June 20, 2012

Spare Change: Staff Writer Audition Edition

As you’ve all noticed by now, we’re in the thick of another round of staff writer auditions here at Get Rich Slowly. I never made a formal call for staff writers; instead, I just quietly accepted submissions from the folks who had the initiative to contact me when they noticed April Dykman was retiring. I believed (and still do) that this was a keen initial screening process. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 6/21, 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: Last week we tackled tips for college grads. This week we are showing the high school grads some love and sharing our best tips with them! […]

Check the Community Calendar (171/365)

A decade ago, I would often find myself bored after work. Mind you, I wasn’t even married at that time. Children were still several years away. […]

Try Freezer Cooking To Preserve the Summer Bounty of Locally Grown, In Season Produce

One hundred fifty years ago, our ancestors spent most of the summer growing their crops and then preserving the bounty so they could survive the winter. Have a relaxing, lazy summer, and they could die of starvation during the winter. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #40 through #36

Here's the latest post in my list of the 52 best money saving tips in countdown order. The intent of this series is that these ideas can be applied throughout the year, a week at a time, to help you improve your financial situation and maximize your savings. So far this series has shown you how to save $800 each and every year, plus $250 in one-time savings. […]

Citi Bonus Cash Back Reward Categories for Summer 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus

As a followup to my recent post about Chase Freedom bonus categories for summer 2012 (and their $100 signup bonus), here’s some info on the upcoming bonus categories for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Visa credit card… As you’re likely aware, many credit card companies have switched to a model where they offer a base level of rewards (typically 1%) plus bonus rewards (usually 5%) in certain cat […]

Evaluate Your Expenses

Earlier this week I wrote about the effect of investment fees on your returns. […]

Use your Zombie-free freezer to save a lot of cold cash

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. Our zombie-free environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. Your freezer isn’t a chillin’ tomb for food in need of burial. […]

Facebook to Introduce Payments Linked to Credit Cards

Now that Facebook is a public company, it’s under pressure by its shareholders and investors to show that it has a plan to generate revenue. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Planning Edition

While preparing for our family’s trip to South Dakota and Wyoming this summer, I spent a lot of time researching how to save money on vacations. This week, I thought I’d share some of the best articles I found on that topic. Planning a Debt-Free Dream Vacation This actually echoes many of the things I do during my own vacation planning. […]

Median Net Worth by Age

The Pew Research Center recently released a report in which they compared the median net worth of age groups in 1984 and 2009, adjusted for inflation to 2010 dollars, using a variety of data sources, most of which come from the US Census. If you saw the recent report by the Federal Reserve, released last week, that the median net worth of all households fell to $77,300, from $126,400 in 2007; this […]

Can’t Afford to Socialize? Compromise!

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. A friend invites you for an evening out or a weekend away that you just can’t afford. Which of the following responses sounds the most like yours? […]

Investing 101: 5 Essential Steps

For many people, investing is the toughest part of personal finance. It can be confusing, intimidating, and with the recent recession still vivid in our memories, scary. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are five steps everyone can take to invest well. (See also: 5 Killer Free Investment Tools) 1. […]

6 Attitudes That Breed Financial Failure

Financial success or failure is often the result of attitudes — both conscious and unconscious — that affect our behavior. No amount of budgeting and self-control can help us when we’re up against ingrained ideas about money management, spending, and debt. If you’re having a tough time shifting your financial behavior, maybe it’s time to change your mind about money. […]

Best Money Tips: Take Advantage of Happy Hour

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on taking advantage of happy hour, reasons to update your resume regularly, and improving your credit score. Top 5 Articles 5 Tips to Help You Take Advantage of Happy Hour — When looking for a happy hour, look for a venue that offers live entertainment and 2 for 1 drink specials. […]

8 Ways to Save Big on Rent

You probably spend more per month on rent than anything else. So why pay more than you have to? Here are eight easy ways to lower the cost. […]

15 Ways to Stop the Hiccups

Everybody — and I do mean everybody — has the perfect way to stop the hiccups. And even though we’ve heard these remedies all our lives, every once in a while we get a new one. My personal favorite is to hold my breath while I hold my tongue until the hiccups go away. Yes, it looks stupid in public, but I swear by it because it works every time. […]

More Kids Answer Money Questions

When I posted My Kids Answer Money Questions, I asked FMF readers to ask their kids the same questions and send me the responses. A few did and I want to share those with you today.The first is from a 12-year-old girl. […]