Thoughts on Buying a Vacation Home

Over the years, we’ve toyed with the idea of owning a vacation home. When I was a kid, I always envied families with a lake house, and even as an adult I’ve been drawn to the idea. As time has worn on, however, we’ve cooled on the idea. […]

Help a Reader: Suggestions for Hawaii

Here's another Help a Reader question from me (FMF). You all have been so helpful in the past that I wanted to ask your take on the following: As many of you know, we live in Michigan. […]

Discover Motiva Review: Extra Rewards & Pay On Time Bonus

Have you ever had a credit card that rewarded you for a job well done? There are a few such rewards cards out there that give you extra benefits for good behavior, such as the Citi Forward credit card and several college student credit cards. […]

Discover Bank Premium Savings Account Upgrade

In talking about our financial network map, I mentioned that we’re receiving 1.50% APY from Discover Bank. A reader named Alan asked about this, pointing out that Discover lists 1.35% APY on their website. Upon noticing this discrepancy a week or so ago, I was likewise confused. […]

Ask the Readers: What Money Advice are You Sick Of? (Chance to Win $20!)

In a recent weekly Tweetchat that Wise Bread participated in, we asked some readers what financial advice was getting old. The responses were varied, but the themes were the same: "Quit telling me to cut out my daily latte! […]

The Big Problem with Money Courses

Many financial “gurus” are in the seminar, coaching, and classwork business. They come up with course materials and attempt to sell them at a very high price to individuals who are scared for their financial future. Some of these coaching programs are reputable ones. Many of them are not. […]

Book Review: The Simple Dollar

My colleague Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar may have started his blog six months after I did, but he’s ahead of me in books. He published his first, 365 Ways to Live Cheap! […]

The Ten Rules Great CFOs Live By

The following is an excerpt from Your Life & Your Money. In the book the author says every family needs a chief financial officer (CFO), and he gives these ten rules for CFOs to live by. Your actions speak so loud, I can’t hear what you are saying.—SCOTT FEHER 1. Always take responsibility and accountability for your financial affairs. […]

5 Tips For Those Working In A Job They Hate

Twenty-first century folk hero Steven Slater had fed-up employees everywhere cheering when he left the job he hated in a theatrical flourish. […]

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. […]

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