October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Stencils: Free pumpkin faces for some frugal Halloween fun

I don’t know why I’m doing this. Carving a pumpkin isn’t going to save you mega millions. Tracing a pumpkin stencil won’t significantly boost your retirement nest egg or help you pay back your student loan. I should know. I’ve done the mathy math to see just how much moolah you’d save carving pumpkins, and the savings are frightfully abysmal. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 10/25, 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: Building Wealth! Learn about making more than you spend, investing, and setting financial goals. […]

GRS 2.0 (still with cat pictures)

Now that J.D. has said his farewell, I wanted to introduce myself to the Get Rich Slowly community, since my name will be on many of the posts that are not written by staff writers. I am Ellen Cannon, the editorial director of the financial services websites owned by QuinStreet. […]

Organize “Work Parties” Where People Gather to Help with a Task (297/365)

One of the best memories I have of my college years was on the moving days, when people would move in and out of the dormitories. I always liked to be one of the first students to arrive and one of the last ones to leave, because I found it incredibly fun to help people move in and out of the dorms. I found this particularly useful on my very first semester in college. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rates – November 2012

The September inflation numbers are now out, which means that we can now predict the new (November 2012) rate for Series I Savings Bonds… As a reminder, the rate for Series I Savings Bonds is made up of two pieces: the fixed rate and the variable rate. The fixed rate is set by the feds, and has been at 0% since the fall of 2010. […]

Extending Your Health Insurance Benefits With COBRA Coverage

I was just perusing my employers HR web page looking for information on our upcoming open enrollment period when I ran across a link to information on COBRA coverage for employees who have separated from their employer. […]

Series I Bonds Interest Rate Update (Nov 2012)

Guess who just released inflation data for September? The Bureau of Labor Statistics! Guess who can now calculate how much a Series I bond will be yielding once the inflation/variable portion of the interest rate is reset in November? […]

Mortgage Fraud: U.S. Government Suing Bank of America for $1 Billion

I never liked the term “hustle” when used to discuss making money on the side. The word has the slight connotation of fraud or taking advantage of someone, and moving quickly to do so. Now, the word “hustle” is going to be linked to something more specific and decidedly negative. […]

10 Easy, Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

For some people, it’s a scramble to get a costume together on Halloween. Whether you are going to a party, or whether you just want something fun to wear for the kids that come to the door, putting together a Halloween costume doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a number of easy to assemble last minute Halloween costume ideas. […]

Mass Affluent: College is Worth the Investment

You can be financially successful without a college degree. One summer when I was younger, fresh out of college, I worked for a touring drum and bugle corps. It’s a group of 128 adolescents and young adults and 40 staff who drive around the company in buses, performing almost every night for seven weeks, marching on football fields for dwindling audiences. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Political Sign Edition

I’ve become aware in the last week or two of multiple incidents of people having political signs in their yard tampered with. Someone just goes up in their yard, pulls the sign down, and usually tries to damage it in what looks like a hasty fashion. […]

Do You Stalk Property Tax Records?

Libby wrote a guest post on PT Money titled Stalking Property Tax Records in which she said that “If we’ve ever met in real life – and even if we haven’t – and I know your name, address, or both, I’m going to look up your home’s tax records online.” She learned about it after her realtor suggested she look up local property values to get a better sense of what the homes were worth. […]

Learning how to work a student discount

This guest post from Steve Robinson is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Steve writes for Homesales.com.au, an Australian real estate portal that caters to student shared housing. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

What is the Main Reason for Your Financial Success?

I was recently taking a survey for a financial services firm (I don't usually take these, but I have an affinity for this group) and the following question came up: Considering your past experiences, which of the following do you consider the most helpful in terms of success now and in the future?   Parents/guardians Graduate school College High school Elementary/Middle school Friends […]

5 Ways That Charitable Giving Can Improve Your Finances

Most of us have finite resources. So giving to your favorite charity means that you have less to spend and save. But that generosity can also improve your finances. Certainly, if you make a large donation without examining or restructuring your priorities, habits, and bank accounts, then giving depletes rather than increases your resources. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Buying a House

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on steps to buying a house, reasons you need a spending plan, and Black Friday myths exposed. Top 5 Articles 9 Big Steps to Buying a House — When buying a house, don't forget to get an inspection. […]