Our Plan For Remaining Consumer-Debt Free

This week marks our fifth year of living debt free.  In a previous article, I shared how our decision to get out of debt has changed our lives.  Now, it’s time to share our plan for remaining (consumer) debt free – and paying off our mortgage. We continue to live on a budget. One of the benefits of being debt free can quickly become a curse – “extra” cash.  Think about it.  Without monthly paymen […]

How to Avoid Common Money Mistakes

This is a guest post from Laura Adams, also known as Money Girl. Adams is the author of a new book, Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich. She also hosts the weekly Money Girl podcast over on Quick and Dirty Tips. […]

How to Save 20% OFF MSRP on a Brand New Car Purchase

The following is a guest post from Sunil at the Extra Money Blog. FYI, here's how I save buying a car. My lovely Wife is looking to buy a brand new SUV this year.  Why would she want to give up her beautiful Silver Honda Accord Coupe up is beyond me? Buy anyway . . […]

Five ways to pay down your mortgage without betting it all on Green Bay

As much as I follow football, I thought the Pittsbay Stackers and the Greenburgh Peelers were playing.  (But seriously, congratulations to the Packers.  Something needed to knock my rabid Steelers fan colleagues down a few notches.)  I caught this tweet from @blondeonabudget regarding the outcome of Super Bowl XLV: “My only regret was that I didn’t bet my mortgage.” – friend about Superbowl That’s […]

Identify A Flat Base Chart Pattern For Stock Trades

If you’re an investor who wants to maintain some positions with stock picks, then these trading tips may prove helpful. But take care not to trade money that you can’t afford to lose. Times have definitely changed in the investing world. […]

Review: The Power of Passive Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 94: The Ten Commandments of Money, Liz Weston

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Liz Weston, author of The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy, and the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet. […]

Celebrating 5 Years Of Being Debt Free

February 6 is a very special day around our house.  It’s not our anniversary.  It’s not one of the kids’ birthdays. It’s the day, five years ago, when we paid off our final debt to become debt free! Even now, half a decade later, I still find it hard to explain how important getting out of debt has been for us and our marriage.  Suffice to say, we are free from the stress associated with debt’s b […]

Is The Sunday Paper Still a Value?

At the start of 2011, I started an interesting experiment. I grabbed the first five Sunday papers of the year, clipped the coupons that I found in those issues, and saved them in a separate coupon envelope. Most of the coupons were for toiletries and household supplies. […]

Thou Shalt Not Keep Up with the Joneses

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Is it possible that the Bible says "Thou shalt not keep up with the Joneses?" Probably not. […]

Reader Story: How to Find Budgeting Nirvana with Mint.com

This guest post from Geoff Lennon 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 from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Though I’ve been a GRS reader since early 2007, I’ve largely been a quiet observer. […]

Interview With Love Drop Co-Founder J. Money

Recently, J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy reached out to us to let us know about a new project he and Nate St. Pierre started called Love Drop—a new micro-giving network designed to help one family per month. Check out Nate's video on the inspiring premise of Love Drop and our interview with J. […]

My Favorite Tips From The Money Tips Network

Here are this week’s highlights from some of my favorite writers – my fellow members of The Money Tips Network. Flexo from over at Consumerism Commentary just started writing full-time – and has opened an individual 401(k) with Vanguard. Jim over at Bargaineering has a list of the best zero-percent credit card balance transfers.  You might want to check these out if you have a high-rate card that […]

Five Ways I Plan To Save Money in February

Now that January has passed and Christmas has been paid for, I’m sticking to my guns and tightening my belt.  There are a lot of areas of my life where I can save.  For February, I am sticking to five: Cable, Cell Phone, Lunch, Coupons, and Impulse Shopping. Although I like to think that I’m a fairly frugal person, I learn something new every day.  Here are my goals for February: […]

Ten Things to Look For When Planning a Summer Vacation (Thanks to Readers)

After my recent post on planning summer travel, I received a lot of emails from readers near the places we are planning on traveling to: Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, and Orlando. […]

Cut Your Cable Bill: 10 Legal Alternatives to Costly Cable

How much money are you spending to sit and stare at an electronic black box every month? I’ll give you the numbers. On average, American cable and satellite viewers pay $71 per month, which adds up to a staggering $852 a year. Canadians pay a steep price too. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #5

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. A sick baby on the mend This winter has been really hard on our infant son, as he’s come down with a series of colds. […]

What Should You do if You Get an IRS Audit Letter in the Mail?

The following is a guest post from H&R Block’s Leigh Mutert, CPA and hrblock.com Community Manager. Tax filing is on the minds of most Americans right now. Now is also the time taxpayers begin to wonder if they are filing correctly. From valuable tax deductions to new tax credits, it can be disconcerting to consider the possibility of an IRS audit. […]

You and Your Work: A Short Film About Employment from 1948

Last weekend, Kris and I hired a friend’s 12-year-old to help with yardwork. We leave for Africa on Monday, and we don’t want to burden our housesitter with unnecessary chores. […]

Graduated From College? Financial Tips For The New Graduate

Something really weird happens when you graduate from college and the weeks go on. You realize that you’re structured life is no more. This means no more 8 AM classes or evenings filled with group meetings. Now you have all the time in the world, yet you can’t seem to find any structure. By not [...]Graduated From College? […]