Funny Money


  • The Reckoning (or, What Mint Revealed) (298 comments)

    For the next week (or two), we'll be sharing "audition" pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. ...Read more »

  • How I Won $10,200 on Game Shows (39 comments)

    For the next week (or two), we'll be sharing "audition" pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. ...Read more »

  • Dollar Coins: Or, In Other Words, a New Tax (155 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. "You need 75 more cents!" the woman at our favorite burger joint, Little Big Burger, said brightly after I sent my 9-year-old to order another serving of...Read more »

  • Why I Still Pick Up Pennies (168 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. The most-read p...Read more »

  • American Cookery: Magazine Ads from 1939 (26 comments)

    My wife knows me pretty well. At a recent garage sale, Kris picked up the November 1939 issue of American Cookery magazine. She wanted it for the recipes. But after she was finished, she handed it off...Read more »

  • The GRS Garden Project: March 2011 Update (30 comments)

    Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for March 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for...Read more »

  • Ask the Readers: A Fool and His Money… (138 comments)

    It's April Fool's Day, one of my favorite days of the year at Get Rich Slowly. It's the day I get to share the story of some foolish thing I've done with money in the past. This year, though, April...Read more »

  • The Lottery: An “Investment” for Fools (with Bonus Lottery Simulator!) (162 comments)

    Over the years, I've done some foolish things with my finances. I've squandered money on comic books. I've speculated on risky stocks, hoping to make a quick fortune. I've paid a gazillion dollars &md...Read more »

  • 10 Money Lessons from Music Lyrics (56 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. When you're looking for personal finance advice, you probably check out books and websites like GRS, but what about turning on the radio? Recently, I...Read more »

  • The Tax Protestor FAQ (53 comments)

    Every so often (especially this time of year), someone writes to let me in on a secret. "J.D., did you know you don't have to pay income taxes?" they'll say. "It's true! Income tax is illegal!" I'v...Read more »

  • You and Your Work: A Short Film About Employment from 1948 (38 comments)

    Last weekend, Kris and I hired a friend's 12-year-old to help with yardwork. We leave for Africa on Monday, and we don't want to burden our housesitter with unnecessary chores. When we heard that our ...Read more »

  • The Laundry Agreement (102 comments)

    Yesterday, I made a passing reference to The Laundry Agreement. A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed a further reference in the screenshot I posted to illustrate the article. Kevin and Samantha both...Read more »

  • The Economics of Seinfeld (21 comments)

    A group of economics professors have pooled their collective brainpower to come up with a new way to teach their students — and the general public — about economic principles. They've crea...Read more »

  • Money Magic That Really Works (15 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. It's Halloween, the season of ghosts, ghouls, and ...Read more »

  • Comic Book Ad from 1956: How I Made a Small Fortune in Spare Time! (19 comments)

    Last month, I mentioned that I got my entrepreneurial start as a kid by selling stuff door to door. This "stuff" generally comprised products advertised on the back of of comic books: seeds, greeting ...Read more »

  • Kids These Days (106 comments)

    Kris and I took a stroll through the neighborhood today to visit the weekend garage sales. First we walked down to Lane's house to browse his books and knick-knacks. (Lane is a GRS reader, and when we...Read more »

  • I’m Not THAT J.D. Roth! (26 comments)

    Normally, I wouldn't post something like this at Get Rich Slowly — this is why I have a personal blog — but I'm getting a lot of tweets and e-mail from folks about a piece of ephemera that...Read more »

  • Man to Live Off Coupons for One Year (65 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Josh Stevens of Chicago might win $100,000 — if he can keep from spending a single cent (literally) for a year. Stevens accepted internet cou...Read more »

  • Extreme Personal Finance: Eating Well on One Dollar a Day (74 comments)

    Last Thursday, Ron Lieber (who writes the "Your Money" column for The New York Times) posted an innocuous little tweet: This person will have book deal & Today show slot in 5 minutes. RT @marypilon...Read more »

  • Finding Frugal Fun with Board Games (110 comments)

    This is a guest post from Katie Boes, a self-avowed nerd. As kids, many of us loved playing board games. I was a child of the eighties and, as such, grew up playing Candy Land, Sorry!, and Monopoly...Read more »

  • Confessions of a Gadget Junkie (100 comments)

    Ah, April Fool's Day. Such a special day at Get Rich Slowly. Every year, I share a story of my own foolishness with money. And there are so many stories to choose from! Stories like The $1500 Frisbee ...Read more »

