Never Be an Early Adopter (133/365)

In April 2010, Apple’s iPad debuted. Depending on the exact model you purchased, it set you back around $500. In March 2011, the iPad 2 was announced. Within hours, I saw people posting their nearly-new iPads on Craigslist and eBay. With all the competition out there, the prices dipped as low as $100 a pop. I know one of the people who sold his first generation iPad during that rush. […]

Podcast 160: The Rich and the Rest of Us

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Luke Landes talk with Tavis Smiley, host of Tavis Smiley on PBS. With Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley is the co-author of The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. […]

Turn Left

Dear Daughter, Of the many choices in life, turning left may not always be the easiest route but it might get you where you want to go. Love, Mom Happy Mother’s Day Love the blog? […]

A Sunburn and Two Post-It Notes

This morning, I took all three of my children with me to the grocery store, where we bought food for the next two weeks or so. After I unloaded those groceries and we had a nice family lunch, I took my oldest son to soccer practice, did some household chores, then the five of us went on a long family bicycle ride including a stop at a park and a stop at the home of some friends. […]

Reader Story: Saying Good-Bye to a 16-Year-Old Car

This guest post from Joel Berry 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? […]

Does God Want You to Be Rich?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are the opening lines from a recent Wall Street Journal article: God does not want you to be rich.Every so often, he raises up a prophet to teach wayward profiteers about the sacrifice he demands. The piece goes on to basically say two things: 1. […]

Sign Up for Automatic Repayment Plans for Student Loans (132/365)

One of the best decisions I made during my years of poor finances after college was to sign up for the automatic loan repayment program that my lender made available. To understand why it was such a good choice, you have to roll back the clock to the situation I found myself in right after college. For starters, I was really inexperienced with managing my own money. […]

The Household CFO: Home Financial Taskmaster

In every household, somebody’s got to handle the finances — whether it’s the Mister, the Missus, or both, running things as a team. And in our case it’s moi. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #73

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. Dr. Seuss on dealing with loss I needed to hear this. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss 2. […]

'Til Death Do You Smart

The following is a guest post from Matthew Malone, a writer for, a leading retirement and Roth IRA Resource. Matthew is also a contributing writer to CBS SmartPlanet. […]

HSA Contribution Limits for 2013

It’s never too early to look ahead to next year. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight the 2013 HSA contribution limits. As many of you know, we’ve been using our health savings account as an additional retirement investment vehicle. […]

Ask About Fees When Shopping for Loans (131/365)

On the radio in our car, the first two programmed buttons are set to NPR and to a local talk radio station that features a decent amount of local programming. Over the past few years, on that latter station, there have been quite a few ads for home loans, either new mortgages or refinancing. […]

Roundup: So… I’ve Been Running

I’m a little over thirty years old and only recently have I realized something about myself – I like to figure things out. I like to find things that I’m “not good at” and change it. Three years ago, I took up the infuriating sport of golf because it was something I knew I wasn’t good at. In a couple years, I’ve gone from shooting in the 110-120 to more 85-95. […]

Tavis Smiley: Poverty Is a Threat to Democracy

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have been working hard to bring the issue of poverty into the consciousness of the citizens and political discourse of the United States. As a team, Smiley and West have been touring city to city, speaking to audiences concerned about the increasing wealth gap in this country. […]

Generics: Six I Buy, Six I Avoid

Generic and store brand products can be a very nice money saver. If you can save a dollar or two by buying a generic item and wind up with essentially the same item, then it’s a very good financial move to buy those generics. I’ve tried the generic and store brand versions of items I use all the time. […]

Your Take: What Are You Doing With Your Tax Refund?

Now that we’re a couple weeks removed from tax day, with most folks having received their tax refunds, the most logical Your Take would be – what are you doing with your tax refund? Is it something good and responsible? Or something fun? […]

Ask the Readers: What Do You Wish You’d Learned About Money?

When we’re young, we think we know it all. We make decisions — financial and otherwise — based on what little we know of the world, and these decisions are colored by a relentless optimism that comes from not having to deal with the harsh realities of the world. […]

Slow and Steady Wins the Debt Race

When I woke up to the reality of having $20,000 of credit card debt, I had to face this hard truth — I didn’t get into debt overnight, so I’m probably not going to get out of debt overnight. In fact, it took me four and a half years to pay off my debt. There were plenty of times throughout that journey when I wished there was some easy way to just wipe it all out. But there was no easy way. […]

Alternative Wedding Registry Ideas

I don't want to buy my friends a $80+ stainless steel trashcan. And I certainly do not expect them to buy one for me. Or a soap dispenser, or ice tongs, or many of the other trappings that traditionally make up a wedding registry. Sure, getting new stuff is nice, and I love the idea of helping a new couple out. […]

Best Money Tips: Free Summer Activities for Kids

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on free summer activities for kids, money saving cooking tips, and finding balance with your savings goals. Top 5 Articles 40 Free (Or Nearly Free) Summer Activities for Kids — One great free summer activity to do with your kids is to take advantage of free National Park days. […]