Calling BS on 5% Rewards Advertising

ShareThisIf you find yourself looking for a credit card online, or even just perusing a few of your favorite personal finance sites, you'll come across a lot of credit card advertising. […]

Can’t Afford Your Car Much Longer? Negotiate to Keep It

As so many are still struggling to manage paying their regular bills while living paycheck to paycheck, every day another car gets repossessed because families can no longer afford to finance their vehicles. Last year alone, more that 1.9 million vehicles were taken from those who defaulted on their loans. […]

Memorial Day

Thank you to all the brave men and women who have given everything so that we may enjoy our freedoms. […]

Scottrade Discount Brokerage Review

This is a brief review of my experiences with the discount brokerage Scottrade. If you are interested, you can open an account at Scottrade here.I first opened my account with Scottrade a little over five years ago. At the time, my current discount brokerage, Wachovia, began charging an inactivity fee. […]

Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

The following is a guest post by Caroline Palmer, and associate attorney at Oak View Law Group. It seems like only yesterday when the real estate market was booming and everyone was investing, whether it was a home or investment property.  Then the bottom of the sub-prime lending market dropped out, leaving hundreds of people facing either foreclosure or bankruptcy, or more typically, both; and l […]

Happy Memorial Day

Just wanted to say Happy Memorial Day to everyone (it's a holiday where we remember the service and sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our country.) Like most others in the U.S., I'm taking the day off -- I'll be back tomorrow (I do have one guest post scheduled for today). In addition to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America, I like to remember and thank all our v […]

Memorial Day Weekend Reading: Guinea Pigs and the End

It’s been a hectic weekend so far. I’ve spent many hours on the road between my home in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Queens. Friends of mine will be married to each other in a few weeks, and they wanted to have some wedding photographs shot including their pet guinea pigs. […]

Can You Get Paid To Do Free Online Surveys?

Earn a little extra income by getting paid to do free online surveys. This is something you’ll find a lot of people discussing online. There are plenty of people out there who claim to make a nice second income from a variety of activities including blogging, mystery shopping, or earning points or cash through rewards and cash back sites like BigCrumbs and Ebates. […]

Factors to Consider in Your Pricing Strategy

Link: ShareThisHow did you decide how much to charge for your product or service? Did you base it on the competition? Some margin above your cost? […]

Review: 48 Days to the Work You Love

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller keeps getting recommended to me over and over again by readers. […]

Podcast 58: How to Keep From Going Broke with a Broker, Richard Lewins

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Richard Lewins, founder of the LewinsLaw legal practice and author of the book, How to Keep From Going Broke with a Broker – A Guide to Opening, Maintaining and Surviving Your Brokerage Account. […]

Kick that Cell Phone Contract: Save with a Prepaid Plan

ShareThisIf you are married to your cell phone, you may not mind paying top dollar for your service plan. For many people, their cell phone has become their primary portal to the world, and that's fine, especially for cell phone companies. But if you want, you can save big money by going prepaid. Here's how. […]

Financial Freedom and Using Passion to Budget

Increasing numbers of people are in serious debt and seeking debt management and debt settlement services. Although at first blush you would suppose that it has to do with job loss and poor economic climate, the vast majority of these people are actually high income-earners, with good jobs. What gives? […]

Is It Really Cheaper to Ride the Bus?

Aaron writes in: I love your cost breakdowns when you calculate the real truth behind some financial choice. I’ve got one for you. Is it really cheaper to ride public transportation to work? I have a bus stop about a block from my house. For about $2 each way, I can use public transportation to get to work, which is about fifteen miles away. […]

Reader Story: Traveling Cross-Country Dirt Cheap

This guest post from Michelle Russo 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity, and with all sorts of incomes. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 3: Beware of Debt

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

The Public Humiliation Diet: Five Things Worth Learning About Your Money and Improving Yourself

One of the best articles on self-improvement I’ve ever read popped up recently on the Deadspin blog. Titled The Public Humiliation Diet (note: some language NSFW), it describes how Drew Magary, the author of the post, lost sixty pounds in five months without doing anything too incredibly radical. […]

Get Kitchen Gadgets for Less at the Local Restaurant Supply Store

My pal Chris Guillebeau is out of town on another one of his around-the-world jaunts. While he’s living the high life in Equatorial Guinea, his wife Jolie (the artist behind my Kermit painting) is left to entertain herself here in Portland. What does she choose to do? While away her hours with me and Kris. On a whim, yesterday the three of us made a trip to the local restaurant supply store. […]

Moments in the "Garden of Eatin"

I know what I’m doing differently this summer. No, it doesn’t involve the length of my shorts or a different vacation destination. […]

Book Review: Hot (Broke) Messes - How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too

Nancy Trejos is a personal finance writer for the Washington Post. While she was advising readers on financial problems, she was actually so broke that she had to ask her hardworking immigrant parents for money. […]