  • Dinosaur Comics on the Rent vs. Buy Debate (33 comments)

    Thomas wrote in on Monday to share a comic strip related to our discussion last week about whether renting makes sense: Click on image to open a larger version in a new window. Ah, Dinosaur Comi...Read more »

  • Obsessive Consumption (17 comments)

    To take control of your spending, you must first be aware of your spending. This mindfulness can be difficult for many people to achieve. GRS reader (and awesome artist) Tsilli pointed me to the work ...Read more »

  • Dumb Money: J.D. the Junk-Food King (73 comments)

    It's been a long time since I shared a good self-deprecating story about my own financial foolishness. Let me remedy that today. For the past month or so, I've been buried deep in writing my book. ...Read more »

  • Dow 10,000 and Other Nonsense (70 comments)

    A reporter from SmartMoney contacted me a couple of weeks ago to ask me to participate in a little game they were hosting. "All you have to do is guess when the Dow will hit 10,000," she said. "This i...Read more »

  • A Tightwad’s Lament (and Daily Links) (36 comments)

    Ah, the tribulations of a tightwad — they are many. On Monday, I walked a mile-and-a-half to the hardware store to buy some 1/2-inch washers, nuts, and bolts. (Remember: I'm trying to walk 5-...Read more »

  • What Squirrels Can Teach Us About Investing (23 comments)

    This is a guest post from Paul Puckett of Beacon Wealth Advisors. Puckett is the author of Investiphobia: You Can Invest Without Fear. This piece originally appeared at his blog, Just Puckett, and I l...Read more »

  • What Makes Us Tick: A Short Film About How the Stock Market Works (from 1952) (15 comments)

    It's been several months since I've discovered a new money movie to share with you. I love these things, but I've exhausted most of my sources for Public Domain material. However, while browsing the P...Read more »

  • My Great Disney World Adventure (108 comments)

    Yesterday I wrote about my recent business trip to Orlando. This is the "rest of the story", a behind-the-scenes look at how I spent way too much money for a one-day vacation. When Kris and I agree...Read more »

  • An Experiment in Cheap Living (from 1872) (38 comments)

    An Experiment in Cheap Living Earlier this week, I shared some of the highlights from three years of GRS articles about saving money on food. Brett from The Art of Manliness, who knows that I colle...Read more »

  • Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford (25 comments)

    One of the best things about running this site is reviewing all of the reader submissions. You folks send me tons of links and story ideas. But in the past three years, there's one item that you have ...Read more »

  • Why Our Heating Bill Ballooned This Winter (63 comments)

    Kris and I own an old house. During the winter, the cold air seeps in through cracks in the windows and beneath gaps in the doors. We've done what we can to keep our heating costs low, and we make a h...Read more »

  • The Lean Dog of Despair Never Follows a Man with a Bank Account (18 comments)

    One of the fun things about writing a blog is getting to know readers a little better, and them getting to know me. One reader recently gave me a Mini Cooper — a remote-control model Mini Cooper...Read more »

  • The $1500 Frisbee (52 comments)

    It's April Fools' Day! In 2007, I regaled you with lifestyles of the rich and stupid. Last year, I explained how to turn $500 into $7 the hard way. And this year I offer you yet another tale of my own...Read more »

  • In the Beginning… The Genesis of Get Rich Slowly (36 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly isn't quite three years old yet — or is it? Its official "birthday" is 15 April 2006. But recently, while digging through some old notebooks, I found a gem of a page. In an aband...Read more »

  • Should CNN Replace Stock Analysts — With Cats? (16 comments)

    You know what? Personal finance is too serious — especially lately. I have a "funny money" category, but I rarely use it. Maybe I should post something to it now and then. Something like this: ...Read more »

  • Riches — Or Just a Competence? (20 comments)

    Melissa wrote recently to point me to a story at the fantastic Modern Mechanix blog (a blog I might write if I didn't write GRS). From the June 1917 issue of Illustrated World comes a true tale of get...Read more »

  • REAL Long-Term Investing: 7% Annually for 135 Years (23 comments)

    Now that I've finally finished the busiest month of my life, I can begin reading the stories submitted by GRS readers again. I find plenty of neat stuff while surfing the web, but there's no question ...Read more »

  • Your Thrift Habits: Money Tips from 1948 (21 comments)

    For this final day of Thrift Week 2009, Get Rich Slowly revisits a short thrift film that I first featured in May 2007. Over the past few years, I've shared a number of old cartoons and educational...Read more »

