Reader Story: A Five-Year Financial Turnaround

This guest post from Lindsay 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. […]

The Bible Says to Spend Less than You Earn

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are some verses from the Bible that relate to spending less than you earn as well as my take on each of them: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. […]

Great Pieces of Advice – and Why We Fail at Them

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson The world is loaded with great little pieces of advice from people who have accomplished great things in their lives. […]

Take a Pass on Passover Markups

The Jewish holiday of Passover (April 19-26 this year) celebrates the exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt, when they filled their baking pans with unleavened dough and left slavery behind for the wide-open possibilities of the desert. But that doesn’t mean modern-day Jews need to be slaves to exorbitant kosher-for-Passover markups. […]

Upright Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide

This is a Guest Buying Guide written by the Editors of A vacuum cleaner doesn’t have to be a hulking noise machine that eats up more money than it does dirt. Even some of the cheapest vacuum cleaners can do the job easily and effectively. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #15

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. Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir This is an awesome application of the internet. […]

American Cookery: Magazine Ads from 1939

My wife knows me pretty well. At a recent garage sale, Kris picked up the November 1939 issue of American Cookery magazine. She wanted it for the recipes. But after she was finished, she handed it off to me. “You’ll want to look at the ads,” she said. She was right. Fun trivia: American Cookery magazine was originally called The Boston Cooking-School Magazine. […]

Save 97% of Any Windfall

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Surprisingly, studies show that onetime windfalls can actually impoverish you. They make you feel rich, which inevitably leads to overspending. But wealth is what you save, not what you spend. With large windfalls, people tend to spend about 40% of the money. So if you get $20,000, you might spend $8,000. […]

Price Check Experiment: Is Costco really worth it?

It’s a fair question to ask, and I’ve often wondered if shopping at Costco — or any of the other big wholesale clubs — is worthwhile after paying membership fees, driving the distance to the store, and standing in long lineups with pallets of peanut butter. So I decided to do a little experiment to see if shopping at Costco was cheaper when compared to my local grocery chain, Superstore. I tend t […]

The Kitchen Dry Erase Board

The usual Friday “dinner with my family” post is taking a one week hiatus. I recently had what I consider to be a great idea that I thought I’d share with you while I’m still in the process of implementing it. A few days ago, I was at a food co-op distribution point (I’m not in the food co-op but I’m hoping to sign up for one soon) where I noticed that they had lists of the available items on a bi […]

What if You Owe Income Taxes and Can’t Afford to Pay?

This morning, I talked about what happens if you file your taxes late. The short version is that you’ll face penalties that are more severe than if you had file your return (or request an extension) on time, but fail to include payment for the amount due. Okay, but what if you can’t afford to pay the amount due? […]

Working With Financial Planners and Advisers

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a series of articles about working with financial planners and advisers. The information about this aspect of the financial industry can be confusing, considering the variety of certifications, similar-sounding services, and hidden agendas. The first thing to consider is whether to work with a financial planner at all. […]

Different Investment Styles For Investing In The Stock Market

There are a lot of investment styles you can use when you participate in the stock market. We review how they work. There are many schools of thought when it comes to investing, but the main rules still stand out: (1) Invest early. (2) Invest regularly. (3) Stay invested. […]


Here’s a question for you. It’s more of a thought experiment – I’m not actually suggesting that you go out and do this. Would you be comfortable showing your best friend your entire financial picture? Or, what about your spouse? What about your parents? Some of you will honestly answer this question with a resounding “Sure!” To those of you, I say congratulations. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 15th

April 15th? Oh no, taxes are due! Well, not quite. Obviously if you’re an avid personal finance reader you know that the tax deadline has been pushed to Monday the 18th because of Emancipation day which falls on Saturday, thus is being observed in Washington D.C. today. […]

What Happens if You File Your Taxes Late?

With just a few days left before taxes are due, I thought it would be worth talking about what happens if you miss the deadline and wind up filing late. The short answer is that you run the risk of penalties and interest, and failing to file on time is much worse than failing to pay on time. […]

Best Return on Investment for Bachelor’s Degrees

Since a college degree is the baseline for most middle-class jobs for people not yet old enough to have equivalent experience, and getting that experience in the first place would be difficult without a college degree, it always surprises me that people question the value of getting a college degree at all. […]

Your Take: Have You Cut Back On Spending?

When the economic crisis hit, a lot of people cut back on their discretionary spending. Whether it was to bolster their emergency fund or just a gut reaction to a pretty ugly time, it was a sign that America’s hunger for credit and debt wasn’t insatiable. […]

Five Years of Get Rich Slowly

Five years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt. […]

7 Ways to Improve the Life of Your Lawn Mower

When I first got married, I couldn't have told you the difference between a carburetor and an air filter. That's one of the things I love most about marriage, actually — how educational it is. My husband is a small-engine mechanic with multiple certifications and shop manager at the family business, Arco Lawn Equipment. […]