Do I Have to Report This Income?

Today we're going to play a game called "Do I Have to Report This Income?" It will teach us a little about tax filing requirements and present some interesting situations about what income is taxable and what can be left off a tax return. When doing taxes, there are a ton of ways to get around reporting income. […]

Understanding How Income Is Taxed

Remember when Warren Buffett famously declared that he paid a lower tax rate than his administrative assistant? It probably confused a lot of people who aren’t familiar with the myriad of ways our income is taxed and that confusion can lead to misplaced frustration and anger. […]

You Can Have It All (Just Not All At Once)

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. […]

How to Apply for a Posted Opening

The following is reprinted with permission from Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy. Copyright © 2011 by Donald Asher, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Review: Evil Plans

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 99: Swipe Fees and the End of Free Checking?

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Preeti Vissa, community reinvestment director of The Greenlining Institute, an organization whose mission is to empower communities of color and other disadvantaged groups through multi-ethnic economic and leadership development, civil rights, and anti-redlining activities.Consumerism Commentary Podcast #99 Swipe Fees: S04E20 / 123 Adobe Flas […]

Some Thoughts on Entering Drawings

I have several friends who have made something of a hobby of simply trawling the web, looking for sites that are offering giveaways, entering them, and then looking for the next one. After finally spending a couple of afternoons doing this at the behest of a couple of them, I find some good things – and some bad things – about doing this. It is an inexpensive hobby. […]

What’s Your Investment Risk Profile?

The first thing about learning how to invest in the stock market is to know what kind of investor risk profile you have. In so doing, you will determine how best to asset allocate your savings among various asset classes. Not knowing what kind of profile you have or what you are investing in may [...]What’s Your Investment Risk Profile? […]

Reader Story: How I Avoided Student Loans

This guest post from Crystal 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 from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

Life is Not Measured by How Much You Own

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Check out this cool verse I ran into the other day: Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. […]

The Tricky Tax Refund

Like many self-employed folks, for me April 15 means a day to write a check to the government. Even if I do manage to get a refund, I’m still writing a check on that day to pay my first batch of estimated taxes for 2011. It wasn’t all that long ago, though, when April 15 usually meant that I would be receiving a tax refund check. Back in those days, my tax refund check was a wonder. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #10

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. A brother learning, a brother teaching My two sons have been amazing this past week. Our ten month old (the baby) has been trying very hard to learn how to crawl and to pull himself up on things for the past few weeks. […]

Tips for When Kids Move Back Home after College

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down lists the following steps to take when kids move back home after college: Have a close-ended agreement. Pay rent or forced savings for apartment deposit. Job search progress reports. […]

Win $500 in the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest!

Last spring, Get Rich Slowly hosted a video contest. Fifty-seven GRS readers submitted short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. From these, I picked a handful of contest winners. I had so much fun with the contest that we’re doing it again. Starting Tuesday the 15th, the GRS Video Contest is officially underway! 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest Entering the contest is easy. […]

Your home mortgage debt is not an asset

There’s a place for spin, and then there’s a place for silliness.  A article on MSN gives six reasons that should encourage you to love your mortgage.  Some may argue that the take on mortgages is a glass-is-half-full position, but I don’t even think it passes that sniff test.  It’s certainly far from the subtitle’s claim of “. . . […]

Do You Have A Proper Will? Lessons From Stieg Larsson’s Estate Battle

Kosmo is the founder of The Soap Boxers and is the author of Mountains, Meadows, and Chasms, a collection of 74 short stories now available for the Kindle and in PDF format. A while back, Silicon Valley Blogger recommended The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to me. While I have a backlog of around one [...]Do You Have A Proper Will? Lessons From Stieg Larsson’s Estate Battle […]

Follow-Up: Save More or See the World?

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly. […]

Friday Finance Findings for March 11th

Are you ready to spring forward? We’re just a few days away from my favorite time of year. Daylight saving time! Living on the very western border of the eastern time zone we’re lucky in the summer because it often doesn’t get completely dark until 10 pm. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 29-32

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]