11 Things You Can't Hide When Selling Your Home

If you're getting ready to sell your home, or have already put it on the market, it can be tempting to gloss over a few of the negatives. After all, does the buyer really need to know about that ant problem you get in the summer months, or the fight you're having with your cranky neighbor? Well,... […]

Ask the Readers: What Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is a time for food and family, and it's also a great time to reflect on the good things in your life — the things you're thankful for. What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving isn't the only time to be thankful — how do you express thanks in your everyday life? Tell us... […]

Your financial family tree: What our parents teach us about money

Last weekend, Kim and I flew to Utah for a reunion with friends from the 2016 chautauqua in Ecuador. While in Salt Lake City, we met up with Jesse Mecham (the founder of You Need a Budget), visited Utah Olympic Park, and attended a Sunday morning performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. […]

Questions About Insurance, Marriage, Coffee, Thanksgiving, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Insurance billing issues 2. Cheapest city-to-city travel 3. Buying new for baby? 4. Husband too frugal 5. Other people’s situation as inspiration 6. Emptying out 401(k) 7. Concern about national debt 8. […]

Seven Ways Black Friday Can Save You Money All Year Long

The National Retail Federation expects us to spend as much as $720.89 billion this holiday season. That’s a lot of dough. But the annual shopping kickoff isn’t necessarily just about buying holiday gifts. A savvy consumer can boost the bottom line year-round, rather than just the holiday budget, by taking advantage of great deals on Black Friday. (That is, if they are great deals. […]

How to Get Rid of Your Credit Card's Annual Fee

You look down at the credit card in your hand. It's one of your older cards, and you've bought plenty with it. The problem is, it charges an annual fee, and you're sick of paying it. You're tempted to cancel the card to eliminate the fee altogether. But you know doing so will hurt your credit... […]

The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

When I was first starting to get a good idea of the bad financial situation Sarah and I were in, I wrote an email to my professional mentor at the time. This person was a pretty well known person in our narrow field, with a high paying job and a lot of respect within the field and lots of professional options on the table before him. […]

Financial Success Is a Lifestyle Outcome, Not a Skill or a Fad

When I first started making financial changes in my life, I believed at first (and for a surprisingly long time after that) that the changes I was making to my life were largely short term changes. Sarah and I would “get ourselves on a good financial track” and we’d basically go back to the lifestyle we had before. […]

Upcoming money events that might be of interest to GRS readers

A lot of things have changed in the world of money since I founded Get Rich Slowly in April 2006. Nowadays, for instance, there are many more opportunities to meet up with like-minded folks in Real Life. […]

An Iterative Approach to Improving Your Finances (and Your Life)

My previous career (before “freelance writer”) was in software development. I worked in a research lab where I wrote custom software solutions for research scientists who wanted nice interfaces to do basic data mining tasks into a pretty large database of scientific information. […]

Three Ways to Raise Your Credit Score Fast

Building good credit doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take years to establish a solid credit history. […]

5 Financial Accomplishments Millennials Can Be Proud Of

Millennials get blamed for a lot of things. Often, they're accused of being spendthrift and irresponsible. Critics assume that Millennials are unable or unwilling to save money or invest smartly. Much of this criticism is unfair. In fact, if you look at what Millennials have accomplished with... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 11/15, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Having a Frugal Thanksgiving! Learn about saving on decorations, food, drinks, travel, and more! Let us know about your... […]

Challenge Yourself! 12 Simple Frugal Challenges You Can Do This Week

I’m a big fan of using the 30-day challenge to try out a particular daily routine or behavioral change in my life. It’s a big part of how I view life as being something of an experiment, one in which you’re constantly adjusting and trying new things. […]

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Inspector

It's important to get a home inspection when buying a house. There are many hidden issues that can emerge after you buy a property that are expensive to correct. Spending a few hundred dollars to have a professional home inspection beforehand is a good way to avoid costly surprises with your new... […]

Feeling Rich and Feeling Poor

One question that I left out of the mailbag yesterday is this one, from Dana: I find myself oscillating back and forth between frugality and spending recklessly. After a lot of reflection, I think the reason is that when I buckle down with frugality, I begin to feel “poor” after a while. I feel like I’ve intentionally cut myself off of what life has to offer. […]

Cancer Patients Can Now Defer Student Loans Without Accruing Interest

During the height of my three-year battle with breast cancer, a diagnosis that required one dozen surgical procedures, eight months of chemotherapy, and eight weeks of radiation treatment five days a week, I was scraping to get by on disability payments and whatever odd jobs I completed when my energy allowed. Needless to say, I wasn’t saving a dime for retirement during those three years (which i […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Dish?

There are many holidays to celebrate during the fall and winter seasons, and more often than not, food is a big part of the festivities. What is your favorite holiday dish? Do you only make it for certain holidays? What's the hardest part about making this dish, and what are your tips for other... […]

How Constant Rejection Can Actually Lead to Success

Rejection is no one's idea of fun. Not only do you have to deal with the disappointment of not getting something you hoped for, but you also have to grapple with the feelings of insecurity that come along for the ride anytime you're told, "Thanks, but no thanks." You might feel like... […]