Reader Story: Paying Attention and Taking Action

This guest post from Jackie 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. […]

An Emergency Fund Is More Than Just Money

I often talk about emergency funds and how useful they are here on The Simple Dollar. Here’s a quick summary of them, for people new to the site. An emergency fund is a pool of money you can easily access to take care of short-term problems in your life, such as a car repair or paying bills during a short unemployment period. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #17

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. Initiative Our youngest son isn’t quite a year old yet. He recently mastered crawling. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2011

April was a fun month for me. Though I had intended to write about financial literacy, I actually spent my time exploring other topics. I’ve been thinking a lot about the philosophical aspects of personal finance lately, for instance. I wrote about this a bit during April, and have some similar post planned for May. […]

Money Commandment #7

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #7 as follows: The old-school rules: Not everybody needs a college degree to get ahead. There are plenty of good-paying, secure jobs for people with high school diplomas. The bubble economy rules: Get the best education you can, regardless of the cost. […]

Dinner With My Family #15: Egg (or Tofu) Scramble and Burritos

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

Blue Cash Everyday from American Express Review

Since last summer, credit card offers have been a bit of a mixed bag. While rewards programs and sign-up bonuses have been increasing, the issuers have also been increasing fees and interest rates. […]

When Is It Better to Be Frugal? When Is It Better to Earn More?

One thing I love to do is to browse through random personal finance blogs. I’ll jump on links from one blog to another, just to see what a new voice will have to say. Doing this helps me get a pretty good idea of the various perspectives and ideas that are out there. […]

How Many Credit Cards Do You Have?

While on a recent business trip, I witnessed something that made my jaw drop. […]

Bank of America Warning: Credit Card With 30% APR

Don’t let anyone convince you that credit card companies are having a hard time dealing with new regulation. I received a warning in the mail yesterday from Bank of America. In fact, I received two warnings, in separate packages, related to the two Bank of America credit cards I own but do not currently use. […]

Your Take: All Cash Users, Why Do You Do It?

After the recent economic meltdown, a lot of people decided to cut up their credit cards and go to an all cash lifestyle. Whether it was self-preservation or just anti-big banks, a movement that started at least a decade ago has really picked up steam and been the subject of a lot of press lately. […]

The Financial Literacy Toolkit

You know, we started April with the best of intentions. Because it’s Financial Literacy Month, all of the writers at Get Rich Slowly agreed to discuss basic money concepts. But we didn’t do it. Instead, we explored all sorts of other interesting topics. I think I know part of the problem. For a couple of years, I spent all of April focused on financial literacy. It’s a great topic. […]

250+ Tips for Small Business Owners

It's not easy owning and running a small business, but Wise Bread can help. Here, you'll find expert tips for sales and operations, taxes and recruitment, tools and hacks, and more! […]

How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free

I know this sounds amazing, and there's a kicker — you can see these movies in theaters for free BEFORE they're released to the general public! It sounds too good to be true, but it can be done really easily. For the past year or so, I have been attending movies in theaters before they've been released. […]

Stalemate on the Debt Ceiling?

The news is full of speculation about the result if there's a stalemate on the debt ceiling, but I know what would really happen. I live in Illinois. You see, Illinois has been in much the same situation for years now. […]

Digital Camera Buying Guide

What secrets lie beneath the soft click of the image capture? What misconceptions lurk beneath the Megapixel label? Do you really want all of the bells and whistles, or are you being deceived into paying for totally unnecessary hardware? […]

What to Do When Retirement is Closing In

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists what you should do as retirement approaches. They break it out into time-based groups -- what to do 20 years from retirement, 10 years from retirement, five years from retirement, and so on. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of April 25

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Totally Money Blog Carnival - New Thoughts on the 4% Retirement Withdrawal "Rule" Carnival of Personal Finance - Save 97% of Any Windfall Carnival of Wealth - How to Make the Case for a Pay Increase Wise Bread lists signs you shouldn't be a busi […]