November 3, 2009

Weekly Roundup – Disney Shanghai Edition

I just ran across an interesting article about Disney receiving the go-ahead from China’s central government to build a new theme park in Shanghai. Current estimates are that the new park will cost close to $4B and will open in five to six years. […]

How to Buy a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

It’s that time of year when the days are shorter, the night falls sooner, and we drive home from work in the dark. Bummer. But there’s no need to be in the dark about dinner when you get home. There is a bright light (and a warm meal) waiting for you if you know how to flip the slow cooker switch. […]

I Will Teach You To Be Rich 6-Week Boot Camp

When Ramit approached me about writing about his new I Will Teach You To Be Rich Boot Camp, I was a little hesitant. I was hesitant because I didn’t really know much about him, despite writing a few pages in his New York Times bestselling book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and I didn’t know if it would really be worth it. I think the way he structured it almost ensures it’ll work. […]

Personal Finance Books that Make Great Gifts

In April 2008 I wrote a post titled Personal Finance Books that Can Change Your Life. It was a summary of new books out that MSN Money thought could change your life if you read them. […]

Some Questions About My Upcoming Book

As I announced on Twitter a few days ago, I recently turned in the manuscript for my upcoming second book. […]

Quick Survey: What Drives Your Trading Decisions?

This is a guest article by Scott Treadwell, a long-time Consumerism Commentary reader and graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. Scott is studying finance and is conducting a study in behavioral finance. […]

Car Care Maintenance Myths

Consumer Reports lists care-care maintenance myths (along with the truth about them) as follows: Myth: Engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Reality: Stick to the service intervals in your car's owner's manual. Myth: Inflate tires to the pressure shown on the tire's sidewall. […]

The Mints of the United States

If you’ve ever looked at a coin, chances are you’ve been interested in what was on it. There’s the year it was stamped, various Latin sayings, some images of buildings or famous individuals from US history, and there usually is a random letter. You probably know that the letter corresponds to the Mint facility that produced the coin, but what letter stands for what? How Mint facilities are there? […]

Network Marketing Parties: Opportunity or Emotional Blackmail?

By Marla Walters After my first Arbonne “party” last weekend, I made a list of the other product sales “parties” I have attended. Can you match this? Pampered Chef Princess House Mary Kay Tupperware Christmas Around the World Party-Lite Oriflame Amway Stampin’ Up As it turns out, I have been to nineteen of these things (some two or three times). […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 11/03/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up To 91% Off Oh Deer! Women's Shoes 6pm.com offers 128 styles of Oh...Deer! women's shoes discounted from up to 91% off, with each costing $19.95. Shipping adds $6.95.   FREE Folgers Gourmet Selections Colombian Coffee Sample All you do is fill out the form. The 2nd step will be to choose your coffee. […]

Cheapism.com: Where Cheap is Chic

By Nora Dunn Cheap: Once considered a derogatory term, this word refers to the act of trying to save money wherever possible. Cheapist: Somebody who supports acts of being cheap. Cheapism: A way of life.   The Premise Cheapism.com is a free service that helps consumers find the best of the cheapest items, weeding out cheap junk in favor of quality inexpensive items. […]

Ignoring the IRS Doesn’t Make Them Go Away

When you owe somebody money and can't pay, ignoring them is usually not your best course of action. But ignoring the IRS is NEVER your best course of action. […]

Way to Save #107: Blanket Your Water Heater

Stay out of hot water. You can buy a water heater blanket for about $15 that will save you about $50 per year. And while you’re at it, insulate the pipes as well. If you can set your water heater to only be used at certain times of the day and turned off at night, [...] […]

I Will Teach You to Be Rich, a Six-Week Boot Camp With Ramit Sethi

While I was in California this past week, I spent a few days at my brother’s new apartment before his wedding this past Saturday. Among the piles of books not yet placed into a bookcase was something familiar: I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi (review here). Ramit is a colleague of mine, a personal finance blogger who published a book that quickly became a favorite. […]

Helping Other Children Learn About Money

Megan writes in: I’m by far the most financially sensible person in my family. I spend far less than I earn, yet I’m happy with the things I do have. […]

Can You Buy Your Way Out of the Rat Race?

By Philip Brewer If you're tracking your spending, you know how much money it takes to live on. If you're tracking your investments, you know about how much return you're getting from your capital. […]

How to Save Money on Vacations

In December, we’ll be celebrating our 3 year anniversary. Our little tradition so far has been taking a vacation. Since we’re getting a townhouse a month before our vacation, however, we’re scaling back a bit this year. […]

I Will Teach You To Be Rich Bootcamp: Improve Your Financial IQ

Did you love the book “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”? Even if you haven’t had a chance to read it, I’m hoping that you’ll find this post helpful. This is a time sensitive post and you’ll know why in a second. You may have noticed the new prominent banner I have on my sidebar, advertising the first of its kind personal finance boot camp. […]

The Regrets of Christmas Past

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Every summer, my wife and I cull our closets for stuff we and our kids no longer use. […]

Conduct a Financial Fire Drill

Think back to elementary school, can you remember how many times your school had a fire drill? They were never announced ahead of time, the bells just rang, everyone got up, lined up, and left the building in an orderly fashion. Everyone knew what they were supposed to do because it was scripted ahead of time. No one panicked because we always assumed it was a drill, even when it wasn’t. […]