September 25, 2012

Take Walks Together (268/365)

All through dating and marriage, Sarah and I have taken pretty regular walks together. We’ll just stroll through the neighborhood we’re living in, looking for interesting things to observe and just talking about life. Even now, we still do this, though our walks often involve three children tagging along with us. These walks are a pretty key component of the success of our marriage. […]

5 Homemade Low Cost Toddler Halloween Costumes

Yesterday, we shared five awesome homemade baby Halloween costume ideas, today we’re doing the same for the slightly older kiddos – the toddlers. Is there any kid who doesn’t love Halloween? They love dressing up and visiting houses to get all that candy. […]

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Both current Presidential candidates are bandying about this question, with differing answers: “Are you better off than four years ago?” An illuminating interview with an economic journalist on Terri Gross’ Fresh Air program answered that the nation was better off as a whole, whereas many individuals were worse off. […]

Improve Your Career By Networking at Events

If you really want to supercharge your career, networking at events can be a real help. Attending events, and networking, gives you a chance to establish a real personal connection with people in your field, or even people in another field. These personal connections can help you later, as well as result in solid friendships that can enrich your life. […]

Ten Steps to Mindfulness

A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful, long, and very personal email from a reader. This reader told many stories about their life and made the astute observation that frugality and personal finance success are simply aspects of being more mindful in one’s everyday life. The reader’s question, in the end, had to do with cultivating mindfulness. […]

Discover Bank Forced to Pay $200 Million Refund and $14 Million Fine

There’s no place for deceptive marketing tactics. Discover Bank‘s credit card customers allegedly found themselves on the receiving end of a sales pitch without knowing it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), teamed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), uncovered evidence of slimy sales tactics. […] Review – The Easy Peasy Guardian Against Bad Credit & Debit Card Charges

Earlier this month I attended FinCon12, the financial blogger conference. While at the conference, I was met with wonderful greetings such as “So what are you doing here? You don’t even write anymore?” via Greg from WiseBread AND Ben from MoneySmartLife — at two separate occasion, no less. […]

Managing Your Credit Responsibly for Financial Gain

Many people know at least a few people who have struggled with their finances over the years. It may have occurred to you to simply forgo credit cards and loans altogether so that you aren’t tempted to fall into the same trouble. While this may be a noble goal, it may not be the best course of action given how important having a good credit history and using financial leverage can be. […]

Why I Don’t Look at “Performance History” In Mutual Funds

Here’s the funny thing about writing a personal finance blog for 8+ years – you can easily unintentionally start “plagiarizing” yourself (without the deceptive part). […]

How to Pick the Best Darned Account for You

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. Happy World Wide Invest Better Day! What, you’re not familiar with this holiday? […]

Ask the Readers: What Expensive Purchases Have You Made That Saved You Money?

Expensive purchases can be intimidating to make. Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new appliance, car, or video game system can difficult for most people. […]

20 Free Ways to Show You Care

I would be lying if I said I didn’t like a shiny, expensive gift from my husband every now and then (because I do; I really, really do), but at the end of the day I can live without those things. […]

10 Great Jobs for College Students

September is coming to a close, you’ve moved in to your dorm room or apartment, and you’ve probably settled into the routine of your classes. Now perhaps you’re wondering how to score a little extra cash so you can go on a dinner date instead of eating cereal for dinner as usual. Better yet, how can you make a little money but learn some valuable skills at the same time? […]

Best Money Tips: Enjoy Eating Out Without Spending a Lot on Food

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on eating out without spending a lot on food, using new disposable income, and choosing a major. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Enjoy Eating Out without Spending A Lot on Food — To enjoy eating out without spending a ton of money on food, go to the restaurant but skip dinner. […]

More Thoughts on Making Millions More

My post discussing making millions more by growing your career hit a few nerves. Not that that's a bad thing all the time, but I got enough comments (and an extended email from a long-time reader) that made me realize I wasn't being completely clear. There were several points that I assumed (which I shouldn't have) or neglected. […]

Bargains at a charity event? Say it isn’t so

This past weekend I played at a gig with a ten-piece band I’m in. Aside from lots of people having a good time, and us playing pretty well, the attendees raised money for the American Red Cross. Part of the money raised was through ticket sales (which offset the cost of the bands and the refreshments). The other component of the fundraising was through silent auction bidding. […]