  • Credit Cards Can Pay You Money? (56 comments)

    This is a guest post from Sonia Coleman. It originally appeared in slightly different form at her blog, Coleman Unlimited. Last night I had to call my bank to follow up on a rebate check for my new...Read more »

  • The Good Consumer (36 comments)

    In my favorite section of David Mitchell's brilliant Cloud Atlas, Sonmi-451 is a clone who works in a fast-food restaurant in near-future Korea, a society ruled by corporcracy (a government of corpora...Read more »

  • Bookkeeping and You: Personal-Finance Propaganda from 1947 (28 comments)

    "Let's look in on a high-school bookkeeping class," begins this short film from 1947. And when we do, we're introduced to a variety of students who have decided that bookkeeping is just what they need...Read more »

  • Cat and Girl on Halloween (13 comments)

    Cat and Girl is one of my favorite webcomics. It's cynical, postmodern, and smart. I admit that not everyone finds it amusing (Kris, for example), but I do. I particularly liked yesterday's strip, and...Read more »

  • Confess Your Shopping Sins with Spendster (3 comments)

    Spendster is a new site that allows users to share video stories about impulse buying, over-spending, and wasting money on Stuff they don't need. These video confessionals are fun to watch (I would ne...Read more »

  • Redneck Math — or Wall Street Math? (21 comments)

    Dave dropped a line the other day to share a video he discovered. He writes: "This little movie clip explains how 25 divided by 5 equals 14. I think it kind of sums up how we as a nation got into our ...Read more »

  • What is Money? A Basic Economics Lesson from 1947 (19 comments)

    I was pleased recently to discover another handful of short films about financial topics from the 1940s and 1950s. I'll share them over the next few months, starting with this timely piece from 1947. ...Read more »

  • The Best Salesman in the World (39 comments)

    In yesterday's links roundup, I shared the story of Joe Ades, the gentleman grafter. Ades sells vegetable peelers on the streets of New York City by day, but goes home at night to a three-bedroom Park...Read more »

  • This American Life: Something for Nothing (20 comments)

    Kris called me down to the kitchen this morning to listen to This American Life. While she baked a molasses cake and canned applesauce, I sat at the table and took notes on the show, which featured fo...Read more »

  • How to Win the Lottery (128 comments)

    Ray Otero cannot buy a break. For the past three years, he's spent $500 to $700 a week playing the lottery, but he's only won big a few times: $1,000 once and $2,000 twice. Still he keeps playing. He'...Read more »

  • Marvelous Magazine Ads from 1904 (33 comments)

    This post contains many scanned images. Click on any detail to see a larger version. I believe that one of the best ways to reduce spending is to limit your exposure to advertising. Marketers emplo...Read more »

  • iPhone or Millionaire? (37 comments)

    Apple releases the second iteration of its iPhone today. The product ostensibly carries a lower price than the previous version. But how much does it really cost? Matt and Marnie both pointed me to th...Read more »

  • Young Entrepreneurs: Encouraging Children With Kid-Sized Businesses (36 comments)

    This is a guest post from my wife, and features a story I've come to look forward to updating every summer: the tale of two entrepreneurial girls. Last weekend I explored Portland's beautiful Eastm...Read more »

  • A Six-Year-Old with a Credit Card (49 comments)

    I hate junk mail. As a test once, I signed up for a subscription to Entertainment Weekly using the name of our cat, Simon. Sure enough, Simon started to receive his very own junk mail — not ...Read more »

  • Frugality is Important (9 comments)

    Here, via reader Karen L., are some words of wisdoms via a Chinese fortune cookie: Do you have a fun personal finance story or photo you'd like to share? Send it to ...Read more »

  • Richie Rich and the High Price of Oil (39 comments)

    You gotta love it when two hobbies come together. In this case, it's my love of personal finance and my love of comic books. Here's the cover of a 1978 issue of Richie Rich Inventions, in which Richie...Read more »

  • Motor Trend 1971 — 40 Cars Under $2500 (29 comments)

    While cleaning my office last Saturday, I stumbled upon a pile of old magazines. Most of these are copies of Modern Mechanix from the 1930s and 1940s, but the issue that caught my eye was the July 197...Read more »

  • Grocery Store Mysteries: Cheap Milk (66 comments)

    We ran out of milk this evening, so I made an emergency trip to the grocery store to buy more. Generally we purchase a half gallon of one-percent, which lasts us about a week. When I went to grab t...Read more »

