May 16, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/17, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Renting vs. Buying. Learn about the positives and negatives of renting vs. buying a home. […]

The Real Secret to Making Money by Following Your Passion

This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, available from or your favorite local bookstore. You can also read his free blog at Guillebeau is a long-time reader and supporter of GRS and one of J.D.’s good friends. You’ve probably heard the line about following your passion to the bank. […]

TradeKing and Zecco are Merging

Earlier this week, I received an interesting broker-related tidbit in my inbox… It seems that TradeKing and Zecco are merging in hopes of challenging what they refer to as the “big five” online brokers (Schwab, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, E-Trade, and Scottrade). In case you don’t recall, Zecco is best known for having pioneered the free trading model, whereas TradeKing has consistently offered cheap […]

Know the Features You Need Before You Shop (136/365)

If there’s one thing I suggest that people do before they go shopping for any reasonably expensive item, it’s that they make a list of the features they actually need before they go and stick to that list. There are several parts to that simple suggestion, though. First of all, how do you know what features you need? […]

Insurance You Need and Don't Need

The Wall Street Journal lists insurance you don't need, some you might consider, and policies you must have. […]

Choosing Between a High Deductible and Traditional Health Plan

In response to my article about HSA contribution limits for 2013, a reader named Stephanie asked the following: Is there any good way to calculate which health plan is right for you? […]

Do You Qualify for Unemployment Benefits?

Even though the economy is showing signs of improvement, they aren’t large signs, and unemployment remains stubbornly high. Additionally, some companies are still planning layoffs, and you never know when you might lose your job. Unemployment benefits have been extended a few times in an effort to help those who are unable to find work. […]

The College Education Bubble and Crash

A new survey takes a look at the critical state of today’s recent college graduates. The survey questioned a nationally-representative sample of 444 recent college graduates between the ages of 22 and 29, about their employment situation and experiences. The questions also lightly touched upon these graduates’ financial condition. […]

How is Your Emergency Fund Doing?

The Wall Street Journal discussed emergency funds recently and noted the following: The oft-quoted rule of thumb is to save three to six months of living expenses in your emergency fund. But many people these days will need nine months to a year of expenses covered just to get by. Consider that the average duration of unemployment is nearly 40 weeks. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Overfocus Edition

The biggest difficulty Sarah and I have with our relationship is our respective abilities to overfocus on the task at hand. If one of us knows that we really need to get something done, we can both slip into this zone-like state where almost nothing will interrupt us. […]

When a Woman’s Work Is Done

This is a post from staff writer 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. One of my jobs at The Motley Fool is to serve as the internal financial planner for Fool employees. […]

How Capital Gains Taxes Work

When you hear about billionaire Warren Buffett paying a lower effective tax rate than his secretary, you’re hearing long term capital gains at work. The tax code smiles favorably on investment and the tax rate on capital gains of assets held for more than one year is much lower than ordinary income tax rates. […]

Why I Hate Credit Card Points

With few exceptions, I have no interest in rewards in the form of "points," "miles," or anything similar. (See also: Swipe Envy) I've always felt this way, but I've been prompted to write this by a particularly annoying commercial. […]

25 Practical Uses for Bobby Pins

Affordably purchased in travel tins at places like Sally Beauty Supply, bobby pins are one of my go-to travel and household items. They serve a number of purposes, as this list of 25 demonstrates. (See also: 28 Innovative Uses for Binder Clips) 1. Bookmark If you want to mark a page (or multiple pages) in a novel, cookbook, or research title, you can always use bobby pins. […]

Best Money Tips: Make Groceries Last Longer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on making groceries last longer, ways to make extra money this summer, and saving on entertainment. Top 5 Articles 12 Tips To Make Groceries Last Longer And Save Cash — Extend the life of your fruits and veggies by not cutting them until you need them. [SavvySugar] Six ways to make extra money this summer! […]

23 Ways to Lower the Cost of Home Improvement

Whether it's adding a bath or remodeling the kitchen, here's how to find materials for a fraction of the price at big-box home improvement stores, hire the right contractor at the right price, and get that project done for less. […]

Six Surefire Office Fundraising Ideas

What if you find yourself in the position of needing to raise money for something at your workplace? It happens. Sometimes, it is as innocuous as needing a “birthday fund.” In other circumstances, a coworker might have a medical emergency. Through my many years in various workplaces, I have participated in a number of office fundraisers. […]

Words of Advice on Selected Insurance and Risk Management Topics

The following is an excerpt from Securing Your Financial Future: Complete Personal Finance for Beginners courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. All Rights Reserved. A list of brief tips on some of the most common categories of insurance appears below, plus a few important items from the broader field of risk management. […]