Reader Mailbag: Cold

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. Building website skills 2. Which credit counseling service? 3. Serious mortgage trouble 4. Thermostats, nighttime temperatures, and kids 5. Shady credit union practices 6. Direct stock purchasing 7. Frozen interest rates? 8. […]

Where to Buy Last Minute Sports or Concert Tickets

Our kids are huge football fans, so we’ve occasionally picked up tickets to attend a local NFL game. Since these events are typically sold out, we have to rely on “non-traditional” sources for our tickets. Sure, we could go down to the stadium and try to buy tickets on the street, but that introduces a bit of the unknown. […]

10 Tips For Successfully Negotiating With Creditors

How to Negotiate With Creditors When debt is mounting, stress mounts along with it. Debt can limit your financial stability, drain your bank account and make it impossible to obtain new credit. On top of that, the constant stream of calls and letters can prove to be embarrassing. You may look at your debt situation and feel like there is no way out. That is usually not the case. […]

Simply Good Coffee: The Chemex Coffeemaker

Call me a cynic, but the days are numbered for my electric coffeemaker. How can I be so sure? Well, it's not the first one I've owned, and after three or four years, they all die. […]

Rationalizing an Expense By Changing Your Words

As any marketer knows, words have a power beyond their literal meaning. No one knows this more than political marketers, who create campaigns that usurp specific words and ensure their meaning is replaced with some sort of thought the’d like to embed in the public consciousness. […]

Three Solutions to Expiring Bush Tax Cuts

As you may have heard, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire on December 31st and the executive and legislative branches have been floating ideas on how to best resolve them. […]

Why Now is the Time to Think Long-Term

This is a guest post from Philip Brewer of Wise Bread. Brewer also writes science-fiction and fantasy stories. Previously at GRS, he shared how to live a rich life on a budget. As a saver, I have a personal interest in higher interest rates: I earn more. But as a conservationist and environmentalist, I know that low rates enable a certain kind of long-term thinking. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Furniture, Office Supplies and Free Photo Albums

This week we find ways to save on office supplies, eating out, and sports gear. And freebies: Halloween stencils and a professionally printed photo album. […]

Roundup: Wedding Season Over?

As this article posts we should be on our way home from Pittsburgh after the last wedding of the 2010 wedding season. We’ve seen a lot of our friends pair up this year, with a few pairs still scheduled for next year, and it’s been a lot of fun celebrating but draining because of all the travel. […]

Why a Less-Selective College May Actually Be an Advantage for a College Student

I have been reading the best book I've ever read on preparing financially for college. The book is Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents and I'll be sharing a bit of it over the next several days. […]

Chase Ink Cash Business Card Review: $250 Bonus Cash Back

Having a business credit card can make it convenient to buy office supplies and to book travel, and can help you manage your business with a separate form of tracking for your expenses. […]

Frightfully Fun Halloween Cupcakes

Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those peepers? Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those eyes? I started singing this crazy tune (in my head) after spying a bulk bin filled with chocolate eyeballs at the grocery store. And then I realized, it’s time for some frightfully fun Halloween cupcakes. Boo! Store-bought Halloween cookies, cakes, and cupcakes are super easy, but a little pricey. […]

Greetings from Paris

Bonjour, mes amis! I’m writing to you from the heart of Paris. I’d hoped to provide an update of my vacation last weekend, but couldn’t find a computer. (I left my wireless keyboard on the train from Rome to Paris, and wasn’t about to compose an entire blog entry using the built-in iPad keyboard.) Kris and I are continuing to have a great time exploring the history of the Old World. […]

Philanthropy, Money Curriculum, and Social Security

Earlier this week, American Express published my second article for the company’s new community website, Currency. I used to think that philanthropy was an activity for the rich. Though anyone can donate a portion of income to charity regardless of their financial health, starting a foundation requires at least a million dollars. […]

Review: Conquer the Chaos

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Here’s the flat-out truth about running a small business: you, the business owner, are where the buck stops. Period. Small businesses are a great way to start earning more money, but they’re not easy. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to clean it up. […]

Podcast 78: Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo talk to Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and author of the newly released book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back.After first talking with Tom about Generation Y back in May, Kim joins the podcast once again. […]

Subconscious Connections

Open up one of your favorite magazines. Turn to a full page ad for a product – any product. Look at it carefully for a minute. What do you see? Fire up your television. Fast forward through the commercials (I know many of you can). Think about the flickering images that still made it through. […]

Reader Story: Scholarships for Fun and Profit

This guest post from Alison is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general 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. […]

Is Ten Percent Enough?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an article that's bound to get some people riled up. ;-) Crosswalk has a piece that asks if giving ten percent (tithing) is enough or if we should consider giving more. Their thoughts: When I got married about 11 years ago, my bride and I continued to give 10%. […]