June 13, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/14, 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: Tips for College Grads! […]

Close Off Unused Rooms (164/365)

My parents still live in the house I grew up in, a small two story house in rural Illinois. My parents share a bedroom on the main floor, where the kitchen and living room also reside. The upstairs mostly just contains two bedrooms and a small “landing” connecting the two. Since it’s just the two of them living there now, there’s little use for them to go upstairs most of the time. […]

How to Save on Organic Vegetables

Organic vegetables may be healthier for you as you avoid many of the pesticides used on traditionally grown vegetables.  In addition, I find that organic vegetables just taste better, which makes us want to eat more vegetables.  However, paying for organic produce can be tough on the wallet.  Luckily, there are several ways you can reduce the cost of paying for organic vegetables. Join a CSA.  CS […]

The Portrait of the Perfect Investor

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from The Big Win: Learning from the Legends to Become a More Successful Investor by Stephen L. Weiss. Copyright (c) 2012 by Stephen L. Weiss.  The book profiles various investors, their strategies, and what has made them successful. […]

Save Money on Hotels by Calling the Property Directly?

Okay, one more post about saving money on vacation travel… The other day I saw Lisa Gill from Condé Nast on the Today Show. She was on with Jean Chatzky and they were talking about how to get the best hotel rates. One of Gill’s biggest tips was to call the hotel directly instead of relying solely on the internet. […]

Are You Giving Your Kids Too Much?

Most of us want our kids to have nice things. We want them to enjoy life, have toys to play with, engage in fun and fulfilling activities, and be happy. While this is a noble goal, it is important to consider that there is the possibility that you are giving your kids too much. When kids receive too much, there is the possibility that they miss out on valuable life lessons. […]

Public School Funding: Taxes or Parent Donations?

When communities vote on public school budget proposals throughout the country, voting citizens evaluate the quality of the curricula, the perceived effectiveness of the administration, the students’ performance, the prioritization of students’ needs, and their own wallets. Rising costs and an unstable economy tend to push parents to be wary of budget increases that result in higher taxes. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daughter Edition

By default, it’s easier for me to relate to and understand my two sons than it is to relate to my daughter. I was once a little boy myself with a personality not too different than my own sons. I was raised in a household with only brothers, no sisters. This means that understanding and relating to my daughter takes more work for me than it does with my sons. […]

College Savings Tips: Interview With Peter Mazareas Part Two

Yesterday, we started our discussion with Peter Mazareas, Chairman Emeritus of the College Savings Foundation, about saving for college and today we’re happy to bring you the conclusion of that interview. We talked about things that parents can do, even if their kids are still very young, as well as what they should avoid. In part two, we’ll take a look at how things have changed. […]

How to Buy Quality Furniture

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Karawynn Long, who writes about personal finance at Pocketmint. […]

How to Understand and Protect Yourself From Inflation

This article was made possible by support from OppenheimerFunds. At the time of Julius Caesar, the monthly pay for a Roman legionary soldier was one aureus — a gold coin that weighed about 8 grams (just over one-quarter of a troy ounce) and was enough money to buy 200 pounds of flour. […]

10 Classes That Can Pay for Themselves

Classes already help you grow as a person, but a lot of classes offer more than knowledge — they offer a way to make money in the long run, whether it be through resume-building skills or honing a particular crafty talent. Below is a list of 10 classes that can pay for themselves. But remember — you only get out of a class what you put into it, so expect to do a little grunt work. […]

Using Hotwire to Save Money on Hotel Rooms

A little over a week ago, I suggested re-booking your room at the last minute to save money on hotel stays. […]

Great Places to Shop for a Frugal Vacation Wardrobe

Space efficiency, durability, and price are some of the things I look for when shopping for travel clothing. How I hunt down great vacation wardrobe staples varies according to the situation. Here are some of my favored strategies for finding the best deals on the appropriate items. […]

Best Money Tips: Eating Right on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on eating right on a budget, great gifts for grads, and things not to waste money on this summer. Top 5 Articles How to Eat Right on a Budget — Want to eat right on a budget? Focus your attention on the outer areas of the grocery store. […]

Your Money or Your Life, Become a Great Investor

Today we're going to cover the final step, step #9, from Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century. Last time in this series we discussed the Crossover Point, the point where your monthly investment income becomes more than your monthly expenses. […]

Ways To Survive A Volatile Stock Market

The economy and the investment markets behave like roller coasters sometimes. So what do we do in the face of such changes? Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur or employee, you’ll benefit from being prepared when changes strike. Here are some things I do to prepare myself for economic uncertainty. […]