August 5, 2009

Cheated By a Ferret: One Child's Lesson

My daughter feels cheated by a six-inch stuffed ferret, which recently took a $4 bite from her allowance. But I believe the furry ferret provided a long-term investment in my daughter's financial education.The back story: While shopping at a national chain store, my 11-year-old daughter stopped to watch an in-store infomercial, which featured an endless loop of a toy ferret executing tricks. […]

The Total Money Makeover: Build Wealth Like Crazy

This is the eleventh of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the twelfth chapter, finishing on page 218. […]

Math is a Valuable Skill

Want to earn more? Then sharpen your math skills and enter a field that requires you to use them. The details from CNN Money: The top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common -- math skills. […]

You Trade-In Your Car…Why Not Your Home?

By Paul Michael Here’s a question for you that has been bugging me for years; why can’t home-builders follow the auto dealer’s classic model of old for new, and let people trade-in their old homes for new ones? Currently, when you’re in the market for a brand new car, or a used car, you can take your old one along to the dealership and trade it in. […]

Chinese Brown Sauce & White Sauce Recipes

If you’ve ever eaten at any Chinese restaurant or take out joint, chances are you’ve ordered something that’s been in a brown sauce or a white sauce. Chicken with broccoli? That’s a brown sauce. Seafood with vegetables? That’s a white sauce. If you enjoy those types of flavors, might I recommend giving them a try at home? They’re really easy and really tasty. […]

OCC Requiring Credit Cards to Report all Interest Rate Increases in 2009

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a governmental regulatory organization feeling the pressure with the White House proposing replacing many of their duties with a new consumer-oriented regulatory body, has sent out a warning to the CEOs of all national banks. […]

A College Debt Nightmare

A reader recently sent me a link to this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (hello to all my friends and family in Pittsburgh!!!!) that details the college debt racked up by a resident there. The details: Student loans were a fact of life for Marjorie Dillon and she was OK with that -- even though she didn't keep close track of how much she borrowed or completely understand the agreements. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 8/5/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. 40% to 90% Off Diesel Apparel at (dealnews) Today only, takes 40% to 90% off Diesel apparel for men and women. Currently, over 150 items are available, with prices starting at $19.55. Pay $6.95 for shipping.   1. FREE Complete Idiot's Guide To Wine Book (download). Save $18.95 Use code WINEBOOK for 100% off. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Never Give Up Edition

I’ve been a Cubs fan all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this season. The team has been an utter train wreck all season long, massively underperforming and losing boatloads of games they should have won. Their reward? As August rolls around, they’re right in the mix in their division. What’s the lesson? Never give up on anything you do. […]

The Fallacy of Relative Price Evaluation

We’re just back from an end-of-summer trip to the beach. A good time was had by all, and the kids headed back to school this morning. […]

Acknowledge You Have a Problem with Debt

By Adam Baker This is part one of my Getting Out of Debt: The Essentials series. There is a reason why nearly every "recovery" program, despite the underlying issue, has the exact same first step.  The wording may vary slightly, but the underlying message is consistent: acknowledge the problem. Not just in theory.  Not because you read it in some book or blog.  Ultimately, it's going to have to c […]

Freedom from Mindless Spending

This is a guest post from April Dykman, an avid GRS reader, and a writer and editor by trade. April is a potential Staff Writer for Get Rich Slowly. […]

Donations to Rural Classrooms Worth Twice as Much

A few years ago, the personal finance blogging community came together to create the Financial Literacy Challenge through, a charity that facilitates funding for classroom projects needing money. […]

How to Make a Living as a Super Hero

Ok, indulge me a bit. Some background: I was a HUGE comic book fan when I was a kid. My dad would take me to the local drugstore and we'd have a cherry Coke and he'd buy me five or six comic books (I think they were 25 cents each then -- maybe 50 cents). I'd then spend the next several hours reading stories about my favorite super heroes. […]

Selling Twitter accounts for fun and profit?

Once in a while I’ll peruse the eBay category Internet businesses and websites for sale to see what people are buying. To speed up the process I sort by price + shipping, highest first, set the number of listings per page to 200, and scroll down quickly to see what people are already bidding on.  (I miss a lot of gems this way, and of course I miss all of the good Buy It Now items, but I get a goo […]