February 2013

Reader Story: Costs and savings of having a stay-at-home parent

This post comes from Lynn Svenson, who blogs at The Photographer’s Wife. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want to submit your own reader story? Here’s how. […]

How to get your taxes done in two hours

My mother-in-law was very happy today.  Four popped collars happy.  So happy, in fact, she gave me not one, but two high-fives. Her taxes were finished.  Practically signed, sealed, and delivered.  Just waiting on one form from an investment firm that was overdue, but otherwise, done and done! She didn’t have a simple return, either.  Let’s just say that her tax situation this year was … complicat […]

Four Big Things To Do Today That Will Change Your Financial Situation

Want some action points today that can change your financial situation pretty rapidly? Willing to make a few big changes to your life? Here are four things you can do starting right now to make a radical shift in your finances and set you on a better track. 1. Cancel your cable or satellite service. Cancel it. Pay the termination fee if you have to. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #114

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This past week, our family has been talking about places in the world that we’d like to visit. As I often do, I pulled out a bunch of photographs of things I wanted to see in the world to show to my children. […]

Confusion with Precious Metal Pricing

On the way home from our cruise we spent a few hours in the Delta Sky Club (first in New York, then Detroit). They both had Fox News playing in the background. […]

Claiming the Home Office Tax Deduction

Do you claim the home office tax deduction? I don’t, even though I generate a significant amount of self-employment income out of our home. But lots of other people do. In fact, according to IRS statistics, nearly 3.4 million taxpayers claimed the home office deduction in 2010. […]

Bulk Buying Versus Overconsumption

I love orange juice. I just love the stuff. When there’s orange juice in the fridge, I am constantly tempted to pull out the container and pour me a glass of it. This is particularly true when the container is mostly full, but when the container starts to get low, I slow down. I know that the juice will run out soon, so I savor it a bit. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 25-28

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Calvin January 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis, and February is “insurance month.” I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. […]

How to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

Each year, millions of Americans look forward to that magical day when they find out how much they will be getting back in a tax refund. Now that the federal government and most of the states use direct deposit, people are getting their refunds faster than ever. You could take your tax refund and buy some of the newest electronic gadgets with it or put it towards your dream vacation to Aruba. […]

There Are Twenty Enjoyable Things I Could Be Doing Right Now. Why Not Do The Cheapest One?

That’s the thought I have pretty often when I have a few free hours on the weekends. I usually have a ton of things that I’d like to be doing. I could go buy some books I’ve been wanting, then curl up with them. I could go golfing. I could go out to eat at a restaurant. […]

Your Take: Should We Increase Minimum Wage?

In President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, he talked about increasing minimum wage to $9 an hour over three phases. The last time minimum wage was increased was in 2009 (effective Jan 1, 2010) when it was bumped up to $7.25. […]

Women: How and Why to Take Charge of Your Finances

Ladies, I’m going to be blunt — the statistics about how we handle our finances are depressing.  A USA Today article from August 2012 notes that, “Many studies in the last decade have shown that women consistently feel less confident than men in their understanding of financial products, their ability to make financial decisions and their perception of their current economic standing.” I’m not try […]

52 Great Weekend Projects to Improve Your Life

For this list, I’ve come up with not 20, not 30, not 40, but 52 weekend projects! That’s one project per weekend all year; no reason to complain about Saturday afternoon boredom anymore. All can help you identify a small problem or an unaccomplished goal and help you fix it or reach it. (See also: How to Have a Perfect No-Spend Weekend!) Let’s get started. 1. […]

Ask the Readers: What are your favorite personal finance blogs?

Of course, you’re a loyal reader of Get Rich Slowly – and we certainly appreciate it! But what other blogs do you read, and why do you like them? Many readers have mentioned Mr. Money Mustache as a new fave. What do you like about his style? What have you learned from him? […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Vet Bills

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on vet bills, items you can buy cheaper online than in-store, and the worst money mistakes anyone can make. Top 5 Articles How to save money on vet bills — Pet-proofing your house can save you money on vet bills. […]

The Best Cheap Food Sources of Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a key role in helping your body deal with free radicals, which can damage cells and may contribute to heart disease, cancer, and other ailments. Many of the high-powered foods containing these antioxidants come with a price tag that's high powered, too. If exotic peppers and gogi berries aren't in your regular grocery budget, don't despair. […]

Update on My Real Estate Efforts

It's been a while since I have updated you on my real estate ventures. But never fear -- my silence doesn't mean there hasn't been a lot going on, because there has. Here's a quick update of all the activity: We finished the updates on the first property we bought and I finally stopped writing check after check on it. […]