June 9, 2010

Workplace Discrimination or Harassment? Fired For Being Too Pretty

I used to work in a male dominated field as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Oh wait, I still work in a male dominated field as a personal finance blogger…. . Kidding aside, I’ve found that the large companies I’ve worked for have been very sensitive to both work discrimination and harassment complaints or issues — a good thing, certainly. […]

Extreme Personal Finance: Eating Well on One Dollar a Day

Last Thursday, Ron Lieber (who writes the “Your Money” column for The New York Times) posted an innocuous little tweet: This person will have book deal & Today show slot in 5 minutes. RT @marypilon Personal finance blogger eats on $1/day. http://bit.ly/aeGlmC To translate into plain English, Jeffrey from the Grocery Coupon Guide blog undertook a little experiment last month. […]

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Those who have followed this blog for a long time know that I don’t have many personal heroes. […]

Help a Reader: Making Investment Changes

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Situation: Rollover IRA - $50,000 (Prudential) Company 401(k) - $25,000 (ING) I would like to move the above funds into something safer without any early withdrawal penalties.  I don't want to "play the market" anymore and would like to get a moderate (5%) low risk return.  I am 29 years old. Are there any loopholes to avoid early wi […]

E*Trade 500 Free Trades Offer

Some brokers offer you free cash to transfer your brokerage to them, E*Trade is just offering up 500 free trades. You can see the offer on this page, where they explain you can trade free for 60 days if you open a new Power E*Trade Account with at least $2,000. […]

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents is putting on the Life Insurance Movement, and this post is a part of that. Be sure to read all of the other life insurance items and enter yourself in a contest where you’ll have a chance to win a new iPad, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire! Life insurance tends to get a bad reputation even though most people have a legitimate need for coverage. […]

How to Save on Food While Traveling

Smart Spending lists 53 tips for saving on food costs while traveling. Here are the ones we use: Check for coupons and certificates online. When we go on a road trip, my wife regularly brings her coupon file so we can save along the way if we need/want to stop and eat. Make a big bag o’ snacks. Almost always we pack snacks and drinks for the road. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Playlist Edition

With all the road trips scheduled this summer, I’ve been thinking about a song collection that both my wife and I would enjoy on the trip. So, we’ve started co-curating one, where we each add 100 songs to a playlist, then we are each allowed to delete anything we don’t like from the list. […]

Best Money Tips: Survivor's Guide to Stockpiling Food

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share how-to's on stockpiling food, making emergency plans to include your pets, staying positive at work, and more! Top 5 Articles How to Stockpile Food for Survival — "Most families don't buy a year's worth of food in one trip, mostly because it's expensive. […]

6 Wonderful Ways to Use This Year’s Cherry Crop

It’s that time again! Cherries are becoming ripe on the tree, and whether you prefer sweet or sour, they can bolster your pantry with several tasty treats for months to come. As this was our first year living a new home with 2 amazingly fruitful trees, we’ve had a great time picking and planning for how we will use them. […]

How to Avoid Estate Taxes: It’s Easy This Year

In most years, only 0.3 percent of those who pass their estates to heirs upon their death end up leaving those heirs with a tax bill. Thanks to exceptions, credits, and thresholds, even the very wealthy can avoid the estate tax. This year is a special year, however. […]

Book Review: The Happy Minimalist

The Happy Minimalist: Financial independence, Good health, and a better planet for us all by Peter Lawrence. Like frugality and simplicity, minimalism is both a means and an end. It's a way of living light on your wallet and light on the planet, and it enables certain choices (such as mobility) that are closed off to most people. […]

Hard Credit Inquiries and Mortgage Rates

Every so often I get an email from readers or friends about credit and credit scores. With the economy recovering, a lot of credit cards are offering large signup bonuses for new cardmembers and they’re very tempting. Open up a card, spend some money, and get a statement credit of $50. […]

Investment Performance: Average vs. Compound Returns

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. -Benjamin Disraeli Given the huge amount of volatility in the stock market over the past year or two, I wanted to take a moment to remind you to be careful when evaluating investment claims. […]

The Best Way to Pay for Advice: The Advantages of a Fee-Only Financial Advisor

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A few weeks back, I wrote about having a financial health day at work. […]

Spending Retirement Income Can Be Risky

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.Calculating safe spending rates in retirement is challenging. Everyone wants to be conservative and be sure they will have enough money. But understanding what numbers to use is not simple.The most common request we get is for a back-of-the-napkin calculation of future yield, interest or income. […]