  • Round & Round: Capitalist Propaganda from 1939 (6 comments)

    Here's a short-film produced by General Motors in 1939 called "Round & Round". It's a brief look at the free market system. It feels like it was produced for first-graders: This is a factory. This ...Read more »

  • How to Turn $500 into $7 the Hard Way (91 comments)

    Back in our young and foolish days, Kris and I bought an encyclopedia set from a door-to-door salesman. This was in 1995, at the very cusp of the digital age. We had been on the internet for about a y...Read more »

  • Cat and Girl on Wants and Needs (36 comments)

    Jan D. sent a note that the latest episode of webcomic Cat and Girl features a meditation on wants and needs. With the permission of artist Dorothy Gambrell, here's the strip: Click to open a full-...Read more »

  • Extreme Personal Finance: America on $10 a Day (76 comments)

    I love stories of extreme personal finance. In the past I've written about a guy who was homeless by choice, how to pay off your mortgage in three years, and about the most fuel-efficient driver in th...Read more »

  • The Wise Use of Credit: Money Lessons from 1960 (18 comments)

    "To develop a better understanding of the wise use of credit, let's spend a few minutes with a certain individual we'll call Mr. Money." Here's another short video from Sutherland Educational Films de...Read more »

  • Ads I Hate: Athletic Clubs (81 comments)

    For the past few months, a gym to which I used to belong has been sending me "special offers" in an attempt to entice me to return. Because I've begun focusing on fitness, these almost work. But so fa...Read more »

  • The Grand Illusion: Personal Finance Advice from Styx (27 comments)

    And now for something completely different... While listening to Styx this morning (yes, really), I realized the title track from their 1977 album The Grand Illusion does a good job of describing a...Read more »

  • The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Contest Winners (12 comments)

    When Jeff Yeager and I devised the Ultimate Cheapskate's Book Contest, we hoped that Get Rich Slowly readers would have fun with it. But your responses exceeded our wildest dreams. The contributions h...Read more »

  • Penny Pinchers: Mart and the $10 Boots (13 comments)

    I love family reunions. My cousins are bold and brassy. They're loud, and quick with a funny story. They're also cheap. At a New Year's Day reunion last week, we swapped tales of extreme penny-pinchin...Read more »

  • The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Book Contest (253 comments)

    Let's have a little fun. On Sunday, I reviewed Jeff Yeager's new book, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to True Riches. Yeager has graciously offered to give away three copies to Get Rich Slowly rea...Read more »

  • The Benefits of Looking Ahead: Success Tips from 1950 (10 comments)

    Happy New Year! As we say "good-bye" to the old year and "hello" to the new, it's a great chance to look ahead to our plans for the future. I believe that the road to success is paved with goals. ...Read more »

  • The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Guide to True Riches (24 comments)

    Jeff Yeager calls himself the Ultimate Cheapskate. He's serious about saving money. He's the sort of guy who soft-boils his morning eggs by putting them in the dishwasher while it runs. In a package h...Read more »

  • What I Like About Scrooge (91 comments)

    Jeff V. sent me an article last Christmas, but I never got a chance to mention it. I'm making amends today. Three years ago at Slate Magazine, Steven E. Landsburg wrote an article in praise of mise...Read more »

  • My Millionaire Schemes (46 comments)

    I made a rare trip to Powell's City of Books yesterday. This used to be one of my favorite hang-outs, but as I've learned to love frugality and to hate clutter, my book spending has plummeted. As a re...Read more »

  • Day of Thanksgiving: Holiday Thoughts from 1951 (4 comments)

    It's Thanskgiving Day in the United States — my favorite holiday. Here's a video from 1951 that celebrates Thanksgiving. While it's a little schmaltzy — and filled with lots of not-so-subt...Read more »

  • Ten Principles of Economics, Translated (14 comments)

    The following is a video presentation from Yoram Bauman, who bills himself as "the world's first and only stand-up economist". All I know is he's hilarious. It's been a l-o-n-g time since I mad...Read more »

  • Mystery Checks in the Mail (15 comments)

    Earlier this month, Julie warned us that Macy's had flipped her store card and sold her data to Citibank. I recently experienced something similar. A few months ago, I received some "advance checks...Read more »

  • Using the Bank: State-of-the-Art Personal Finance (from 1947) (9 comments)

    I've removed the entry pointing to the Dave Ramsey video on YouTube. Here instead is a different sort of personal finance video, one that is squarely in the Public Domain. Remember what banking was...Read more »

