How I Did on my 2011 Financial Resolutions

Last year I detailed my financial resolutions for 2011 and I thought I'd give you all an update on how I performed against them. Here goes: Keep going -- spending less than I earn to have as big of a gap as possible. Did pretty well (since it's in my nature), though I did splurge for our upcoming cruise (which I'm happy with.) Reviewing my investments. […]

Take Little Steps, Not Big Ones (1/365)

The little boy you see in the picture above is my youngest son. He just learned to walk a few months ago, and all of his steps are little steps. It takes him a lot of time to accomplish many things you or I would consider simple. He often takes a whole minute to crawl up a single flight of stairs. […]

2012 Stock Market Predictions

In case you haven’t heard, the S&P 500 closed the year at 1257.60 this past Friday. That’s just a hair down from the 2010 closing price of 1257.64 — essentially even in the grand scheme of things. Despite the flat performance overall, the past year was anything but uneventful. Don’t believe me? […]

Be Smart with Social Media, Protect Your Finances

Social media is fun. You can keep in touch with friends and relatives, as well as make new business connections. However, you do need to be careful. […]

A Different Environment for 2012 Goals and Resolutions

I’ve exchanged some of the stress and risk in my life for a more comfortable situation. At the end of October, as some readers have been aware, I relinquished my ownership of Consumerism Commentary. There was an announcement in the Wall Street Journal that I’ll link to below for those who are curious about some of the circumstances. […]

Customer Tips For Returning or Exchanging A Purchase

Although I skip Black Friday in-store events, I’ve been more courageous about pursuing After Christmas sales. It’s a time when people visit stores en masse to pick up stuff and to buy items at presumably the lowest prices of the year. […]

The Encyclopedia of Cheap Travel Book

I dream of being the female Anthony Bourdain. I picture myself jetsetting across the world in search of culinary delights and colorful people. My skills as a travel writer need polishing but I am in a place in my life where I can be mobile. My soul yearns for adventure. […]

How Much Do You Actually Save at Outlet Malls?

Moneyland quotes a "study" (in quotes because the researchers themselves admit it isn't scientific)that tries to answer the question of how much you save by shopping at outlet malls. A summary of their findings: Overall, outlet prices were nearly 30% less expensive. For specific merchandise from certain brands, outlet mall prices were substantially cheaper than their retail counterparts. […]

You Are In Control

Many people begin a new year with goals, resolutions and targets that define what they’d like to change within the next 365 days (or 366 days in a leap year). […]

Reader Mailbag: Backdating

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. Investing in light of default 2. Debt eradication 3. Loans or emergency fund? 4. Repetitive questions 5. What’s next on my path? 6. Time for a financial advisor? 7. Polite hygiene advice 8. Wedding and financial planning 9. […]

Finding Melt Value of Junk Silver Coins, or, How I Found $5 In A Field

The other day, I was walking our beagle Tobey when I spotted something shiny a few feet away. We wandered over and discovered it was a quarter. As I typically do with any free money on the ground, I picked it up and saw it was your typical twenty-five cent piece minted in 1957. […]

The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance

Somewhat ironically, I've been sitting in front of my computer displaying a blank page and the title above for the last half hour, while gazing out the window. […]

Guide to Buying a Used Car Without Going Crazy

One night about a month ago, I was telling my friend about the brain-frying frustration I was experiencing trying to buy a used car off of Craiglist. "I feel like I can spend infinite time on this," I told her, "And there are infinite options." "Everyone I know who has tried to buy a used car on Craigslist has gone absolutely crazy," she said. […]

Best Money Tips: Save on Eating Out

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on eating out, smart couponing strategies, and secrets to making this year the best year ever. Top 5 Articles Save on Eating Out in 2012 With These 12 Realistic Tips! — To save money when eating out, try ordering plates to share. […]

Tips for Thriving in Long-Term Unemployment

The sagging economy forced many people from their jobs and left the young and old alike searching for income. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8.6% of the U.S. labor force is unemployed, as of November 2011, and the unemployment rate in the U.S. has remained in the 8-10% range since February 2009. […]

Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. Financial resolutions usually don't even last until the end of January. Making a permanent change in our behavior requires both time and a steely resolve. We can only develop financial character one action at a time. Here are seven practices to take you from pauper to prince or princess if you add one each year.Read through the list. […]

Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 141: The Behavior Gap

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch and Flexo speak with Carl Richards, author of the book The Behavior Gap. They discuss the difference between smart investments vs. […]

12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012

We discuss many aspects of personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. We explore ways to earn more money, get out of debt, and build an emergency fund. We talk about the psychology of money management, and we share tips and tricks for making the most of your savings and your career. […]

Introducing “365 Ways to Live Cheap Revisited”

In 2008, I published a book entitled 365 Ways to Live Cheap. The book itself is pretty straightforward. It’s a collection of 365 specific tactics for saving money. The experience writing the book was an interesting process, however. I had the genesis of the idea not too long after I started The Simple Dollar. […]