Best Deals For Friday 5/8/09

By Paul Michael Today's Wisebuy: Reebok Women's Running Shoes 64% Off - Only $26.55 with free s/h Full length DMX Foam Strobel provides lasting comfort and added cushioning. Dual density medial post for motion control and stability.   1. FREE Sample Of Sunbutter Organic Sunflower Seed Spread - Enter Code 3569 Organic Creamy SunButter contains only the pure goodness of Organic Sunflower Seeds. […]

The Neighborhood Cooperative

Last weekend, our town had a “city wide yard sale.” There was a bit of promotion of this event by the city council and quite a few homes participated (we would have, but unfortunately we hadn’t been at home for several weekends in a row due to my grandmother’s passing and several other family commitments, so we simply weren’t aware of it until it was too late). […]

Credit Cards That Already Follow the Rules

As part of our complete coverage of the forthcoming (maybe) Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, I noticed a helpful article over at SmartMoney.com highlighting four different cards which already adhere to the Fed’s new rules about Credit Cards (which don’t technically have to be followed until next year) and/or some of the provisions of the Bill up for consideration in the Senate. Some of the “ben […]

Buying a Foreclosed Home

Over the past few years, I’ve thought a lot about buying investment property. In the long run, I’d love to build a portfolio of rental properties. We have not, however, had the time to make it happen. Given the recent history of housing market, perhaps this is a good thing. Of course, those same housing troubles have now (arguably) created a lot of opportunities. […]

Gary Vaynerchuk: 12 Wines for Under $12

Wine is one of those little things that bring me pleasure. I enjoy discovering new wines, but I’m not a wine snob. As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite wines are those that taste great but don’t break the bank. I recently asked Gary Vaynerchuk — host of Wine Library TV — if he could suggest some good inexpensive wines for spring and summer. […]

Your Take: Taking Two Down The Aisle

A guest post on Techcrunch back in March talked about an idea I’ve never heard of - “taking two down the aisle.” In the guest post, Larry Chiang, founder of Duck9 and regular blogger for Business Week, is talking about organization events as a way to gain exposure and network. […]

What's the Worst Thing That's Ever Happened to You Financially?

I thought it would be "fun" for us to discuss this question today: What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you financially? It could be a circumstance that happened to you, the result of a bad decision you made (like this guy), or anything else. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 4

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile. After that, I have a list of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Money Energy asks how you will spend the money from your parent's estate. […]

A Young Entrepreneur Learns About Business

We’ve got a neighbor with an 11 year old child who’s an eager student of entrepreneurship. The first time I met this kid, he came to my door to sell wares for a school fund drive. After that, it would be one thing after another — selling his services as a photographer, planting seeds to grow plants which he’ll sell to the neighborhood, etc. […]

Great News - My Parents Are Debt Free!

I have some awesome news that I want to share with you  guys. My parents are debt free! I just got off the phone with my Dad, and he was so excited.  For more than two years, my Dad has been focused on paying off his mortgage.  Month after month, he made his regular payments, and then used every, extra available dollar to reduce his principal.  Today, he was able to walk into his credit union, han […]

Best of Personal Finance: The Cost of Things

By Andrea Dickson The Simple Dollar discusses the difference between saving at the cash register and saving in the long run with big purchases.  Bargaineering let's you know how much it costs to file for bankruptcy - who knew it cost anything? Mrs. […]

Help a Reader: Medical Billing Problem

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: At 23 years old, I recently had knee problems and went to an orthopedic practice for diagnosis. When I called for an appointment I was asked what insurance I had, and was given an appointment with and saw a doctor who was covered under my insurance - as would be expected. […]

Daily Links: Site Maintenance Edition

A quick word of warning: Get Rich Slowly will be undergoing site maintenance on Friday Monday, and may be sporadically unavailable. Please be patient. We’ll try to have everything back to normal as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here are some other sites around the web that you might want to explore: First up, Adam at Man vs. Debt has a tip for those who struggle with credit-card problems. […]

Need cheap or free construction materials? Go to a demolished housing development.

By Xin Lu Amidst the financial crisis, many home builders around the country have run out of financing.  Last week a bank decided to completely level 16 completed and partially built homes in Victorville, California because the builder defaulted on the project.  While this is unfortunate, some bargain hunters were able to pick up some extremely cheap construction materials and home fixtures. In t […]

The Stroop Effect and Your Wallet

Let’s try a little psychology experiment. In the image below, read out all of the colors, not the words themselves. You can say them out loud, or in your head. Now, try the same for this batch of colored words. Remember, say the color, not the word itself. It’s at least a bit harder, isn’t it? […]

Five quick and simple scams that could happen to you today

By Paul Michael Any long-time readers of Wise Bread know that I like to keep up-to-date on hustles, scams and con jobs. They change all the time, and new ones are invented daily. A US version of the UK show The Real Hustle has been trying out some very simple but effective cons on the American public, and they’re getting away with some serious money. Watch, learn and stay alert. […]

What is Forex Investing?

Almost any financial website these days (this one included -- through the Google ads on the site) have ads for Forex investing/trading. I see them all over. In addition, I fight them quite often as it seems sites that are into Forex investing like to leave spam on other websites to increase their search engine rankings. […]

The Cost of Filing for Bankruptcy

This morning I wrote about the different types of individual bankruptcy but I didn’t discuss how much they cost. Yep, even if you don’t have any money left and want to file for bankruptcy, there are costs involved! There are costs involved because bankruptcy involves the courts and the employees of the court have to get paid! […]

How Much Money Should You Save?

At CNNMoney, Walter Updegrave hosts an “Ask the Expert” column in which he fields reader questions. (Updegrave is an editor at Money Magazine.) Lionel from San Diego recently wrote in with a question that all of us have: What percentage of income should someone save in order to be considered financially responsible? […]

Two Affordable Alternatives to Small Plastic Trash Bags

By Myscha Theriault While I've found an alternative for large kitchen trash bags that I feel really great about, the use of the smaller plastic bags for bathroom trash has remained a hurtle I didn't know how to jump. The solution remained elusive. Until now. […]