Funny Money Commercials

It's Friday, so I thought you might like a bit of a lighter post today -- something cheery to get the weekend started in the right way. So I thought I would post some money commercials that I've found to be cute/entertaining throughout the years. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 25

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Money Life and More says to use emergency funds if you need them. The College Investor reviews Monsanto. Young Adult Finances tells how to write a resume. Wealth Pilgrim reviews Scottrade. Prairie EcoThrifter tells how to limit waste and save money at the grocery store. […]

Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a few moving boxes, so we loaded it on the truck and left. Because we were so busy with the move (and dealing with the arrival of a new baby a little over a month later), we didn’t pop open those boxes for quite a while. […]

Mail Order Friends of the Frugal

Remember the last time you were skimming across the clouds in a big commercial jetliner, looking to pass the time? You may have fished one of the glossy catalogs from the seat pocket in front of you, and flipped through the pages of amazingly ingenious and high-priced items. If only you won the lottery, or came into a plum inheritance from the rich aunt you’d never met, you thought. […]

Work-at-Home Part-Time Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents

With the high cost of childcare, more and more parents are making the decision to have one parent stay home to care for the children.  However, this decision is not made lightly as there are usually significant financial repercussions.  We live in a society that is geared toward two incomes, so living on one income can be difficult. The decision does not have to be all or nothing, though.  With go […]

Help a Reader: Saving for Retirement

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am struggling to determine the best way to save for retirement now that our income level and earning vs. spending gap are large enough that I am hitting the ceiling of common tax-advantaged savings vehicles. Yes, I realize this is a good problem to have. […]

Save Money on School: Start at a Community College

For many parents and students, the cost of college is one of the most daunting expenditures likely to be faced. The cost of a four-year degree keeps rising, and if the student goes on to graduate school, the expenses continue to pile up even higher. One way to reduce the cost of an education is to start out at a less expensive school. […]

Understanding Barclay’s $450 Million LIBOR Settlement

Libor stands for the London interbank offered rate and is a benchmark interest rate used by a lot of financial institutions. Everything from credit card interest rates to mortgages to savings accounts are based on LIBOR, oftentimes stating that the rate is X% above Libor. […]

5 Ways to Convince Yourself to Increase Your Retirement Savings

The last few years have been nail-biting for anyone saving for retirement with investments in the stock market. The Great Recession and continued gloomy outlooks in the media have investors second-guessing their plans to save for the future. […]

Reader Mailbag: Audio and Distractions

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student loan struggles 2. Highlights of South Dakota 3. Air conditioning debate 4. Is internet stuff “free”? 5. Loan options 6. Starting online businesses 7. Tithing question 8. Multiple credit cards 9. Improving memory 10. […]

How are Social Security Benefits Taxed?

In a post about reading your Social Security statement a few weeks ago, reader J. Shoe asked the following question: Just trying to find out if it is true that any Soc. Sec. benefits you start taking are taxed starting at 50% of the money you receive. So that if you take 5K from SS in one year, they put a tax on 2.5K of that money. Can that be real and their a link to see this horrific scam. […]

Finding Balance in an Imbalanced World

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Meagan Van, a long-time GRS reader. […]

9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person

Rise and shine, sleepyhead! Today’s the day you start taking steps to becoming a morning person. I know it’s hard to drag yourself out of bed when that comfy cool pillow is hugging your face, but, as they say, the early bird gets the worm. That’s not all the early bird gets, either. Here’s are several more reason why shaking off the sleep and getting your day started early is beneficial. […]

20 Tasty Garam Masala Recipes

Garam masala is a spice mix that’s well-known to long-time fans of homemade Indian food. Since I began researching ways to prepare Indian cuisine over the past few years, I’ve come to realize just how many other ways this seasoning can be used to take even the simplest of foods to the next level of yum. Here are twenty tantalizing tips for using garam masala in your own kitchen. […]

Best Money Tips: How Car Owners Can Save Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how car owners can save money, surviving a trip to IKEA, and credit card charges you didn't see coming. Top 5 Articles Money-Saving Tips: How Car Owners Can Save Money and Stick to a Budget — Car owners can save money while sticking to a budget by paying off their car loan faster. […]

Reader Profile: AW

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/28, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Frugal 4th of July Parties! Share tips on saving money on food, entertainment, and decorations when throwing a 4th of July bash! […]

Start a Natural Collection (178/365)

When we were recently vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, Sarah and I spent a lot of time looking at rocks. We would walk along trails and stop along the roadside just to look for interesting rocks. We found a few with deep red hues and we also picked up a gorgeous piece of rose quartz. (Don’t worry, we didn’t pick up any rocks in state or national parks or other restricted areas. […]

The Value of Human Capital

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Will Crosswell, who says he’s a young guy who’s made some dumb moves financially. […]

Finding the Best Business Bank Account

A reader named Paul recently wrote in asking for recommendations for a good business checking account. He’s been dealing with Chase, which has recently instituted a $20 monthly fee for accounts with balances below $7500. Ouch! My personal experience has been with a “Business Economy Checking Account” from Bank of America, which pays zero interest and has a $3k minimum to avoid a $15 monthly fee. […]