Your Take: Is Cleverness a Crime?

Here’s an interesting question – is taking advantage of an exploitable bug in something inherently illegal? By luck and lots of playing, John Kane discovered a bug in the Game King video poker gaming system (this is true of all systems, not a single unit, in which certain settings were turned on) that would give him a significant advantage. […]

Ask the Readers: What will make you feel financially secure?

If you’re a regular reader of Get Rich Slowly, you are focused on getting out of debt, saving, retirement goals – all of those money issues we all deal with. But at what point would you or do you feel financially secure? I think my own sense of financial security came once I had paid off all of my debts (excluding my mortgage) and had enough money to save a chunk each month. […]

Getting Your Money Back Without Losing Your Friendship

Whenever you lend money to friends or family, there’s a decent chance you won’t see that dough again. One reason could be that expectations and repayment terms weren’t discussed beforehand — for which the giver and receiver are both at fault — but another reason could be that the person to whom you lent money just isn’t courteous, which is not your fault at all. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Wine

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on wine, career strategies of high earners, and things you can do to live a happier life. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Save on Wine — Are you a wine drinker? Buying by the case and avoiding imported wines can help you save money! […]

The cost of clean water

This post, written by Aaron Brandt, comes to us from our partner site QuickenLoans.com. In order to survive, we need water. However, the water we drink could actually harm us. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tap water can contain contamination from natural chemicals and minerals, viruses, bacteria, parasites, pesticides and even sewage overflow. […]

Coming to Terms With Your Long-Term Debt

Investopedia.com defines "long-term debt" as loans and financial obligations lasting one year or more. Think home mortgages, student loans, and car loans. Since the 2008 housing crisis and ensuing recession, many families have taken on greater debt loads to cope with the volatile economy. […]

Reader Profile: CR

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress End of April 2013

My wife an I are working hard to achieve our goal of paying off our mortgage early. As of May 2013, my wife and I will have lived in our home for 3 years and 2 months. We have a conventional, fixed-rate, 15-year mortgage. Our goal is to pay off our mortgage in less than ten total years. As of May 1, 2013, we will have made 38 regular, monthly mortgage payments. We have also made several additional […]

Desires: Short Term and Long Term

Most of our desires last for only a moment or two. A person might spy a snack that looks good at the checkout and wants it, but if that person waits a few minutes, it’s forgotten. A person might see a coffee shop drive-thru on the way to work and feels really tempted, but if that person keeps driving, that coffee shop is forgotten a few blocks later. A person might spot a really interesting magazi […]

Spare Change: Fun Money Edition

Hello, friends. How are things? It’s been a long time since I wrote regularly at Get Rich Slowly, but you know what? I kind of have the itch to share more stories about personal finance. I’ve been writing about odds and ends at More Than Money, and even delve into money talk now and then. But it’s not the same as discussing the subject with this audience. You guys are awesome! […]

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams Computer viruses and identity theft have been staples of internet use since personal accounts and online payments were possible. Responsible internet users began to take a number of measures, including looking into payment security, purchasing virus protection, and avoiding pop-ups and unfamiliar downloads. […]

4 Frugal Ways to Move

I’m not a big fan of moving. Every year for the first six years of my marriage, I moved. We moved across the country twice, and we moved houses in town. It was not pleasant. However, we’ve been in our current home for almost six years, and mu husband is applying for university jobs. This means we might be moving. […]

Mint.com Tracks Two Million Users to Create Spending Index

When staff writer Sasha introduced Consumerism Commentary readers to Mint.com in 2007, I began to think about the power of massive consumer financial data. […]

Reader Mailbag: Lunch Companions

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. Catch-22 with home loan 2. Haircut value 3. Quality of school matters? 4. Making quadruple batches 5. The value of commute length 6. Uses for vegetable remains 7. Cash for emergency fund 8. Professional dress 9. […]

Check ALL Of Your Bills Too!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post talking about a weird charge on my bank statement and how it’s important to review your statements every month. For many people, ourselves included, reviewing credit card and bank statements are a monthly ritual because we are aware of much identity theft is out there. What we don’t often think about is less obvious fees and charges that companies stick on bills. […]

How my mom inspired me during a savings slump

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. I’ve been saving up for a big purchase, so I’ve seriously tightened my budget. Staying within my own strict boundaries has been frustrating. When I get frustrated, I call my mom. Recently, I vented about my finances to her. […]

9 Restaurant Dishes You Can Make at Home

Don’t you love dining out? The combination of delicious food, fun atmosphere, and no dishes to clean is great. The cost, however, can stretch or ruin your food budget. (See also: Make Your Own Twinkies and Other Secret Recipes by the Food Cloner Dude) I know what sorts of things I want to eat when I go out, but I wondered what answer I would get most often from coworkers and friends. […]

Deep-Clean Your Mattress for a Better Night's Sleep

Spring-cleaning wouldn't be complete without giving your mattress some serious attention. Along with refreshing your bed, this easy cleaning DIY ensures a better night's sleep. No need for harsh chemicals or expensive concoctions — all you need is a box of baking soda for this cleaner. […]

Best Money Tips: Unique Mother's Day Gifts

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on unique Mother's Day gifts, side gigs to make more money today, and insurance policies everyone should have. Top 5 Articles 5 Unique Mother's Day Gifts on a Budget — Giving mom the day off is a great and unique Mother's Day gift. […]

FHA Home Loans: You Can Buy a Home Even If Your Finances Aren't Perfect

If you have marginal credit, a moderate income, and little money for a down payment, you can still buy a house with the help of an FHA home loan. Yes, even after the housing boom and crash. Home buyers can obtain FHA mortgages, which are insured by the Federal Housing Administration but made by private government-approved lenders, with a down payment as little 3.5% of the home's purchase price. […]