How to Donate a Car to Charity

I just love tax time, don't you? I mean, getting to count up all those receipts, fill out those boring forms, and talk to accountants: What could be more fun? […]

Flagstar Direct $100 Bonus

Flagstar Direct is offering a $100 bonus for new Express Checking accountholders who establish a direct deposit of at least $250 within the first four months of opening their account. Their Express Checking account offers a four-month bonus APY of 1.50% followed by a rate that makes the first year blended APY 1.06%, which is pretty good for a checking account. […]

Approach Your Finances With a Beginner’s Mindset

The best approach to financial security is to have a beginner’s mentality. By that, I mean that you should approach your finances as if you don’t have any answers. You might be saying to yourself, “What is Neal talking about? Surely he’s talking about someone else, not me. I never behave like a know-it-all. Especially when it comes to money.” Perhaps that’s true. […]

An HR Professional Recommends Thank You Notes

We've debated on and off whether or not a thank you note benefits you in any way after an interview (see Real-Life Value of a Written Thank You Note and Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes.) Wise Bread joins the conversation with these thoughts from an HR manager who has hired 500 people in the last five years:  "A good handwritten thank you note to the hiring manager can go a long way. […]

All Value is Perceived Value

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. A lot of folks hate advertising, and it’s hard to blame them. […]

Financial Innovation In Silicon Valley: Attended SF Beta!

One of the perks of living in this part of the world is the chance to attend cool startup mixers and networking events where you can see what’s brewing in the world of internet startups. […]

Allowances for allowances

Kimberly Palmer, senior editor for US News and World Report and author of Generation Earn (see my review) posted yesterday on the smart way to pay kids an allowance.  She drew on statements from several experts who had researched the way children responded to different kinds of exposure to money from their parents. What I got from the article was that there are benefits and drawbacks to just about […]

Join Our Tweetchat Today at its New Time 12:00 pm Pacific!

Link for teaser title: wbchat-logo250.jpg Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at its NEW TIME 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! […]

Dealing With Comment Spam

As you may have noticed, we recently changed how comments are handled here on FCN. A couple of readers have contacted me about these changes, so I thought I’d address them directly here in case anyone else is wondering. […]

The 4 Best Alternatives to

Link: ShareThisIt was rumored that Yahoo was closing down Delicious, the most popular social bookmarking site. Yahoo! […]

GRS Blogger Profile: Robert Brokamp

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Two weeks ago, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, contributing writer Robert Brokamp does the same. Enjoy! Hello, GRS’ers. […]

Scholarships Can Be Found for Almost Anything

A friend of mine has a son entering college this fall. The son is not athletic and is not going to qualify for any academic scholarships. However, he's not totally out of the scholarship business. In fact, he's doing quite nicely. My friend and his son have always liked to shoot rifles (trap shooting) and they both are pretty good at it. […]

Some Notes on Filing for Bankruptcy

A reader who asked for anonymity wrote in: I’m visiting a lawyer next week to get started on filing for bankruptcy. I have no way to pay my debts or even make the minimum payments each month. My problem is that I simply can’t find a place online that actually explains what the different kinds of bankruptcy are and how they work in any terms I can understand. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Miss Your Goals

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share the ways that a goal can fall through, creative uses for dryer sheets, home recipes for car cleaning products, and more! Top 5 Articles Ten Ways to Make Sure You Fail to Hit Your Goals — It's good to have goals, but having too many can tire you out and wear you down. […]

PenFed VISA Platinum Gas and Cash Rewards Card 5% Cash Back

As the offers on cash back credit card continue to increase, consumers who use credits cards should make sure theirs is one that allows them to save the most amount of money possible. Whether it’s a great APR, a long introductory period or a top notch credit card rewards program, weigh the benefits and drawbacks of every credit card before applying. […]

Why Your Tax Withholding Went Up

There have been a lot of commenters wondering why their tax withholding went up this year after hearing about the stimulative 2% payroll tax holiday passed last year. The 2% payroll tax holiday reduced the normally 6.2% Social Security withholding to only 4.2% but some people have seen their withholding go up. […]

Why I Do and Do Not Like Best Buy

I don't go into Best Buy that often. Why? Because I don't need most of what they sell or I can get it (usually cheaper) from another source. But I paid them a visit the week after Christmas and the trip reinforced my thoughts about the chain. Namely: I don't like Best Buy in particular for two reasons: 1. It always seems like it's a zoo in there -- people crawling all over the place. […]

Should You Repair or Replace Your Old Car?

Owning a vehicle costs a lot of money. There’s no way around that. And if you rely on a vehicle to get you to and from work, you really have no choice but to own and then maintain a car that’s reliable. So, as your car begins to age and require frequent maintenance you’re left with a choice: keep on repairing it or replace it. The lifetime of a car depends on many factors. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Recipe Research Edition

One of the fun parts of the new “Dinner with My Family” series is that it’s made me start going through all of the piles of recipe notes I’ve accumulated over the last five years, focusing in on meals we liked, meals that can easily work with my dietary constraints, and meals that are inexpensive. As a result, I have this stack of forty or so recipes (so far) that I’m considering for this series. […]

Hate Your Job? It Could Be Your Fault

In today’s world, ”I hate my job” is something we have all said or heard at one point in our lives. Though you can enjoy life with a job you dislike that pays your bills, my idea of life is not just enjoying a fraction of it, it’s enjoying the whole package itself. […]