Is Early Semi-Retirement a Better Option than Retirement?

I've been reading the book Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement. The book suggests that instead of working all our lives up to retirement and then enjoying "the good life" for whatever time we have left, that we semi-retire along the way. […]

How To Win McDonald’s Monopoly Game

MacDonald’s Monopoly game for 2010 has started! McDonald’s announced that this year’s Monopoly game will start on October 5, 2010 and end on November 1, 2010 (official rules) Every year McDonald’s runs its very popular Monopoly game where you get a Monopoly property sticker/game piece with selected items. If you get all the properties in a color group, you get to win that cash prize. […]

IRS Not Mailing Forms This Year

In case you haven’t heard, the IRS has decided not to automatically mail out forms for paper returns this year. […]

Commission Denies Postage Rate Hike Request by Post Office

News alert: The United States Post Office is hemorrhaging money. It’s estimated that the USPS will lose a staggering $7 billion in 2010 after losing nearly $4 billion last year. If you’re wondering why you get so much junk mail, it’s because “business mail” is one of the few profitable parts of the existing mail volume. According to Postmaster General John E. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 3Q 2010

Last quarter’s devastating investment performance resulted in an overall annualized return of -9.33%. The fact that the S&P 500, the benchmark I use for my investments, faced a -15.14% annualized return at that point was little consolation. The third quarter of 2010 proved to be kinder to my investments.I can’t take much credit for the improvement. […]

Best Money Tips: Lessons From the Cat

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you lessons from Dr. Seuss, tips to save 30 minutes a day, advice to help single parents cut expenses, and a short checklist to ID real wheat and multigrain bread. Top 5 Articles 8 Must Read Success Lessons from Dr. […]

How to Get Rich Quick

I recently checked out the book Seven Years to Seven Figures from our library. It must be a popular title -- it took three months for the library to get it to me from the time I requested it online. I was anxious to read it because I thought it would offer some practical tips like Five Steps to Six Figures in Seven Years. […]

6 Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know

Americans love eating out, and they do it often too. It's not unheard of for someone to eat out more than 10 times every week. Yet, this is one area where practice doesn't always make perfect. […]

Making It All Work – From Getting Things Done to Making It All Work

This is the first entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]

12 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is very much in existence and is a federal offense. It is not something that paranoid people worry about, but is a crime that has affected more than 250,000 Americans in the year 2009 alone. […]

Climbing Up the Financial Ladder

As you work to improve your finances, some things will become much easier. For example, creating a realistic budget for us took some time to figure out, but now it’s pretty easy to manage as we’re becoming accustomed to our needs and spending habits. The other side of the coin is that, as you progress, you’ll find that you’ll encounter some situations you hadn’t thought of before. […]

How to Downsize and Declutter

These past two years I've been wavering back and forth between continuing to rent versus buying a house. Since moving is something I dread, I started packing up my belongings months ago in anticipation of moving, and storing the boxes in one of my unused bedrooms. […]

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

I recently had my first garage sale ever as an adult. It was a wild success, if I do say so myself. In dollar terms, let's just say we made enough to go out to at least four gourmet dinners, which is completely worth the effort in my book. How'd I do it? […]

Reality TV: Does It Pay to Apply?

Reality television has exploded in recent years with top stars bringing in large sums for their exploits. Kate Gosselin of "Kate Plus 8" reportedly makes $250,000 per episode. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of the Jersey Shore will make $5 million in 2010. […]

When She No Longer Supports You

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday.Patrick is one of the most ambitious people you’ll ever meet. After graduating summa cum laude, Patrick joined Morgan Stanley and made his first $100,000 in the stock market at the age of 23. […]

Beware Investing Gimmicks

I was reading USA Today a couple weeks ago when I saw John Waggoner’s column about the Dogs of the Dow investing strategy. It’s a pretty easy strategy and one that I find really appealing. […]

Moving? Rent First, Ask Questions Later

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to discussing real estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. During my last trip to Europe, he shared a controversial article on renting vs. […]

Making Your Career Reputation

The book The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career talks about how we all need to make our career reputations what we want them to be (reflecting positively on us) instead of simply letting them happen. To do this, the author offers five main avenues for developing your reputation as follows: Executing your job well -- Delivery is job one. […]

Meal planning for plugging budgetary holes

Chief Family Officer and I go waaaay back: we both started blogging in 2005.  She, being the consummate CFO, has been far more regular with monitoring her routines than I have.  (By contrast, if you were to count the number of times I start something up on here, and then never hear about it again, well, let’s just say we’d both be here a while.) Case in point, here is an excerpt f […]

Ask the Readers: Will This Winter Be More Expensive? (Chance to Win!)

It's getting cold in many parts of the country. Tomatoes have fallen off, vines have frozen, and the grass no longer needs mowing. Many people are looking ahead to gas bills, fireplaces, and the rising cost of certain types of energy. […]