July 2, 2012

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Worth It?

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 Chip Chinery, who writes about personal finance at Chip’s Money Tips. […]

Learn a New Card Game (183/365)

One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed over the years is that many extended families, when they all congregate, have a card game that many members of the family play together. With my own extended family, for example, four point pitch is the card game of choice. With my wife’s extended family, the card game of choice is 500. […]

Jobs with High Lifetime Earnings

Monster lists 10 jobs with high lifetime earnings. These aren't the ten jobs that earn the most (they exclude advanced degrees) but are simply occupations that do not require graduate degrees, where workers commonly move into management, and where the work stays relatively the same over a career. […]

How to Organize the Perfect Pantry

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. The environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. I first learned about the existence of weevils in the summer of 1988. […]

Could You Live Off the Grid?

One of the movements growing in popularity, among the environmentally-conscious and the survivalists alike, is the idea of going off the grid. There are different degrees to which you can become independent of the services offered by utility companies and local governments. […]

Invest in Girls Gives Private School Students Training for Wall Street

Despite the Main Street vs. Wall Street conflicts post-recession, there is still a great desire among young people — particularly among privileged families — to be part of the finance industry. In three private schools, one for just girls, a non-profit organization is bringing Wall Street education to young women. […]

Where to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone for Cash

We all have little technology junk drawers where we stash our old technology like cell phones we no longer use. […]

Reader Mailbag: Swimming and Hair

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Cell phone life expectancy 2. MLM question 3. Discovering new music 4. Asking for money at wedding 5. Cold homemade laundry detergent 6. Prayer 7. Before or after taxes? 8. Pennies 9. Interest rate versus APR 10. […]

Why I Don’t Use a Financial Adviser

In the December 2011 issue of Smart Money, there was an article about how Generations X and Y don’t use financial advisers. Gen X/Y is sitting on potentially $12 trillion of investable assets but aren’t using financial advisers. Smart Money cited a variety of reasons, from the stock market gyrations of the dot com boom to the housing bust to the recent Great Recession. […]

Letting Things Fester: The Art of Cultivating Misery

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 popular GRS commenter, El Nerdo.. […]

A Complete Guide to Saving at America's Baseball Stadiums

Many people don’t know this about of me, but I love a good baseball game. The cheering crowd, the grilled hot dogs, the well-fitted uniforms — they’re all reasons I head to the stadium any chance I can. But these days, enjoying a night out at the ballpark can cause serious pain to your pocket. Unless, of course, you know how to root, root, root for the home team like I do. […]

A Consumerist Editor Talks About How to Tackle Inept Customer Service

Whether awarding the Golden Poo trophy to the Worst Company in America (this year Electronic Arts won the title) or putting together quirky stories about how even Indians aren't fond of India-based call centers, The Consumerist dishes consumer advice and activism with attitude. […]

Flying vs. Driving: The Great Vacation Debate

As I write this, we’re in the midst of a road trip that will total roughly 3,000 miles by the time all is said and done. As we were planning this trip, we compared the costs of flying vs. driving and I wanted to share the results with you. Note that I’m just looking at the cost differential as opposed the total cost of our trip. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Eating Out

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on eating out, how not to be average, and the Obamacare ruling. Top 5 Articles 15 Ways to Save on Eating Out — Save money on eating out by following restaurants on Twitter and becoming a regular. […]

4 Summer Chores You Need to Do July 4

Outdoor maintenance can pay for itself – especially if you get free supplies! Touch-up paint and landscaping can build curb appeal if you're looking to sell, while sealing and pest control can keep the bills down. […]

Reader Profile: AF

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. […]