Frugal Gluten-Free Living: French Bread in Under an Hour

It's hard to believe, but placing your dough in a cold oven and using the preheat time to allow the dough to rise makes for delicious, gluten-free, French bread in under an hour, from start to finish. My husband and I have been on a mission to find the perfect French bread recipe ever since we discovered he was gluten-intolerant. […]

The Best Thing You Can Do to Sell Your House

Here's a piece from MSN Money that details the psychology of buying a home. The piece contains some very interesting insights into how to best sell a home. For instance, consider this: You're selling your home. Here's the big decision: Should you set the price high, expecting buyers will bargain you down eventually? […]

Finding New Challenges (and Saving)

Reading For a long time (about two years), I got in a rut of reading very generic horror and fantasy novels. I would go to the bookstore, pick out two or three, and blow through them in a week, enjoying the rush but completely forgetting about them within three days after finishing. This routine was fairly expensive. […]

The Duel: ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

ShareThisWhich is the better investment? Both Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and mutual funds offer diversification and low-cost options. Knowing how they work can help you decide which is best for your needs. […]

A Frugal Renewal: Retying The Knot Without Untying Your Budget

ShareThisThere is a big trend right now in Hollywood: wedding vow renewal ceremonies. From superstars like Mariah Carey, Salma Hayek, and Heidi Klum, to reality TV stars like Tori Spelling and the "Real Housewives," couples are getting hitched again, and again, and again. […]

Obama’s Proposed Investment in American Infrastructure

President Obama proposed yesterday spending more than $50 billion over the next six years to modernize the transportation infrastructure in the United States. He is calling for renovations to or creation of 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail, and 150 miles of airport runways. […]

Staying on Track With Your 2010 Financial Goals

The year is flying by and in a few short months it’ll be 2011. Like many people, I set a number of financial goals for this year. I used to have a huge list of goals, which I inevitably didn’t meet. […]

How to Lower Your Car Insurance Premiums

When it comes to saving money in this economy, it appears that many people are dropping or lowering their auto insurance policies. It’s a bit of a gamble but adjusting your insurances, whether it’s homeowners or auto or anything else, can be a way to save a few more dollars if things are looking tight. […]

Book Review: The Art of Non-Conformity

In June 2008, a Get Rich Slowly reader dropped me a line to see if I’d like to have lunch. “My name is Chris,” he said. “My wife Jolie and I will be visiting Portland next week. Do you have time to meet?” “Sure,” I replied. I was just beginning to meet colleagues and readers for lunch, a habit that has since become the best part of this job. […]

A Few Tricks to Make the Most of Coupons

We've previously discussed the fact that you can save a bundle of money using coupons. Now here's a piece from Consumer Reports with seven tips for making the most of coupons. In particular, there are two tips I wanted to highlight and discuss. Here's the first one: Stack coupons. […]

Please take a second to be thankful for your job

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Book Week at Get Rich Slowly

I’m exhausted, and I’ve barely lifted a finger all weekend. I spent the long holiday reading. First, I consumed the nearly 1000 pages of Lonesome Dove (which is our book group selection this month). I did nothing on Saturday but read about the adventures of Gus and Call, the blue pigs, and the cowboys. […]

A Frugal Weekend with Lots of Houseguests

Over the past few days, we’ve had a few houseguests. Wait, scratch that – a lot of houseguests. We had so many people visiting that people ate meals in shifts. Every bed was full, as was much of the available floor space. Amazingly, though, we managed to get through all meals here at our house – we didn’t eat out or have our guests eat out for any meal. […]

Don’t Have A Job? Unemployment & Foreclosure Across America

Every so often, I find myself checking out the pulse of unemployment. While thinking of the appropriate theme for this year’s Labor Day post, I decided to take a different turn away from the usual summer holiday banter about family and barbecue grills. After all, this site is here to give continued visibility and commentary [...]Don’t Have A Job? […]

Bundle Rolls Out New Features: Now You Can Track Your Own Spending and Create a Budget

New Update Puts Bundle On Par, or Even Ahead of Mint Bundle.com launched way back in January of this year and for a long time you couldn’t do much other than compare a wealth of spending data across virtually every location in the county. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, The Power of Progress. Enjoy! […]

Going to Be a Mommy? Know Your Rights

ShareThisAh, the work/life balance. For many women, this should be called the "work/mommy" balance, because after working all day and being a mommy all night, there is little else to balance. […]

Reader Mailbag: Family Weekend

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. Married couple getting started 2. Investing for 11 year olds 3. A debt and family mess 4. Dealing with discouragement 5. 457 or Roth IRA? 6. Fixing credit 7. No-knead bread 8. Cash-only budgeting 9. […]

Comparing Online Backup Services

ShareThisThese days, people keep all kinds of data on their computers, from family photos to financial records. With no backups, you could lose all of the information for good if your computer crashes. All your cherished memories and important records could be gone forever. […]