July 3, 2012

Teach Yourself a Skill You’ve Always Wanted to Learn (184/365)

About two years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I didn’t do this for any other reason than personal enrichment. Prior to that, I had never played a musical instrument in my life. I had no knowledge at all of musical theory. […]

Save Money on Sporting Expenses

My oldest child just graduated from high school, thus concluding an exciting, but often expensive, youth sports career. Over the past decade he has played hockey, baseball, soccer, football, wrestling, and basketball. In two sports — hockey and baseball — he played on “traveling” teams (read “very expensive” teams). But even the non-traveling teams were costly. […]

12 Surprising Uses for Witch Hazel

You may not have heard of witch hazel before, but it is a frugal little astringent that has many uses.  If you haven’t heard of it before, here is what you need to know–it was used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago to soothe swelling and even tumors. The astringent comes from the witch hazel shrub; Native Americans boiled the stems to extract the witch hazel. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #15 through #11

I’ve been running a series on the best money saving tips the last few weeks (start here if you'd like to read from the beginning), offering you a way to save thousands of dollars each year. Some of the tips have been simple and basic, saving less than a hundred dollars for the year. Others have been a little more complex – with more dramatic results. […]

What I Learned From My Old Jobs

When I was fourteen, I got my first, real, paycheck-at-the-end-of-the-week, job.  I spent the summer working on a blueberry farm in South Georgia. The work was hard.  If memory serves, we began harvesting in June and worked through the end of July.  It was hot – but we couldn’t wear shorts or t-shirts.  We had to wear jeans and long-sleeved shirts, because of the briers and wasps that loved to liv […]

Brokers Are Salespeople, Not Financial Advisers

Stockbrokers facing the general investing public, working for JP Morgan Chase, might have business cards with a title of “financial adviser,” but just like the people you meet when you walk into a car dealership, they are salespeople. They are rewarded when they meet their sales targets. Their bonuses are based on the clients they sign. […]

Actively Opposing Personal Change

Recently, I’ve been exchanging emails with Lisa, a reader who came to me with a story that’s achingly famililar. Rather than quoting twenty paragraphs of text, I’ve chosen to paraphrase her story a bit. Lisa is married to a guy named Jeff. They’re pretty freshly out of college and both have reasonably well-paying jobs. […]

How to Fill Out a 2012 Form W-4

When go to work for “the man,” you will be expected to fill out a Form W-4. This is a form provided by the IRS that helps employers figure out how much money should be taken out of each paycheck and sent on to Uncle Sam. The way you fill out your W-4 determines how much of your paycheck is withheld. […]

Getting Rich Slowly vs. Taking Financial Risks

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 Kristin Wong, who also writes at The Heart Beat blog for MSN Living. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Use eBay?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to lady, Francesca, and Therese for winning this week's contest! Everyone has heard of eBay and most people have either participated in eBay's online auctions by either bidding or posting an item for auction. […]

The Slow Bleed: Plugging Your Financial Leaks

Financial woes can come quickly from big events like a foreclosure, loss of a job, or health problems. These misfortunes, though painful, make a certain amount of sense. Clearly A caused B and led to C — however just or unjust A, B, or C may seem. But at other times, our finances suffer death by a thousand cuts. Harder to pinpoint, we can’t make ends meet or get ahead. […]

Create Your First Shared Budget Without Blowing Up Your Relationship

Sharing is hard. When I was growing up, my parents would often only buy a single toy for me and my two brothers. That forced us to do something that we found very difficult — share. In my early 20's, my wife and I got married, and I was quickly thankful that my parents forced my brothers and I to share, because marriage involves a lot of sharing. Sharing doesn't come naturally. […]

Best Money Tips: Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Fourth of July treats, creating new routines, and tips for eating healthy on a budget. Top 5 Articles 5 Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats — This Fourth of July, make a flag cookie pizza or Fourth of July strawberries. […]

ING Direct Financial Independence Days Sale 2012

ING Direct always offers a “sale” around the time of the 4th of July and despite being under new ownership, almost, they’re doing it again this year. I don’t know how they compare with last year’s promotion but this year’s offer looks pretty good, especially considering the rates you get on the accounts. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #5 through #1

We’ve made it! I’ve been counting down the best 52 money saving tips, and we’re down to the final five. Using this list, you can focus on one tip each week, and revamp your finances over the course of a year.So far, if you implement all of the tips I’ve given, you could see a savings of more than $30,000 each year. Most of our final tips don’t have specific dollar amounts attached to them. […]

A Real-Life Example of Why You Need to Be Careful What You Put on Social Media Sites

We've talked previously about being careful about what you post online because of the career implications it can have. It was all theory (though good theory IMO) for me at that point. […]

A game-changing bargain in primary education

Chances are excellent that you’ve heard of Khan Academy.  If you haven’t, here’s the gist:  One guy (Salman Khan) is a great tutor, and eventually gets so much business from friends and family that he starts posting YouTube videos on different topics using nothing but a screen capture program, a Bamboo tablet, and free drawing software. Now there are over 3,000 videos in math, science, history, fi […]