Living What You Believe

Every day, I get ten or fifteen emails from people who strongly believe in some particular issue or perspective. I hear from extreme political liberals and extreme political conservatives. I hear from devout literal Christians and outspoken atheists. […]

Reader Story Update: How My Debt-Free Marriage Led to Freedom for New Opportunities

This guest post from Mike C. 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. […]

Religions and Money

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an interesting piece from the NY Times that says your religion may determine your financial destiny. A summary: The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. […]

Making The Right Home Buying Decision

What do you get when you mix low mortgage interest rates, weak real estate prices and increasing foreclosures? You might get the perfect opportunity to buy a home. And this truth is not lost in my own circle of friends. […]

How to Get Rich Quickly!

Here’s how to get rich quickly. Whenever you receive income of any kind, immediately put 25% of it into a savings account. Whenever that savings account reaches $5,000 in total balance, invest it in something, ideally something different than what you’ve invested it in before. Buy stocks. Buy CDs. Buy commodity or precious metal or land ETFs. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #24

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This week, I’ve been looking at piles of public domain and Creative Commons licensed photographs for a project I’m working on. […]

My First Garden: What I’ve Learned So Far

This is a guest post from Jenny Sandman, who writes at Broke Foodie. This summer is my first attempt at full-scale gardening. This is the first year I’ve lived in a house with a yard; previous gardening efforts were limited to containers of herbs and the odd tomato plant, on windowsills or apartment patios. […]

Revisiting the Advice to Buy Real Estate

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. In 2010 I published a column entitled "Now's Still the Time to Buy a House." Investing is like chess in slow motion. It is important to review your moves to see how they turned out. Sometimes they don't turn out well. […]

Concerned about where things are headed? Do something

Peak oil.  Peak water.  Great Depression, Part Deux.  The Rapture.  Justin Bieber. OK, that last one was pretty scary.  Sorry.  But seriously, there are about 24.5 bajillion different bad things that could happen anywhere between 30 seconds from now until the Second Coming.  And every last one of them has enough reading material and commentary and YouTube videos and books and newsletters to consum […]

Dinner With My Family #20: Quinoa Monk Bowl

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I’m not quite sure where we picked up this simple recipe. […]

Intuit to Update Quicken 2007 to Run on Mac OS X Lion?

Here’s an interesting little nugget of information related to the Quicken 2007/Mac OS X Lion debacle. In case you missed it, Apple has decided to drop Rosetta from their next major update of OS X (10.7; dubbed “Lion”). This means that software that hasn’t been updated to run on the Intel chip architecture won’t run on Lion. To me, this is an understandable move by Apple. […]

Capital One Buys ING Direct, Now What?

ING Direct has been on sale for the past few years, and I’ve speculated on the rumors of possible buyers like Ally Bank and GE Capital. The winning bidder has been announced. […]

AARP Drops Opposition to Social Security Cuts

Having just passed the thirty mark a short time ago, I usually don’t follow too much about that end of retirement on Bargaineering. I try to keep up to date on it, since I’d like to know how likely it is I’ll be collecting Social Security in thirty years, and so this latest news that the AARP is dropping its opposition to Social Security cuts is pretty big news. […]

Don’t Live Within Your Means

For as long as I’ve been reading about smart money management, “live within your means” has been the underlying mantra that, when uttered repeatedly and internalized, will result in a much more fulfilling life overall. By living below your means, you are sure to come out the end of each month with a net worth higher than the previous month’s, except for any poor investment performance. […]

Soccer Referee Earnings Update

Well, another spring soccer season is over here in Michigan (at least the paying jobs, we do have one tournament we're doing just for fun next weekend.) So I thought I'd give you all a quick update on how my son and I did this season as professional soccer referees. The highlights: This season we made $905 (23) total. […]

Capital One Buys ING Direct

The news broke yesterday that Capital One would be the happy recipient of the keys to a brand new ING Direct. Everyone knew that ING Direct was up for sale, the ING Groep was required to sell it, but no one was sure who would be the happy new owner. The acquisition puts Capital One in the lead as the largest online bank, mostly because ING Direct was absolutely enormous. The final price? […]

Shallow Bottoms and Deep Bottoms

For many people, making a significant change in their life requires them to hit bottom. They have to reach a low point of some sort where the drawbacks of continuing down their current path are so severe that they overcome the addictions or behavioral tendencies that have taken them down their current path. I’ve discussed my own personal finance bottom on here many times. […]

Get a $500+ Bonus from the Citi Premier Card

Around a month ago, I wrote about a generous $500+ bonus offering from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Today I wanted to share another big bonus, this time from the Citi Premier Card. It’s a pretty simple deal… Apply for the card and use it to spend $2k within three months and you’ll get 50k bonus points. Once you earn the bonus points, you can redeem them for a variety of ThankYou Rewards. […]

Chase Freedom Visa Sign-Up Bonus Increased to $200

Ugh. I knew this was bound to happen...Over the past few weeks I've been talking about how the Chase Freedom credit card is one of the best (if not the best) cash back credit card. And I've noted each time that there was a $150 sign-up bonus available to new applicants. […]

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card $250 Bonus

A few months ago, Citibank launched the Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card. Even though the card included some good features, the card was not well-received. Not standing up well to other issuers, Citi’s ThankYou points were not worth as much as other issuers’ rewards programs. With lackluster rewards and no sign-up bonus, this offer was an average credit card. […]