Guilt and the Choices of Others

The other day, I had a really interesting discussion with a former reader. He told me that he had stopped reading The Simple Dollar because the articles made him feel guilty about being a spendthrift and an occasionally poor manager of his money. […]

Happy Veterans Day

To all the men and women who have served our country, thank you. “Veterans Day” was first celebrated in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th, 1919, as a national holiday to commemorate the end of the first World War. […]

8 Drawbacks of Being a Millionaire

MSN Money lists eight drawbacks of being a millionaire as follows: 1. Meet Mr. Tax Man. As a millionaire, you're going to be on the hook for doing a greater amount of (financial) good for your country. 2. It's like taking a second job. Possessions take time to maintain. 3. Meet the Joneses. […]

Is Annie Leibovitz a Failure?

Annie Leibovitz is one of today’s most famous photographers. You may have seen her name in the news recently for her financial problems rather than for her art. Although reports of her annual income included numbers north of $3,000,000, she was saddled with multi-million-dollar debt and exposed to legal problems. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reaching Out

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Secured credit card? 2. Contacting credit card companies 3. Concerned about Mom 4. Time to switch cars? 5. Mint or Thrive? 6. Consolidate now or later? 7. Re-fi with PMI 8. Building credit (or not) 9. […]

The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget

Those of you who follow my blogs know my obsession with do-it-yourself food processing. I usually find that making things yourself results in better quality food products, and often, less expensive ones. As background, one of the fruits my husband (aka “Mr. Green Jeans”) grows is lilikoi. […]

Why This Isn't Your Grandparents' Economy

Why can’t we save the way our parents and grandparents saved? Is it just us, or have other factors changed our economic realities to such a degree that saving has been marginalized, or in some cases precluded altogether? […]

2010 Tax Credits for Hybrids and Electric Vehicles

This latest CNN article on the tax breaks California residents can get on plug-in hybrids surprised the heck out of me – you could get a Nissan Leaf ($32,5000) for only $17,000 after federal, state, and local tax credits. […]

How to Never Pay for Another Book

If you have a computer, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device, you can download more books than you will ever be able to read for free. Here's how: Book publishers are finally beginning to move with the times and offer larger and larger selections of current and classic books in digital formats. […]

Credit Cards That Grow Your Assets

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. My better half and I are two days into the process of re-evaluating our credit card, contemplating switching to a card with better rewards. […]

Over 50 and Need a Job?

It’s frightening to be out of work at any age, but it can be terrifying if you’re in your mid-50’s and unemployed. This is especially true if you are tapping into your emergency savings, or facing other financial hardships. But if you are in that age range and out of a job right now, or can’t stand the job you have, I have some good news. […]

5 Ways To Either Make A Fortune Or Lose Your Shirt

The following is a guest post by Mark from Buy LIke Buffett. Everybody would love to strike it rich quick. Many investments are touted as a way to make easy money quickly. There is no such thing as easy money. The same investments that have the power to make you money have the exact same potential to lose your money as well. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 11/11, 4:00pm CST for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title: twitter_bigger.png Welcome to the Wise Bread weekly tweet chat! This week we're sharing our ideas on investing. Do you dabble in stocks? Invest in gold? […]

Income Distribution & Inequality In The United States

Do you ever feel yourself slipping away financially over time despite working your arse off? And what about the feeling that no matter how hard we work, our parents seem to have had it easier? Well if you always suspected wealth erosion was going on but couldn’t put your finger on it, then maybe this exposition from Slate can give you some points to ponder. […]

Help a Reader: Getting an MBA

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I was wondering if your thoughts about MBAs have changed amidst the current economic climate. I'm interested in going back to school to get an MBA, but I'm not sure it's worth it. A bit about me: I have a finance undergraduate degree, a law degree, and I'm currently a licensed attorney. […]

Low-Cost Methods for Stress Relief

Mindy writes in: How do you deal with stress? I know that with three kids and managing The Simple Dollar and all the other stuff you have going on, you have to feel some serious stress at times. What do you do to manage it? I have twin babies at home and I also work from home as a freelance graphic designer. […]

Pascrell, Capuano Propose Adding New Tax Brackets

With the Bush tax cuts expiring, there have been several proposals out there suggesting what we do. […]

Dave Ramsey’s Electric Bill

About three weeks ago, we took a closer look at Dave Ramsey’s new mansion just south of Nashville. […]