August 13, 2009

Budget Travel Tips For The Frugal Traveler

For all you budget travelers: as a follow up to my article on best travel sites for cheap vacation deals, I present the following guest post by Matthew Kepnes. The ubiquitous piggy bank on a cheap vacation. The travel industry is really good at creating the illusion that travel is expensive. […]

Guilt-free toy-buying for your kids

The Frugal Duchess offered up a reader’s question for comments.  The reader was concerned that she was spoiling her son with garage-sale toys: … I am concerned because I finally realized how spoiled my kids are. I’ve been buying them whatever they liked, although it’s from thrift stores and yard sales. […]

A Few Notes About Clotheslines

Howdy, folks! Staff writer tryouts still have a few days left, but I jotted a quick post this morning and thought I’d squeeze it in this afternoon just to break things up. I wrote a MAMMOTH post about taxes yesterday, but I don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day. It’s a sort of tedious subject. See you again on Monday! I had to smile to myself as I walked up to my office this morning. […]

Need a Job? Try Searching in China

By Xin Lu Recently I read an article in The New York Times that profiled young American graduates who found jobs or started businesses in China. Personally I have not worked in China before, but many of my family members and some friends do. One of my good friends is actually pursuing her MBA right now with the goal of finding a job in China once she graduates. […]

The Source of Frugal Misery

Kevin writes in: Your examples of how to live frugally make it sound like your life [is terrible]. Why are you sacrificing all happiness to save a buck? If I had your life, I’d be miserable. Live a little, dude. Most of the frugal advice I give usually revolves around some clever substitutions or the replacement of a few habits. A few examples: I stopped going to the coffee shop every day. […]

Pedal Your Way to Health, Wealth and Happiness

By Jeff Yeager Thirty-five years ago this week, my brother and I took off on our Raleigh ten-speeds on the first major bicycle trip of our lives, a 3,200-mile pedal-powered journey from our parent's home in Ohio to the Black Hills of South Dakota and back again. At the audacious ages of 18 and 16 — with the Allman Brothers Ramblin' Man playing on the 8-track in our minds — the world was ours to d […]

Investment Strategies Part 5: In Defense of Diversification

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Diversifying your asset allocation among investments with a low correlation can and should reduce your portfolio's volatility and boost your returns. But critics are claiming this strategy is no longer valid. That's because they don't understand the nature of what happened in 2008. […]

Lending Club – July 2009 Performance

Time for another Lending Club performance update… As of today, I’m enjoying a 12.50% net annualized return on my investments. In addition to my “High Risk” and “Low Risk” test portfolios, I’ve been investing additional funds in a “catchall” portfolio. […]

ProtectMyID Review

A few months ago, I wrote a LifeLock review in which I broke down their services and tried to figure out if the service was worth it. My conclusion was that the service was comprehensive but outside of the $1M guarantee, didn’t offer anything you couldn’t do yourself (do it yourself identity protection covers what you can do). […]

My Grandmothers and the Cost of a Funeral

Ninety-three years is a long time to live. My paternal grandmother was that age when she passed away this past Saturday. I attended her funeral, a graveside service, earlier this week. […]

Giving Up Money

Here's a money-related story about a guy that has chosen to have zero income and live his life away from our materialistic society. He lives in a cave in Utah, forages for food, and either adjusts to compensate for or totally does without much of what you and I would call "the basics" of life. Here are some highlights from the article: Daniel Suelo lives in a cave. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 8/13/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Newport News Summer Sale - Up To 80% Off Plus An Extra 25% Off (dealnews) Newport News takes an extra 25% off sale-priced items via coupon code "543". It stacks with items from the Summer Sale, which are already marked down by up to 80% off. Shipping starting at $4.99.   1. FREE $10 Shell Or Jiffy Lube Gift Card Just answer the questions. […]

When Should a Little Notion Get Big?

Several days ago, I made coq au vin and from-scratch French baguettes for dinner for my family. It took about three hours of work, all told, and required some things to be done the day before (starting the dough for the bread and chopping the vegetables). To put it simply, it turned out fantastic. […]

Don’t Have Any Money Saved Up? Start Small and Make Saving Automatic

Create an Emergency Fund With Baby Steps It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that not having enough money saved up can pose a financial problem. We all know that saving money is important, but when times are tough and money is tight it feels like an impossible task. […]

Ask The Readers: What Is Your Appetite for Risk?

This is a guest post from A.J. Clark, a long-time lurker at Get Rich Slowly. A.J. is a potential Staff Writer for GRS. He is a recent college graduate who writes software in the financial services industry, while trying to find his financial footing in the Real World. In his first post, A.J. […]

Alumni Association Perks

As you’re reading this, I’ll probably be standing in a line somewhere or sitting listening to a speaker at my graduation ceremony. Yes, my long journey to a bachelor’s degree is finally at an end. […]

BVC #19: Get Towed Twice A Year

Taking calculated risks and not being afraid to fail is a hallmark of every successful person. You know this, I know this, but it’s difficult to translate that into our every day life. […]

Motivation to Reduce Debt

I have just one goal today… To motivate you to attack and reduce your debts. Debt sucks bad! For some of us, this simple statement is all the encouragement we need. We’re fed up with our situation, and are ready to spring into action. Personally, I could just stop writing now, having already motivated myself to continue my passionate and fiery Debt Free Adventure. What about you? […]

A Moving Nightmare

MSN Money recently listed 10 things moving companies won't say and included this: 1. 'We'll hijack your stuff' The moving industry, which packs in nearly 55% of its business during summer, often leaves a trail of frustrated consumers in its wake. The U.S. […]

How to Buy a Digital Camera

By Lynn Truong As much as I appreciate a great photo, having a digital SLR in my hands is useless. My husband has the Pentax K10D, along with several lenses. It's heavy (although this model is heavier than others because of its weather-resistant feature), and no matter how many times he explains the settings, I can't figure out how to adjust them to the current environment. […]