Reader Story: The Other Side of Bankruptcy

This guest post from Shara is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general “how I did X” advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 7: Give

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

The Basics of Equity Mutual Funds

New investor here. I wanted to use this place as a platform for boosting my investment education. It’s no secret that I’m pretty green when it comes to the world of investments, but I’m making some progress. Or at least I thought I was until I started digging into mutual funds. I thought that a [...]The Basics of Equity Mutual Funds Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Askers, Guessers, and Personal Finance

A while back, I came across a fascinating article at The Guardian discussing askers and guessers: This is the “disease to please” – a phrase that doesn’t make grammatical sense, but rhymes, giving it instant pop-psychology cachet. There are certainly profound issues here, of self-esteem, guilt etcetera. […]

Save Money by Baking Your Own Bread

Ah, at last: The sun has arrived in Oregon. It’s not hot, but it’s warm, and we’ll take it. The coming of summer means I can stop whining about the rain, and it also means that Kris and I have started baking bread more often. (During the winter, our house is too cold for the dough to rise.) We’re still using the easy and cheap home-made bread recipe we stumbled upon a couple of years ago. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 26, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (June 20 – June 26, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]

Money To-Do Calendar: July

The great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the July steps as follows: Review the performance of your investments over the first six months of the year. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 21

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Carnival of Money Stories - And Yet Another College Student Who Needs a Clue BripBlap discusses the iPhone sickness.  My Dollar Plan covers HSA penalties.  Money Smart Life suggests the best way to buy auto insurance.  The Digerati Lif […]

Retail Credit Cards: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

“Would you like to save 10% on your next purchase?” How many times have I heard those words come from the nice lady at the register? My not so fond memories used to stem from the mall where high end department stores wouldn’t let you go until you listened to their sales pitch. Not anymore. [...]Retail Credit Cards: Pros, Cons & Alternatives Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Summer Meal Series #4: Grilled Apple Pork Chops, Garlic Baby Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. A few days ago, I was going through the produce section of our grocery store when I noticed a great sale on baby potatoes. […]

Citi Dividend Platinum Adopts Rotating Reward Categories

Guess what? Since I’m such a “valued cardmember,” Citi recently wrote to say that they’ve decided to “enhance” the rewards program associated with my Citi Dividend Platinum Select card. […]

Reminder: How to Ask a "Help a Reader" Question

Just a reminder for those of you who have financial questions and want some advice from FMF readers (who often provide a wide variety of well-informed/thought-out opinions), here's how you can ask your question. I'm well into July in posting these, so if you have a question please plan ahead and allow a good amount of lead-time. […]

Getting Things Done: Keeping Your System Functional

This is the eighth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. […]

Friday Finance Findings for June 25th

If you live in the Midwest you can probably relate. Since about last Friday we’ve seen round after round of severe weather. Tornadoes, 90 mph straight line winds, and large hail. Of course, just one storm wasn’t enough. Instead, we had to get hammered with an incredible storm last Friday evening only to get hit again on Wednesday night. […]

Negotiate Your Own Hotel Deal

Knowing how to approach a hotel clerk when you want to find a room can be the key to really scoring a sweet deal for a trip or last-minute getaway. Like most consumer industries, hotels have their secrets. The more you know, the better chance you have of successfully negotiating a better price and enjoying your stay a little more. […]

Gluten-Free, Carb-Free Noodles

Lowering my intake of carbohydrates has been one of the biggest struggles of my life. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth — if you told me I could never have cake or pie again, I'd be bummed, but I'd get over it. But giving up bread? Pasta? Rice noodles? […]

Your Take: What Have You Been Putting Off?

You never need more than one checking account. I have two and for the last year or two, as I’ve moved slowly towards simplifying our finances, closing the second checking account has always been on my “To Do” list but has never been scratched off. […]

Living on (a Lot) Less

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at I spent last weekend at a lake house in Maine with a broken water pump. For three days, we had no running water. […]

Good and Bad Uses of Leverage

Earlier this year, I suggested starting the decade off right by paying off debt. In general, debt is something that should be eliminated. […]