Plan To Get An MBA Degree: Focus on Silicon Valley

Today, we welcome a guest post by a fellow Silicon Valley resident, Gal Josefsberg who’d like to share with us his thoughts on getting an MBA. This is a short and quick guide that we hope will help you determine whether it’s a goal you’d like to pursue. Sooner or later in the course of [...]Plan To Get An MBA Degree: Focus on Silicon Valley […]

Spare Change: Twilight Edition

I haven’t read (or seen) Twilight, but Forbes magazine thinks the fictional characters in that universe have read Get Rich Slowly! According to a recent Forbes slideshow listing the richest characters in fiction, Carlisle Cullen (who is apparently a billionaire vampire) is a huge fan of Get Rich Slowly. This may or may not be the case. […]

Some Thoughts on Investing in Dividend-Bearing Stocks

As I’ve mentioned several times recently on The Simple Dollar, one of my biggest areas of thinking in terms of personal finance right now is how to create a secure future for myself and my family. Right now, except for our mortgage (which has a pretty low interest rate), we’re debt free. We own both of our cars and they won’t need replacing soon. Our bills are relatively low. […]

2011 Budget Cuts Compromise Revealed

I personally think this whole debate on cutting the budget is a little silly, especially now, and that both parties are to blame. On one hand, it’s a little disingenuous for the Republican party to demand lower spending when we had massive spending bills during the Bush Administration. […]

Three Tips to Help You Nail Your Job Interview

In the current climate, just getting a job interview can be a difficult task. Official government figures indicate that the unemployment rate is dropping, but that doesn’t include people who are underemployed — and it doesn’t include those whose benefits have run out. […]

8 Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund

Brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition — Free to prepare, Free to print, Free to efile. With millions of Americans due to receive tax refunds in the coming weeks, it's worthwhile to think about what to do with that mini-windfall. […]

Money Commandment #1

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #1 as follows: The old-school rules: Live within your means. The bubble economy rules: Live to the max, with easy low payments. The new rules: Use the 50/30/20 budget to know what you can really afford and what you can't. To explain the last section the 50/30/20 budget takes aft […]

How Not to Spend Your Tax Refund

If you’re like most Americans, you will be receiving a tax refund this year. If your refund is anywhere near the average it means you’ll be getting a few thousand dollars. No, really. The average tax return for the 2010 tax year is a little higher than usual and is $3,129 so far this year. […]

Separating the Urgent and the Important

Someone calling you on the phone is urgent, but is it important? Giving your mom a long phone call is important, but is it urgent? Finding that “perfect” pair of pants in your closet is urgent, but is it important? Spending quality time with your daughter is important, but is it urgent? If you really look at that list above and ask yourself which things genuinely matter in your life, you’ll quickl […]

The 2011 S&P Dividend Aristocrats

The S&P Dividend Aristocrats is a list of companies in the S&P500 that have increased their dividends each year for at least 25 consecutive years. It’s a starting point for a lot of dividend investors because 25 years is a long time and seen as a sign of reliability. […]

Five Ways to Blow Your Tax Refund

This is a guest post from Jennifer Rose Hale. You filed your taxes 12 days ago, and the “ding!” from your computer is an e-mail alert from your bank. You’ve got money! Sure enough, it’s your tax refund. […]

Setting Smart Financial Goals

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at This article is part of Financial Literacy Month at Get Rich Slowly. Goals are critical to financial success. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Only Buy On Sale?

With the price of gas, food, and almost everything else going up, making any purchase can put a dent in your bank account. Most people try to only buy items that are on sale to help cushion the blow of purchasing necessary budget items. […]

Kilowatts a Killer? Tips for Air-Drying Clothes

Not only does reducing your dryer use save money, but it is also much easier on your clothes. I recently donated a dress to Goodwill that I’d had for seven years — not because it was worn out, but because I was sick of wearing it. […]

Should You Repair a Dripping Faucet?

Drip. Drip. Drip. It’s a sound most of us know all too well. Sooner or later, we encounter a dripping faucet in our home. For some people, it’s a no brainer to replace it. One washer and some very simple plumbing maneuvers, and it’s all done. […]

Best Money Tips: Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Mother's Day gifts, bad reasons to sell your home, and juicy secrets to job hunting. Top 5 Articles 20 Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50 — This Mother's Day, give your mom the day off. […]

Festival of Frugality: All Messed Up Edition

From personal experience this past week (both as a carnival submitter as well as the person who runs the Best of Money Carnival), I know that Blog Carnival (the site most bloggers use to submit their posts) was all messed up. Entries weren't being forwarded for much of the week. So this week's Festival of Frugality was a bit lighter than normal. […]

“Live Like No One Else So You Can Live Like No One Else”

The title of this article is my favorite single thing that Dave Ramsey has ever written. The idea here is pretty simple: if you live in a challenging way right now, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible opportunities and advantages later. […]

Help a Reader: Getting Wife on Same Page

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I’m a 28 year old person who is married to a lovely woman. We married only a year ago. We’re just starting our life together. I’m $30,000 dollar in debt. $12,000 of it is in credit card. Scold me for that. I used this money for the wedding. We HAD to travel. […]