Best Investments for Retirement Accounts

When I started working after college, it was a bit of a stretch to contribute to both my 401(k), to get my employer match, fully fund my Roth IRA, and build up a small cash cushion (I would later learn these are called emergency funds). I pushed to do it because my parents drilled this lesson into my brain as a young adult – save money today because you never know what will happen tomorrow. […]

Book Review: The Other 8 Hours

Before I started Get Rich Slowly, I was a slacker. I’d get up in the morning and drive to a job I hated where I gave almost no effort. […]

Alternative Approaches for Investing With Lending Club

A reader named BC recently wrote in to share his experience investing via Lending Club even though he lives in an ineligible state. For those that are unaware, residents of 22 states are ineligible to invest directly in Lending Club notes*. In most cases, however, there is a workaround, as you can still invest in Lending Club notes via their trading platform. […]

Actual Versus Acceptable Debts of Americans

If you enjoy this post and would like to receive free, daily suggestions on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance using your feedreader and this link. I'm in the process of preparing for a speech on how to get out of debt. […]

Debt Settlement Pros & Cons To Consider Before Settling Your Debts

While there are many options available for anyone who wants to wipe away their debts, all these options have their costs. […]

Review: Your Money Ratios

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of related interest. One thing I often do when looking for books to read and review for The Simple Dollar is simply go to the “new releases” section of my local library and browse the personal finance new releases. […]

The New Health Insurance Law and Your Money

Aside from some procedural maneuvering in the Senate, the health insurance reform bill that Congress has been working on for the last year, now falling under the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) and the Senate health bill, will soon be signed into law. How is the new law going to affect your personal finances? […]

Magazines for Free or Cheap

By Linsey Knerl This article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. Click play to listen, or subscribe via iTunes to take the episode with you! It’s hard to justify spending cover price for magazines — ever. That’s why we recommend that you don’t. […]

Podcast 48: The Other 8 Hours, Robert Pagliarini

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Robert Pagliarini, author of the book The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth and Purpose. […]

A Look at My “Idea Notebook”

As I’ve mentioned several times over the years, I carry a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Whenever I have any sort of an idea or discover any piece of information I might want to use or reflect on later, I don’t hesitate to pull out that notebook and jot it down. I can’t even tell you the number of times this notebook has really come in handy in my life. […]

Reader Story: I Bought a Fire Station for My First Home

This post is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

Where Did All the Givers Go?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's a piece from Crown Financial Ministries that features a sermon by author Randy Alcorn. […]

Digging Into the Rental Argument

Shanna writes in: You’ve written before about how Netflix is a good deal if you’re an avid movie watcher and Gamefly is a good deal if you’re an avid video game player. You’re an avid reader. Have you ever looked at BookSwim? I have, and I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to use the service. BookSwim basically functions like Netflix for books. […]

FINANCIAL IQ TEST: How Healthy Is Your Health Care Plan?

By Nora Dunn Health care is big business in the States, and when your health is on the line, you want to be on the right end of that business stick. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 20, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

New Bank of America Credit Card Statement

Earlier this month, Smithee shared his glee after receiving his new Chase credit card statement, reflecting changes brought on through the new rules affecting credit cards. I received a new statement this month, as well. […]

Undercover at Free Financial Seminars

Kiplinger recently sent a writer to various "free" financial seminars to learn how to be a stock trader. He went to seminars hosted by three big trading-education outfits -- Online Trading Academy, BetterTrades, and Profit Strategies. […]

Credit Card Offers: PenFed Reward Credit Cards

Today is the first installment of a new, recurring feature on FCN where I’ll be highlighting various credit card offers and possibly other financial products (high interest savings accounts, high CD rates, etc.). […]

First Extra Principal Payment Has Been Sent

A few days ago, I made my very first mortgage payment.  It felt so good, today, when I logged on to our mortgage company’s website and saw that the payment has posted.  It felt not-so-good to see just how much of our payment was applied to interest – and how little was applied to principal. If I continue to make our mortgage payment, as scheduled, we’ll own our home in 15 years.  […]

Online Bill Pay Account From FNBO Direct: Review

A review of an online bill pay account. Many of us are familiar with FNBO Direct because of their Online Savings Account, but they also have a few other products that could be of interest. Granted, savings account rates are less of a draw for savers who are looking for a new account these days. […]