Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 37-40

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

Reader Mailbag: Kitchens and Careers

Welcome to this week’s Reader Mailbag! A note: I get enough questions to do two or three mailbags a week. I’ve considered putting a second Mailbag on Thursdays. Would this be of interest to you guys? I recall a few months ago you were thinking seriously about cutting out all or most meat from your diet? Where did you get to with this? What was it inspired by? […]

Only Celebrate A Few Select Birthdays

By Paul Michael What if we suddenly stopped celebrating every single birthday in our lives, and instead concentrated on just the important ones? Would you care? Would you support it? I’ll tell you one thing…we’d all save a bunch of money. The idea comes from one of my favorite comedians, Patton Oswalt. If you don’t know the name, you’ll certainly know the voice; he played Remy in Ratatouille. […]

Save for Retirement With a Spousal IRA

This is a guest post from Adam Hagerman of Money Relationship. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. If you’re like most people, you may think that retirement is so far away that it can be dealt with later. The reality is that it is never too early to begin planning for retirement, and there is no better day than today. […]

Five Financial Mistakes That Can Cost You Significantly

Mistakes can be costly.  With that being said, there are two ways to get out of a financial crisis.  The first strategy involves assessing the amount of money being brought into a household on a monthly basis and employs a multiple stream of income approach to increase a family’s finances.  The second tactic involves a disciplined plan of attack that decreases expenses and pays down debt.  Each st […]

Variety of Savings Accounts: Where I Keep My Cash

In a perfect word, I wouldn’t spread my money among more than one or two savings accounts. There is value in simplifying personal finances and I try to take that approach where possible. Forces are working against me, however, keeping my finances more complicated than they would be otherwise.Occasionally I review and evaluate banking products for the benefit of Consumerism Commentary readers. […]

Best Free Checking Accounts

If you were to build your personal finances from the ground up, the checking account would be the first “product” you’d pick. If you’ve ever drawn your financial network map, you’ll remember that the checking account is the spoke in your primarily hub-and-spoke layout. […]

Carnival of Personal Finance #243: Valentine’s Day Edition

Welcome to the 243rd Carnival of Personal Finance! What in the world does that mean? Well, a blog carnival is a weekly round-up of articles on a particular subject (in this case, money). […]

Don’t Let Tax Help Overtax Your Budget

Virtually everyone in the United States is eligible for some sort of free tax preparation help, from free in-person preparation and electronic filing to filing free forms online. Here's how to find out what you qualify for. […]

The Other 8 Hours

The following is an excerpt from The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose by Robert Pagliarini. Copyright © 2010 Other 8 Hours, LLC All Rights Reserved. The book tells people to live life to the fullest by radically changing the way they spend “The Other 8 Hours” – the 8 hours not spent sleeping or working. Your day doesn’t start when you crawl out of bed. […]

Home Budget Software: YNAB Sale, 15% Off Regular Price

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, effective home budget software product for your desktop, I would like to recommend one that is quickly becoming very popular among many savers I know. While many people are very familiar with Quicken, they’ve got a rival that’s fast grabbing market share due to its top features and great customer and technical support. […]

Dinosaur Comics on the Rent vs. Buy Debate

Thomas wrote in on Monday to share a comic strip related to our discussion last week about whether renting makes sense: Click on image to open a larger version in a new window. Ah, Dinosaur Comics — you gotta love them. As a reminder, I’m not opposed to owning a home. I own one myself and have no plans to move. […]

What Is Options Trading? An Analogy

I haven’t traded options before and don’t necessarily advocate this as an investment strategy for the average investor, but I’ve been always curious about more complex investment plays. […]

Review: 1/2 Price Living

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. 1/2 Price Living by Ellie Kay has a particularly noteworthy subtitle: Secrets to Living Well on One Income. […]

I Hate My Job -- Now What?

By Amy Lu You hate your job, but what can you do about it? First, assess your situation to determine what your next step should be. Learn how to survive at a job you hate, how to get out without hurting your career, and what you can do to not hate your next job. […]

Podcast 42: Toyota Recalls, Frugal Valentine’s Day

Today we talk with Jeff Bartlett, Autos Deputy Editor at Consumer Reports about the recent Toyota recalls. […]

Save Money and Still Show Love on Valentine's Day

By Tisha Tolar There are the cynics that say Valentine’s Day is a retail racket meant to guilt people into spending too much to prove their eternal love to others, but there are also many consumers who will still go out of their budget to buy some pretty impractical things. […]

The Framework

We all have lives that are chock full of distractions. Television. Radio. Magazines. The behavior of other people. The comments of our friends and family. We use all of these things as cues for how we should behave. Often, we even try to think ahead about these things and use them as a behavior guide. I’ll hear my mother’s voice all the time, for example, when I’m at the grocery store. […]

Reader Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Moved in with Mom

This guest post from Lizzie is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Confession time: I read Get Rich Slowly on a daily basis. Phew, that was easier than I thought! […]

The Relationship between Riches and Wisdom

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Dollars and Doctrine. “The crown of the wise is their riches.” (Prov. […]