What’s the Reason?

As I mentioned several days ago, my uncle passed away. On Friday, I attended his funeral, where one of my uncle’s old friends spoke very eloquently. After the service, I spoke to that friend of my uncle for a few moments. I thanked him for the words he had spoken and we reflected together for a bit. […]

Reader Story: I’m Retiring from Get Rich Slowly

This post from J.D. Roth is part of the reader stories feature at Get Rich Slowly. J.D. founded this site and acted as editor for six-and-a-half years. He now writes at More Than Money. Want to submit your own reader story? Here’s how. First, the short version: I’m officially retiring from Get Rich Slowly. […]

Should Christians Give While Getting Out of Debt?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Host a Block Party (293/365)

When Sarah and I first moved into our home in 2007, several neighbors stopped by to greet us and drop off small housewarming gifts. One of them also brought a flyer inviting us to a block party to take place in a week or so. I attended the party (along with our only child at the time – Sarah had another commitment) and found it to be a great time. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #96

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. Simon Bailey on a miserable life People do this far too often. […]

6 Reasons You Need a Spending Plan

Note: For the most part, this post is for those who are at the beginning of their personal finance journey. As I've noted previously, once you have control over your spending you can dial back on how much budgetary control is needed.Whether you call it a spending plan, a budget, or something else, you need to have a way to keep track of your finances. […]

Online Price Matching Bad for Business?

While we’re on the topic online price matching at big box retailers (both Best Buy and Target have come out with new policies on this front), I thought it might be worth looking at how this might affect their bottom lines. While the primary goal of these programs — to turn casual shoppers using the store as a showroom before purchasing online into buyers — is an admirable one, retail experts think […]

Host a Sporting Event Party (292/365)

Sporting events provide a wonderful and extremely low cost opportunity for social interaction. […]

401(k) From Scratch

Debbie writes in: I’m a 28 year old single mom. I just got a great job as an administrative assistant, one that I was extremely lucky to get. During orientation we were asked to sign up for the 401(k) plan. I don’t know anything at all about 401(k) plans, but I have enjoyed your site for a long time and I love the way you make money issues seem easy. […]

Your Take: Would You Welcome a 75% Tax Rate on the Rich?

About a year ago, some wealthy people in France signed a letter in which they asked for higher taxes. I bet you can guess what happened in the country with 3 million unemployed and a mandatory 35-hour work week… they gave it to them. France’s President, Francois Hollande, proposed a 75% marginal tax on all income over $1.3 million. That’s pretty significant… or is it? Is it unprecedented? […]

Ask the Readers: Should you comment on a friend’s overspending?

This post is from Ollie Geiger, a personal finance writer who contributes to MoneyRates.com. My wife has a friend who likes to talk about how broke she is. This friend – let’s call her “Amber,” since that’s her real name – is fond of complaining about the dire state of her finances each month, even though her income is higher than many of our mutual friends. […]

Chase Sapphire Preferred: Get The Most Value For Your Travel Rewards

I have to confess, I felt kind of sleazy when I applied for this card. The only reason I bothered was that it offered a great sign-up bonus. Yet more than a year later, I continue to use the card regularly. So what is it about the Sapphire Preferred card that made me think of it less like a... […]

Are You Getting These 5 Things for Free?

As people are working harder to cut back on spending and reduce their living costs, they are finding creative ways to put more cash in the bank. Couponing, repurposing products, and growing your own food are certainly excellent ways to cut costs, but there is also legitimately free stuff you can take advantage of too. […]

Best Money Tips: 2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on 2012 holiday layaway plans explained, making traveling a priority on a limited budget, and when to haggle. Top 5 Articles 2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained — Layaway will not get you sale prices on the items you put on layaway. […]

New Target Price Matching Policy

Earlier this week, I reported on Best Buy’s new online price matching policy and my experiences getting them to honor it. […]

Is an $80 Keurig really a bargain?

Last weekend was another gig with the ten-piece band I play with.  And another charity auction with bargains to be had. After the full-contact silent auction had come and gone, I was the proud owner of a brand-new Keurig Elite for $80.  I was nearly 100% sure that this model went for over $100.  It did.  Walmart sells the same model for $120, and the lowest new price on Amazon was $100. My wife an […]

Host a Game Evening (291/365)

Aside from the potluck dinners – and sometimes in conjunction with them – we also host regular game nights at our house. We invite some people over, pull out a few board or card games, and sit around socializing and playing games for several hours. We usually serve food and beverages at our game nights, usually consisting of either a potluck dinner or a snack buffet. […]

Paywalls: Would you pay $20 to read a newspaper online?

Go ahead and call me a news junkie freeloader, ’cause I love to read my newspapers online for free. And why shouldn’t I? Up until a few years ago most prominent newspapers were happy to publish well-researched stories written by talented journalists, and just give them away to online freeloaders like myself, for free. I believe these media outlets called us digital mooches ‘guests’. […]

Consider Selling Your Car & Going Car-less

Americans have a love affair with their automobiles. One of the first ways people want to show off their economic status is through buying a nice vehicle. Even the poorest college student is likely to have a car, though it may be a bit worse for wear. […]