2012 GRS Video Contest Winners

After a couple of hours spent watching the entries, and after consulting with my special assistant (i.e., the cat), I’ve had a chance to rank my favorite submissions in this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest. As always, there were some great tips and some great stories. […]

Resist Temptation to Use Your Credit Card Once You Pay It Down (122/365)

For a lot of people, debt is a cycle. They’ll spend themselves to the breaking point, watching their credit card balances surge. Then, once they reach a point where they are having difficulty paying their bills, they cut back and start living frugally for a while until the credit cards are under control. […]

Expenses of Pets

One of my earliest pet-related posts that got a big reaction was titled Cost of a Pet is $48,000!!! It was written tongue-in-cheek (though not everyone took it that way) but also meant to show people how there is a real and significant cost to having a pet. I've covered the "cost of pets" topic off and on again since then, but it's been awhile since my last post. […]

Using BillGuard to Protect Your Credit and Debit Cards Against Fraudulent Charges

A couple months ago, I received an e-mail from a PR person telling me about a new service call BillGuard. I get tons of PR e-mail and, almost without fail, they go straight to the trash. That being said, this one caught my eye and I filed it away for later investigation. Fast forward about a month and the e-mail resurfaced in my inbox. […]

How to Prepare for the Death of Your Spouse

Who pays the bills in your house? Our house isn’t much different from most households around the country. I’m the financial person in the family so I handle all financial matters in our home including paying bills, watching all of our accounts, managing our investments, and corresponding with people regarding financial matters. […]

Frugal Ideas for Kids this Summer

Each summer parents everywhere hear the familiar refrain: “I’m bored!” While you can send your children to summer camp, or sign them up for various programs, it can start to get expensive over time — especially if you have more than one child. […]

Get to Work If You Want to Be Rich

How much time do you spend in front of the television, socializing with friends, or watching movies? I freely admit that I spend too much time watching television. There are certain television programs that entertain me, and particularly during stressful times in my life, I need some type of outlet that makes me laugh, raising my spirits. […]

6 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout

Studies estimate that stress costs US businesses up to $300 billion dollars in lost productivity each year. In the wake of such statistics, there is beginning to be a larger discussion about burnout, which is essentially when stress and pressure (often in the workplace) have become so great that overall quality of life and quality of work become negatively impacted. […]

Reader Profile: JR

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rain and Sports Edition

One of the big challenges of outdoor youth sports is dodging the inevitable spring rainfalls. We’ll have a practice or two and I’ll see some real improvement with the children I’m coaching. […]

How to Buy a New Car the Right Way

Next to buying a home, buying a new car is right up there as one of the largest and more stressful financial decisions you’ll make. After all, buying a vehicle is a commitment and your decision will likely stick with you for a few years and become an integral part of your life. […]

Professional Sports: A Waste of Time, Money, and Energy?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. You know what I like to do on a beautiful fall day? Sit on a couch and watch other people exercise! […]

How Accurate is the Credit Sesame Credit Score?

Getting a free credit score without jumping through the hoops of trials is nice, but nearly impossible. Services like Credit Sesame and Credit Karma are great for getting a credit score, even if it’s not the celebrated FICO credit score. The one knock against those scores is that, while free, they aren’t “FICO” so they aren’t useful. […]

Wittlebee Giving Away 3 Months Free Clothing Subscription to Wise Bread Readers! ($120 Value)

Tired of dragging your screaming kids to the mall? Wittlebee, a kids clothing club that ships directly to your home, is here to help. For $39.99 a month, Wittlebee will send you a box of clothes customized for your child after a free phone consultation with their stylist.   You get 8 items a month from brands like American Apparel and Cottonseed. […]

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

It's easy to know that you're getting the best deal around when shopping through dealnews, but sometimes you want to plan for purchases in advance. So to help you out, we've mined our archives of product prices, sales, and coupons to see what consumer goods are best buys throughout the month of May. […]

Best Money Tips: 10 Car Shopping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on car shopping mistakes and how to avoid them, saving for retirement, and steps to great finances. Top 5 Articles 10 Car Shopping Mistakes And How To Avoid Them — When buying a car, don't make the mistake of not differentiating between needs and wants. […]

Cavalcade of Risk

Welcome to the Cavalcade of Risk, the blog carnival that covers insurance and risk management. Here are this week's submissions along with a brief summary: How Much Information Should You Share? […]

How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job

Find out what people are doing to increase their chances of snagging the job they want. We live in a society in which most people fear being different, fear making waves and thus fail to exhibit their unique qualities. […]

The Deception of Coupons and Discounts: Yeah, I Totally Needed Two Gallons of Milk

This probably isn’t the most novel observation in the world, but it would certainly seem that a great many people get “tricked” into spending more than they normally would by the lure of coupons and discounts (cue Captain Obvious). These “fake-ish” coupons and deals come from everywhere: newspaper clippings, TV and radio offers, Internet promotions, fliers, smartphone apps. […]

Thanks to the Consumerism Commentary Community

In just a short period of time, Consumerism Commentary will be entering its tenth year of existence. The site’s ninth anniversary is approaching, and I’ve been involved with the website longer than I’ve been involved with any other commitment in my life. Jobs and relationships have come and gone, but Consumerism Commentary remains. […]