15 Phenomenally Frugal, Single-Serving Freezer Meals

I think most of us can agree that saving money with a freezer is a good idea. And while tackling assembly cooking like it’s an Olympic sport seems to be the launching point for most work-at-home cooks, the truth is that embracing the concept can be a bit overwhelming for some, especially singles. Who wants to eat casserole for a week or sit down to soup every night for a month? […]

The Types of Health Insurance Plans

Understanding the kinds of health insurance plans isn’t easy. Textbook definitions differ from real-world designs offered by your employer or private insurance agencies. Insurance companies may use corporate doublespeak, christening a plan with a name that is misleading and even the opposite of the plan type. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips Roundup! Today, we share tips to help you save money at the grocery store, tricks to avoid eating at restaurants, and common terms that ruin your resume. Top 5 Articles How to Save at the Grocery Store — Don't purchase items placed near the checkout lane. It's an impulse-buy trap! […]

11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are both refreshing and exhausting. It seems that no matter how hard you try to plan ahead, summer's barbecues, softball games, and happy hours always get in the way. […]

Kudos for Panera Bread

It's a joke in our house that whenever I ask my wife where she wants to go out to eat she always says Panera Bread. Not once in a while. Not most of the time. But EVERY time I ask her, she wants to go to Panera.I have been there a few times without my wife as well. […]

A Salary Isn’t the Whole Picture

Everyone’s job has some sort of expense associated with it. For example, my current work pretty much requires me to have an internet connection at home and at least one computer. If I don’t have these things – and I pay for them out of my own pocket – I can’t create posts and get them on The Simple Dollar. […]

Cut Down on Coffee, Soft Drinks, and Bottled Water (203/365)

When I was fresh out of college and enjoying my first post-college job, I pretty quickly established a daily routine for myself (particularly in 2004 and 2005). I would stop at a coffee shop for breakfast and enjoy a $5 drink to start the day. I’d drink a soft drink or two in the afternoon at work ($1 each out of the vending machine). […]

Reader Story: Falling in Love with the Freedom Fund

This guest post from Lisa Mueller is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want submit your own reader story? Here’s how. […]

Saving and Hard Work

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #83

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Rachel Carson on nature and recovery The idea that spring comes after winter has helped me through some tough times in my life. […]

Plutus Awards, Education Vs. Skills, Grown-Up Jobs, and More

This September, the Plutus Awards will be coming to the Financial Blogger Conference. Consumerism Commentary is part of a wide community of blogs focusing on personal finance, money management, personal investing, and retirement. […]

Are Investment Management Fees Tax Deductible?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I often get asked, "Are investment management fees tax deductible?" The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no." Like many tax questions, the answer is "It depends."Investment management fees are a tax-deductible expense. […]

What would happen if the military just “went shopping”?

I have a number of friends that are active or former military.  They are some of the finest people I’ve had the privilege of knowing.  On the whole, they have an above-average sense of purpose and follow-through. I’ve heard enough of their experience that this sense of purpose and follow-through comes from their military experience.  And it makes good sense.  Imagine if the military didn’t have a […]

Prepare Extra Batches of Other Meals (201/365)

Yesterday, the topic of discussion was preparing large batches of meals in advance and freezing them. It’s a really powerful money-saving strategy because it makes it incredibly easy for you to eat at home. The drawback is that in order to prep a bunch of meals in advance, you have to burn some significant time just preparing meals that you’re not yet going to eat. There is a simpler way. […]

Hold Your Nose and Invest

Earlier this week, I re-invested a chunk of recently paid dividends. For those that missed it, I’ve previously discussed why we don’t automatically reinvest dividends in our taxable investment account. […]

The Big Trade-Off

Over the course of about five years, Sarah and I managed to pay off two car loans, replace both of those cars, pay off several student loans, pay off seven credit cards, pay off three or four additional consumer loans, and buy a house and pay for it in its entirety. […]

Capital One to Pay $210 Million Including Refunds and Penalties

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck Capital One hard this week. The consumer protection agency has found that the credit card company improperly marketed add-on products to its customers. […]

Your Take: Presidential Candidates Releasing Tax Returns

We’re in a funny time period in terms of sports right now. We’re in the second half of Major League Baseball but not yet near the end of the season where we start talking about wildcard berths and division winners. […]

Ask the Readers: Best Alternatives to Cable Television?

I’ve written two major articles here at Get Rich Slowly about how to cut costs on cable television. In March 2007, I wrote about cheap alternatives to cable television, and in February 2009, I followed that up by describing how I cut my television bill in half. But it’s been more than three years since I visited this topic, and I’ve started to get email from readers who want an update. […]