March 2014

How to Get Cheap Life Insurance in 2014

Finding a cheap life insurance policy that offers the right amount of coverage is at the forefront of any first-time buyer’s mind. The same goes for someone who’s simply looking for a better rate. If you want to get the most affordable life insurance, there are several things you can do to minimize costs. […]

An Unhealthy Dose of Optimism

It isn’t very hard to come across stories of people who thought they had everything planned out, only to see everything come apart at the seams. They lost their job. Their car fell apart. Their apartment building burned to the ground. They got sick. Their child or spouse got sick. Someone stole their identity. […]

Reader Mailbag: Field Trips

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. More retirement savings 2. Value of shorter commute? 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Twenty-something decisions 5. Buying razors for life 6. Value of shorter commute? 7. Lemon houses 8. Making hot sauce 9. […]

What’s the value of work-life balance?

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. I was really struck by Kristin Wong’s recent article “Overwork and the illusion of a ‘high-paying’ job.” It’s not something that I’ve had to deal with personally, though I’ve seen people close to me wrestle with it. As an attorney, Jake makes a six-figure salary at his new job, but probably works 80+ hours in a week. […]

25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People

Is lazy the correct word? We're all so rushed these days; it's probably more apt to say "25 Healthy Recipes for Normal People!" But whether you're short on time or just want a few more hours to spend with the kids, the pets, a good book, or your favorite TV show, these recipes can be made quickly and easily. And they're just as good for your health as they are your schedule. […]

6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself

Motivation is the better part of getting things done. You can be the most organized person in the world and keep all the lists that you want, but if you can't motivate yourself, you're not going to get anything done. The reverse is also true. […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Things to Do With Your Kids on Spring Break

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on cheap things to do with your kids on spring break, costly mistakes taxpayers make, and smart ways to use extra cash. Top 5 Articles 5 Free or Cheap Things to Do With Your Kids on Spring Break — This spring break, play outdoors or have a movie marathon with your kids. […]

10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk

A lack of time is the most common excuse people give when asked why they don't exercise. Here's the truth — we don't need a lot of time to exercise. All we need is 10 minutes and the will to be healthier. Walking is the perfect way to get started. Here's a list of ten reasons why walking is our best partner for overall good health. (See also: 15 Ways to Exercise in 5 Minutes) 1. […]

12 Smart Ways to Turn $500 Into a Better Future

Do you have a little extra money you don't know how to spend? Maybe you've been tweaking your budget so that you now have $500 saved. Or perhaps you've just received a nice little tax refund, or you've been saving your $5 bills for a while and realize that they add up to the equivalent of five Benjamins. What do you do now? […]

Two Questions on Tax Refunds

Here are two questions about tax refunds: Are you going to get one this year? If so, what are you going to do with it? I have not yet received my final tax return, so I'm not sure whether or not I will get one. My guess is that I will since I overpaid Social Security taxes (because I changed jobs). If I do, I'll simply save/invest the amount. […]

Time or money?

It’s a common dilemma: When you are young, say just getting out of college, you tend to have plenty of free time but little money. Later, as your career takes off, you start to have more money but less time. It would be nice to have both time and money at the same stage of your life. But if you had to choose, which would you pick? […]

Boss ripping you off? Here’s what to do about it

Kristin WongEarlier this year, beloved celebrity chef Mario Batali agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by his employees for $5.25 million. Their claim? Batali’s restaurants were allegedly confiscating tips from workers to increase profits. Maybe it comes as a surprise to you; maybe it doesn’t. But wage theft is a pretty common occurrence in the United [...]Boss ripping you off? […]

Wasting Your Life

Every few months, I get wrapped up in a deep melancholy – one might even describe it as something like a mild depression. I become convinced that I have somehow wasted my life, that the thirty five years I have spent on this Earth amount to very little in terms of making the world a better place. Whenever I get into that kind of funk, it takes me a while to really see the signs of it. […]

The Jar of Life

A new month is about to start. Let’s try something different. This month, get a giant jar along with a notepad and pen. Put it somewhere where you’ll see it all the time. Whenever something good happens in your life, write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it up and put it in the jar. […]

Reader Stories: The Notebook (Part 1)

Jim, a reader of our Facebook page, shared some of his personal finance journey in Facebook comments a while back, and readers commented that they’d like to hear his story. We reached out and asked him if he would elaborate so we could share his story with the Get Rich Slowly website readers. This is part 1. […]

Separating Happiness from Material Things

When I graduated from college and got my first “real” job, I realized I needed a vehicle of some kind to get back and forth to work. Prior to that, I had been a poor college student – I didn’t own a car and used the bus system to get to my classes and to my part-time job. I started shopping around for a vehicle. […]

Naked With Cash: Laura and Leon, February 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #171

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. 1. Francis Bacon on hope “Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.” – Francis Bacon Hope is a powerful starter, but it takes more than hope to finish the job. 2. […]

Nine Free Resources for Inexpensive Home Exercise

My recent article, Five Inexpensive Gym Alternatives for Exercise, resulted in a small flood of feedback from readers offering up their tips for home exercise. I reviewed the many links and ideas that readers provided and found nine really great free resources if you’re trying to get in shape (or stay in shape) at home. […]

Making an Unconventional Choice

Currently, we have exactly one television in our home. I use that television approximately two hours a week. If it were solely up to me, I would simply disconnect it and go without a television. To my extended family (and probably to quite a few readers), this is just bizarre. My parents have four televisions in their home and watch multiple hours of television a day. […]