March 13, 2012

Does Freelance Work Affect Jobless Benefits?

A writer friend just lost her day job. She wasted no time in filing for unemployment benefits and is now looking for another job. While losing a job is rarely a good thing, it does give her more free time to work on her writing. J.K Rowling famously turned lemons into lemonade by writing her [...]Does Freelance Work Affect Jobless Benefits? Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Time Sinks and Passion: More Thoughts on Time Management

One advantage of bringing back the short afternoon posts here at Get Rich Slowly is it’ll give me a chance to carry on more of a dialogue with you, the readers. For instance, there was a good conversation over Friday’s post about how I’ve become a magician of time. […]

Extend the Life and Value of Crayons (72/365)

For Christmas, my children received an interesting gift: a Crayola Crayon Maker. It’s a cute little device. All you do is break up some crayons (they come with the crayon maker) and put them on a little tray in there, flip on the switch, and wait for a bit. The crayons melt, then you tip the tray over and the melted wax pours into some crayon molds. […]

The War Against the Rich, Part 2

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics by Ziad K. Abdelnour with Wesley A. Whittaker. Copyright (c) 2012 by Ziad K. Abdelnour. […]

Avoiding Cell Bill Meltdown With Your Tween or Teen

This is a guest post from Sarah Gilbert. We’ll call my friend’s daughter “Sophie.” She’s 12, and like many of today’s families there is no land line phone at home. […]

Should Invest in a Target Date Fund?

If you’re young and just starting your career, you might have a 401(k) full of funds that you may or may not have picked and because you’re spending all of your time making a name for yourself in your new job, you haven’t had the time to learn about investing for retirement. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Saving Money on Five Dollar Gas and Other Concerns

With gas prices on the rise once again, it’s hard to predict how much the added expense will affect the average family. Experts seem to think that consumer confidence is up despite the fluctuation which leaves me feeling a bit skeptical. If the average person is ready to accept $4 a gallon gas, what happens when the price at the pump gets to be $5 a gallon or higher? […]

Kids & Money: When to Start Saving for Your Child’s College Education

One of the questions that many anxious parents ask themselves is this: When should I start saving for my child’s college education? The answer, as it is for so many questions related to saving, is, “as soon as possible.” It’s never too early to begin saving for your child’s college education. […]

Reader Profile: JK

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Barclaycard Ring MasterCard Sets Its Features Through Crowdsourcing

Barclaycard, a credit card issuer that primarily furnishes branded credit cards, like the Best Western Credit Card and the Carnival Credit Card, is experimenting with a new business model with a brand new card called Barclaycard Ring. […]

A Frugal Man’s Thought Process when Considering a Tempting New Purchase

I don’t play video games that much at this point in my life because, frankly, I don’t have very much time for them. I perhaps play for four or five hours a week. Usually, it’s when the children are about to nap or drifting off to sleep, and I play so I can be within earshot of them. […]

Prepare to Get Sick

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. On Valentine’s Day, when other people were exchanging chocolates, flowers and maybe even body fluids, I was undergoing the Attack of the Choleliths. That’s “gallstones,” for those lucky enough never to have had them. […]

2012 Consumer Reports Best Discount Brokers

Another year, another Consumer Reports list (unfortunately, you’ll need a subscription to read it) of the best discount brokers. It’s always fun to see this ratings just to see the different brokers jockey for positioning on these lists. […]

Ask the Readers: Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

Tax season is upon us again! The joys of getting confused by tax code and sending your money off to the IRS tends to make this time of year not so fun for everyone. The filing deadline this year is April 17th since April 15th is a Sunday and April 16th is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.  Have you filed your taxes yet? Did you (or will you) use a tax professional to do your taxes? […]

Cheap Ways to Add Big Flavor to Your Food

Seasoning your supper with only salt and pepper when you’re craving a kick just won’t cut it. But there are ways to add lots of flavor to your food with spending a bundle. To get the mouth party started, here are a few inexpensive ideas to turn your meals up a notch. […]

I’ll Finish This Post Tomorrow: 10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

“Procrastination is a powerful copilot when it comes to unpleasant duties.” – Randy Wayne White Why do we procrastinate? Well, as mentioned in the quote above, the task in question may be unpleasant. Maybe you are dreading making an appointment to have that aching tooth checked. […]

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

A good number of Baby Boomers can recall conversations with their grandparents about a time before electricity, or when an "icebox" was literally a container that housed a block of ice that kept food inside cool. But my, how times have changed. We have gizmos and gadgets that didn't even exist a decade ago, and we consume energy at an alarming rate. […]

9 Ways I Saved Money Between Jobs

Economizing doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on life. Here's how I trimmed expenses without cutting into my lifestyle. […]

Help a Reader: Switching Careers

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am currently enrolled in a top 10 part-time MBA program and will be graduating in about a year. I decided to go part-time so that I could pay for the degree without taking on any debt and allow my employer to pay for a portion of my tuition. […]