Why do you need Plan B?

Easy:  Plan A can go away without notice. J Money of Budgets Are Sexy was relieved of his Plan A.  He was fired from his ~$70k/year job with basically no notice. The good news is that he was going to give his two weeks’ notice the next day.  How’s that for timing? He had been planning for this day.  He made it a goal in August 2010 to save up $50k so that he could try working for himself.  He was […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Develop a Robust Filing System

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 18. Develop a robust filing system. A few years ago, I had a nightmarish time filing my taxes. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 18, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Banking On Yourself

The following is a guest post from Nick Drzayich, an advisor at Eagle Capital Management where unique and innovative financial strategies such as Becoming Your Own Bank are taught. We all know that banks are some of the most powerful and lucrative institutions around, so it would make sense to mimic their business model.  I'm not talking about going out and getting a bank charter, buying a piece […]

Got a Question or a Story? Share it with GRS Readers!

It took a while, but I’m running low on reader stories, reader questions, and guest posts. It’s time to ask for more. Reader-generated content keeps Get Rich Slowly interesting. We’ve been doing “Ask the Readers” for almost five years, and we’re just finishing the first year of “Reader Stories“. […]

Why An Extended Warranty Program Is Insurance You Don’t Need

We’re shopping a lot these days. But here’s an underrated piece of money-saving advice: skip those extended warranty programs! As I look around my home, I can see a lot of electrical products that I use every day without even thinking about it. For instance, there is my computer, which I use for work. Then there are the TVs, the DVD players and so on and so forth. […]

When Doing the Right Thing Hurts (Your Credit)

It’s been many years since I’ve paid interest on a credit card balance. I don’t think I’ve missed a payment, either, thanks to automatically scheduled transfers from my checking accounts. I know that many regular Consumerism Commentary readers are like me, as well, and rarely pay a fee that’s unnecessary. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Pantry and Restock It

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 17. Clean out your pantry and restock it. One of the biggest money savers I’ve ever found is simply cooking at home. There was a time in my early adult life where I ate out for almost every meal. […]

The Best Free Gifts for Business Colleagues

Whether you want to celebrate the holidays or just start the new year on the right foot, many of us will feel like saying “thank you“ to a colleague who’s been especially supportive of us in our careers. […]

Best Money Tips: Stand Out! (And Avoid Layoffs)

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share ways to stand out at your job, travel tips for those with health issues, green gift wrap ideas, and more! Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Avoid Layoffs by Standing Out — One way to make sure people remember your skills and accomplishments when they hear your name? Network. […]

Congress Passes Tax Hike Prevention Act

There seems to be more than enough in the new tax cut bill, which will soon become a law, to keep every income level happy. The Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010 extends the tax cuts first implemented during President Bush’s tenure and adds more benefits for everyone. For another two years, the marginal income tax rates (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, and 35%) will stay the same. […]

2010 Bush Era Tax Cuts Extenders Bill Explained

I held back on putting up a post about the fate of our tax brackets because of all the political tap dancing lately, with both sides complaining about the compromise, but it appears that we’ve reached a final resolution. The timeline: Monday 12/13: The Senate voted to end debate (cloture) 83-15 Wednesday 12/15: The Senate vote 81-19 in favor of passing Senate Amendment 4753 (which amends H.R. […]

How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing twenty pounds during the year. […]

4 Fun Activities to Get Your Grinch into the Holiday Spirit

I love Christmas. And now that I live in New York City, I "fa-la-la" all the way to the big day. But even though I’m soapin’ up to Mariah’s holiday hits in the shower, there still hangs a coal-colored cloud of anti-cheer in my condo. It’s called my husband. You probably have one, too. […]

How to Resist Buying Just One More Present

There always seems to be one more Christmas present to buy. I am learning to resist the urge to keep shopping throughout the holidays. […]

Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season

Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of "stuff" that they already own. It's a bit challenging, especially since I always intend to shop early in the year, but find myself rushing with a week left before Christmas. […]

50 Best Places to Work

Glassdoor is a good tool for researching a potential employer. The site compiles anonymous reviews, ratings, and salary information from employees and allows individuals to access that information. […]

Your Take: Sick Day Shenanigans?

The other day, I was reading a Business Week article about companies hiring sick-day bounty hunters to check up on people out on sick leave and it gave me the idea for today’s Your Take question: How many of you have taken sick days when you weren’t actually sick? According to statistics in the article, “57 percent of U.S. […]

The Cheapest 529 Plans

I’ve talked quite a bit in the past about 529 plans. What they are, which ones are good, which ones are bad, etc. Today I want to drill down a bit further and look at which 529 plans are the cheapest. […]