April 20, 2014

A $6.30 tax bill insignificant? Think again

One of my friends in college purportedly had racked up dozens of parking tickets courtesy of the campus police.  He graduated, so either he took care of them before he left, or he never had to worry about them in the first place. A woman in Pennsylvania, however, lost her home over an amount less than most parking tickets.  Her home, which sold at auction for about $116,000 and which was reportedl […]

What Does It Mean When “Interest Accrues Daily” or “Interest Accrues Continuously”?

Some version of the above question pops up in reader emails perhaps once a month. I thought it might make sense to explain exactly how it works. Along the way, we’re going to get into the ideas of APR and APY and how they affect you. Interest Accrued Annually Most of the time, we deal with interest that accrues annually. […]

Considering Self-Employment? Six Things You Need to Know from Someone Who Has Done It for Years

I’ve been fully self-employed since 2008, starting from a side business that was around in some form since 2004. Over that decade, I’ve learned quite a lot about the financial and practical realities of self-employment. When I first made the leap to full-time self employment, it was scary. […]

Talking with Gretchen Rubin about money and happiness

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. As part of the Get Rich Slowly course (out this Tuesday!), I interviewed 18 of my favorite financial experts (and non-financial experts). […]