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Five Financial No-Brainers

The following is a reprint from a piece I initially wrote for the TurboTax blog. If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link. Much of personal finance is just that -- personal. […]

Shield Your Bank Account From Fraud With an Intermediary Account for Online Payments

This morning I talked about the relative safety of different online payment methods. As a followup, I wanted to share a tip for protecting yourself from fraud related to online payment services such as PayPal. On the one hand, online payment services arguably add a layer of protection between your payment information and the vendor on the other end of the transaction. […]

How to Save Without Goals

By Julie Rains If you’ve ever spoken to a financial planner or read a personal finance article, you’ll know that it’s critical to have goals. […]

Reader Mailbag: Planning Ahead

Right now, as my wife approaches the end of a challenging pregnancy, I’m doing a lot of planning for the next six weeks so that you’ll continue to have fresh posts to read while the baby arrives. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Final Four

Here we go with the Final Four round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author […]

Five Free Online Applications to Help You Get Organized

Disorganization is the pits.  It causes you to forget important dates, misplace your keys, and let money saving coupons expire before you get a chance to use them.  It wreaks havoc on your finances, puts strain on your relationships, and causes more stress than you need.  Rather than go another day living amidst chaos, why not consider using the following free web applications?   […]

CitiMortgage Told Me to Default on My Loan

By Paul Michael Only in the completely screwed-up world of the lending industry would this be a logical and serious piece of advice. But that’s basically what I was told after calling CitiMortgage to ask about help with my home loan. Like roughly 25% of homeowners in the USA, I find myself owing more for the house than it’s worth. […]

The Wrong Reason to Dollar-Cost Average

Pop writes about the intersection of our lives and economics at Pop Economics. There, you can find biweekly posts on everything from how your behavior affects your personal finance decisions to what the Fed’s most recent move means to you — not to mention some killer pop art. […]

Tax Audit Red Flags

Last month I had the pleasure of talking to Rich Preece, Director of Product Management for TurboTax, about the improvements they’ve made to this year’s version of the tax preparation software. One area that they’ve improved is in their Audit Risk Results section, which identifies parts of your return that might trigger an audit. […]

A Two-Step Approach to Breaking Bad Money Habits

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Bad money habits, like other bad habits, can be tough to break. Relying on willpower alone to stop cold turkey makes us long even more for the Stuff or the behavior that we’ve forbidden ourselves. The focus becomes solely on what we can’t have, which sets us up for failure. We’ll lapse, feel guilty, and the cycle repeats. […]

Credit Cards are Safest Online Payment Medium

Do online purchases make you nervous? I’m all about shopping (and banking/investing) online, but there are still people out there — especially amongst the older set (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!) — who aren’t very comfortable with e-commerce. Well, according to a recent article in the NY Times, if you do venture online, credit cards are the safest payment medium. […]

My Credit Card Beef with Dave Ramsey

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link or get daily email updates using this link.  I've noted that I like Dave Ramsey for the most part (he's probably the one personal finance expert I agree with the most), but that we do have our differences. […]

American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards Review

Our review of American Express Delta airline credit cards. Whether you’re making daily purchases or just want a credit card with reward miles for your flights, American Express and Delta have teamed up to provide you with a few choices. Here’s a look at AmEx’s Delta credit cards for frequent travelers. […]

Video Contest Reminder

This is the first of several weekly reminders that Get Rich Slowly is currently running a video contest in which you could win $500 — or a signed copy of Your Money: The Missing Manual. All you have to do is make a 2-minute video featuring either a personal-finance tip or your own financial success story and submit it by April 15th. Winners in each category will win $500. […]

Review: Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Change is hard. Once a person has established a certain way of going about things, altering that path is very difficult. That’s why people who want to get financially ahead often find themselves sinking deeply into debt. […]

Podcast 49: Life or Debt and Charitable Giving Trends

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two guests. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stacy Johnson, author of the book Life or Debt 2010: A New Path to Financial Freedom and host of the nationally syndicated financial news segment, Money Talks News. […]

Tips to Prepare for a Health Emergency

By Tisha Tolar Are you prepared for a health emergency? Do you know where your closest hospital is? Do you have important information like doctors' numbers and other emergency contacts in an accessible place? […]

Twelve Ways a Money Buddy Can Really Help

I’ve long been an advocate of a “money buddy” – someone close to you who is going through a similar financial experience as you who can support you through the (sometimes) difficult challenges ahead while you also support them. […]

Reader Story: How I Learned to Save LESS — and Loved It

This guest post from Avistew is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. For the past year or so, Avistew has been an active and eloquent commenter on this site. […]