Reader Mailbag: Camping on My Mind

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. Stock broker help 2. Handling large private party transactions 3. Building a cottage 4. Is deferrment a good idea? 5. Unrealistic investing advice 6. Staying motivated while self-employed 7. […]

Buying Paper Savings Bonds in a Paperless Era

Last week I mentioned that paper savings bonds (both Series I and EE bonds) are going away at the end of 2011. […]

A Few Tips for Repairing Bad Credit

Getting rid of negative marks on your credit history is a problem facing many hard working people these days. With a poor economy making it difficult to pay bills, it’s no wonder more and more people are looking for solutions to get out of the rut they are in with bad credit. […]

Three Insurance Policies to Skip

Long time readers of Bargaineering probably recall that I don’t have collision or comprehensive insurance on my car. It’s a decision that paid off with my first car and one that I’ve stuck with on my current car. […]

Crammed! A Shocking Utility Tale

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. My cell phone is billed directly to a rewards credit card, so I usually just give it a quick glance. Bad consumer! Bad! […]

The Produce Worker's Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables

We've had a few requests lately from readers who want to know more about how to get the most out of their fruits and vegetables. Keeping your produce fresh begins at the store. As a former produce stocker, I can tell you that most grocery stores use a variety of tricks to keep profit margins high and the waste to a minimum. […]

No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe

There are many ways to update old articles of clothing that don’t involve sewing machines. […]

Best Money Tips: Inexpensive Family Outings

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on inexpensive family outings, how to negotiate fees and save on expenses, and Netflix alternatives. Top 5 Articles Eight Inexpensive Family Outings — Have an inexpensive family outing with your family by going for a bike ride. […]

9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat

It's getting hot, and it's awfully tempting to crank that air conditioning, but doing so can rack up costs faster than a Lindsay Lohan rehab stint! So if you're looking for a few places to go to help you beat the heat, here are some suggestions. (See also: 4 Ways to Win the War Against This Summer's Electric Bill) 1. The Nearest Pool Nothing beats relaxing in the pool on a hot, sunny day. […]

The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

Here's an update on an issue we've covered before -- the cost of being a bridesmaid. A summary of the situation from CNN: After adding up the cost of the dress, accessories, travel expenses, wedding gifts and more, found that it costs about $1,695 to be a bridesmaid. […]

Head And Shoulders Trading Chart Pattern

If you’re old enough, you may remember head and shoulders. That creamy light blue shampoo was the hair product of choice for people who had a problem with dandruff. Who could forget those commercials with the otherwise good looking people with the little white flakes on their shoulders. […]

Uncle Sam Boosts Standard Mileage Deduction

Link: ShareThisIf you drive your car for business, as many business owners do, there are two ways to write-off the cost of driving: deduct your actual costs or rely on an IRS-set mileage rate. […]

5 Quick Ways to Become a Better Networker Today

Link: ShareThisThe value of networking is obvious. […]

Meet Our New Social Media Managers

Starting this week, our Twitter and Facebook accounts will be managed by our Senior Editor Meg Favreau and Community Coordinator Ashley Jacobs (who writes our Best Money Tips and Ask the Readers columns). Our current social media manager, Kelly Whalen, has been a wonderful voice for Wise Bread. We're big fans of Kelly's talent and charisma. Unfortunately, so is the rest of the world! […]

Review: On My Own Two Feet

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 117: Yaron Samid, BillGuard

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Yaron Samid, founder and CEO of the personal finance security service BillGuard. Yaron talks to Tom Dziubek and discusses how BillGuard works, fraudulent credit and debit card transactions, how BillGuard detects these potentially fraudulent transactions and how it notifies their customers. […]

Home Equity Loan Alternative: Peer Lending

One of the types of lending that has increased in popularity since the start of the recession is person-to-person (P2P), or peer, lending. With the credit crunch after the 2008 financial crisis, many people found it difficult to get loans from banks. As a result P2P lending began filling the gap. P2P lending allows borrowers to get loans from their peers. […]

Essential Parenting Books

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Edita asks an entertaining question: “which parenting books you found most valuable?” I’ve read a lot of parenting books over the last several years. […]

Reader Story: Negative Budgeting and a Healthy Outlook on Life

This guest post from Shara is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general “how I did X” advice; 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. […]

Save a Portion of All Your Earnings

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Root of Riches. We must take care when saving money because it can be either good or evil, depending on the motive.On the one hand, it’s wise to save money for the future: The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. […]