Progressive Auto Insurance Claims Review

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Insurance.  It’s a staple within the realms of responsible personal finance, but one I absolutely despise. I hate the idea of insurance, the process of claiming insurance and generally speaking the companies which offer insurance. Every month I write a $600 check for my families health insurance, I grind my teeth on the way to and […]

Things to Save Up For – Our Savings Goals for 2015

Things to Save Up For

Let’s chat about savings goals. I’ll list mine so you can see what’s important to me. You tell me in the comments below what you’re saving for and how you plan to achieve those goals. This exercise is meant to help me organize my savings goals and also to give you a peek at the […]

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12 Personal Finance Podcasts to Consider for Your Commute

Personal Finance Podcasts

I know a lot of people have rough commutes. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute to and from the office each day – I get it. 30 minutes here, 45 minutes there, and before you know it, you’re on the road for over an hour everyday. […]

15 Financial Tools and Resources for Your Family


Earlier this month PT and I attended Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference in Los Angeles. The conference provides teachers with resources to improve their own financial literacy as well as improve their ability to teach kids about personal finance in school. I had the opportunity to present on Smartphone Money Apps for Kids I shared all the […]

Introducing: The Get Rich Slowly Guide – Q&A with Author J.D. Roth


My friend J.D. Roth recently released the Get Rich Slowly guide. I sat down with him (over email, of course) to learn about the guide and get some extra insight for you guys. Here’s our interview: Why did you put this together? I founded Get Rich Slowly (the blog) in 2006. I wrote and edited […]

Do You Have What it Takes to Complete the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge?

The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge

Today I thought I’d share my thoughts on the 52 week money challenge and see how many of you would do something like this. How the 52 Week Money Challenge Works The idea is simple: deposit $1 into your savings account on week one of 2013, followed by $2 on week two, $3 on week […]

Inspiration to Keep Saving Money

Inspired Motivated to Save Money

Question from a reader: “How you do find the inspiration to keep saving money even when you don’t want to? I’m debt free and paying off my mortgage in the next 5 years (instead of the next 29 years!) so I’m looking for some extra inspiration. Thank you!” Here’s my answer (feel free to include […]

Turns Out Vanguard Age Based 529 Plan Funds Are Actually Based on Age

Doh 529 Plan Beneficiary Mistake

We’ve been investing in bonds and cash within my youngest daughter’s 529 plan. Doh! Earlier this week I was reading a r/personalfinance thread (great place for pf advice by the way) from someone considering the Ohio 529 Savings Plan. I’m a fan of that plan and so I chimed in with how I thought it […]

Giveaway: Win One of Jean Chatzky’s Money School Classes


I’m a big fan of Jean Chatzky and her unique brand of personal finance advice. I personally selected her to be our keynote speaker at FinCon this year. I’m sure you’re familiar with her work as the financial editor of the TODAY Show. Jean is in big demand, naturally. So she can’t meet with everyone […]

How To Do More with Your Money

How To Do More with Your Money

Recently, Michael Delgado of Experian interviewed me for one of their Experian chats. We covered a lot of ground in the Google Hangout, including my journey into blogging, how to do more with your money, and even some beginner blogging tips for those who are interested in starting one of their own and possibly make some […]

The Privacy vs Frugality Debate: Saving Money Costs You

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This is an article by Sam Lustgarten, a doctoral student at a midwestern university. We’re living in a surveillance society. Recent news and leaks from whistleblower, Edward Snowden, show that the American government has an intricate network — both foreign and domestic. The Washington Post recently reported that 56 percent of Americans approve of these surveillance […]

The Saving Squirrel and Other Ways of Teaching Young Children to Save Money

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How do you teach kids the value of money and encourage them to save? This noble task is something many parents struggle with. Maybe you do too? Typically, our kids are not learning more than how to identify and count coins and dollar bills in elementary school. So it is up to us as parents […]