Sunscreen Savings: How to Spend 50 Percent Less without Even Trying

Sunscreen is not just a priority in most homes, it’s a household staple. Staying protected while running errands, keeping the kids covered during sporting and leisure events, and general day to day use make this product a standard budget line item that adds up to big bucks fast. A close friend recently let me in on a little secret. […]

Carnival of Personal Finance: Unanswered Questions Edition

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance!  I’m your host this week. This may come as a shock to everyone but my wife, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t know everything. […] No Longer Offers “Free” Credit Reports

The Credit CARD Act of 2009 required the Federal Trade Commission to regulate marketing surrounding products offered by the credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion). […]

How To Organize Electronic Financial Documents

It’s always tricky remembering how long I should keep financial documents so recently I began cheating by electronically scanning all my documents to my hard drive. I was able to save all the documents I really didn’t need, but was apprehensive about shredding forever, and created electronic backups for the documents I knew I should keep. […]

Spend Based on Who You Are, Not Who You Want to Be

Last Thursday, on April Fool’s Day, I wrote about my obsession with gadgets and how much that’s cost me over the years. As always, your comments and stories were more entertaining (and instructive) than the post itself. In fact, a comment from chacha1 gave me a flash of insight. She wrote: The thing that’s a *headdesk* for me is the digital piano in my dining room. […]

Happy Birthday to FMF!!!!

Well, it was five years ago today that I started Free Money Finance with a simple post that detailed what this site is about (followed the next day with why the site exists -- I guess I was already lacking for inspiration on day #2! […]

Five Simple Habits That Will Help You Avoid The Debt Trap

This is a guest post from Kris Bickell of, where he shares tips for getting out of debt, saving money, and fixing your credit. Years ago, in a world far different from the one we now live in, people only bought what they could afford. Then along came credit cards, and people realized they could buy whatever they want – and avoid paying until later. […]

PenFed Credit Union Credit Cards Review

A while ago, I covered the subject of low interest rate credit cards, where someone brought up an interesting discussion on PenFed credit cards. At that time, the PenFed cards were offering lifetime balance transfers at a highly desirable rate. […]

Review: Your Money: The Missing Manual

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly finally has a book out. […]

Podcast 50: Financial Literacy Month, Cate Williams

This week’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Cate Williams, Vice President of Financial Literacy at the credit counseling agency Money Management International. […]

How To Cut Car Ownership Costs

Many people I know are car fanatics who love the idea of owning a trendy new car. […]

Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos

Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos is part memoir and part personal finance advice book written by a personal finance writer and staff editor at The Washington Post. The book follows her journey from a young college student, already in debt, to getting onto financial track years later. […]

The Mythology of Spending and Mental Anchors

I have a quick four question quiz for you to run through in your head. Just give your snap response to these – don’t think about each one too much. What is a wedding supposed to cost? What is an automobile supposed to cost? What is a home supposed to cost? What is a three week vacation for a family of four supposed to cost? For each of these questions, you came up with a number of some sort. […]

Reader Story: Be Happy on Your Own Terms

This guest post from Joann is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. I’ve been a Get Rich Slowly reader for about a year now, and I can honestly say I’ve picked up quite a bit of direction from you and your contributors. […]

Happy Easter!

No "the Bible and Money" post today, just a simple, appropriate verse for those of you celebrating today: He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:6 (New International Version) Happy Easter! […]

Some Thoughts on Easter and Financial Responsibility

Easter weekend is one of my favorite times of the year with my children. The weather is finally getting nice after a long winter, so we’re starting to go outside regularly. We usually conduct some kind of Easter egg hunt for them as well, giving them a great chance to explore outdoors and work on their observation skills. […]

How to Set Financial Goals – 3 Financial Goals Worksheets

These 3 Setting Financial Goals Worksheets are part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Do you have a financial goal? […]

Easter Links and Money Links Oh My!

Happy hoppy Easter! It’s been a long while since my last linky round-up, so I’m celebrating this Easter weekend with lots of linky love. I’ve got some holiday fun mixed with lots of money matters. Something for everyone. I like everyone. Enjoy! Easter Stuff Rejoice this day! […]

Ratio: A Cookbook Review

When I first saw Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio on television, I was intrigued. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 3, 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. […]