Shopping for the Sake of Shopping

When I was a boy, my family had a series of dogs: a Saint Bernard, a Shih Tzu, a Golden Retriever and a whole host of mutts. Because dogs will be dogs, and because we lived in the country far from anything, our dogs would sometimes begin barking…and continue barking for minutes. Or hours. […]

SpringCoin to Pay Off $500 Debt for One Lucky Wise Bread Reader

SpringCoin (formerly known as DebtEye during beta) is an online debt relief coaching service that helps you get out of debt quickly. Founded by three certified credit counselors, SpringCoin has received many positive reviews. […]

One Recipe, Lots of Food: 10 Great Main Dish Casseroles

There was a time when the word "casserole" mostly made me think of less-than-appetizing options, like the dreaded tuna-noodle. But over the years, I have learned to love casseroles — they are easy to make, are often inexpensive, are simple to put together, and provide lots of delicious leftovers perfect for fridge or freezer. […]

Best Money Tips: Use Your Social Media Profiles to Find a Job

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on using social media to find a job, saving money on a rental car, and what to buy in thrift stores. Top 5 Articles How to Use Your Social Media Profiles to Find a Job — Make sure you use privacy settings on Facebook to control who can see your profile. […]

Playing the Lottery Is a Bad Gamble

Whenever a big lottery payout is available, it seems like everyone you talk to is suddenly fantasizing about what they'll do with the money and wants to tell you about it. […]

How to Make Your Home Safer for Less

Many safety precautions in your home are inexpensive or even free. Here's how to get the most safety for your cents. […]

Retire Early or Retire Late?

MSN Money brings up a good question regarding when to retire: Which is really better? A smaller Social Security check starting at age 62 that you are still young enough to enjoy for years? […]

Swap Clothes with Similarly-Sized Friends (91/365)

For some, this money-saving tactic might cross a personal line you’re not quite comfortable with. For others, it can be a valuable money saver. It’s simple. Just find someone who wears clothes of similar size to your own and suggest a clothes swap. […]

Why I Value Goals

“When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.” – Reiner Knizia Goals and goal-setting is a topic I cover frequently on The Simple Dollar. Why? I attribute goals and goal-setting with almost every good thing that’s happened in my life over the last several years. […]

Reader Story: How My Upbringing Helped Me Avoid Debt and Build Wealth

This guest post from long-time GRS reader SB 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. […]

Margin and Meaning

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Building Your Financial Fortress in 52 Days: The Lessons of Nehemiah. This post is from Day 47. Do it His way! His way means more of both margin and meaning. Simply put, margin is what we save and meaning is what we spend. Our significance is found in spending. […]

I guess I’m nuts: I bought no tickets for the $640M lottery

No doubt there are three highly ecstatic people in this country: the three people who chose the magic numbers on the record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions lottery.  Let’s hope that they haven’t gone through all of the money within the next few years, as they’re likely to do.  (The US Government, of course, will burn through its 25% withholding cut in less than a half-hour.) One gentleman quot […]

Buy Clothes Off-Season and on Tax-Free Holidays (90/365)

If you’ve checked out the thrift stores, outlet stores, and consignment shops in your area and still haven’t found the clothes you’re looking for, you can still save some significant money on your clothing bill by just planning ahead a bit with your clothes shopping. I’ll use my oldest son as a shining example of what I’m talking about here. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 3, Posts 13-16

Here we go with the third 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. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #66

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. Aging Imaginations A friend of mine who is dealing with a death close to her shared this video and said it helped her with grief. After watching it, I understand why. Our minds can help us cope with pain if we allow it to happen. 2. […]

Eight Signs You Should Look for a New Job

US News lists eight signs you should look for a new job as follows: 1. Your company or division is struggling financially. 2. You notice that you're getting a lot more feedback in writing. 3. You've been miserable, angry, or bitter for months. 4. It feels like your boss is always hassling you about something. 5. Your aspirations for your job don't match up with the reality. 6. […]

15 Tips To Lose Weight Frugally: Improve Your Eating Habits

Can’t we all lose weight and do what some determined people have done without having to stretch our budgets in the process? Sure we can. Why am I harping so much about health? It’s because health problems can spiral into huge financial nightmares quite easily. […]

Security Breach Puts 50,000 Credit Card Holders at Risk

A security breach at Global Payments Inc., a third-party U.S. based processor, may have compromised 50,000 Visa and MasterCard cardholder accounts. According to ZDNet, both Visa and MasterCard have sent out non-public alerts to banks notifying them of the breach. Krebs on Security reported that the breach was first detected by Global Payments in early March. […]

Wear Old Clothing Around the House (89/365)

Right now, I’m wearing an old pair of jeans with a few small holes and a Chicago Cubs t-shirt that dates from 2002 or 2003 (the shirt references Kenny Lofton, who played with the team in that time frame). […]