Case study: Starting with less than zero

I am not a trained financial expert. I’m not an accountant, I’m not a financial planner, and I’m not a stock broker. What’s more, I’ve made many many money mistakes on my own financial journey. As a result, I’ve always been reluctant to sit down with people and go over their budgets. That seems to … Read moreCase study: Starting with less than zero

Questions About Fast Food, Difficult Workplaces, Smoking, Refurbished Items, 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. Difficult workplace 2. Capital One 360 overseas 3. Handling fast food cravings 4. Car total cost of ownership 5. Bicycle for groceries? 6. … Read moreQuestions About Fast Food, Difficult Workplaces, Smoking, Refurbished Items, and More!

8 Apps to Save Money on Groceries Every Time You Shop

The media loves to regularly point out that Americans struggle to afford an unexpected $500 bill. What many of us don’t realize is that if you’re having trouble paying for life’s surprises, you probably struggle to buy groceries and pay your rent every month too. Being able to save money on groceries is an easy … Read more8 Apps to Save Money on Groceries Every Time You Shop

529 Plans vs. Brokerage Accounts for College Savings

Saving for college is a daunting task. It’s hard enough to find room in your budget for contributions on top of your other financial responsibilities, and when you combine that with the fact that college tuition has been steadily rising over the past 30 years, it might feel like sending your child to college is … Read more529 Plans vs. Brokerage Accounts for College Savings

How The Rich Get Richer: Strategies For Competing In A Rigged Game

Making money is like playing a competitive sport. You train hard all your life for those moments on the battlefield where you win all the spoils or go home empty-handed. You console yourself after a loss for having tried your best, but eventually, you realize the game is rigged. For the past 10 years, I’ve … Read moreHow The Rich Get Richer: Strategies For Competing In A Rigged Game

27 Ways to Save Money in College and Still Have Fun

It’s been nearly 20 years since I was in college. I loved the freedom and was excited to see what the next chapter of my life would bring. The last thing on my mind was findings tips to save money in college. I had student loans, a little bit of money from my parents, and … Read more27 Ways to Save Money in College and Still Have Fun

What I Learned Tracking My “Wants” For 30 Days!

What I Learned Tracking My “Wants” For 30 Days! In a nutshell: I spent a lot of money on coffee and bagels, haha… But also books and history* stuff! Here’s a list of everything I spent on “wants” for the past 30 days. I decided to keep it to only the stuff I spend on … Read moreWhat I Learned Tracking My “Wants” For 30 Days!

Kids or Not, It Can Pay to Do Some Back to School Shopping for Yourself

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be just for parents or kids. For the last few years, I’ve covered back to school shopping for TheStreet.com, and while I was neither in school nor sending a child off to one, I can almost recite by heart the list of items that get discounted around this … Read moreKids or Not, It Can Pay to Do Some Back to School Shopping for Yourself

A short conversation with Jillian from Montana Money Adventures

As I mentioned yesterday, Get Rich Slowly is making the leap to video. It’s a brave new world! I’ve been skeptical about this for a long time, but one of the things that convinced me to give it a try was an interview I did with my pal Jillian (from Montana Money Adventures) a couple … Read moreA short conversation with Jillian from Montana Money Adventures

Practical Goal Setting for Finance and Personal Success

Marcus writes in: I was really intrigued by your goal setting process. Could you walk me through that in more detail? Quite honestly, I wasn’t sure what Marcus was referring to until he pointed me at this little section in my article early this week about the battle against scarcity: In a very practical way, … Read morePractical Goal Setting for Finance and Personal Success