Make the Choice Not to Decay

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. It’s that time of year — time to weed out all the stuff in the Brokamp household to get ready for the first yard sale of the season. […]

The End of the Cent (in Canada)

In 2011, the United States government lost over $60 million through the minting of pennies. One-cent pieces now cost the government 2.41 cents, each, to produce. When the American cent was introduced in 1793, a typical annual salary for a teacher may have been about $60, so a cent would represent 0.016 percent of this person’s salary. […]

How to Get a Zappos VIP Membership

About a year ago, I saw an listing on a deal site for a Zappos VIP membership. A Zappos VIP membership, which was itself free, gives you a litany of perks but the best is free next business day shipping on all of your orders for life. It seems seems like a ridiculous deal (Amazon Prime offers two day shipping at $79 a year and Amazon owns Zappos), so I signed up. […]

Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff

While it’s still difficult to find a full-time job in this economy, it’s easier than ever to make a little extra cash on the side. Virtually anyone with items of value or a skill or service to offer can supplement their income — with the right resources. From hocking your books and DVDs online to getting cash back for a smartphone, here are 15 ways you can sell nearly anything you think of. […]

How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home

Manicures (and pedicures, for that matter) are one of those "little luxuries" that many of us skimp on for a variety of reasons. […]

Best Money Tips: Cut Costs on Moving Expenses

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on cutting costs on moving expenses, ways to earn more money, and things that could be hurting your credit score. Top 5 Articles Ten Ways To Cut Costs On Moving Expenses — Save money on moving expenses by packing smart and selling your stuff. […]

Secrets to a Great Phone Interview for Job Hunters

Phone conversations with representatives of hiring organizations are becoming increasingly more important in winning face-to-face interviews and landing new jobs. […]

Is Buying a Car from Costco a Good Deal?

MSN Money recently covered the Costco Auto Program, the service where Costco helps members buy a car. Members contact Costco, get directed to a participating dealer, and go to the dealer to receive a car and a pre-negotiated price. Because Costco has lots of negotiating power, the prices are pretty good. But can you do better on your own? […]

Using Debt Leverage: Should You Borrow To Get Ahead?

During the 00s, it became quite the financial fad to use leverage for a whole lot of crazy reasons. There are certainly many ways to borrow money to use it for leverage. We discussed credit card arbitrage before. Aggressive traders may use stock margin accounts to increase their investment returns. […]

Teaching Your Kids Financial Literacy Without Going Broke Yourself

This is a guest post from Geoff Williams of This month is National Financial Literacy Month, so say the people who make up the months. […]

Sell or Donate Clothes You No Longer Wear (93/365)

Over time, our life situation changes. We change jobs or even change careers. We gain some weight or perhaps lose some weight. Our complexion changes, as does our hair color. Our color preferences and tastes change as well. Eventually, you’re going to wind up with items of clothing that you don’t wear. […]

Gain $152,000 by Smart Filing for Social Security

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.  Social Security benefits can represent a big stack of cash. A typical monthly benefit of $2,200 has a present value well over $500,000. Consider all your Social Security options carefully to avoid making a costly mistake.Like all government law, Social Security is not a simple piece of legislation. […]

How to Buy a Car from a Private Seller and Avoid a Lemon

This post is from Elle at Couple Money. Last summer my husband and I had a beautiful baby girl and everything changed (for the better). In preparation for her arrival, we’ve created a baby fund, changed the guest room into her nursery, and increased our life insurance coverage should something happen to use. […]

Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

Chances are that you know how important it is to protect your assets. Whether you are protecting yourself from damage to your car with auto insurance, or using a homeowner’s policy to protect you from litigation, you need to make sure that your assets are covered. However, in some cases, you might not have enough coverage to protect your assets from really big lawsuits. […]

Tell the economy to kiss your assets!

Easy, honest money is hard to come by in any economy, including this one. But there is good news. Bankrate is giving away $5,000 in our “Kiss My Assets!” contest. To enter, go to Bankrate’s Facebook page. […]

What the Heck is Early Semi Retirement?

The following is a guest post from Steve at Money Infant. Steve is an early semi retired guy living in Thailand and blogging about personal finance from the perspective of someone who values experience over material things. For more on early semi retirement, see Is Early Semi-Retirement a Better Option than Retirement? […]

In Praise of Jobs

I recently had a long exchange with a reader who felt that I was giving poor advice when suggesting that people start a side business or find ways to become self-employed, whether part time or full time, by following up on something they’re passionate about. […]

The Cost of Raising a Child With Autism

A few years ago, I shared a statistic showing that it costs almost $200,000 to raise a child, from birth to age eighteen. If that weren’t enough of a financial burden, consider that one out of 88 children are now diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source, pdf). […]

How to Make Money at the Farmers Market

This is a guest post from Lee Doppelt and originally appeared on The Dollar Stretcher. You enjoy sauntering around your community’s farmers market each Saturday morning. Besides purchasing fresh produce, baked goods, and homemade crafts for gifts, you feel good about supporting local growers and producers. […]

NetSpend & Prepaid Debit Cards You Didn’t Apply For

The other day an old college friend of mine emailed me about a strange thing he received in the mail. One of those prepaid debit card companies apparently sent him a debit card that he never remembered applying for. When he called the company up, they said that the card wasn’t activated and wouldn’t be activated until he called in and deposited money on the card. […]