  • Video: Credit Cards in the Blender (5 comments)

    Here's something light and easy for a summer Sunday afternoon. Until today I'd completely missed out on "Will it Blend?", which is apparently the 20th most popular series of clips on YouTube (based on...Read more »

  • How to Save a Dollar (44 comments)

    Here's a guest-post from my cousin, Mrs. Darling. She previously shared information on how to raise a family on one income (here's part two). The third part to that series will appear here in August. ...Read more »

  • Make Mine Freedom: Economics Lessons from 1948 (4 comments)

    Zaphod passed along an old John Sutherland propaganda film extolling the virtues of capitalism and the evils of socialism. It's my patriotic duty to post it today. This is more about politics a...Read more »

  • Stock Tips from Ten-Year-Olds (31 comments)

    We spent several hours last Saturday walking the streets of southeast Portland, looking for bargains. Portland's posh Eastmoreland neighborhood held its 22nd annual garage sale (which I wrote about la...Read more »

  • They’ll Give a Credit Card to Anyone These Days (38 comments)

    Because of Opt-Out Prescreen, I no longer get credit card offers at home. From time-to-time, though, I get them at work. A few weeks ago, I received an offer that puzzles me: Seems pretty norma...Read more »

  • Developing Self-Reliance: Personal Empowerment Lessons from 1951 (12 comments)

    Recently I wrote how I've been able to live a more fulfilling life by saying "yes" to opportunities and experiences instead of being afraid of them. Another way to look at this is that I've developed ...Read more »

  • PF LOLCAT (12 comments)

    How can I not post this? For the uninitiated: lolcats. [via the always-awesome English Major]...Read more »

  • Working Dollars: Investment Lessons from 1957 (10 comments)

    Here's a 1957 cartoon about the virtues of stock market investing from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fred Finchley is a family man with a good job, a lovely wife, two rambunctious children, and ...Read more »

  • Finding Your Life Work: Vocational Lessons from 1940 (7 comments)

    You folks seemed to enjoy "Your Thrift Habits", the educational film I posted last week. I liked it too. I've found a few more of these to share, and will post them on Saturday mornings. Today's film ...Read more »

  • Your Thrift Habits: Budgeting Lessons from 1948 (13 comments)

    Recently I stumbled on some old instructional films at A/V Geeks, including this little honey: "Your Thrift Habits". Produced in 1948 by Coronet Instructional Films, it's filled with great advice, and...Read more »

  • Tomorrow is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! (4 comments)

    Whatcha doin' tomorrow? Wanna get some free ice cream? Head on down to your local Ben & Jerry's scoop shop for their annual "free cone day". According to the wikipedia: Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day ...Read more »

  • The Real Estate Roller Coaster (32 comments)

    Last summer I shared a graph of American home values from 1890 to present. I found it alarming: Click image to view larger version in a new window. Graph © NYT. This graph was taken from a ...Read more »

  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Stupid (54 comments)

    "A fool and his money are soon parted." — Thomas Tusser Jason Kottke recently pointed to a Sports Illustrated article about LeBron James' new 35,440-square foot house, a house that features a...Read more »

  • Mary Poppins on Compound Returns (7 comments)

    After writing about Time is Money last night, I climbed into bed and began to read John Bogle's new The Little Book of Common Sense Investing. In the introduction, Bogle raves about the magic of compo...Read more »

  • Original Income Tax Form from 1913 (8 comments)

    In 1913, Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment, providing the three-quarter majority of states necessary to amend the Constitution. The 16th Amendment gave Congress the authority to enact an income ta...Read more »

  • Bank Robber With a Walker Caught Quickly (2 comments)

    It's been a while since I featured a "funny money" story. Here's one from the local paper. Suspected bank robber plans heist, forgets part about speedy getaway by Noelle Crombie And now for...Read more »

  • Tiny London Apartment for $334,000 (17 comments)

    Do you think housing prices are insane where you live? You ought to see London's Chelsea district. The BBS News reports that a "table-sized" apartment is selling for £170,000 (roughly $334,000US). He...Read more »

  • Money-Making Hobbies (from 1938) (21 comments)

    Note: For a modern look at this topic, check out six tips for money-making hobbies. What would Get Rich Slowly have been like if it were produced seventy years ago? Maybe something like this. (Or m...Read more »

  • Financial Nirvana: It’s the Little Things (19 comments)

