Quick, Easy, and Festive Cream Cheese Appetizers

Do you need a party snack or appetizer really quickly? You can combine a few items from your pantry and refrigerator with cream cheese for an impromptu party at your home. […]

How Much Closing a Credit Card Impacts Your Credit Score

While we've discussed the fact that opening a new credit card account probably doesn't impact your credit score (and actually could help it), I've never see anything on what closing a credit card account does to a credit score. That is until now.Moneyland highlights the story of Rick Draper, a guy who has close to 40 credit cards -- all designed to get him frequent traveler rewards. […]

Review: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. The vast majority of retirement books I’ve read focus on maximizing every dollar to actually arrive at retirement. […]

Podcast 137: Shiny Objects

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks to Dr. […]

Dressing for Success and Career Goals

I got a great email recently from Marjorie: My husband’s father just gave him a huge speech about how he doesn’t dress appropriately for work and how he will never get promoted or “become a manager” dressing the way he does. My husband is a computer programmer who works with a bunch of engineers. […]

The Poor: A Cornerstone of Christian Generosity

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 The Secret of Generosity, an excellent book on what the Bible says about the power of generosity. The author has kindly allowed me to publish excerpts of his chapter on "the poor" in support of my Red Kettle Challenge to help the needy. “Remember the poor.” (Gal. […]

Easy Economics: A Visual Guide to What You Need to Know

Anyone with much experience with economics is not surprised it’s often derided as “the dismal science.” While the recent rise in popularity in behavioral economics, like Freakonomics and Predictably Irrational, has probably breathed a breath of fresh air into economics, much of it is still pretty dismal. Now mix in a little reality and it goes from being dismal to confusing. […]

The Poor, Part 2

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. For the rest of the year I'm going to be highlighting verses relating to the poor on Sundays as a reminder of why I'm doing my $20k Red Kettle Challenge. Here are two for today: Psalm 112:9 (NLT): They share freely and give generously to those in need. […]

Reader Story: Working Overseas

This guest post from Joe Z. is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. I love the premise and the concepts of GRS. The principles that J.D. […]

Van Gogh’s Tenacity

Self Portrait (1887) by Vincent van Gogh, image courtesy David Flam Vincent van Gogh spent most of his life destitute. The one woman he loved rejected him. Almost everyone who saw his paintings found very little value in them. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #49

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. Whether the date on the calendar says so or not, winter has started where I live. Snow, freezing rain, the whole nine yards. Winter’s on my mind and that’s reflected in these inspirational pieces. 1. […]

Box of Books #19

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Sound Mind Investing Handbook - A Step-By-Step Guide To […]

Carnivals for the Week of Nov 28

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Cavalcade of Risk Carnival of Personal Finance Carnival of Wealth Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Nov 28

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Cavalcade of Risk Carnival of Personal Finance Carnival of Wealth Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

Discover Card Rewards, Sign Up Bonuses and Promotions

Keep up with the latest rewards, sign up bonuses and promos from Discover Card. New card holders can take advantage of deals and short term promos from credit card issuers. You’ll find that Discover Cards is one of those issuers that comes up with generous deals attached to their products. […]

Some Thoughts on Dinner With My Family

For most of 2011, I’ve been posting a regular series entitled “Dinner With My Family” on Friday afternoons. In those posts, I’ve discussed inexpensive homemade meals that my family has enjoyed for dinner. […]

Unauthorized Charges on a Skype Account

At around noon today my email inbox is deluged with about a dozen emails from Skype, notifying me that I’ve successfully completed a series of transactions. In total my account had amassed about a week’s work of talk to to Poland. […]

Balance Transfer Day: December 11, 2011

Just last month, Bank Transfer Day encouraged disgruntled consumers across the country to move money out of their bank accounts and deposit the funds in credit unions and smaller, community banks. […]

Success in the Margins Isn’t Marginal Success

A few months ago, I wrote a post called “Two Paths to Financial Success.” In it, I outlined how there are two distinct ways to succeed financially. One, which I called “success in the margins,” refers to things like frugality, cutting costs, saving diligently, and so forth. […]

Your Take: Did You Use Up Your Vacation Days?

Here’s a statistic that is always surprising and this year was no different – the average American worker gets 14 vacation days a year and only uses 12 of them. That adds up to 226 million unused vacation days, or approximately $34.3 billion dollars of work. That’s amazing. […]