College Degree Worth an Extra $550k

CNN Money says a college degree can still pay off big -- to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars. […]

Don’t Replace Clutter with More Clutter (105/365)

The first time Sarah and I did a big de-cluttering of our home, we were kind of stunned with how empty our home felt. We had become accustomed to a certain level of clutter, and without the clutter, our living quarters felt relatively empty. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at a furniture store where a friend was looking for a few items. […]

Podcast 156: Financial Intelligence

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting speaks to Joe Knight, co-author of Financial Intelligence: An Illustrated Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean. They discuss why and how employees in non-financial roles should learn to read financial statements, largely because accounting relies on a lot of educated guesses and biases. Consumerism Commentary Podcast Financial Inte […]

If I Had It To Do All Over Again, Would I Do Anything Different?

Jennifer sent me a great email recently that included this question: Your effort in getting out of debt has been a great inspiration to me and I know it must feel great to have finally freed yourself from the shackles of debt. […]

Six Years of Get Rich Slowly

Six years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt. […]

Christian Financial Resolutions

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

Put a “Sell By” Date on It (104/365)

As you go through the de-cluttering process, you’re going to find things that you’re simply unsure about. Should you keep it? Should you get rid of it? It’s not something essential… but you can certainly see yourself using it again. What should you do with it? Quite often, people end up putting items like this right back where they found them. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #69

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. Kahlil Gibran on joy and sorrow Without sadness, it’s hard to feel happiness. […]

Five Smart Ways to Spend $1,000

Daily Finance lists five smart ways to blow $1,000 of your tax refund, but the piece is really a list of what they suggest as good ways to spend $1k. […]

Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs & Budget

When a friend of mine got married some time ago, he gave me some details about how much it cost him to cover a 200 guest wedding. His number came up to between $22,000 and $23,000. This gave me a chance to compare weddings in the Bay Area during the 00′s vs the 90′s, when [...]Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs & Budget Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Final Notice: 2012 GRS Video Contest Ends Sunday!

If you’re planning to enter the 2012 GRS video contest, you’d better get to work. The contest ends this Sunday night (April 15th) at one second before midnight. This may be the year to enter, too. Because there have only been seventeen entries so far, you have great odds of picking up one of the three $500 prizes. […]

Donate to Goodwill (or Your Thrift Store of Choice) (103/365)

You’ve sold items from your clutter individually. You’ve sold some more in bulk. You’ve hosted a yard sale. After all this, you still have some items. […]

Roundup: Caine’s Arcade & Other Gems

I loved this video about Caine’s Arcade – a 9 year old made a cardboard arcade and it’s a fun little documentary about it: Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo. Some other gems from this week: Myscha Theriault from Wise Bread shares 20 Great Once-A-Month Cooking Recipes, which includes some great recipes you can make and freeze for later. Jeremy at GenXFinance shares a few ways to save o […]

What Happens if You Contributed Too Much to an IRA?

A reader named Jim recently wrote in asking how to handle an excess contribution to a traditional IRA. Upon receiving his e-mail I ran a quick search of the archives and was surprised to discover that I hadn’t covered this topic in the past. With the filing deadline almost upon us, I decided it was high time to rectify the situation. For starters, let’s define our terms. […]

Snippets of Frugality

I get emails and comments and tweets from people all the time who seem almost disturbed by the idea that I incorporate frugality into my life. The implication behind those comments is that my life must be incredibly austere and boring in order to pull off all of these things. Here’s the truth: the things about my life that I write about on The Simple Dollar are snippets of reality. […]

Ask the Readers: Which Credit Cards Do You Use?

Though I steer clear of writing about credit cards at Get Rich Slowly, I use them all the time. I used to be an anti-credit card zealot. […]

Your Take: You vs. What Average American Buys

Last week, NRP’s Planet Money took a look at What America Buys and put together a graphic illustrating how much the Average American spends in each category of their budget. […]

The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out

At first glance, dining out would seem be the opposite of frugality, as it is easy to spend enough in one meal at a restaurant as you could buying a week’s worth of groceries. Yet frugal people like me have been able to turn this equation on its head by using every trick in the book. […]

Got a Personal Finance Tip or Story? Enter Get Rich Slowly's Contest!

Our friends over at Get Rich Slowly are running a video contest where readers can share their personal finance tips and success stories for a chance to win $500. The deadline is fast approaching — all entries must by in before the 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time this Sunday, April 15. […]

Best Money Tips: Getting Better Deals at Thrift Stores

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting better deals at thrift stores, sources of non-taxable income, and optimixing credit card rewards. Top 5 Articles Top 10 Tips to Getting Better Deals at Thrift Stores — Want to get better deals at thrift stores? Sign up for their mailing lists or a store card. […]