    It gives me bliss when my Quicken balance matches my on-line bank balance before I even begin to reconcile my accounts for the month. I could be overdrawn by $200, and I'd still be glowing inside so l...Read more »

  • The American Frugal Housewife (4 comments)

    What can a housewife writing in 1832 teach us about frugality and thrift? Plenty, it turns out. In my recent interview on the Money Blogger Podcast, I mentioned a two-hundred-year-old book called ...Read more »

  • Real Financial Heroes (4 comments)

    Mr. Impulse-Buyer Guy Mrs. Addicted-to-Sales Shopper Mr. and Mrs. Too-Much-Home Buyer ...Read more »

  • Pennies From Heaven: Old Songs About Money (7 comments)

    A confession by way of preface: in addition to personal finance, food, and comic books, I'm a fan of musical theater. Thus, you'll forgive me for the following entry. I spent the evening on YouTube, l...Read more »

  • How Not to Be Frugal: Too Many Magazine Subscriptions (26 comments)

    Sometimes a great deal isn't. Because I have a small computer consulting business, I've been placed on a mailing list for "corporate rate" magazine subscriptions. Corporate rate subscriptions are unbe...Read more »

  • What to Do With All Those Pennies (14 comments)

    Over at AskMetafilter, a user wants to know what to do with all his pennies. I have a lot of pennies. They accumulated over the past twelve years. I need a permanent solution to this problem other ...Read more »

  • You Don’t Have to Explain the Math to *Me*! (2 comments)

    The Woodstock Writers Guild met last night. We meet one Wednesday a month at the local pub. The food isn't very good, but my fellow writers find it difficult to resist $2.50 pints. They quaff cheap be...Read more »

  • More Fun Than Dinner and a Movie (2 comments)

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  • Thank You for Supporting Blogathon! (8 comments)

    I'm going to bed now. Blogathon is over. I'm proud of the money that you pledged in support of First Book. Your 32 pledges raised $658 to buy books for needy children. (It's not too late to contrib...Read more »

  • My Blogathon Command Post (1 comment)

    Here's where I've spent the last 24 hours: This is the dining room table. You can see my Powerbook open and ready for use. To its left are a couple of books that I referred today. There's also ...Read more »

  • The Extraordinary Price of Dents (1 comment)

    Rob Cockerham at cockeyed.com (whom I've already mentioned twice today — he's got lots of good funny money stuff), has a profile on the extraordinary price of dents. In Early May, my frie...Read more »

  • Puttin’ on the Ritz (0 comment)

    Fred Astaire - Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz (1982) Puttin' on the Ritz (annotations) by Irving Berlin Have you seen the well-to-do Upon Lennox Avenue On that famou...Read more »

  • Pennies from Heaven: the MegaPenny Project (0 comment)

    Pennies get no respect. Their mineral composition fluctuates — they're mostly zinc now, though they'll return to bronze in 2009. People treat them like trash, often tossing them on the ground ra...Read more »

  • Father Tries to Make Mother Like Figures (1 comment)

    Clarence Day wrote for the The New Yorker in the 1920s and 1930s. His most famous work is Life With Father, which was adapted successfully into a stage play, a film, and a television series. It's a bi...Read more »

  • My Cheap Uncle Norman (2 comments)

    My cousin Nick remembers: My dad was so cheap that he once drilled a hole in a nickel so that he wouldn't have to pay eight cents for a washer. My first memory of gas prices is driving home fr...Read more »

  • The 3rd Annual Nigerian Email Conference (0 comment)

    Today, as I was posting to Blogathon, I received a 419 message, a Nigerian advance fee scam: My reason for contacting you is to solicit for your assistance and to stand as my trustee in having th...Read more »

  • The Ridiculous Infomercial Review (1 comment)

    Have you seen the shameless exaggeration, the tasteless products, and the pure hokum dispensed by all those infomercials that clog up the late night airwaves? Welcome to the Ridiculous Infomercial Rev...Read more »

  • Penny Pincher of the Year Award (3 comments)

    Nick at Punny Money (who is also doing the Blogathon right now) points to Michelle Singletary's annual Penny Pincher of the Year award. Honorable Mention goes to a man who, when on business trips, ...Read more »

  • Dollar-Bill Origami: Turn Your Money Into Art (1 comment)

    Most people just spend their money. Others turn it into art. Take a look at this creepy spider fashioned from five dollar-bills: Find more examples of this art at these sites: Clay Ran...Read more »

  • Financial Urban Legends (1 comment)

