Mint Data: More Than You Care to Know About Other People’s Spending Habits

The trend of financial over-sharing continues, and I’m glad to have been on the leading edge. I’ve been sharing the details of my finances, including spending habits, since I created Consumerism Commentary in 2003. […]

What are Life Settlements?

A life settlement is where the owner of a life insurance policy sells it to a third party. In general, the owner will sell it for more than its cash value, which the owner can get from the insurance company, but less than its payout at death. It sounds a little creepy, to be buying life insurance policies, but it’s something that can make sense for both the buyer and the seller. […]

How to Slay Energy Vampires

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. April is writing a series on money monsters for the recently launched Pageonce blog, including fighting zombie debt and how to Frankenstein your savings. There are demons that can suck the life force from you — and you unknowingly invited them into your home. […]

How to Hire the Perfect Business or Life Coach for Free

You will benefit in unimaginable ways if you hire a great business or life coach. I don’t care if you are trying to get rid of credit card debt, fix your marriage, or start saving for retirement. You can hire a great coach. And the good news is that the very best coaches will gladly work for you for free. […]

Five Reasons to Invest in College-Town Real Estate

The book Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents has one chapter near the end where it suggests buying a house/apartment/condo in a college town for your student to use while he goes to school there. […]

Like going to prison just to get out early on parole

I really hope the Financial Samurai is kidding with his latest post on debt reduction and weight loss.  I really hope that he’s just being wacky and looking for link bait or something to further Yakeziefy his web presence. Here’s his premise:    Buying the plasma, leasing the convertible, and living way beyond your means rocks.  Paying off your debts rocks. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 10/28, 4:00pm CDT for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title: twitter-logo2_0_0.jpg Welcome to the Wise Bread weekly tweet chat! This week we're talking about community! How do you help those around you? […]

Family Road Trip To Las Vegas: Photo Album

Last week was fantastic. We packed up the family into our minivan — there were five of us minus the cat. It was the first time we attempted to go on a road trip that would take us longer than a day. Our trips usually take us to areas like Monterey, Carmel, Marin County or even Los Angeles (that’s roughing it as a Californian!). […]

Daily Links: Facebook Fan Page Edition

Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. It took me a long time to start using Facebook to stay in touch with my friends, and it took even longer to set up a Facebook page for Get Rich Slowly. And it’s taken me even longer to mention the page exists here on the blog! Sheesh. […]

“Someday, My Ship Will Come In”

On page 227 of my book, I recount a short tale of a woman dreaming a negative dream: “Someday, things will change for me and my ship will come in,” Helen said. Helen and I had each just gone through a trial by fire at our respective new jobs. […]

How to Buy and Sell Physical Gold and Silver, Part 3

This is part 3 of my interview with Doug Eberhardt, author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely: The Only Book You Need to Learn How to Buy or Sell Gold and Silver. As with yesterday's post (and the one two days ago), I'll include my questions in bold/red and Doug's answers below each one. […]

Review: The Weekend That Changed Wall Street: An Eyewitness Account

I’ve read a lot of books about the credit crisis from Hank Paulson’s On The Brink to Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, so I’m pretty familiar with the behind the scenes weekend activity that precipitated the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15th, 2008. In both books, the weekend itself was a tent pole in the larger story but not the sole focus of the book. […]

Debt Settlement Companies Can Easily Skirt New Rules

A new regulation goes into effect today, potentially limiting the profitability of debt settlement companies. […]

The Test

In the foreword to the book The Buckets of Money Retirement Solution: The Ultimate Guide to Income for Life, Ben Stein paints an interesting picture of the financial "test" we all go through in life. His words: Try this on for size. You are having a test for the first 40 or so years of your work life. The test is on the subject of financial planning and getting your retirement right. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Printing Photos Edition

I’ve been experimenting with photo printing at home (related to an upcoming post). I’ve lost quite a bit of money simply mis-printing photos and trying new things. My conclusion? If you’re printing a wide variety of stuff, you’re probably better off using a service. A one-off photo is fine. A bunch of photos? Find a service. Cheap Things You Never Use Are No Bargain Excellent article. […]

Should Life Insurance Be Purchased as an Investment?

ShareThisBefore purchasing life insurance as an investment, a potential investor should understand a few things about the types of life insurance and how they work. […]

8 Frequently Under-Budgeted Air Travel Costs

Over the next few months, many people will hop on an airplane to visit friends or family for the holidays. At some point in my life, I read about why airline miles are much more popular than hotel points (even though hotel points are more valuable). The reason is that our minds plan out trips sequentially. […]

Should You Use Your Employer’s HSA Custodian?

I’ve written in the past about how unhappy I am with my employer’s choice for our HSA custodian. In terms of accounts fees and service, they’re fine. When it comes to investment options, however, they’re awful. Every single fund has a load and a high expense ratio. All of this got me to thinking about going out and finding my own HSA custodian. […]

Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

It's a few days before Halloween, and while I have put up Halloween decorations, I have given barely a thought to what I'll wear as I hand out pencils and candy to the little witches and goblins that visit my door. […]