Caption this Wise Bread Family Photo and Win $50!

Help me caption this photo for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate! My son Moses loves the chickens. They are very tame. He likes to sit in the middle of them and hang out when they get their afternoon snack. How to Enter: Leave your caption on this My Life Scoop page before Thursday night (11:59 pm PST 05/06/10). […]

Costco New Membership Promotion

If you’ve been waiting for a Costco new member promotion before you join, today is your lucky day because Costco has announced their latest new membership promotion. Between now and June 30th, 2010, you can receive 2 months free when you join Costco. New Executive Members also get a $10 cash card on top of the two extra months. […]

Comcast, Round #3

For those of you new to this story, read these posts (in order) to catch up to the rest of us: We Got Cable TV  Why I LOVE Comcast!!! Comcast Blows It and then Saves It  Comcast Blows It, then Recovers, Again So here's the latest in my Comcast saga. We returned from our Easter vacation on April 6 and found out that Comcast had turned off our HD channels. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rates – May 2010

This is just a quick note to say that the Treasury has posted the new Series I Savings Bond rates. As I noted previously, the variable portion of the rate dropped from 3.06% to 1.54% as a result of lower inflation. At that time, however, the fixed portion of the rate was still unknown. Well… TreasuryDirect updated their website with the new fixed rate within the past hour, and guess what? […]

Reader Mailbag: Starting Over

I had forgotten the rewards and challenges of having a newborn. In some ways, both the challenges and the rewards are amplified by also having a four year old and a two year old at home. My son is 20, and is a straight A student at college but doesn’t feel that he knows what he really wants to do. Everything, academically, comes easy to him. (I know he doesn’t like manual labor. […]

7 Ways My Clunker Is Smarter than a Hybrid

ShareThisI’ve always been slightly amazed how the new car market is so readily embraced. I know it takes all those new car buyers to allow us used-car shoppers the luxury of so much inventory. […]

Poll: How Much Do You Spend on Phone Service?

Most of us can’t do without a phone. It’s a connected world and having a phone in your pocket everywhere you go is just the way it is these days. Unfortunately, connectivity costs money. If you have a phone that does more than make calls there’s a good chance you’re spending more money on added data plans, text messages, and more. […]

The Second-Best Way to Make your Household More Secure

You already know the best way to make your household finances more secure: emergency fund, insurance, diversified investment portfolio, marketable skills. […]

Money, Happiness, and (Extreme) Giving

We’ve previously talked about the relationship between money and happiness (here and here), and we’ve also tackled the issue of “how much is enough.” With those discussions as a backdrop… I recently ran across an interesting article about an Austrian millionaire that’s giving away his entire fortune. He’s selling his homes, cars, the business that made his fortune, etc. […]

Continental Airlines to Merge With United Airlines

Yesterday, the boards of directors for Continental Airlines and United Airlines agreed to merge the two companies, creating the largest airline carrier. The new company will bear the United name and the Continental brand will cease to exist. […]

Low Interest Credit Cards

While I’ve never carried a balance on my credit card before, making sure the card offered a low interest rate was always important to me. While I never intend to carry a credit card balance, I’m also a realist. I recognize that sometimes you can’t control what you can or cannot do. Things get out of your control and during those times it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared. […]

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to the Farmers’ Market

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to eat healthier and support local agriculture, but if you’ve ever been to one, you know that the food isn’t cheap. When you’re used to fairly inexpensive tomatoes from the supermarket, the price of locally-grown, heirloom tomatoes can be a bit of a shock, leading some consumers to wonder what makes the m […]

Secrets to Saving On Mother’s Day Flowers

What's the present mom likes best? One you make yourself! And, as it happens, that's also the kind of mother's day gift that will save you the most! What's the easiest, best and least expensive way to mom's heart? […]

The Capital to Income Ratio

The following is an excerpt from Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security. The concept of moving from laborer to capitalist sounds like a nice theory, but what you probably want to know most of all about retirement is this: “How much savings (capital) will I need to retire?” A good estimate is that you will need to accumulate capital worth about 12 times your income. […]

Thesis Theme For WordPress Rocks! New Website Design Launched

Well, I’m sure you’ve already noticed what I was alluding to a few days ago when I mentioned that I had a surprise in store. Beyond the free restaurant gift certificates giveaway, I wanted to unveil our new look. Wish I could give away something bigger to celebrate, but would you also settle for a theme change at least? […]

Cyber Crime: Can You Afford to Ignore It?

Link: ShareThis federated_media_section = "gold"; Are you worried that hackers in China might put you out of business? Do you have a business continuity plan? […]

Review: Getting Organized in the Google Era

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’m pretty passionate about organization – after all, I named David Allen’s book Getting Things Done as one of the ten books that changed my life. […]

Podcast 54: Improving Gas Usage and Saving Money

Our guest on today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Schwark Satyavolu, president and co-founder of BillShrink. Our podcast producer and host, Tom Dziubek, speaks with Schwark about trends and tips for saving money on travel this coming summer.This episode contains a number of suggestions that will help travelers and commuters consume less gas and save money this summer. […]

Homebrewed Beer: The Results

When I left off, our beer was sitting in a carboy. In total, it spent 14 days there. The first several days were fascinating to me — I liked hearing and watching the yeast do its work. The color of the beer changed and the bubbles gradually stopped. After the beer had done its time in the carboy, it was time to bottle. […]

Dressed for Success, the Frugal Way

Anne writes in: After searching for most of a year after getting my degree, I finally found a great job which I’m starting just after Memorial Day. The problem is that I don’t know what to wear. I don’t want to stand out as being poorly dressed but I don’t want to dump thousands into a work wardrobe. […]