Our House Came With Two Goats — and They’re Heartbreaking Helpers

Goats aren’t yoga props or party decorations: They’re inexpensive, reliable creatures who can be a tremendous help around the yard if you let them. They’re also the most rewarding, heartbreaking portion of my farm experience. When my wife and I were first looking at a roughly two-acre historic farm amid 80 field acres in unincorporated Washington County, Ore., we were introduced to the farm’s two […]

The Advice of “Don’t Go to Starbucks Every Day” and What It Really Means

It’s almost a running joke that personal finance writers like to bring up the idea of cutting out that ol’ daily trip to Starbucks as a way to save money. […]

The More List and the Less List

A long time reader named Janice recently suggested an exercise to me that I tried out at the beginning of the month and have found to be really insightful and useful. I’m not sure where Janice came across this tactic originally, but here it is, in her words. Sit down with two sheets of paper. Write “do more” at the top of one sheet and “do less” at the top of another sheet. […]

8 Types of People Who Will Never Win at Money

There are many factors that determine whether or not you'll be successful at managing money throughout your life. But of those many factors, your personal habits and character traits are perhaps the biggest. If you look through this list and see yourself on here, it's time to make some changes;... […]

15 Real Legitimate Side Jobs for the Stay-at-Home Parent

Link for teaser title:  https://www.wisebread.com/15-real-legitimate-side-jobs-for-the-stay-at-home-pare... In the Internet era, it is possible to find real jobs (with no startup... […]

The Wisdom of Frugality: Why the Philosophy of Frugality Is a Hard Sell

This is the fourth entry in an eight part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. […]

Free Resources and Financial Help for Cancer Patients

I will forever remember the phone call. The stranger on the other end of the telephone line saying, “I have some bad news.” The news was that I had invasive ductile cancer. Whatever that meant, I thought to myself, as I sat listening, numb and in a daze. Two tumors. One quite large. […]

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Culture, Even If You Aren't the Boss

When you work for a company, you soon get to know its culture. Sometimes it's fantastic; everyone gets along great, and you pinch yourself to see if you're dreaming. Most of the time, however, company culture is in need of some improvement, if not a complete overhaul. This is where you can help.... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 7/12, 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat Thursday 7/12 at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #SmartyChat to participate. This week's topic: Saving on Summer Travel! Learn about tracking progress towards your travel savings goals,... […]

The forever fallacy

Last week, Ben Carlson from A Wealth of Common Sense published an interesting article about how staying rich is harder than getting rich. He writes: Research shows over 50% of Americans will find themselves in the top 10% of earners for at least one year of their lives. More than 11% will find themselves in the top 1% of income-earners at some point. […]

How to Make Ordinary Experiences Amazing Again

I recently came across a fascinating article by Ed O’Brien, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Robert Smith, a professor at The Ohio State University, entitled Unconventional Consumption Methods and Enjoying Things Consumed: Recapturing the “First-Time” Experience, which appeared in a very recent issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. […]

Five Products I’m Happy to Splurge On, Guilt-Free

I am proud to call myself a wary consumer. I do my best to combat manipulative marketing, I recognize the value of repairing and maintaining my things, and I focus on long-term goals rather than short-term gratification. That being said, there are certain products I buy without guilt, even when I know an alternative can be had for less. That’s because I have honed in on what matters to me. […]

Someone Took Out a Loan in Your Name. Now What?

Identity theft wears many different faces. From credit cards to student loans, thieves can open different forms of credit in your name and just like that, destroy your credit history and financial standing. If this happens to you, getting the situation fixed can be difficult and time-consuming.... […]

10+ tips to save money buying and preparing food

Here's a quickie list how to save money when you buy and prepare food for your family … After mortgage/rent payments, utilities, and transportation, one of the most important categories in just about any budget is FOOD. It also can be one of the places in your budget that you can reduce the most. […]

Watch as crooks install a card skimmer at a convenience store

Over the next few weeks at Get Rich Slowly, I plan to ramp up the production level once again. I’m not going to return to the pace of one article per day that I was maintaining at the start of the year, but I’m not going to rest at two articles per week like I did in June, either. […]

Celebrating a Meaningful Life Event Without Spending Money

Your best friend’s birthday is coming up, or maybe it’s your significant other’s birthday, or your mother’s birthday. Whatever it is, it’s a special event, one that in your heart of hearts you know you should be playing a role in celebrating. At the same time, however, you don’t have a dime to spare. Your financial situation is perilous. You want to celebrate. […]

Nine Businesses Kids Can Start Over Summer Vacation

As parents, we want to help our kids build a life they can enjoy and be proud of later on. We want to help them get a quality education, become responsible for their actions, become contributing members of society, and, most of all, find happiness with their families and themselves. But much of today’s news has left many of us wondering if the “normal” path to success is still the best way. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Cool on a Budget?

You can count on summer to be hot, but many areas are facing heat waves and record high temps all across the U.S. Staying cool without busting your budget on energy costs is now harder than ever. How do you get cool on a budget? How do your everyday habits change when temperatures rise? Do you... […]

How to Prepare for Unpaid Maternity Leave

Back in 2008, when my husband and I were newlyweds just starting to think about having children, I was still working as a high school English teacher. Another teacher in my department had a baby that year, and I was horrified to discover that our school district did not offer paid maternity leave.... […]

The Perfect Investment

With all of the TV shows, books, blog posts, academic studies, and everything else dedicated to the subject of investing, it would be reasonable to think that, with enough research, you could create the perfect investment strategy that maximizes your odds of getting the best returns possible. The exact right mix of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, in the exact right percentages, placed in exactly […]