August 8, 2012

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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: Green Cleaning! […]

Sleep More (220/365)

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. For a long time, six to six and a half hours was a pretty typical night for me. […]

Make Chi-Chi’s At Home: Seafood Nachos and Seafood Enchiladas

Before the lowly green onion led to a Hepatitis A outbreak that eventually led Chi-Chi’s to file for bankruptcy in 2004, Chi-Chi’s was my favorite Mexican restaurant.  I ate there at least once a week and always ordered one of two dishes:  Seafood Nachos or Seafood Enchiladas. When they filed bankruptcy and closed their doors, I went through serious Chi-Chi’s withdrawl. […]

Get a Better Mortgage Rate Without Refinancing

Over the past few years, mortgage rates have been falling, falling, falling… Just when you think they can’t go any lower, they do. During this time, a huge number of people have refinanced. And many have refinanced again. And again. While refinancing your mortgage isn’t a terribly hard thing to do, it’s enough of a hassle that some people that really should be doing it don’t bother. […]

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Speaks With Teachers

Yesterday, Ben Bernanke spoke to teachers across the United States in a video-conferenced town hall-style meeting. Several teachers were invited to participate in Washington, while others attended the meeting from distant locations aided my modern technology. I wasn’t able to watch the live broadcast of the meeting, but I watched the hour-long recording this morning. […]

Spectacular Celebrity Tax Problems

It’s hard for us to conceive of the idea that celebrities have tax trouble. After all, they have plenty of money. Shouldn’t they be able to pay their taxes? Shouldn’t they be able to hire people who make sure they can pay their taxes? […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress for July 2012 with Chart

It’s that time again – time for an update on our mortgage payoff progress.  As a reminder – My wife and I have a conventional, fixed-rate 15-year mortgage.  Also, yesterday, we finalized the process of reducing the interest rate on our mortgage, and re-amortized our loan.  So, our August 1st payment was the last payment made under the old interest rate – and the September 1st payment will be the f […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Edition

Over a three-and-a-half week period, our family is jamming in a trip to northern Iowa/southern Minnesota, a trip to Seattle, a trip to Chicago, and a trip to Indianapolis. This means a lot of traveling. A lot of time spent in cars. A lot of time spent sleeping away from home. A lot of children taken out of their daily routine and thus a bit cranky. A lot of time spent on bathroom breaks. […]

CFPB to Monitor Credit Reporting Agencies

I don’t know what’s more surprising – the fact that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will now be supervising any credit reporting agencies that has more than $7 million annual receipts… or that this is the first time those bureaus will be subject to federal oversight. […]

Are Universities Immoral?

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. By popular request, J.D. has added photos of cats once again. […]

5 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

I lost my wallet at the mall the other day. I was paying my bill at the Hallmark card store, and at my next stop in Bath and Body Works, I had to borrow $24 and some change from my 10 year old daughter. My wallet was gone, and I had no recollection of what happened in the two minutes it took me to walk from one store into the next. […]

How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan

Your health insurance plan can impact your physical, mental, and financial health. Choosing the right one can benefit your peace of mind, help you navigate the healthcare system, control costs, and, in some cases, put extra cash in your pocket. Start by familiarizing yourself with the types of health insurance plans to get an understanding of general plan designs and features. […]

Best Money Tips: The Olympics Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we are highlighting some of the best personal finance articles that reference the Olympics! Top Articles The Cost of Raising an Olympian — Families of gymnasts can end up paying around $1,000 a month to keep their child competing at a high level. […]

6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants With a Dual Purpose

Mosquitoes are incredibly common in my home state of Minnesota. Perhaps it's all the lakes and ponds — which make for great mosquito breeding grounds. Every summer it's another battle to keep these pests away. I've previously written about homemade mosquito repellent recipes, but I've recently discovered something even easier — mosquito repellent plants. […]

How to Be Upwardly Mobile

For those of us in our teens, twenties, and thirties, we like to believe the world is at our doorstep. […]

How to Reach $1 Million

CNN Money recently ran a series on how to get to $1 million in net worth. They featured several articles, each purporting to help you accumulate $1 million on their own. The ideas: investing, owning rental real estate, launching a business, saving money, and climbing the corporate ladder. […]