Start Retirement Savings Early

You’ve probably heard that your most valuable asset is time. For new graduates, that line actually refers to two different ideas, both of which are critically important to understand. The first idea is that with few entanglements and draws on your time (mainly no kids), you can devote more of it to your career and engineer the largest advancements in your career. […]

Have You Ever Asked for a Raise?

This piece from Jean Chatzky shares some data on how many men and women actually ask for raises: The Sheconomics research noted that in the past six months one-third of the men surveyed had asked for a raise. Fewer than one-quarter of the women had done the same. That's a lot higher than I would have guessed. […]

How to Manage Your Money When Starting a Business

Starting a Business is Easy, but Be Sure You Treat Your Finances Wisely Starting your own business is the holy grail for many people who’d like to get away from the 9 to 5 grind. Feeling the freedom of being your own boss while knowing that you’re entirely responsible for the success of your business can be intoxicating. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Is retirement like a beer commercial with white hairs? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Stephen Strasburg

I’m in a pretty competitive fantasy baseball league this year. During our draft, I made the most controversial pick, drafting Stephen Strasburg (who has yet to make his major league debut) with my fifth pick in the draft. He has been utterly unhittable in the minors. Every day, I get up and look at the sports news, wondering if the Nationals have called Strasburg up yet. […]

How (and Why) to Make Good Pan Gravy

My Grandma makes the best brown gravy. I’m not talking the dark, uniformly-colored gravy that they serve on mashed potatoes at most national chain buffets. This is the lighter, creamier stuff, with flecks of meat, cracked black pepper, and that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes from any meat (even meatballs!). […]

How to Build Your Financial Foundation

Pouring the foundation is the first step in building a new house. Ensuring it is level, stable, and on solid ground is more important than any subsequent step in the building process. Your finances are no different. […]

Suggestions For Women Seeking a Raise

The New York Times is running a feature designed to help women negotiate for and receive a raise from their employer. Even in today’s progressive society in the workplace, women earn less than men for the same job, even after controlling for factors like time away from the workforce for childcare.According to the article, women take a different approach to negotiation than men. […]

Busting the Myths: Why Coupons Are a Valuable Part of Your Financial Arsenal

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Tara Kuczykowski, who is introducing the basics of couponing to a new generation of coupon clippers through her money-saving blog, Deal-Seeking Mom. Tara is teaching readers across the U.S. how to stretch their budgets in order to make room for occasional splurges. […]

The Ten Worst Money Mistakes Anyone Can Make

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link or get daily email updates using this link. I’ve said many times that success in managing personal finances is pretty simple: spend less than you earn over a long period of time. […]

529 Plans and Scholarships

As a followup to my recent post on common misconceptions about 529 plans, I just wanted to highlight an additional way to get unspent money out of the account without paying taxes or penalties. A sharp-eyed reader named Courtney asked: I’ve heard that if your child obtains a scholarship, you can withdraw that amount from the 529 plan without paying the 10% penalty. […]

Donate Your Body to Science or a Body Farm?

Here’s a departure from the usual fare. The following guest post is from Kosmo, an aspiring novelist, vehement opponent of the designated hitter, student of true crime who plays the keyboard for The Casual Observer – an eclectic, team-written web magazine. […]

Review: QBQ!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Contemporary culture constantly seems to push us to blame others. It’s the Republicans’ fault! It’s the liberals’ fault! It’s the art department’s fault! It’s your brother’s fault! Guess what? Casting blame on others doesn’t solve any problems. […]

Podcast 56: Bank Overdraft Fees and moneyStrands

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two guests. First, Tom Dziubek talks to Preeti Vissa of the Greenlining Institute about the organization’s recent study on bank overdraft fees.Tom’s second guest is Atakan Cetinsoy, Vice President of Corporate Development and Personal Finance Products at the personal financial management website, moneyStrands. […]

Bargaineering 2010 New Graduate Guide

Welcome to Bargaineering’s 2010 New Graduate Guide! This entire week will be devoted to focusing on financial advice for new graduates. It doesn’t matter if you graduated high school, college, or graduate school, the information we present this week will help you get started on the right foot. When you start working, you will be inundated with a lot of information. […]

Reader Story: Learning to Read the Fine Print

This guest post from Joel 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 1: Spend Less than You Earn

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. […]

A Weekend Project for You

60% of Americans don’t have a will. When they die, at least some of what they hope of passing on to their loved ones will be eaten up by lawyers and distributed by judges. Pretty amazing what an hour of contemplation and an hour of document preparation can do. 47% of Americans have no life insurance. […]