    Snopes, the urban legend site, has a collection of rumors — true, false, and unconfirmed — related to business and money. Here are some highlights: For example, did you hear about the...Read more »

  • How to Become as Rich as Bill Gates (0 comment)

    The Bill Gates Wealth Index Here's a site that answers the burning question: "How much money is it worth Bill Gates' time to pick up?" (The following was originally written in 1998.) Consider ...Read more »

  • Why Don’t Doctors Know How Much Their Services Cost? (31 comments)

    Three years ago I had surgery on my knee. I'd done a typical out-of-shape middle-aged man thing and played soccer (or football, for you international types) when I was not fit. A wrong step on uneven ...Read more »

  • Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford (11 comments)

    Live from New York! It's Saturday night! Okay, it's really live from Portland, but here's a skit from Saturday Night Live that features excellent personal finance advice. The best personal finance ...Read more »

  • Pop Buys Pop (a GRS re-run) (0 comment)

    I need to take a break. Here's one of my favorite tales of penny pinching, which I shared a couple months ago. It was written by my aunt. My husband likes quantity and sales. For example, we j...Read more »

  • The British Monetary System, Demystified (6 comments)

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. — Charles Dickens, Davi...Read more »

  • Monty Python: The Money Programme (0 comment)

    And now for something completely different... Here are the lyrics in case you'd like to sing along: The Money Song I've got ninety thousand pounds in my pyjamas. I've got forty thousand ...Read more »

  • Money For Nothing (and Your Chicks for Free) (3 comments)

    Night is here, and things have mellowed out. If I weren't doing Blogathon, I'd be heading to bed. I'm exhausted. The next nine hours will be a trial — no doubt. To ease the transition from light...Read more »

  • Man Risks Life Savings on Spin of Roulette Wheel (0 comment)

    Here is a man who has a high risk tolerance: Ashley Revell sold everything he had — including his clothes — left his home in London and headed to Vegas. After a little minor gambling, he w...Read more »

  • Coins for Making Change Efficiently (0 comment)

    Are those coins in your pocket a burden? Do you wish you didn't have to carry so many? Mathematicians have discovered that we'd have to carry fewer if the dime were replaced by an eighteen-cent piece....Read more »

  • Fontos Képek (2 comments)

    Fontos képek! — I don't know what it means, but it's funny to see. Here's a site in some language I don't understand that features photos of faces matched to folded currency. Doesn't make...Read more »

  • Reader Tip: Save Money on Iced Coffee Drinks (5 comments)

    Betsy from My Whim is Law wrote in with a $5 pledge and a tip on how to save money on expensive coffee drinks: This isn't particularly funny, but it is a reader suggestion! Most of the time,...Read more »

  • Questions for Matthew Lesko, the Question Mark Man (4 comments)

    Matthew Lesko, number 99 on the list of 100 People Who are Screwing Up America, is known for his wild informercials in which he claims he can tell you how to get free money from the U.S. government. (...Read more »

  • Trunk Clothes: A Sure Sign You Have a Spending Problem (0 comment)

    My little brother has no respect for Blogathon. I mentioned him earlier because he was taught his son that two pairs of shoes equals one iPod. (Remember that they're moving, and his wife is packing si...Read more »

  • The Engraveyard: Money of Many Nations (0 comment)

    James Lileks hosts some beuatiful images scanned from financial documents around the world. His Curious Lucre section contains "money of many nations", including currency from: Argentina, Austria, ...Read more »

  • Little Lulu: Just a Gigolo (0 comment)

    I love reading old comic books because they can give clues as to what life was like in another era. Little Lulu is one of my favorite old comics, even though it's ostensibly for kids. Here's a story t...Read more »

  • The B-52s: Legal Tender (1 comment)

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  • A Year’s Worth of Credit Card Applications (3 comments)

    How many credit card applications do you receive in a year? One cockeyed.com reader decided to keep track. From April of 2005 to April 2006, he noted every credit card offer that came to him. I...Read more »

  • The Make Money Fast Hall of Humiliation (0 comment)

    Why have I never found this site before? The Make Money Fast Hall of Humiliation is sort of a companion piece to Get Rich Slowly. While I tell you about sound financial habits, and steer you away from...Read more »

  • How to Earn a 177% Rate of Return on BOOZE (14 comments)

    I went thrift-store shopping with Kris yesterday. I scored a pile of personal finance books, including a copy of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias. This is one of my favorite...Read more »

  • Australian Financial Plan: Win Lottery, Stash Under Bed (5 comments)

