May 21, 2013

Your Wish List

If you’ve read The Simple Dollar for very long, you’ve learned that, in my opinion, one of the most important things in personal finance is setting goals. Where do you want to be in a year? In five years? In twenty years? […]

Odds and ends: GRS news

As you may know, Get Rich Slowly is part of the QuinStreet family of personal finance websites, which include, Five Cent Nickel, Consumerism Commentary and others. We’ve recently launched a weekly newsletter as part of the Network. […]

How Today’s College Graduates Can Beat the Odds

I graduated college in the first heyday of internet-connected businesses in the late 1990s. Jobs of all types were abundant. And although the “dot-com” bubble burst soon afterwards, unemployment rates remained historically low. This year’s graduates are facing more obstacles than those from fifteen years ago. […]

One Checking Account – or Two?

When Sarah and I were first married, we maintained the two separate checking accounts that we had when we were single. Mostly, we kept it this way out of convenience, as we both were in the routine of paying monthly bills. To keep things straightforward, we divided up the shared monthly bills. […]

The Fastest Way to Find Your Perfect Home

As we mentioned a while back, we’re buying a home and it’s a very exciting time for us. It wasn’t always so exciting though and if you’ve ever looked for a home, you’ll agree. The actual task of finding a house you like can take a very long time and there are no guarantees you’ll ever find one you like. […]

How to save for college, though begrudgingly

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. Here’s an idea: Leave juvenile delinquents in a prison for three hours to be harangued by hardened criminals in an attempt to convince the kids to change their ways. […]

Ask the Readers: What Summer Activities Do You Love?

Summer is almost here! It's the season of beach trips, barbecues, and outdoor concerts under the stars. And heat waves, sure, but we'll save that topic for another Ask the Readers. This week, it's all about the fun stuff! What summer activities do you love? Do you prefer to be under the sun or out of the heat? […]

25 Reasons to Get Out of Your Office Chair

Many of us work in jobs where we feel chained to our desks. Studies have shown that sitting and staring at the same screen all day is not only bad for our cardiovascular health, posture, and weight control, but it can also adversely affect our mood and stress levels. Even if you work at home, you may stay glued to a computer screen for hours on end. […]

Is DIY Home Renovating for You?

The DIY movement has really taken off in the last couple of years, and the average homeowner can easily access Internet tutorials on pretty much anything from crafting your own DIY art to installing new can lights to completely gutting and overhauling the plumbing in your master bathroom. […]

Best Money Tips: Free Resume Tools

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on free resume tools, keeping summer exciting for the kids, and signs that now isn't the time to retire. Top 5 Articles Free Resume Tools for the Unemployed — Are you unemployed and looking for tools to help you with your resume? Check out or Pongo. […]

How to Prevent a Windfall Money Mistake

Another week goes by where my numbers didn’t match those of the Powerball. Of course the odds of winning large jackpots like that are quite slim, but a windfall of cash landing in your lap is not unheard of. Windfalls can come from many sources — a lottery winning, a bingo jackpot, a casino score, a work bonus, or an inheritance from a loved one. […]

Sell Your Old Cell Phone and Electronics for Cash

  If you are like me when I’m broke the first thing I think of is how to save money fast. But why not change that mindset a bit and start thinking of ways to make money. There are so many different ways to make money. You can make money online, make money with photography, make money selling T-shirts, make money with a garage sale, and the list goes on. […]

Reader Profile: SB

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]