Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. It took me a long time to start using Facebook to stay in touch with my friends, and it took even longer to set up a Facebook page for Get Rich Slowly. And it’s taken me even longer to mention the page exists here on the blog! Sheesh. How dumb can one guy get?
If you’re active on Facebook, “liking” the Get Rich Slowly page is a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest posts. It’s also a fun way to interact with other readers, and to find occasional small (and interesting) bits posted by the GRS social-networking elves. (Did you know there are social-networking elves here at GRS? There are. I can’t do all of this myself!)
Meanwhile, here are some interesting personal-finance articles I’ve found recently in other corners of the web:
I can’t recall that I’ve ever written about dealing with debt collectors at Get Rich Slowly. Fortunately, I have no experience with this subject. Still, I know that many people who are struggling to get by need tips on how to handle collections effectively. If you’re one of these folks, check out Laura’s article on how to handle debt collectors over at Five Cent Nickel. (On a completely unrelated note, some of you may also be interested in the FCN post about where to buy last-minute sports or concert tickets.)
Over at The Simple Dollar, Trent did a handy round-up describing how once-a-month cooking works. This isn’t something I’ve tried myself, but I know some people who have and liked the results. (In fact, my brother shared his experience with once-a-month cooking back when this blog was young.)
Jeremy at Gen-X Finance recently posted 8 ways to save money when going out to eat. His tips are good, but my favorite is to plan for leftovers. Restaurant portions in the U.S. are gigantic, especially when compared to similar meals in Europe. If you can stretch your expensive dinner into an additional meal or two, the cost becomes much more affordable.
I don’t generally link to online “slide-shows”, but I thought this one at SavingsAccounts.com was kind of amusing — and appropriate for the season. In scary credit-card tales, readers share their nightmare stories of credit cards gone awry. Spooky!
Finally, Kiplinger has a fascinating little article that tries to answer the question, “Where do you rank as a taxpayer?” Based on data from the IRS, the article explores the relationship between income and tax burden. Kiplinger also has a simple calculator to show how your income stacks up when compared to other taxpayers. (Related: past GRS articles on understanding the federal budget and the truth about taxes.)
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