Guest Post: Consumers Union: Beware of Prepaid Card Pitfalls

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, offers this guest post on the dangers of prepaid cards:"While prepaid cards are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to check cashers and traditional bank accounts, a new Consumers Union report finds that the cards come with high fees and don’t offer consumers the same kinds of protections as other forms of plastic payment.Prepaid cards are r […]

How Low Can You Go? Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes. […]

Cost of Rearranging the Furniture - $0. New Living Room - Priceless.

By Paul Michael They say a change is as good as a rest. Well, they're right. My wife and I have had the same living room layout since we moved into our home. As our home is small, we just assumed it was the best arrangement for the space we had to work with. […]

Money Is a Drug

The following is an excerpt (actually, it's Chapter 1) from Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes with Your Money, published FT Press. In the summer of 2008, Rob Arnott’s research indicated there were problems ahead in the commodities boom. […]

Some Credit CARD Rules Happen Earlier than Others

When the Credit CARD act passed earlier this year, we weren’t expecting to see many changes until February 2010, unless taken voluntarily by individual companies. Thankfully (for me, anyway, since I have a personal vendetta against many aspects of credit cards, admittedly due in part to my own foolishness), some of the rules described in the law were designed to go into effect earlier than others. […]

Household Cleaning Hacks that Save You Money

By Nora Dunn Here is an assortment of ways to get more bang for your cleaning buck and efforts. From making your own cleaning solutions, to ensuring your appliances are working optimally, most of these techniques below can be used with what you already have on hand. […]

Best Deals For Friday 8/14/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. The FRIDAY AMAZON SALE brings bargains galore Snap up some terrific deals from one of the most trusted sellers on the web. Free shipping over $25.   1. FREE Candy Bar From MARS Who can resist free chocolate? Remember, you can use this offer 4 times.   2. […]

How To Build And Maintain Your Own Budget

The following is a guest post from Jonathan from Master Your Card. It's a basic budgeting piece that many readers of this site will find too simplistic. […]

Rule #9: Do It Yourself.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. A couple times this spring, I watched a TruGreen van park at the house next to mine. […]

Back to School: Savings and DIY Projects for Craft Capable Cheapskates

By Myscha Theriault Everyone knows that back to school time can reek havoc on the pocketbooks of all parents. Two of the biggest culprits are gear and school supplies. […]

How to Earn Free Plane Tickets and Cash Back by Shopping Online

This is a guest post from April Dykman, an avid GRS reader, and a writer and editor by trade. April is a potential Staff Writer for Get Rich Slowly. In her first article, April described how she discovered freedom from mindless spending. April is an active commenter at this site. When my husband and I went to Italy in 2006, we spent $2500 on plane tickets. […]

Friday Finance Findings for August 14th

Have you checked your investment account balance lately? If you have stayed the course you’re probably a bit relieved to see how good the first half of 2009 has been for your statements. Sure, we haven’t nearly recovered from the overall losses sustained from the past few years, but it’s a start. Whether or not the rally continues, that’s anyone’s guess. […]

Avoid Lifestyle Inflation: Create an Artificial Sense of Scarcity

Lifestyle inflation is a huge threat to your financial well-being. Unless you’re exceptionally well-disciplined, it’s very difficult to keep your spending from increasing in lockstep with your earnings. The primary reason for this is that gradual increases in your income/spending are, more often than not, barely perceptible from one year to the next. […]

Matching College Costs and Salaries

Payscale lists the median starting and mid-career salaries for a variety of different college-related attributes including: Colleges Degrees School location I like the fact that more and more of this sort of information is being published. Why? Because it starts to get at the value of a specific degree at a specific college. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Aug 10

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

Budget Travel Tips For The Frugal Traveler

For all you budget travelers: as a follow up to my article on best travel sites for cheap vacation deals, I present the following guest post by Matthew Kepnes. The ubiquitous piggy bank on a cheap vacation. The travel industry is really good at creating the illusion that travel is expensive. […]

Guilt-free toy-buying for your kids

The Frugal Duchess offered up a reader’s question for comments.  The reader was concerned that she was spoiling her son with garage-sale toys: … I am concerned because I finally realized how spoiled my kids are. I’ve been buying them whatever they liked, although it’s from thrift stores and yard sales. […]

A Few Notes About Clotheslines

Howdy, folks! Staff writer tryouts still have a few days left, but I jotted a quick post this morning and thought I’d squeeze it in this afternoon just to break things up. I wrote a MAMMOTH post about taxes yesterday, but I don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day. It’s a sort of tedious subject. See you again on Monday! I had to smile to myself as I walked up to my office this morning. […]

Need a Job? Try Searching in China

By Xin Lu Recently I read an article in The New York Times that profiled young American graduates who found jobs or started businesses in China. Personally I have not worked in China before, but many of my family members and some friends do. One of my good friends is actually pursuing her MBA right now with the goal of finding a job in China once she graduates. […]

The Source of Frugal Misery

Kevin writes in: Your examples of how to live frugally make it sound like your life [is terrible]. Why are you sacrificing all happiness to save a buck? If I had your life, I’d be miserable. Live a little, dude. Most of the frugal advice I give usually revolves around some clever substitutions or the replacement of a few habits. A few examples: I stopped going to the coffee shop every day. […]