Roundup: Gardening is Fun & Sustainable

We started gardening a few years ago because we thought it would be fun. We don’t have that much ground space living in a townhouse so our stuff has always been in buckets or planters (one of these days we’ll do square foot gardening). […]

Who's Your Data? The Myths and Misnomers of Unemployment Figures

By now you probably know that data is a group of informational bits, facts, figures, ideas, quantities or patterns in behavior, collections of samples or a group of scientific measurements collected to show informational bits, facts, figures...etc. […]

Cutting Yourself Some Slack

Karen writes in: Over the last six months, my husband and I have paid off $11,000 in credit card debt. It feels great. But it’s also really, really hard. In order to do that, we’ve stopped going out and doing a lot of the things we used to do. […]

Reader Story: I Paid Off $70,000 in Debt and Quit My Job!

This guest post from Jaime Tardy is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

The Seven Pillars of Financial Success, Pillar 5: Invest to Make Your Money Grow

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Bible discusses the keys to personal finance success quite plainly. If you read the book of Proverbs in particular, you'll see that the path to financial success isn't that difficult or extensive. […]

What Does an Extended Lifespan Really Mean in Terms of Retirement Savings?

Here’s a number for you. Half of all babies born in the United States this year will live to age 104 or older. In other words, when a person from that generation hits the typical “retirement age” of 65, they’ll still have 40 years of life left. Obviously, this represents a major change from where we’re at now. At age 65, people will have 40% of their life yet to lead. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 12, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Save Money by Carrying a Water Bottle

I’ve intended to begin featuring entries from the recent GRS video contest, but things keep getting in the way. Let’s change that! Starting today, I’ll use Saturdays to highlight some of my favorites, both winners and not-winners. To begin, here’s a tip that didn’t win a prize. Austin from Foreigner’s Finances is teaching English in Japan. […]

Six Things Your Parents Never Taught You About Money

The following is a guest post from Life Cover. Most parents try to teach their kids about money such as how to make it and how to manage it but only life experience can give us the full picture. With that in mind, here are six things your parents never taught you about money. 6. Hard Come, Easy Go Making money is hard work. However spending money could not be simpler or easier. […]

Get Rich Slowly Submission Guidelines

Rant time! I’ve spent the past couple of days slogging through my backlog of Guest Post and Reader Story submissions. Many of these are great. A few aren’t salvageable. The vast majority fall somewhere in between. It’s rare that I’m able to take a submitted article and publish it at Get Rich Slowly without some sort of tweaking. Everyone makes mistakes — even me. […]

Should The U.S. Banking Industry Be Regulated? Thoughts On Financial Reform

Some thoughts and opinions on the financial reform bill and U.S. banking regulations by an insider in the financial industry, Todd S. CFP. I’ve been joking that banker jokes have probably replaced lawyer jokes. Would you agree? And, despite the fact that the financial industry is a vast place, in some situations, I often hesitate to let people know that I work in it. […]

Summer Meal Series #2: Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Barbecued Beans, and Rice

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Our meals are usually pretty heavy on the vegetables and fruits by default. […]

The iPhone 4: Is It In Your Near Future?

By now, I’m past the point of not caring what’s in the new iPhone. I “watched” Apple’s keynote presentation as it happened, and I’ve read several articles and talked to my friends and ogled the videos. […]

Getting Things Done: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools

This is the fourth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we discussed how exactly to plan a project and fit it into the context of focusing entirely on the next specific action. […]

Reclaiming Etiquette: Dining Basics for New Professionals

We live in a society that values speed and multitasking. Dining has devolved into something that needs to be checked off of our To Do List, rather than an event with its own unique process and traditions. […]

When Your Employer Dumps You

A little over a year ago, I was laid off from the worst job I had ever held in my entire life. My boss took me aside, let me know that the company had decided to let go of 18 people, and that I was one of them. […]

Friday Finance Findings for June 11th

I hope everyone has enjoyed the roller coaster ride in the stock market over the past month or so. If you don’t like excitement I hope you’ve turned the news off and don’t bother checking your account statements. Where we’re ultimately headed is anybody’s guess, but there’s never a dull moment. […]

Is the Economy Recovering?

Last summer I ran a poll asking whether or not you were feeling any economic pain. At the time, 51% answered “yes” with an additional 16% saying saying that you weren’t, but that you suspected it was just around the corner. Since that time, the stock market has rebounded nicely, though it’s been a pretty rough ride over the past six weeks, and we’re still nowhere near pre-crash levels). […]

Top 5 ETF Tips

ETFs and I have had a rocky relationship. It was love at first sight right when we first met, but then time passed and I felt some bitterness towards them — even writing right here on Wise Bread that ETFs sucked. But Wise Bread readers protested (rightly so) and that led me to rediscover them and their place in this world. […]