Your Take: Health Care Reform Bill

You knew this was coming. On Sunday, the House passed H.R. 3590, the Senate version of the health care bill, along with another bill (H.R. 4872 Reconciliation Act of 2010) to reconcile differences. HR 3590 was signed into law on Tuesday and the reconciliation bill, which the Senate passed yesterday. Overall my feelings on the bill are mixed but mostly positive. […]

Your Money: The Missing Manual — On Sale Now!

Things may seem calm and quiet on the surface of the blog, but behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly, everything’s a whirlwind. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but blogging doesn’t scale. That is, one man (or woman) can handle a small blog with a few hundred readers, but the bigger a site grows, the more demands there are on your time. […]

Money Management Made Easy

While sitting at my computer last night, Son #2 wandered over and started chatting me up. He recently received some cash gifts for his 10th birthday, and had money on his mind. He’s always been good with money and often amazes me with his wisdom. Once again, he didn’t disappoint: “You shouldn’t spend more money than you have or you’ll go into debt. […]

Why Do We Try to Keep Up with the Joneses?

This article about how rich friends can make you feel poor really got me going. Why is it that we put so much emphasis on what people think about how we're doing financially? I know it's part of human nature (just like we care about how people think we look), but does it really matter that much with money? […]

Carnivals for the Week of Mar 22

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

FiLife’s Personal Finance Blogs & March Madness

Just wanted to drop this quick note to say I’ve been included — er, recruited — into another personal finance blog competition. And it looks like fun! This one is care of FiLife, a personal finance community that connects you with money experts and enthusiasts through questions and answers and many other forums. […]

Opening Moves: Making Initial Encounters Work

The following is an excerpt from Business Etiquette, Third Edition: 101 Ways to Conduct Business with Charm and Savvy. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from BUSINESS ETIQUETTE, THIRD EDITION © 2010 Ann Marie Sabath. […]

Some Thoughts on Predicting the Future

So many personal finance choices are based on what might happen in the future. Will the stock market be strong? Or will it fall again? Will the dollar retain its value? Will we have high inflation? Or perhaps even deflation? Will Social Security remain intact? Or will I receive little or no benefits from it when I retire? Will my health remain good? Will I have children? […]

Don't Invest Too Much in Your Company's Stock

The other day we listed all of the worst money moves to avoid (thanks for your suggestions, everyone) and at the top of my list was "investing too much in your company's stock." Charles Schwab's On Investing magazine agrees in their Spring 2010 issue saying: In 2008, one in four 401k participants held at least 20% of his or her account balance in employer stock. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 03/25/2010

MadWorld for Wii for $8 + free shipping Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Baker for $20 + free shipping Up to 45% off Melissa & Doug toys: Deals from $3 + $4 s&h Sur La Table: Free knife sharpening in-store My First Radio Flyer Scooter in Pink $29 Ships FREE! […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Lynn Truong Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CST for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Looking forward to spring? How about spring cleaning?  We're talking about ways to cut clutter, making room for the new, and having a fresh start in your home (and life) this season.  We'll be giving away Amazon gift cards!. Use #WBChat to participate.  Thanks for joining :) […]

Reader Mailbag: Cycles

I find that my passions are cyclic. I have about three or four things I’m deeply passionate about, but the time I have in my average day doesn’t afford me the space to follow up on each of those things to the level I’d like. So I cycle a bit. I’ll go on a reading binge where I’ll read as much as four or five hours a day. […]

15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks

By Coupon Sherpa Calling all thin-prejudiced clothing merchants: Plus-size customers are begging you to make better clothes. Please study everything from Old Navy to Donna Karan and sell the same clothes in all sizes. […]

Can You Settle Your Old IRS Debts?

By Tisha Tolar Tax time is never a fun time. It requires a lot of organization and numbers, and if the numbers don't jive you could find yourself owing a nice chunk of change to the state, local, and federal governments. In some cases, people fall behind in filing their annual returns. […]

Graduate School Loans – Should You Avoid Education Debt?

Should you go into debt to pay for graduate school? A reader named Shana recently wrote in with the following question about taking on student loans to further her education and set up a future career in counseling: I recently graduated from college with a B.S. in Psychology. I have no student loans. I have $4,600 in credit card debt. […]

Bank of America Starts Modifying Mortgages

Earlier this month, Bank of America changed its overdraft policy in a manner that seems to benefit its customers. Those using the bank’s debit cards for purchases will no longer be able to overdraw their account, generating overdraft fees. Instead, Bank of America will simply decline the purchases. […]

A Girl’s Fun & Frivolous Ideas on Spending Your Tax Refund

My friend Stephanie asked me why I never wrote about anything fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While she enjoys all the investing information and money news, every once and a while I should sprinkle in something fun. The $500 bill trivia was a good start, but not entertaining enough. So I turned the tables on her and asked her for ideas. Since I’m boring, I needed her help. […]

Waving Good-Bye to the Joneses

A new study out of the U.K. confirms what many of us have already learned: Money only makes you happy if you have more than those around you. […]

Three Rules of Networking

Crown Financial Ministries lists the three rules of networking as follows: Three-Foot Rule. When you're in a networking environment like a career event, share what you're looking for with anyone standing within three feet. Start by getting the person's name and employment goals. Help-Others-First Rule. By helping the other person first, you're making an emotional investment in them. […]

Discounted gift cards and merchandise with Penny Drop

Gift cards can have their downside but they can also be used to good benefit, especially if you expect to spend them soon and if you can get them at a discount. I’ve gotten a number of Amazon.com gift cards for searching the web over at Swagbucks.  I’ve also gotten quite a few gift cards for free just for reading a few e-mails through MyPoints. Recently someone told me about a new Facebook applica […]