Time is not money

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “time is money.” Time is related to money, for sure: People exchange their time for money at their jobs. People choose to pay others to do tasks that will take time away from something they’d rather be doing. People take time to make lunches, change their own oil, mow their lawn, etc., to save money. People pay more to live in a city to cut down their commute […]

Know What You Owe (118/365)

When the bills from my debts were coming in fast and furious, the last thing I wanted to do was to think about them. At all. I would avoid the mailbox like the plague. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #71

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

10 Things Savvy Job-Seekers Always Leave Off Their Resume

US News lists 10 things savvy job-seekers always leave off their resume as follows: 1. A title. 2. Personal information and a photo. 3. Stock templates. 4. An objective.5. Months of employment. 6. Irrelevant content. 7. Infographics. 8. Hobbies. 9. Potentially polarizing political views.10. "References upon request." My take on these: 1. […]

Find Your Motivation (117/365)

Right now, I’m seated next to a big window that faces out into our back yard. As I glance out there, I can see my oldest son. He’s laying flat on his back out there, staring up at the sun. […]

This is going to be expensive… but who cares!

I was hot-gluing googly eyes onto raw potatoes when I got the call that changed my life. […]

15 Pieces of Flair (err, Flare)

I’ve never worked a job where I’ve had to wear 15 pieces of flair. […]

Citi Forward Signup Bonus: 10k Points = $100 in Gift Cards

This is just a quick note to let you know that Citi is offering 10k bonus points on the Citi Forward card. Here’s the deal… Simply apply for the card, get approved, and spend $650 within the first three months to get 9k points. Sign up for electronic statements (again, within three months) and you’ll get another 1k bonus points. […]

Roundup: So Many Brands Owned By So Few

This image was shared on Reddit this past week and it shows how many brands are owned by a small number of holding companies. If you were like me, you probably intuitively understood that many brands are owned by other companies but the extent that it happens is pretty stark. […]

7 Ways To Handle Unexpected Expenses and Financial Emergencies

Have an emergency? Find the money from both expected and unexpected places! The other day, I had an emergency: my computer hit the dust a second time in 2 years. The first time it croaked, my hard drive crashed but most of it was recoverable. […]

Citizens Bank Settles Overdraft Fee Class Action Lawsuit

Banks are still struggling with the decisions executives made to maximize profit from overdrafts by rearranging the order of withdrawals to customers’ detriment. By December last year, Bank of America settled a class-action lawsuit related to overdrafts and was expected to pay $410 million. […]

The Human Side

“I don’t know how you write about personal finance every day,” she told me. “That stuff is boring. The last thing on earth I want to think about is insurance. I just get that stuff out of the way as fast as possible.” I was at the library when this conversation occurred. I was sitting at a table with several personal finance books around me. […]

Your Take: Would You Marry For Money?

I saw this intriguing thread on Reddit posed by a 26 year old single mother with a 10 year old son. I won’t recap the entire thread but basically she’s a registered nurse making $45,000 a year working 60 hour weeks, a 1997 Camry, medical problems as a result of being on her feet (shin splints and other foot problems), but she’s saved up $13,000 for her ten year old son’s college account. […]

Is Your Spending Normal?

Over the past year, one of the most popular features here at Get Rich Slowly has been the monthly “how much do you spend on X?” question. I started these informal and unscientific surveys on a whim. […]

Have Coupon, Will Travel: Apps to Save on the Go

I never pay full price for my clothes, but I hate clipping coupons (yes, like Ellen, I’m a big fan of JCP’s rebranding). And while I like the idea of Groupon and LivingSocial type websites, my terrible memory never reminds me to print them or use them when the time comes. […]

Frugal Ways to Help Your Child Get the Best Education

Making sure your kids get the best education possible isn't always an easy task. Public schools are often overcrowded, and private schools can be extremely expensive. The alternative, then, is to either supplement your child's current curriculum or take complete control of their education and homeschool. The plus side to these alternatives is that you're never out of the loop. […]

Best Money Tips: Best Gifts for College Grads

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the best gifts for college grads, budget-friendly room revamps, and financial rules that work and don't work. Top 5 Articles Top 7 Best Gifts for College Grads — Graduation is right around the corner! Consider getting the soon-to-be grad in your life a Roth or traditional IRA. […]

How to Deal With a Rude Neighbor

There’s a bad apple in every neighborhood. Whether it’s someone who leaves their pet’s mess for you to find, steals your paper, or is just plain nosy, rude neighbors are a part of life. While some rude neighbors can’t be reasoned with, most of them will change their tune once they’ve seen the error of their ways. […]

Reader Profile: CP

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. […]

Using ING Direct’s Smartphone App to Deposit Checks

As a followup to my earlier post about remote deposit at ING Direct, I just wanted to share my first deposit experience. […]