Essential Parenting Books

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Edita asks an entertaining question: “which parenting books you found most valuable?” I’ve read a lot of parenting books over the last several years. […]

Reader Story: Negative Budgeting and a Healthy Outlook on Life

This guest post from Shara is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general “how I did X” 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. […]

Save a Portion of All Your Earnings

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 The Root of Riches. We must take care when saving money because it can be either good or evil, depending on the motive.On the one hand, it’s wise to save money for the future: The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. […]

Personal Finance, Small Businesses, and Spouses with Disabilities

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Patsy asked about “Spouses with disabilities… how can you help your spouse by earning extra income? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #28

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. Black Button This is a really interesting short film about a choice. Would you push the button? I wouldn’t. 2. […]

Gold: A Misunderstood Metal

The following is a guest post by MasterPo. With the remarkable rise in the price of gold over the last 2 years (as of writing this – in spite of the recent pull back) as well as the apparent uncertainties, even declines, in more traditional icons of American economic prowess the yellow metal has once again come to the forefront of interest by both preppers and individual investors. […]

Netflix is still cheap

You may have heard about the uproar — or at least the grumbling — about Netflix splitting out their movie streaming service and their flagship physical movie rental service, effectively raising the price 60% for those who want both. What was a $9.99/month service (unlimited streaming plus physical delivery one at a time) will now be $7.99/month apiece for new customers. […]

Dinner With My Family #24: Crock Pot Enchilada Casserole

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Once a month or so, we try to make something interesting and new using our slow cooker. […]

Rewards Cards Cost Mom and Pop Stores More

I’ve been using rewards credit cards for many years now. I initially used cash back credit cards to turn what was mostly necessary spending or purchases I would have made with cash or a debit card anyway into hundreds of dollars back in my hands — or by bank account — each year. Now I travel more, so I switched to the Continental Airlines OnePass card for most of my personal spending. […]

Online Banking and Contingency Plans

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Patsy asked about “Online Banking… Paperless statements etc… Good idea? […]

Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card for College Students Review

The credit cards that were available to me while I was in college were a far cry from the student credit cards available today. While many issuers offered free gifts for signing up, like tee-shirts and Frisbees, the cards came with extra fees and unfavorable terms. Students who handled credit cards improperly while back in that era paid the price for their errors with unmanageable debt. […]

Your Take: Taxing the Guy Who Caught Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit

One of the big stories in Major League Baseball this year was Derek Jeter hitting his 3,000th hit. After a lot of anticipation, a trip to the 15-day disabled list for his calf, and a monstrous 5-for-5 day, the record was his after he blasted a his first home run in Yankee Stadium this year, on July 9th. What makes it more amazing is that the person who caught it, Christian Lopez, gave it back. […]

Ask the Readers: Is a Used Car Still a Good Deal?

Because new cars tend to lose value rapidly, the conventional wisdom is that it usually makes more sense to buy a used vehicle instead of a new one. But is this rule of thumb always true? Has it changed in the past few years? That’s what Lily wants to know. She writes: Time Moneyland recently reported that used vehicle prices have hit a 16-year high. […]

Repair the Car or Spend the Cash?

Over the past few months, I've been seeing cars in various states of disrepair. Big dents, dings, damaged windows and doors, bumpers scraping along the ground, you name it. And it got me scratching my head and wondering...are people choosing to take the insurance money and spend it on something other than the car repair? […]

Do You Need Medigap Insurance?

There are few experiences in life more daunting than navigating our health-insurance system — especially when multiple policies are involved in a complex mix of public and private coverage. Such is the challenge for Medicare recipients who find themselves in need of supplemental insurance. […]

Three Reasons to Build a Financial Database

It’s no secret that I’m a big (huge!) fan of keeping close track of our finances. In fact, I’ve been tracking and balancing our accounts in Quicken (and now Moneydance) since January 1st, 1997. […]

Best Money Tips: Strategies for Saving Year-Round

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on strategies for saving year-round, money management tips, and tips for traveling on a budget. Top 5 Articles 5 Strategies for Saving Year-Round — Save year-round by going for the package deals. […]

Ideas for Cheap Summer Vacations

Money Talks News suggests visiting your state capitol as a great way to take an inexpensive summer vacation. […]

Carnivals for the Week of July 11

For those of you interested, I just added a list of the latest credit card offers and deal. Currently up are offers featuring two free flights on Southwest and $150 on Restaurant.com certificates.Now here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Carnival of Personal Finance Carnival of Wealth Enjoy!P.S. […]

Need Life Insurance? Set Requirements For Different Life Stages

Who should have life insurance? Lots of people. We cover a few scenarios that explain why we would need life insurance. Let’s follow a couple through various stages of their lives to see how they set their insurance requirements through the years. Let’s look at different situations where this type of insurance could be advantageous. [...]Need Life Insurance? […]