29 ways to build your emergency fund out of thin air

This is a guest post from GRS contributor Donna Freedman. Get Rich Slowly contributor Lisa Aberle recently suggested putting 10 percent of income in a savings account. She provided guidelines in “How to...

If You Owe the IRS Money, You Might Get a Call from a Private...

Photo by Kai Chan VongIf you owe the IRS money, be prepared for some changes. The IRS will now use private debt collectors for overdue federal debt, which might confuse some taxpayers. Here’s...

When You Have an Emergency Fund, You Have Power

When you live paycheck-to-paycheck, you usually feel at the mercy of your employer. If you’re lucky enough to have a fair, understanding employer, that might not be so bad. However, if your employer...

Ask for a Discount on a New Item If You Break Something Out of...

Let’s say you break your watch or some other item or device. You check your warranty, and bummer: it’s expired. If you’re planning to buy a replacement, try asking the company for a...

My life philosophy: 49 lessons from 49 years

Happy birthday to me! Today I turn 49. Here’s a photo from my third birthday. (I’m tucked just behind Mom, opening a present.) To celebrate my 49th birthday, I want to share 49 nuggets...

The Lazy Person's Guide to Travel Hacking

Illustration by Sam Woolley.There are entire forums dedicated to the fine art of using credit card points to score thousands of dollars in free travel, or travel hacking. People get really into it,...

These Index Funds Make It Easy to Invest in Socially Responsible Companies

Stats show that consumers want to support companies that support social and environmental issues. If you want to invest in socially responsible companies, too, Business Insider points to a handful of index funds...

What's the Best Thing You’ve Done to Get Your Finances in Order?

Most of us could be better at managing our money. This isn’t meant to shame or guilt anyone—it’s simply a fact. There are so many temptations every day, so many different financial products...

Positive Encouragement Really Does Help Boost Your Savings Goals

Saving money is great for the future, but spending it is more fun now. Connecting your present and future self is one of the biggest challenges of money management. Research shows the occasional...

The IRS’s Get Transcript Tool Gives You Access to Your Tax Details

If you need a summary of your tax return, you can get it (and other transcripts) online using the IRS’s newly re-launched tool. The IRS disabled their “Get Transcript” tool last year when identity...

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