    Lady Lunchalot — who has an awesome foodblog, and who is also participating in the Blogathon right now — submitted a story about the woeful state of Australian personal finance. One...Read more »

  • Lessons About Money from the World of Warcraft (12 comments)

    During late autumn and most of the winter, I live in another world. I join millions of others lost in Azeroth, the fictional universe for the computer game World of Warcraft. Believe it or not, one of...Read more »

  • The 9 Strangest Tax Write-Offs (4 comments)

    MSN MoneyCentral has a list of somestrange tax write-offs that people have claimed over the years. For example, there's the disc jockey who claimed his dog as a dependent. Dogs (and cats) may require ...Read more »

  • Lattes, iPods, and Masterworks: New Ways to Look at Money (6 comments)

    My brother is selling his house. To get it ready for market, his family has been packing stuff in boxes. When it came time to pack his wife's shoes, the kids were amazed. She had sixty pairs of shoes....Read more »

  • The Credit Card Prank: Crazy Signatures (11 comments)

    Here's an internet classic. John Hargrave at zug.com was frustrated that nobody ever checked his signature when he paid with a credit card. He wondered: how crazy could he make his signature before so...Read more »

  • Reader Submission: Old Lady with Loads of Money (1 comment)

    Get Rich Slowly-reader D submitted the following story, which is typical of many similar that I've heard: A few years back I was working in the city for a CPA firm when an associated legal firm b...Read more »

  • The Wealthy 100: A Ranking of the Richest Americans, Past and Present (4 comments)

    The Wealthy 100: From Benjamin Franklin to Bill Gates by Michael Klepper and Robert Gunther attempts to compare the fortunes of various Americans across time. But how can you compare one of Bill Gates...Read more »

  • ABBA: Money, Money, Money — with LEGO! (1 comment)

    Ah, my first YouTube video. When these appear, it's a sure sign that something's gone wrong with the entry I'm working on. (In this case, I'm trying to cut-and-paste a HTML table that was preformatted...Read more »

  • Our First Lesson in the Costs of Homeownership (1 comment)

    This is a true story. My wife and I bought our first house in June of 1993. It was a nice ranch-style house in my home-town. The seller had prepped it for market by keeping the lawn a gorgeous emer...Read more »

  • 1000 Ways to Waste Your Money (6 comments)

    From The Frumious Bandersnatch ("the least trustworthy source of news on the web — free and worth twice the price") comes this list of 1000 Ways to Waste Your Money. Weeks of research have be...Read more »

  • Who is Love 22…? (3 comments)

    ...and what does he have to do with money? According to Love 22's own web site: "LOVE 22" is (A  PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE), a Unique Comic Performer, and (A CHAMPION FRISBEE PLAYER) who prints u...Read more »

  • Don Lapre’s Ultimate Road to Success (0 comment)

    Who typifies the antithesis of the Get Rich Slowly ideal? There are many charlatans and hucksters out there who would have you believe there are quick paths to riches. One of these snake-oil salesmen ...Read more »

  • MORE Thieves Using Construction Equipment to Rob Banks (1 comment)

    Even as I was posting the previous entry about thieves using construction equipment in an attempt to steal an ATM, a Get Rich Slowly reader was forwarding the following to me. As you can see, it's a r...Read more »

  • Stupid Thieves Fail at Complicated ATM Heist (2 comments)

    Here's an hilarious story from my home-town. In fact, it's a story from my home-bank. This article originally appeared in the 12 July 2006 edition of the Clackamas Review. Reminder to readers from oth...Read more »

  • Where’s George? The Dollar-Bill Tracker (26 comments)

    Have you ever wondered where your money goes after you spend it? Where's George? can help you find out. After registering with the site, you can enter the serial numbers from your bills. As money fall...Read more »

  • The Torn-Up Credit Card Application (3 comments)

    Think you're safe from identity theft if you simply tear up your credit card applications and throw them in the trash? Think again. Rob Cockerham, who runs cockeyed.com ("the sixth-best website in ...Read more »

  • Man 1, Bank 0 (7 comments)

    Patrick Combs is an average guy. An average guy who, in 1995, decided on a whim to deposit one of those fake checks so common in junk mail. On May 19th, I was one of thousands of people around ...Read more »

  • Blogathon Theme: Funny Money (4 comments)

    Stop the presses! I had a spark of inspiration on the drive to work this morning. There's a change of plans for Blogathon. It seems a shame for all of your great suggestions to get buried beneat...Read more »