The Value of Climbing the Mountain

The last six years of my life have been spent grinding as hard as possible towards one specific goal. I wanted to be free of debt while owning my own home. Nothing more, nothing less. Over that entire period, Sarah and I have been pretty careful with our money. We’ve given up expensive hobbies. […]

Reader Story: What Financial Freedom Really Means

This guest post from Sue 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? Here’s how. I’ve always been a saver. […]

Finding Your Calling

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Recently the Christian Financial Alliance asked several bloggers the following question: “What is the connection between a Christian’s sense of ‘calling’ for their life and their professional career?” Here was my response: “I think it varies from person to person. […]

Welcome Oprah Winfrey Network Viewers!

If you landed here via the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), chances are you saw me during the premiere of Million Dollar Neighborhood, a reality TV show aimed at helping a community raise their collective net worth by $1 Million. It’s nice to meet you! (Photo Credit: Kate Mahaits Photography) My name is Kerry Taylor. […]

Adjust Your Home’s Temperature Seasonally (160/365)

The bigger the difference between the external temperature and the internal temperature of your home, the more work your air conditioning or furnace is going to have to do. It doesn’t matter how much insulation or how well air sealed your home is, it’s going to happen. […]

See Squawkfox on the Oprah Winfrey Network tonight!

I promised to let my American readers know when Million Dollar Neighborhood aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. How about tonight? The financial and fun reality TV series premieres Saturday, June 9th at 9/8c on OWN! Million Dollar Neighborhood “One hundred families in the community of Aldergrove have just 10 weeks to increase their collective net worth by $1 Million”. –OWN U.S. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #77

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. Ray Bradbury on exploration Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers. His book Fahrenheit 451 has had a tremendous impact on my life. “We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. […]

Good Advice on Long-Term Care Insurance

Based on my recent long-term care insurance post, many people are thinking about the same issues I am -- namely, what to do about it.Shortly after I posted that piece, I ran into this article from Kiplinger's that IMO has some decent advice regarding long-term care insurance. […]

Air-Seal Your Home (159/365)

Unless you live in a perfect climate, you’re going to be running your air conditioning and/or your furnace during some portion of the year. […]

Extreme Credit Card Collections

In response to my earlier post about one of our credit cards being closed due to inactivity, long-time reader and regular commenter BG mentioned that he and his wife have upwards of 150 credit cards. […]

Roundup: SEC Goes After Little Guys

Matt Taibbi from the Rolling Stone looked at why the SEC seems to love crushing little guys but let’s huge megabanks do whatever they want. It’s half sad and half pathetic. […]

Personal Finance Is Rarely Black and White

Let’s look at two people, Bob and Charlotte. Each of them has only one outstanding debt, a $100,000 mortgage with a 3.75% interest rate that has 28 years to go. Bob is single and doesn’t enjoy dating, so he plans on remaining single for the rest of his life. He wants to retire early so he can get involved with managing the local food pantry, where he works part time right now. […]

Your Take: Survey Shows Delay in Life Milestones for Recent Graduates

A few months ago, the subject of a Your Take centered around which generation had the most debt (prompted by an infographic from Experian). In looking at the infographic, and how the younger generations had much higher levels of debt, I thought about the impact of student loan debt. […]

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Fun?

Over the past year, I’ve occasionally used the “Ask the Readers” feature at Get Rich Slowly to poll people about their budgets and spending habits. So far, I’ve asked folks: How much do you spend on food? How much do you spend on clothes? How much do you spend on gifts? How much do you spend on health insurance? How much do you spend on housing? How much do you spend on kids? […]

10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store

My friend Katie and I have lots of things in common, including our love of thrift stores. When we were in high school, we often drove to a shady part of town to get our fix of all things thrifty. My love for thrift stores run so deep, in fact, that when I was on vacation in Atlanta for my birthday recently, I went thrift shopping. […]

Free Online Tools That Help Organize People

Organizing people ought to be easy. Tell your team members where to go, when to show up, when to leave, what to bring, and what to do. That approach usually works for work-related activities. […]

Best Money Tips: Help Your Children Build Credit

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on helping your children build credit, the best things to buy in June, and marketing tactics for job hunters. Top 5 Articles Five Tips to Help Your Children Build Credit — Help your child build credit by putting a utility account or other small bill in their name. […]

Your Money or Your Life, The Crossover Point

Today we're going to cover step #8 from Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century. Last time in this series we created a chart that lists both monthly income and monthly expenses. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 4

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Personal Finance Pastor Personal Finance lists a helpful site for pastors looking to take an affordable vacation or sabbatical. Work Save Live asks what phase of investing you're in. […]