Reader Profile: AP

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Cardratings.com Wants to Hear Your Story

Every week we feature a “reader story” at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

7 Rags To Riches Stories of Inspiring Business Women

While a number of families in this country have enjoyed their wealth for generations, certain people have been driven to seek out their own opportunities. Hence, we decided to look into a few rags to riches business stories. […]

Changes Aim to Make Refinancing Underwater Mortgages Easier

If you’ve been unable to refinance your mortgage because your loan is underwater, you’ll be happy to learn that the Obama administration has announced sweeping changes aimed at helping homeowners like you. […]

How to negotiate a lower credit card interest rate

Opening my mouth usually gets me into trouble. It’s a mystery how the space between one’s nose and chin can cause so much chaos, but it can. If you’re human, then it’s possible you’ve wreaked a little havoc by smacking your gums around too. Kudos. Now, there are indeed times when it’s better to remain silent (and be thought a fool) than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. […]

5 Things Insurance Companies Aren’t Telling You

Insurance companies are one of the sectors of the economy that we all love to hate. Even the people who sell insurance are seen as just a little bit shady by some. […]

Best Light Bulbs: Incandescent vs CFL vs LED

As you know, lightbulb technology is the subject of many financial blog posts. With the right lightbulb, you could see a reduction in your power bill, saving you money over time. […]

Banks Offering Remote Deposit

Almost ten years ago, the government passed a law that made electronic images of paper checks just as legitimate as the paper checks themselves. As banks implemented the law, it saved time and money by allowing banks of first deposit to scan checks after a customers deposit them for verification with the originating bank. […]

Five Checkpoints on Your Race to Retirement

Market Watch lists five checkpoints on your race to retirement as follows (along with my comments after each point): 1. The financial capital-to-living expenses ratio. You’ll need, all in, at least 15.7 times your pay in your nest egg to fund your living expenses in retirement, according Hewitt Associates’ Retirement Income Adequacy at Large Companies: The Real Deal 2010 study. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, When frugality = stupidity : Illusion of saving money. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: A Weekend Away

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Building credit 2. Commuting car for grad school 3. Favorite biographies 4. Moving back to big city? 5. 401(k) rollover or not? 6. Follow-up to Ticket to Ride 7. Homemade bug spray for gardens 8. Preparing for layoff 9. […]

Shopping Online? Be Sure to Get Cash Back

Do you like to shop online? If so, do you make a point of clicking through from an online “cash back mall” first? If you do, you’re saving a few extra percentage points. If not, you’re leaving some money on the table. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, there are a number of services out there that offer a bounty for shopping at an e-tailer after first clicking through from their own site. […]

Shameless Self-Promotion: How to Set the World Ablaze with All That is Uniquely You

The world is full of individuals who want recognition for their experiences, skills and talents and you, my dear, are no different. With social networking sites, blogs, customized business cards, and web applications like Twitter and Flickr, opportunities exist in every arena to shamelessly promote yourself and the cool things that you do. […]

Wells Fargo Sent Statements to Wrong Customers

The fourth largest bank in the United States by assets, Wells Fargo, admitted last week that many of its customers received statements with other customers’ banking information included. In this security breach, those affected might have received a statement with a stranger’s account number, transaction detail, and in some cases, Social Security number. […]

Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. “Office politics” is one of those phrases that used to make me groan. I worked in an office from the time I was a freshman in college until I quit my job last year, and let me tell you, I had my fill. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rate Update (November 2011)

Now is a great time to buy yourself a Series I Bond and I will probably be loading up on some Series I bonds before the month ends. Why you ask? With my crystal ball, I know that the interest you can earn on Series I savings bonds is going to be pretty good. And pretty good for the next year. Calculating New Rate Every six months, the Series I bond’s rate gets adjusted for inflation. […]

6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally

Allow me to start with a rather simple statement — holy heck, there are a lot of things out there that can smell bad. I mean, there are all of the things out there that can smell bad on their own, and then there are all of the things that those terrible-smelling things can touch. Even worse? A lot of those terrible smells are in your home. […]

How to Avoid Holiday Debt, Starting Now

As we head into the holiday season, there are some steps we can all take to help maximize our enjoyment of this special time of year while minimizing our financial pain. It’s easy to get swept up in all the hype and sentiments of the season, only to later wish we had done the holidays differently (see “Holiday Regrets”). After the decorations have been put away and the bills start arriving, many p […]

Best Money Tips: Department Store Beauty on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on department store beauty on a budget, 5 cheap foods to avoid, and gift ideas for your host or hostess. Top 5 Articles Department Store Beauty On A Budget — Look awesome without breaking your budget by shopping online. […]

How Lessons From Moneyball Can Help Your Career

Moneyball started out as a book about the inner workings of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and how general manager Billy Beane found success without spending tons of money like the Yankees and Red Sox. Now they've made the book into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman, which so far has made $50 million. […]