Preferred Stock vs Common Stock Investing

When I first embarked on learning stock market basics, I thought that a stock was a stock was a stock, but there are actually two distinct forms: preferred and common. Let’s talk about the differences and show some examples of each type. Common Stock Investing: What’s Involved? […]

The Waiting Game

Recently, a friend of mine offered up an interesting thought on personal finance issues: “You know what the worst part about getting your money straight is? The waiting. It doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years. All of that waiting on your debts to go away is just excruciating.” I know exactly what he means – and it’s not just the debts either. […]

Spare Change: Missing Person Edition

Most of the time, I use these weekly links round-ups as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of my life. Today’s a bit different. Today’s edition features a bit of a public service. Every summer, more than 2000 bicyclists participate in Cycle Oregon, a week-long tour of our beautiful state. I’ve done the weekend ride before, and someday hope to the extended adventure. […]

Kids & Money: How Much Should You Pay in Allowance?

When it comes to teaching your children how to responsibly handle money, an allowance can be a good tool. An allowance, whether it’s tied to chores or not, can provide your children with their own money to mange, and provide you with the chance to offer hands-on, practical experience related to finances. However, deciding to offer your kids an allowance is only the beginning. […]

Is College Still a Good Investment?

The troubled global economy isn’t producing good statistics in any sector and some of these statistics are painting college as a less than attractive expense for many families. Although college still remains the best way to thrive financially, making highly informed, detail oriented decisions is even more important. […]

My Two Best Financial Decisions: Leaving My Jobs

There have been two major financial crossroads in my life until this point. Although it took a while to get to each one, by the time the dust settled, I knew I had made the right choice. […]

Financial Strategy #3: Setting Your Retirement Number

The book Your Stronger Financial Future: The Eight Essential Strategies for Making Profitable Investments lists eight misconceptions, truths, and strategies to help readers deal with a variety of major financial issues. […]

Six Ways to Save Money With Your New Dog

The kids have been begging for a puppy for six months, and you finally decide a dog might just complete your family. Plus, the canine may teach your kids a few things about responsibility and caring for others, right? […]

8 Tips for Talking About Money With Your Significant Other

About the author: Margaret is a recent college graduate who, with her boyfriend, plans to save up money to get married, pay off student loan debt and head to seminary. Money is one of those things you’re not supposed to mention in polite conversation. But if you’re married or in a serious relationship, you have to talk about it. My boyfriend is the spender; I’m the saver. […]

Best Place to Get Flu Shots

Ah lovely influenza season… as the temperatures get a little cooler and the threat of winter approaches, you’re probably being assailed by advertisements and signs to get your flu shot. […]

10 Career Lessons from Julia Child

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who believes lavender, chocolate, and honey are the stuff that dreams are made of. Readers, I hope you’ll forgive me for writing another culinary-themed post here at Get Rich Slowly. […]

Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Eat Out?

There's no way around it, everyone has to eat. If you are frugal, chances are you opt to make your own food as opposed to eating out. But every once in awhile, be it for social or convenience reasons, a dining experience at a local restaurant tends to be the norm for most people. How often do you eat out?  Once a week? Every other week? Only on special occasions? […]

31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall

It is fall at last, my favorite season! The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting brisk and cool, and the smell of pumpkin pie is in the air. For those who aren’t enthusiastic about the thought of cooler weather, let us persuade you that fall is just as fun as summer. Embrace the season with these 31 frugal ways to celebrate fall! […]

6 Cheap Ways to Stage Your Home in a Buyer's Market

When it comes to real estate, appearance matters. Especially in a buyer's market. Prospective home buyers hold most of the cards in today’s real estate climate. That means sellers need to adjust expectations and prepare for the long haul. […]

Best Money Tips: Slash Your Grocery Bill Without Clipping Coupons

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on slashing your grocery bill without clipping coupons, things you can cut from your budget now, and saving strategies that work. Top 5 Articles Top 10 Ways to Slash Your Grocery Bill Without Clipping Coupons — Want to slash your grocery bill without clipping coupons? Consider starting a garden! […]

Bank of America Already Hard to Deal With

Here's an update on my new credit card strategy I posted a couple weeks ago: I received all the notices from Bank of America saying my FIA Services card was being converted to a Bank of America card. I have until the end of October to use my 2% cash back card. After that it converts to the 3% gas/2% groceries/1% everything else Bank of America card. […]

Carnival of Passive Investing

Welcome to the Carnival of Passive Investing. As you might imagine, this carnival is a weekly collection of money-related stories around the idea of passive investing. And this week, I'm the host! If you're new to Free Money Finance, you may want to check out a few posts to get a feel of the site. Here's a list of my best posts from last year. […]

Picking Up Free Items in Public, Hoarding Ketchup: Thievery or Frugality?

I’d like to talk about an interesting habit that some people have. Pilferers can’t resist the lure of grabbing a few extra sugar packets or plastic forks from fast food restaurants. I have a relative with this habit. […]