IDENTITY GUARD® Review: Top ID Theft Protection Service

Should you pay to prevent identity theft from happening to you? Depends on what you’re looking for. I’ve come face to face with credit card fraud a few times. The kind when you get the call from a credit card company telling you of a suspicious charge on your credit card that was made somewhere you’ve never visited in your life. […]

Why Do I Talk About Frugality?

Adam writes in: I’m not feeling the vibe from your recent posts about how to save a few pennies washing Ziploc bags. This won’t get me rich. Getting rich isn’t the point. One of my favorite people in the world, Rachel, currently works for a non-profit organization in the Seattle area. […]

What the Top 10% Have and Earn

A reader and I had an interesting conversation a week or so ago about what it takes to be wealthy. We talked about both net worth (which is wealth IMO) and income (which may or may not be related to wealth) and what the top percentages of people in America own and earn. I thought the information in one of his comments was very interesting, so I thought I'd share some excerpts of it with you all. […]

3 Key Points in Making an Allergy-Free Dog Diet

ShareThisI adopted my four-legged friend six years ago from our local no-kill shelter. (Animal shelters are a great place to find new additions to your family. […]

How Much Do You Really Save By Air-Drying Your Clothes?

When I was growing up, my mother always hung clothes out to dry, sometimes even in the winter. Where I currently live, there’s not really a place to install a clothesline that would catch any wind at all (I could put one at the edge of our property where it would catch a little wind, but this would really disrupt the open area our children use to play). […]

Pack Up Your House: Tips for Saving Money (and Sanity) on a Move

The idea of moving to a new home or even a whole new location can be one of the more exciting times of your life — that is until you look behind you and see all of the furniture, clothing, plates, glasses, and appliances that have to be relocated along with you. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 23rd

Hopefully by now you’ve all completed your taxes and received your refund if you had one coming. Did you do anything fun with your refund money or just tuck it away into savings? We got a surprise refund this year but no plans for anything extravagant. For now it’s just sitting in our FNBO savings until something better comes along. […]

Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.

I've finally found a store that, regular as clockwork, puts great items on sale. And when I say sale, I don't mean 20% off, or even 50% off. I'm talking about 75%–90% off. […]

Will You Pay for Hulu?

This is a follow-up to my earlier post last October when serious speculation started about how Hulu would charge for content. To summarize my first post: Sure, I’ll pay for Hulu, provided they get rid of the ads. […]

How Do You Keep Track of Your Finances?

I’ve shared a lot about how we keep track of our finances, so today I want to turn the tables and ask you guys to share your methods. As you’re likely aware, I’m a bit of a Quicken junkie, having tracked our spending, investments, etc. in one version or another since January 1, 1997. (Yeah, I know. […]

Your Take: Do You Use High Yield Reward Checking Accounts?

About a year ago, a new type of checking account start appearing all over the place. They were basic checking accounts with, seemingly, abnormally high yields. It was not uncommon to see them offering over 5% APY on a checking account. Normally, checking accounts offer a very generous 0% APY. […]

Ask the Readers: How to Talk About Money with Teenagers?

Most readers here at Get Rich Slowly have their own tale of a financial turnaround. Many of us were just plain dumb with money when we were younger, and it took us years (or decades!) to realize the error of our ways. But what if somebody had cared enough to intervene before we got into serious trouble? Corinne wrote yesterday looking for help. […]

Seven Costly Pro Athlete Screw-ups

It's been awhile since we've covered fabulously wealthy people who have spent all their money and then some, so when a reader sent me this piece covering seven costly pro athlete screw-ups, I knew I had to run it. Here's a summary of the athletes and their screw-ups: Scottie Pippen - Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen lost $120 million in career earnings due to poor financial planning an […]

Carnivals for the Week of April 19

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Set your sights on open season preseason

Was chatting with a friend today who hadn’t been to a dentist in a while.  His teeth are apparently a lot stronger than mine are, as he’s never had a cavity, but he’s still a little leery about going there because of what he might need to have done. Fortunately, though, we both have some decent options for supplemental dental insurance through our employer.  The downside is that we can only change […]

Earth Day: How Are You Saving The Earth?

It’s Earth Day and another time to remind ourselves about what we can do to be kinder to our environment. I actually asked my 8 year old about Earth Day and what suggestions he had in mind, to take care of our planet. He said: consume less, don’t throw bottlecaps and plastics in the wrong [...]Earth Day: How Are You Saving The Earth? Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

How Does Your Spending Compare?

Here's a new website that allows you to compare your spending to those living near you. You simply go to the site, fill in the parameters on the left including your age group, household status, location, and income, and you'll get a listing of what the average household similar to yours spends on various expenses each month. […]

2011 Death and Taxes Poster Now Available

In my posts last summer about understanding the federal budget and the truth about taxes, I pointed to Jess Bachman’s Death and Taxes poster. This monster 24-inch by 36-inch graph shows you just how the government spends your tax money. From the site: “Death and Taxes” is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget. […]

Four Atypical Things to Do Before You Consider Buying a House

Most articles focus on the financial nuts and bolts of the things you should have in order before you consider buying a home. You’ve got to have good credit. You’ve got to have a down payment. You’ve got to know the housing market. And so on. Yet those aren’t the only important things to be thinking about. […]