It’s Not About Having the Right Partner. It’s About Being the Right Partner.

I stumbled across the above quote (which I’ve been unable to source) a few weeks ago. Since then, the idea has been running through my mind as I realized how often the idea behind the quote comes up in our day-to-day lives, personally, professionally, financially, and otherwise. Simply put, none of us live in a bubble. […]

An Expanded View of Networking

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down gives some suggestions for how to get a job when you don't have one. One of the tips is to "network". But this isn't the traditional "call up your business contacts" sort of advice. Here's what it suggests: Sometimes, just a random connection is what sets you apart from all the other resumes. […]

New Exotic Eco-Friendly Cars

Who said Tesla Motors had the lock on exotic eco-friendly cars? While The Tesla S Roadster is probably one of the most well known all electric vehicles, a lot of luxury car manufacturers are getting into the game and offering their own eco-friendly models. […]

ING ShareBuilder Review

Read to the bottom of this article for the latest ShareBuilder bonus.I’m not a frequent trader. With my long-term view of investing, looking at stocks every day and executing costly trades does not make sense for my approach to my own finances. My strategy does not involve trading stocks or ETFs, timing the market in search of better returns. […]

A First Look At Asset Allocation

Once you’ve gotten your debts paid off with your short term cash parked safely in a certificate of deposit or two and in high interest savings accounts, you may finally be accumulating hard-earned funds that will be better applied elsewhere and may also be wondering what to do with the savings you have that have [...]A First Look At Asset Allocation […]

Are Social Deal Sites (Groupon) Worth It?

“Social shopping” is gaining in popularity right now. Through web sites like Living Social and Groupon, it is possible to get discounts on different products and services in your local area. […]

5 Reasons Why It's OK to Get a Tax Refund

Brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition — Free to prepare, Free to print, Free to efile. It’s that time of year when the mainstream media will begin chastising you for ending up with a tax refund instead of perfectly managing your prior year tax situation to avoid getting a check from Uncle Sam. […]

States With No Income Tax

I’ve talked a lot in the past about federal income tax rates, but I haven’t talked much about state income tax rates. The main reason for this is that state income tax brackets are all over the board. […]

Wealth-Building Lessons from The Millionaire Next Door

Long-time readers know that one of my favorite personal finance books is The Millionaire Next Door. I read it several years ago when it first came out and have applied many of the principles it discussed. […]

Reader Mailbag: Family and Friends

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Switching credit cards 2. Accepting pay for articles 3. Building credit 4. USPS refund on principle 5. Marriage and alcoholism 6. Roth 403(b) contributions 7. Reaching a teenager financially 8. Student loan repayment 9. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 13-16

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action 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 when the post was submitted. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How Much Money Do You Need to Feel Wealthy? Enjoy! […]

AT&T Acquiring T-Mobile USA: Today’s Mobile Phone Options

This weekend, AT&T announced its plans to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, pending regulatory approval. The new company would be the leading mobile telephone (and data) service provider in terms of customers. […]

How to Raise Backyard Chickens

We’ve kept chickens on our small 3-acre farm for over five years. I grew up raising them, so I’m comfortable with the ins and outs of the practice. As food gets increasingly pricey, and consumers turn to organic and free-range for their egg and poultry needs, a backyard flock is becoming more popular each year. […]

Are “All You Can Ship” Deals Worth It?

I was poking around on Williams-Sonoma the other day when I saw that they have a new program called Williams-Sonoma Reserve. For $30 a year, you get free standard shipping on most items and no minimum purchase. It’s a riff off Amazon Prime, which gives you free two-day shipping on most orders with no minimum purchase. […]

How to Find Time for Home-Cooked Meals

One of the biggest money drains, especially if you have a large family, is the food required to keep everybody happy and healthy. I hear a lot of talk about how people want to make more home-cooked food, eat healthier, and quit spending so much on take-out or restaurant meals. […]

Do Programmable Thermostats Really Save Money?

Programmable thermostats save you money. That’s a no-brainer, right? You’ve seen that advice in books and magazines and on personal-finance blogs — even here at Get Rich Slowly. Well, it turns out programmable thermostats aren’t the miracle device we’ve believed all along. In fact, sometimes using a programmable thermostat costs more than not having one at all. […]

Best Money Tips: Rent Your Spare Room

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to rent your spare room, saving and spending habits to adopt today, and how to prepare for an emergency. Top 5 Articles 6-Step Guide to Renting Out a Room in Your House - Should You Do It? […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Dresses, Pillows, and Free Business Cards

This week in deals: coupons for JCPenney and Advance Auto Parts, discounted swimwear and dresses, stuff for the home and the office, and weird deals on combat knives and wiper blades. […]

5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift

Everyone loves receiving cash as a present, but sticking a $20 bill in a card is a little anti-climactic. At best you'll receive a smile and a thank you. It's money. We've seen it before, and while it is nice that you were able to put an exact dollar amount on your thoughtfulness, you didn't step up and give a gift that's memorable. […]