Four Hidden Dangers of Leasing a Car

For some people, there is an appeal to leasing a car vs. purchasing it outright. Leasing a car is one way for many would-be car owners to be able to finance a more expensive car with a lower monthly payment than they would have otherwise been able to afford. This low monthly payment is not all it is cracked up to be, though. […]

Local Currencies to Replace the Dollar in Communities

It may be illegal for states to print money for commerce, but local communities have no such restriction from the federal government. And in some communities, local currencies have been successful, at least in gaining the support of some retailers and consumers. There’s no law of nature that says that an economy functions best when the broadest number of people use one currency exclusively. […]

Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Evaluate Your Budget?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Katie, Earn Save Live, and Jesse for winning this week's contest! Having a budget is one of the key ways to keep your finances in check. Budgets help you create a clear picture of how to live within your means. It's important to evalute your budget from time to time to make adjustments as income sources change and expenses fluctuate. […]

Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas

As with most years, the upcoming big game sends consumers frantically dashing to the store to stock up on paper supplies, good eats, and spirits to indulge in. Even with the annual sale pricing on common staples like corn chips, sodas, and little weenies, it can be a financial drain to go all out for the event. Since many of the most frugal ideas are also more creative — and fun! […]

How and Why I Sold Get Rich Slowly

When I started Get Rich Slowly — on 15 April 2006 — it made very little money. It earned a few pennies per day. Slowly, the income grew. A few pennies per day turned into a few dollars per day, and that turned into tens of dollars per day. Eventually I was making enough money from this site that I could quit my day job to blog full time. […]

Great Ways to Invest in Yourself

Most people are scared of investing because it involves risk. No matter how sure you are about a stock, mutual fund, or business opportunity, there’s always the chance that you could lose all your money. And that’s scary. So what if I told you there’s a way to invest with absolutely no risk? […]

Where to Stash Some Cash Where Only You Can Find It

Stashing money under a mattress is so cliche – but sometimes cliches have a kernel of good advice. You should keep a cache of cash around the house. But where? […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Dating Tips for New Couples

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal dating tips for new couples, ways to make extra money, and dealing with financial uncertainty. Top 5 Articles Frugal Dating Tips for New Couples — As a new couple, save money on dates by cuddling up for a movie marathon. […]

Reader Profile: TT

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. […]

Build Your Network Now!

The following is an excerpt from How Smart People Sabotage Their Job Search: 10 Mistakes Executives Make and How to Fix Them! Mistake #6: We Don’t Build a Network When We are Working. “No one—not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses—ever make it alone.” Malcolm GladwellThis will speak to MANY of you: Did you interact with outside vendors whi […]

Focus on Reliability and Fuel Efficiency (29/365)

The last two weeks have focused on appliances. Now, we’re going to shift directions and take a deeper look at automobiles. Let’s take a look at two hypothetical cars. You’re looking at a class of cars that, according to the data you’ve researched, get to 150,000 miles pretty reliably before significant problems set in. […]

Series EE Savings Bonds Explained

When the United States issues treasury bonds, bills, and notes, they are asking you, the taxpayer, for a loan. In exchange for that loan, they pay you a set interest rate just as you pay credit card and mortgage companies a set interest rate to use their money. Many of us as children received savings bonds as gifts. […]

What are Some of the Effects of PPACA?

In March of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. […]

How to Save Money on Plane Tickets

Are you looking forward to a nice Spring Break vacation? Or maybe a summer trip to visit family? […]

Applying for an MBA: Thoughts from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business

The following is an excerpt from Your MBA Game Plan, Third Edition: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools, © 2012 Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum. It is reprinted with permission of the publisher, Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ.  800-227-3371.  All rights reserved. […]

Is It Really Possible to Live Without Money?

There’s such a thing as being really frugal but can you truly survive without money? How would you acquire the things that you need? Could you feed, clothe, and provide shelter for yourself without going to extreme measures? […]

Reader Mailbag: Early Mornings

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. Paying off low interest debt 2. Refinancing question 3. Coaching youth sports 4. Building credit from scratch 5. Buying home without down payment 6. Breakfast question 7. What happened to WaMu? 8. […]

How to Donate Your Body to Science

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. A basic burial averages close to $6,600 in the United States. Many people worry about the financial burden this places on their families. […]

Cash Back Rewards Stolen

Using cash back credit cards is rewarding in two specific ways. First, you’re earning money when you spend. That’s the obvious part. But when you know that you’re getting a rebate when you use your credit card, you also feel better about spending than you would otherwise. […]