Robinson Crusoe and Our Journey

This past weekend, I spent some time re-reading a large portion of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe, which you can read in its entirety here. Most of us are familiar with the basic outline of the story. Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island and, after overcoming his initial grief, he manages to build a home for himself using only what he has on hand. […]

FMF Donating to Two Great Causes

I truly enjoyed this season's version of Celebrity Apprentice. I got to know several stars I didn't really know well at all (and I liked them!), was able to teach the kids a few things about business (more on that in an upcoming post), and saw a ton of money raised for charity. And by watching it on DVR, we were able to skip commercials and save about 20% of the time of watching it live. […]

How to Have a SWEET Memorial Day

For those of you wondering what you're going to snack on this coming weekend, may I remind you of this tasty (and economical) treat? ;-) […]

Extreme Couponing: Classic Time vs. Money Dilemma

Reality television shows are getting more and more “extreme.” Whether it’s families with enough kids to field a football team or people who tip the scales at several hundred pounds, it seems like the television watching public is obsessed with any extreme. The “first” reality show was basically extreme living on a remote island – remember the first season of Survivor? […]

Important 2011 Tax Filing Deadlines

With the 2010 tax filing deadline safely behind us, I want to turn your attention to important tax-related deadlines for the remainder of the year. […]

Kids and Money: Interest

Interest has a big impact on your finances, as you well know. However, interest is a foreign concept to most children. It can also be somewhat difficult to teach. […]

HBO’s Too Big to Fail

Last night, HBO premiered Too Big to Fail, a movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, based on the events of the financial meltdown of 2008 starring Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, AIG, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Department of the Treasury. […]

Zecco Wall Street Facebook App Review

What do you get when you mix investing with the largest social media network in the world? Zecco’s new Wall Street app for Facebook. […]

Loving My New Cell Phone

CNN Money lists three must-have gadgets. I have two of the three (I don't have a tablet computer yet), but it's the last one I want to focus on for this post. […]

Ten More Giant Money Wasters

A few days ago, CNN Money posted an article listing ten giant money wasters. Here they are, in summary form: 1. ATM fees 2. Lottery tickets 3. Gourmet coffee 4. Cigarettes 5. Infomercial impulse buys 6. Brand-name groceries 7. Eating out 8. Unused gym memberships 9. Daily internet deals 10. Bundled cable or phone services Undoubtedly, each of these can be a huge money waster. […]

Government Blocks Merger of H&R Block and TaxACT

The Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against H&R Block. This second-largest income tax preparation service intended to acquire the company that owns third-largest income tax preparation service, TaxACT. Based on the number of customers who used these companies’ services to self-file 2010 tax returns, the combined company would still be a distant second to Intuit’s TurboTax. […]

Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary 2011

Every year, as we flow through graduation season, I like to take a look at PayScale’s College Salary Report – which takes a look at a variety of statistics for different college majors. The chart just lists the top ten majors, with starting and mid-career median pay figures, though the larger table has a list of many degrees from Dietetics to Art to Criminal Justice to Agriculture. […]

Learning to Give

For years, Get Rich Slowly readers have given me grief over my charitable giving. Or, more precisely, my lack of it. I was raised in a home that gave neither money nor time to help others. As I struck out on my own, I never picked up the habit of giving. At first, this was because I had myself to worry about. I was deep in debt. How could I afford to help others when I couldn’t even help myself? […]

Ask the Readers: What is Your Toughest Financial Challenge?

Everyone always has a financial obstacle to overcome. Whether it's saving for retirement, paying for college, or purchasing a new car, people consistently seem to be striving to conquer some sort of financial problem. What is the biggest financial problem in your life right now? Is it balancing your budget? Finding a job? […]

25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today

Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact on our lives. Whether you want to lose weight or feel more energetic, you don't have to go on a drastic diet or guzzle vitamin drinks. Just make some small adjustments to your daily regimen and see how your life is transformed. […]

Protecting the Older Generation Against Financial Fraud

There’s a special and fiery place in hell for people who would try to rip off the life savings of retirees and senior citizens. And yet we know they exist, based on countless reports of frauds perpetrated against older Americans. These snakes (and that’s unfair to the real reptiles) presumably wake up each morning, and rather than commuting to work, ask themselves this question. “Let’s see. […]

Building a Credit History

Books on personal finance used to have a chapter on building a credit history, because it used to be harder to do. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Ready For Your Road Trip

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting ready for your road trip, surviving skyrocketing rental prices, and how your dentist bill can save you money. Top 5 Articles Tips and Ideas to Get Ready for Your Road Trip — Get ready for your road trip by planning for stops. […]

Retirement Tips from an Early Retiree

I swim at a local high school pool four or five times a week. Since I've been doing this for almost two years now, you could probably guess that I know the lifeguards pretty well.One of the guards is a retired 61-year-old gentleman who has been working at the pool part-time for five years. […]

Low-interest and … slightly less low-interest

This Kiplinger feature on MSN has a number of good ways that we waste money.  Slide 12 of this series (these aren’t my favorite ways of presenting things, but I see how it generates more ad impressions for MSN!) has the following suggestion: If you’re stashing your cash in a traditional savings account earning next to nothing, you’re wasting it. […]