Defrost your freezer and warm up to cool savings

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. The environment may also thank us. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #74

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. This past week, I’ve spent some significant time working on my public speaking skills due to some upcoming situations where I will be called on to speak before a crowd and either inspire them or keep them entertained. […]

Using Dynamic Asset Allocation to Boost Returns

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. In the last several columns, I have described the investment science that supports dynamic asset allocation. […]

Shop Around, Both Online and Off (138/365)

You have your list of desired features ready to go for the item you want. Now what? If you have a reasonable feature list (meaning one that doesn’t lock you into an expensive item), you’ll find that quite a few items will match up with the features you’re looking for. Don’t settle on one just yet. […]

Reader Question: Should I Invest in My Non-Matching 401(k)?

Occasionally, Consumerism Commentary readers send in questions about handling their finances. I am not a financial planner, so I have no certification claiming I’m qualified to give financial advice. I am not an investment adviser, so I certainly won’t be recommending stocks. […]

Loved Ones in Decline

A few years ago, my grandmother passed away pretty suddenly. She had been in somewhat ailing health for years, but she was still well enough to take care of herself at home, handle her own grocery shopping, and so on. The last time I saw her, I was struck by her frailness. My grandmother had worked at a maximum security prison for many years. […]

Investing in an HSA Revisited

Another followup to my article about HSA contribution limits for 2013… A reader named PC had the following to say about my plan to invest within our HSA: I am not especially well informed about the HSAs but I understand the purpose of the HSAs is that they have a tax benefit in order to encourage savings for future healthcare costs. Healthcare costs are usually large and unexpected in nature. […]

Reader Survey: How Can We Improve Get Rich Slowly?

I am the guiding voice of Get Rich Slowly. Over the past six years (and one month), I’ve been the one who has written the bulk of the articles here, the one who has edited 95% of the material on the site, and the one who has decided which topics we cover and which topics we ignore. That said, I like to think I’m responsive to the needs of the readers. […]

Your Take: Are You Buying the Facebook IPO?

One of the most anticipated IPOs in a long time is about to drop today – Facebook. This post will be published around 7am and when the markets open at 9:30am, chances are the initial public offering for the largest social network kick off with a price between $28 and $35 (they raised it to $34-38 late Monday this week… before settling on $38). […]

9 Costly Things New Homeowners Don't Prepare For

When you’re buying a new home (and that could be a new build or a used home that’s new to you) you are caught up in a whirlwind of things to do, people to see, papers to sign, and plans to make. Most of all, you’re excited. And rightly so. Then, moving day comes. Once all the boxes are unloaded, and the furniture is shoved roughly into the right rooms, you grab a coffee and take a breather. […]

19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers

Teens can be a tough audience to entertain. Their free time is precious, especially for those loaded with AP classes, sports and music commitments, work, and extra-curricular obligations. For many, down time is spent looking at screens, interacting with friends via social media and Skype, or both. So coming up with ways to engage them without resorting to digital devices is hard. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Cheaper Food

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on steps to cheaper food, dealing with debt collectors, and homeschooling on a budget. Top 5 Articles 36 easy steps to cheaper food! — To save money on food, warm your stale bread in the oven to make it taste fresh again. […]

7 Great Reasons to Travel With a Tablet Device

During the last year, I took the plunge and purchased a tablet device for travel and home use. Here are my top reasons for doing so, as well as my reasons for finally purchasing the one I did. […]

Manage Your Finances and Think Like a Millionaire

My favorite personal finance book of all time, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy, lists the following seven common denominators among those who successfully build wealth as follows: 1. They live well below their means.2. They allocate their time, energy, and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth.3. […]

Carnivals for the Week of May 14

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality Carnival of Personal Finance Totally Money Blog Carnival Financial Simplicity Carnival Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

The Plot Lines of Your Second Act

I have long contended there is a much better retirement saving strategy than saving increasingly humongous portions of your weekly earnings. That strategy: Simply planning not to retire. Think of it. If you don’t retire, and you go right on working, you won’t have to save as much as you get older, because you’ll be earning as you spend. […]

25 Tips For Safe Shopping Online Or At Brick And Mortar Stores

All of us know someone who is crazy about shopping. If you are an avid shopper, take heed: before you embark on your shopping sprees, take note that the thieves and ne’er do wells may be out and about to prey on the unsuspecting. […]

Avoid the “Feature Creep” (137/365)

A few years ago, I started shopping around for a new digital camera. I started off doing the most sensible thing a person can do when they’re considering buying a reasonably expensive item like a digital camera. I made a list of what I actually wanted to do with it. I wanted reasonably high resolution pictures. […]

The Shiller Ten-Year P/E Ratio

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. A common measurement given on financial sites for a stock, index or fund is the price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E ratio.The P/E ratio is the market price per share divided by the annual earnings per share. […]

Young Americans Likely to Be Unbanked Regardless of Income Level

In discussing unbanked and underbanked American consumers, we tend to focus on low socioeconomic status communities. The mainstream opinion is that building wealth and long-term financial stability relies on the use of traditional banking and investing products and the knowledge to use these products effectively. […]