September 24, 2009

Museum Day September 26, 2009: Free Admission This Saturday only!!

By Lynn Truong This Saturday, September 26, hundreds of museums and cultural venues are participating in Museum Day.  Enjoy free general admission for ONE DAY ONLY (except for museums that are closed on Saturdays, the admission card works for Sunday, September 27).  Just go to Museum Day, download and fill out the admission card, find a venue that's participating, and present the Museum Day ad […]

Personal Finance Blogger Showdown at Budgets Are Sexy

Now for something a little different. I thought to bring your attention to a fun event that just transpired at one of the sexiest and most entertaining PF blogs out there — at Budgets Are Sexy of course! J Money from BAS invited me to participate in his showdown series which involves him pitting up 2 bloggers against each other. […]

Daily Links: Paperback Writer Edition

At long last, work has begun on my first book. The outline is complete, the contract approved, and writing has commenced. It’s a little overwhelming. Writing for GRS everyday has taught me to create short personal pieces on a deadline. But 300 pages? Wow. That’s like Mt. Everest! As clichéd as it sounds, I’m trying to take it one step at a time. I’m breaking things into small pieces. […]

The Essential Bookshelf 2009: The Eleven Books That Rise Above the Rest

A little over a year ago, I posted an article entitled The Essential Bookshelf: The Only Eight Books I’ve Kept (After Hundreds of Reviews). […]

10 Top Tax-Savings Ideas

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. They list 10 tips for saving money taxes as follows: 1. Maximize contributions to retirement plans.2. Consider a Roth IRA conversion.3. Own a home.4. Pay attention to how your investments are taxed.5. Make tax-wise charitable contributions.6. […]

Cheap Passport Pictures (Part Two): Online Ordering

By Nora Dunn A year and a half ago, I wrote a post about how to fashion your own passport photos for under a dollar. It seemed that I wrote it at the dawn of the popularization of online passport picture organizations. […]

7 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Whether you think we’re out of the recession or not (I would bet “no” based on the responses last week), it’s always important to play a little personal finance defense. Today, the topic is on credit scores and how to improve your score by taking a few small steps. These aren’t steps you can use to boost your score 100 points overnight… those don’t exist. […]

Being Healthy Can Have Big Cash Rewards

By Paul Michael I recently became a member of my wife’s gym. I had always hesitated — being a frugal person I preferred to work out at home with a few weights and some exercise DVDs. But, when I did join, I found out that my membership gives back in more ways than just my health. Cha-ching! My reasons for joining the gym were many and varied. […]

An Example of How One Couple Paid Off Their Mortgage

I've detailed how we paid off our mortgage and I'm always thrilled when a reader reports that they have done the same. Today, here's a story of how one couple completed this financial milestone: We did it – we paid off our house on 11 September 2009. We didn’t do it in any sort of a conventional way, and we were told by a LOT of people all along that we were “doing it wrong.” Yeah? […]

Wells Fargo Joins Bank of America and Chase With New Overdraft Policies

Yesterday, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank announced they were changing their policies to allow customers to opt out of overdraft protection. Wells Fargo decided to follow in their footsteps late yesterday, announcing a number of changes at this bank. […]

Asset Allocation is Important But There Are More Things to Consider When Investing

Investing can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. With literally thousands of funds to choose from and countless individual stocks it’s easy to see how choosing the investments for your portfolio can be a daunting task. On the other end of the spectrum it can be incredibly easy. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 9/24/09

By Lynn Truong Today's WISEBUY. 7-Piece Comforter Set $59.99 Macy's takes 70% off select 7-Piece comforter sets. Shipping is $16.20. Sizes available in King, Queen, or California King. Get the Pem American Melissa 7-Piece Comforter Set (pictured) for just $59.99, down from $200!   New Balance Men's 7303 Cocona Run Jacket $24.49 Save $45.50 (65% off). […]

What Is a “Good Job”?

During my senior year of high school, after I had learned that I had received enough scholarships to attend a major university, I sat down and studied all of the majors that were available to me. Two of them really stood out, due to my personal interests: English and mathematics. Unfortunately, as soon as I told anyone about my goals, they’d almost always tell me the same thing. […]

How to Save Green When You Shop Green

By Karen Schiff What's the top reason shoppers don't buy green? (Hint: It ain't cheap.) That's right. Price. According to a 2009 survey by market research firm Mintel, the top reason consumers don't shop green continues to be cost. Fifty-four percent of survey respondents said they would buy more green products but the products are too expensive. […]

Top Five Time-Wasting Activities

Time = Money… …so if you’re wasting time, you’re wasting money. Keep this old adage in mind as you read through this article. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. […]

Are Debit Cards Evil, Too?

This post is from GRS Staff Writer Adam Baker. In addition to writing for Get Rich Slowly, Baker blogs over at Man vs. […]

Vanishing Overdraft Fees Pave Way For New Charges

Almost everyone has an story about the annoyance of overdraft fees. We all had cause to rejoice after reading Smithee’s recent post about banks backing off of overdraft fees. However, banks, being the business that they are, are already scheming for new ways to wring money out of us. An AP article on a local news site about new ‘business ideas’ banks are considering caught my attention. […]

How To Stay Out Of Debt

1.  Live on a budget and plan for future purchases. If you are going to live without borrowing money, you will need to save for future purchases.  Saving for automobiles, furniture, and appliances requires a lot of discipline and a lot of planning.  The debt free life is awesome, but it does require that you spend some time mapping out your financial future.  We use the You Need A Budget software […]

FHA Mortgage Loan Requirements Guide

When I was reading Dale Siegel’s The New Rules of Mortgages, was struck by the sheer number of available mortgage options available to Americans. […]

Time to Rebalance Your Portfolio Again

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.  The S&P 500 over the past six months is up over 40%. You have had smooth sailing and are beginning to feel comfortable again. Don't. It's time to tack once more and rebalance your accounts. Studies show that rebalancing your portfolio can boost your returns by as much as 1.6% annually. […]