiz for you to run through in your head. Just give your snap response to these – don’t think about each one too much. What is a wedding supposed to cost? What is an automobile supposed to cost? What is a home supposed to cost? What is a three week vacation for a family of four supposed to cost? For each of these questions, you came up with a number of some sort. […]

Reader Story: Be Happy on Your Own Terms

This guest post from Joann is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. I’ve been a Get Rich Slowly reader for about a year now, and I can honestly say I’ve picked up quite a bit of direction from you and your contributors. […]

Happy Easter!

No "the Bible and Money" post today, just a simple, appropriate verse for those of you celebrating today: He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:6 (New International Version) Happy Easter! […]

Some Thoughts on Easter and Financial Responsibility

Easter weekend is one of my favorite times of the year with my children. The weather is finally getting nice after a long winter, so we’re starting to go outside regularly. We usually conduct some kind of Easter egg hunt for them as well, giving them a great chance to explore outdoors and work on their observation skills. […]

How to Set Financial Goals – 3 Financial Goals Worksheets

These 3 Setting Financial Goals Worksheets are part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Do you have a financial goal? […]

Easter Links and Money Links Oh My!

Happy hoppy Easter! It’s been a long while since my last linky round-up, so I’m celebrating this Easter weekend with lots of linky love. I’ve got some holiday fun mixed with lots of money matters. Something for everyone. I like everyone. Enjoy! Easter Stuff Rejoice this day! […]

Ratio: A Cookbook Review

When I first saw Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio on television, I was intrigued. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 3, 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. […]

Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

This is a guest article by Aaron Pinkston, founder of Clarifinancial. He wasn’t satisfied with the ways people had to get life insurance quotes, so he created something better.Have you ever noticed you can relax about decisions you made while others around you are still running around frantically? […]

Upcoming Events and an Update on the GRS Video Contest

I don’t know how I’m doing it, but I’m managing to stay one step ahead of the game around here. I haven’t had to resort to a week of guest posts — yet. Instead, I’ve been working like mad to be sure I have interesting articles for you guys, while also doing my bit to promote Your Money: The Missing Manual. […]

Money To-Do Calendar: April

The great 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 April steps as follows: Speak with your spouse or significant other about money matters. If you haven't done so yet, max out on your retirement contributions for the prior tax year. Here's what I do on these: 1. […]

Credit Card Offers: Citibank Credit Cards

So far, we’ve taken a look at PenFed credit cards, and Chase credit cards, and today marks the CitiBank credit card offers installment of the weekly Saturday review of current offers from major banks. […]

3 Disadvantages of Ready Made Meals and TV Dinners

Here’s an admission: I cannot stand ready made meals. In the past, I had gone through a phase where I’d eat them maybe once or twice a week while I was on a work deadline because I just needed something quick and easy to cook before I left for work. But I never enjoyed them because they didn’t taste that good. […]

The Psychological Trap of Warehouse Clubs

Jonah Lehrer wrote a brilliant little article about Costco over at the Science Blog. An excerpt: The secret of Costco’s success – and the reason I’m willing to pay just to enter the store – is because I trust the company to give me a good deal. […]

Best Deals for Friday 04/02/2010

71% off DC shoes and apparel Starbucks Coffee for 64cents an ounce on Amazon's Friday Sale Angie's List: Free account activation with code JOIN10 Just Dance for Wii for $26 + free shipping Free small breakfast with coffee at IKEA […]

Have a Great Weekend!

Just a note to let you know that I'm outta here for the weekend! We plan on having a great, restful, fun-filled, family-filled Easter weekend and I wish the same for all of you. I'll have posts throughout the weekend, even though I know many of you will be gone for Spring break. And for now, I'm joining you -- I'm signing off and starting the weekend early! […]

HDMI Cables Are Cheap

On Tuesday, I asked our readers to answer a few questions about their household TV situation, and I found that 49% of respondents don’t use a DVR. I was surprised to learn that, but it says more about me than you guys: I’ve let myself get sucked inside an on-demand, time-shifting echo chamber of bleeding-edge TV watching. […]

The Government Is Hiring: Who and Where

ShareThisWith unemployment hitting some scary levels as of late there seems to be one entity that is almost unaffected by the trend: the government. The government is not only continuing its strong hiring that it conducts each year, but bucking the employment trend, the government is also getting ready to add more jobs. […]