What is a Bearer Bond?

Pick any action movie ever made and chances are someone is trying to steal a boatload of bearer bonds. My first introduction to them was in the Bruce Willis classic Die Hard but my favorite movie involving guns and bearer bonds was Heat. As a kid, all I knew was that bearer bonds were valuable. […]

Yes, You WILL Get Social Security

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. We hear a lot about the doubts over the future of Social Security. […]

Saving Green: New Help to Save on Power

If there's one technology that hasn't kept up with the times, it's the analog power meter outside your house that tallies your energy consumption – and the paper bill you get in the mail. But that may be changing for the better. […]

Hotel Alternatives: Save Money When Traveling

This is a guest post from Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. When we go on vacation, we book a hotel. We are sort of taught that’s where you stay. By instinct we book a hotel. […]

Another Way to Save Money with AAA

I've previously talked about all the ways being a AAA member can save you money, and here's another example. When I was recently looking at what I was going to do regarding TV services (detailed in My Comcast Saga Continues), I considered satellite TV as an option (specifically I was looking at DirecTV since the friends I asked seemed to like them the best). […]

If I need to ask what “forex” is, I probably shouldn’t try it!

It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve seen so many advertisements and blogs for things related to “forex” and I never bothered to look up what the heck that meant. Thankfully, it turned out that I had heard of what it means, just not by that word.  “Forex” is an abbreviation for the (huge) foreign exchange market, also known as the currency market.  It’s the place where you can tak […]

3 Things To Do With Your Online Cashback Earnings

Don’t you just love cash back sites? I rarely buy anything online now without first going through one of these sites to find out what kind of online deals are available. With more and more of these sites around, we no longer have an excuse not to earn some money on our next online purchase. However big or small the cash back I receive, I always end up better off as a result. […]

Are Discounts Coming for Paying in Cash?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A couple of weeks ago, J.D. highlighted research that showed that rewards cards cost the poor (in higher prices overall) and benefit the rich (who are more likely to use the cards). But what if retailers offered you a discount if you paid in cash? It might not be so far-fetched. […]

Conservative or Aggressive: How Does a New Investor Know What to Do?

If you’ve read the reader mailbags for a while, you’ve noticed that I often get messages from people who have worked their way into a good financial place and now have some money to invest, often for the first time in their life. They look around, watch CNBC, read investment advice online and in books, and still aren’t sure exactly what to do. […]

Avoid the Blame Game—Take Responsibility for Your Financial Affairs

The following is an excerpt from Your Life & Your Money. We must become the change that we want to see in the world.—Mahatma Gandhi We live in an age of delusion. It seems to be the inherent nature of mankind. Our biggest delusion is a sense of entitlement. It permeates our country. […]

Bank of America $75 MyAccess Checking Incentive Bonus

There’s a “special limited-time online offer” for Bank of America credit card holders (I put that in quotes because these promotions come and go all the time) when they open a MyAccess Checking account online. It’s an online only offer of $75 when you open a new MyAccess Checking account and make a qualifying deposit. […]

Ask the Readers: If You Could Have One Wish (Chance to win $20!)

I often get emails from readers who tell me about their financial situations. Some are challenging, while others are heartbreaking. I have a hard time knowing what to say, and more often than not, it gets me thinking about what I would do if I had the power to do anything. […]

Cars Driven by Millionaires (And Me)

Here are some thoughts from the author of the Millionaire Next Door on car-buying habits of millionaires: 86% of those who drive prestige makes of motor vehicles are not millionaires [having an investment portfolio of $1M or more]. […]

Considering Buying a Multifamily House

I’m still a fan of the mobility and flexibility offered by renting a place to live rather than buying. I don’t know where I’ll be living in the next few years, and I wouldn’t want to deal with the expense and hassle of selling a house so soon after purchasing. Perhaps my evaluation of my situation is changing, however.I like the area where I live. […]

Finding the Rhythm

One of the biggest things that’s changed in my life since my financial turnaround and subsequent career changes is that I’m constantly involved in a lot more self-evaluation than I used to be. […]

4 Ways to Bug Your Boss for More Money – and Get It!

Everyone knows we're in a recession, but let's face it: You may deserve to get paid much more than what you're getting now! […]

How to Win the Lottery Without Paying a Penny for the Ticket

What would you do if you won the Lottery? That's a great question. One that we've ALL fantasized about at least once and probably have let our imaginations go wild in at least one conversation with friends or family. I'm not talking about scratch and win lotto tickets here. […]

6 Reasons Why Cash Is Still King

Lately, I've noticed more and more credit and debit cards being whipped out for transactions large and small. It's as if cash is becoming a rarity and folks don't even have $4 of the green stuff on them for a latte anymore. […]

When Does It Make Sense to Pay More For Quality?

My brain is slowly re-wiring itself now that I’m finally free of credit card debt, and I’m wondering about things that I never seriously considered before. I remember many years ago talking with a friend who tried explaining to me that it made sense to spend $600 on a pair of shoes, if they were high-quality enough to last for decades. […]

What is a Ten-Bagger?

I was reading my latest issue of the Motley Fool Stock Advisor when I saw them use a term I’ve always found entertaining – ten-bagger. The newsletter itself was talking about how Netflix has become a ten-bagger since David Gardner’s recommendation in 2004. […]