How to Get a Great Credit Score

In the dozen or so years of being a financial adult, I’ve never spent much time “working” on my credit score. Neither has my wife. […]

Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst Cars for 2012

If it’s March, it must be time to talk about cars. The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox this week, and I spent some time skimming the pages. I’m not nearly as interested in car info as I used to be, but I know that many folks are in the market for a new car, and I think Consumer Reports is a great source for info. […]

Best Money Tips: Activities for Toddlers on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on activities for toddlers on a budget, saving on tax preparation fees, and expensive decisions that can haunt you for life. Top 5 Articles 5 Fun Activities for Toddlers on a Budget — Have fun with your toddler without breaking the bank by making a toilet paper trail. […]

What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives

I have less than two weeks before my baby girl is due, so things are really coming down to the wire. Most of the preparations for the baby are done — the nursery is decorated, the newborn clothes are washed, the diapers are stashed, and my hospital checklist is taped to the front door. Now, I have the luxury of time to stock up on a supply of food for after the baby arrives. […]

The War Against the Rich, Part 1

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics by Ziad K. Abdelnour with Wesley A. Whittaker. Copyright (c) 2012 by Ziad K. Abdelnour. […]

Is ten cents for two bucks’ worth of silver a bargain?

A friend has been bit by the coin collecting bug.  Like another couple of people I know, he’s withdrawn substantial amounts of coins from the bank and searches them for treasures, like older coins, errors, and coins with precious metals.  To date he’s already found a number of silver dimes and half dollars (around ten I think).  That’s more than I’ve run across with my searching, so good on him. W […]

Participate in Babysitting Exchanges Instead of Hiring a Babysitter (70/365)

Within walking distance of our home lives another couple that’s about our age. They have two children, both of which are in the age range of our own children, and the older ones have become friends due to interacting at the same preschool. Over time, we’ve developed something of a babysitting exchange with them. […]

Podcast 151: ValueMyStuff, Double the Difference

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Patrick van der Voorst, founder of ValueMyStuff, and Tom Dziubek speaks with Ralph Pinto from Chase about their participation in the Drive to End Hunger campaign. Consumerism Commentary Podcast ValueMyStuff / Chase Double the Difference: S06E21 / 178 and 168 jQuery(document).ready(fun […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here's the second round of FMF 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. […]


One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in almost every world religion and many significant works of philosophy. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. […]

Reader Story: Re-Evaluating the Rat Race

This guest post from Joe 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. Over the last year, some of my friends have left their day jobs to become a full-time bloggers. […]

The Fair Tax

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 36. Forty shekels add up to about a pound of silver. […]

Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys. This makes sure that you’re not replacing toys because they’re cheap, you’re not filling your house up with clutter, and the toys have resale value when you’re finished. If you’ve spent time around children, you’ll quickly notice a few key things about how they play. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

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. I spent some time this week planning a family trip this summer to Yellowstone. […]

More Rich People Who Lost it All

I recently found a couple pieces that illustrate you can, in fact, spend it all -- no matter how much you make.The first is from Daily Finance where they list 11 celebrities who went bankrupt as follows: Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson) Kim Basinger Wayne Newton Vince Neil (Motley Crue) Mike Tyson Stephen Baldwin M.C. […]

Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy

Doing simple, cost effective things to stay healthy today will keep you from spending more money down the line. The truth is, the cost of treating chronic disease can be debilitating enough to cause job loss; it’s cited as one of the top reasons why people go bankrupt. […]

Best Credit Cards for International Travel?

I’m not much of an international traveler, but I do find myself traveling outside the United States on occasion. In fact, I was out of the country just last week, and I was once again reminded that none of my credit cards are particularly good for international travel. As a reminder, my main cards are the Amex Platinum Delta SkyMiles card and the Chase Freedom Visa card. […]

Buy Fewer Children’s Toys, but Buy Higher Quality Items (68/365)

Every so often, Sarah and I go through our children’s toys and set some aside to donate to Goodwill. Our children tend to receive a lot of gifts on their birthdays from their army of loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, so they tend to wind up with a large number of toys. From those toys, we find ourselves pulling out the same type of toys over and over again. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 1-4

Here's the second 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. […]

Breaking Through the Frustration Barrier

Personal finance can be really frustrating at times. For starters, money success can take a long time to achieve. If you’re in a big hole of debt, you’re looking at years of digging just to get back to zero. People are often encouraged to start saving for retirement in their twenties, even though most won’t actually retire until their seventies. […]