10 Ways to Do Less Laundry

Let's be realistic. Doing less laundry means wearing clothing more than once. It does not mean buying a new wardrobe and donating the dirty clothes to Goodwill. Sparing clothes from the wash for as long as possible means clothing will last longer, and you will have more time to devote to your favorite hobby. […]

20 Creative Uses for Peeps Beyond the Easter Basket

Love them or hate them, Peeps are here to stay. And I mean stay. The apocalypse will happen before they will go bad. And if there's ever a nuclear meltdown, viola! You have roasted Peeps. Here are new ways to use the eternal Easter treats. (See also: 5 Affordable, Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Find Good Cheap Hotels

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on where to find good cheap hotels, how to avoid expensive car maintenance, and ways to improve your credit score. Top 5 Articles Frugal Vacations: Where to Find Good Cheap Hotels — If you are looking for a cheap hotel option, consider Youth Hostel Groups. […]

How to Make the Most of an Internship

We recently talked about how students can build their resumes. After I posted that piece, which included a suggestion that internships were one of the ways to grow experience, I found this piece from U.S. News discussing the one thing you want to be sure of before applying for an internship as follows: The key thing to consider? […]

CDs, Bonds and Money Market Funds: Safe Havens For Volatile Times

Consider safe havens for your money while you wait out any financial storm. Here, we discuss various choices for those investors who are seeking stability in more conservative assets. Where do you put your money to add a pinch of safety to your portfolio? […]

Review: The Pledge

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. Michael Masterson is one of my favorite personal finance and career writers. […]

Podcast 104: Financial Literacy Month

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kim McGrigg, Manager of Community and Media Relations for Money Management International (MMI), which is sponsoring Financial Literacy Month. […]

Finances and Churches

Over the last few years, I couldn’t help but notice that several churches in my local area have run personal finance programs of various kinds, such as Financial Peace University and so on. […]

Reader Story: A Five-Year Financial Turnaround

This guest post from Lindsay 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. […]

The Bible Says to Spend Less than You Earn

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here are some verses from the Bible that relate to spending less than you earn as well as my take on each of them: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. […]

Great Pieces of Advice – and Why We Fail at Them

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson The world is loaded with great little pieces of advice from people who have accomplished great things in their lives. […]

Take a Pass on Passover Markups

The Jewish holiday of Passover (April 19-26 this year) celebrates the exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt, when they filled their baking pans with unleavened dough and left slavery behind for the wide-open possibilities of the desert. But that doesn’t mean modern-day Jews need to be slaves to exorbitant kosher-for-Passover markups. […]

Upright Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide

This is a Guest Buying Guide written by the Editors of Cheapism.com A vacuum cleaner doesn’t have to be a hulking noise machine that eats up more money than it does dirt. Even some of the cheapest vacuum cleaners can do the job easily and effectively. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #15

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. Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir This is an awesome application of the internet. […]

American Cookery: Magazine Ads from 1939

My wife knows me pretty well. At a recent garage sale, Kris picked up the November 1939 issue of American Cookery magazine. She wanted it for the recipes. But after she was finished, she handed it off to me. “You’ll want to look at the ads,” she said. She was right. Fun trivia: American Cookery magazine was originally called The Boston Cooking-School Magazine. […]

Save 97% of Any Windfall

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Surprisingly, studies show that onetime windfalls can actually impoverish you. They make you feel rich, which inevitably leads to overspending. But wealth is what you save, not what you spend. With large windfalls, people tend to spend about 40% of the money. So if you get $20,000, you might spend $8,000. […]

Price Check Experiment: Is Costco really worth it?

It’s a fair question to ask, and I’ve often wondered if shopping at Costco — or any of the other big wholesale clubs — is worthwhile after paying membership fees, driving the distance to the store, and standing in long lineups with pallets of peanut butter. So I decided to do a little experiment to see if shopping at Costco was cheaper when compared to my local grocery chain, Superstore. I tend t […]

The Kitchen Dry Erase Board

The usual Friday “dinner with my family” post is taking a one week hiatus. I recently had what I consider to be a great idea that I thought I’d share with you while I’m still in the process of implementing it. A few days ago, I was at a food co-op distribution point (I’m not in the food co-op but I’m hoping to sign up for one soon) where I noticed that they had lists of the available items on a bi […]

What if You Owe Income Taxes and Can’t Afford to Pay?

This morning, I talked about what happens if you file your taxes late. The short version is that you’ll face penalties that are more severe than if you had file your return (or request an extension) on time, but fail to include payment for the amount due. Okay, but what if you can’t afford to pay the amount due? […]

Working With Financial Planners and Advisers

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a series of articles about working with financial planners and advisers. The information about this aspect of the financial industry can be confusing, considering the variety of certifications, similar-sounding services, and hidden agendas. The first thing to consider is whether to work with a financial planner at all. […]