Bye-Bye Cubicle, Hello Children: Why I Quit Corporate America to Be a Stay-At-Home Dad

This is a post from Jeff Bogle, one of our first contributing blogger here at StopBuyingCrap. Back in 2008, Jeff left his steady corporate job at Vanguard to be a stay-at-home dad. […]

Free Budget Worksheets: Household Net Worth Spreadsheet

The free Household Net Worth Spreadsheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. I’ve put together a bunch of free budget worksheets for this series, starting with the household net worth spreadsheet. […]

Weddings Cost Much More than You Imagine

The Wall Street Journal says that weddings are much more expensive than people think, stating the following: Your $18,000 wedding? It may really end up costing you between $90,000 and $200,000. That's because the biggest cost of every dollar you spend is invisible. It's all the money you'd accumulate if you saved it instead. […]

2010 Plutus Awards

My friend Flexo at Consumerism Commentary has created the Plutus Awards, to celebrate the best in personal finance. The awards are broken up into two categories. The first goes to personal finance products and services while the second focuses solely on the best the personal finance blogging world has to offer. […]

2010 Consumer Action Handbook and Unautomate Your Finances

Last autumn, I shared a list of essential personal-finance e-books. These books covered a variety of topics, and many of them were free. Today I want to draw your attention to two new e-books that you may want to consider. Consumer Action Handbook First up is the 2010 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook. I’ve mentioned this book before, and I’ll mention it in the future. […]

Where Do You Want to Be In Five Years? How Do You Get There?

I’m going to share with you excerpts from seven different emails I’ve received from readers in the last few days. Kenny: I listened to your radio discussion with Vicki Robin and I was really intrigued by the whole five year plan. I have a big dream I’d love to accomplish (being a radio host) but I feel like it’s so far from my life that I’ll never get there. […]

Top Personal Finance Experts

There seems to be an ever-growing list of personal finance "experts", "personalities", or whatever you want to call them. I thought it would be fun to highlight the ones I consider to be the most popular (which will undoubtedly spark debate -- I know one will!) and let you then chime in with suggestions on where I missed the mark. […]

Your Human Capital

When I post my financial reports each month, they reflect only a small piece of who I am as a person. My bank account balances are only a small part of my life although they are center stage on Consumerism Commentary. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Trust Product Reviews? (Chance to win $20!)

By Linsey Knerl How do you know which products are worth buying? Do you ever rely on product reviews for your guidance? With all the blogs and websites offering reviews and opinions on which are the best, how can you know who to trust? We want your feedback on blogs and bias. Do you think that there is a way to tell if a review is honest? […]

Set Up a Safe Home Network

By Linsey Knerl Networks used to be something that IT departments only spoke about in corporate office environments.  Today,  however, the average family not only has a need for a good home network, but they are running some form of one without professional advice. If you're curious as to how you can tweak your network to be more efficient, or you've put off getting one started out of hesitation, […]

3 Easy Steps to a Greener Kitchen

Home sweet home – I’ve always love that saying. There is something wonderful about coming to place where you can feel safe, peaceful and rejuvenated. With all of the known dangers out in the big world, home can be a wonderful respite. Sadly, we are bombarded on a daily basis with the news of things that can harm us. Unfortunately some of those things can be found in our safe haven…our home. […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 03/09/2010

Dell Mini 10v Netbook for $149 with the purchase of a Dell laptop or netbook happygreenbee Clearance Sale: Organic kids' clothing from $2 + $6 s&h Barbie Superstar Doll for $3 + $4 s&h Get a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Cert. for $4 + receive a $50 Orbitz Gift with code BONUS FREE sample of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers […]

The Legal Way to Avoid Getting Taxed on Your Investments

By WC Porter Tax time is coming, and that means trying to keep as much of our hard-earned money as we can. […]

How to Make the Most of Your Career

In a few weeks I'll be speaking on "how to make the most of your career" to several hundred people. I want to give them tips on how they can grow their careers and get better than average raises over the course of their working lives. […]

Personal Savings from American Express Review

We’ve covered some of the best high interest savings accounts in the past, and I’d like to add a few more savings products to the list. While I associate American Express with top of the line credit cards, they actually also have a banking arm through which they’ve been offering a couple of high yield savings account options. […]

Sallie Mae Bank Savings Account Opening Review

At the beginning of March, the banking arm of Sallie Mae, a publicly-traded corporation whose main business is student loans, began offering high-yield savings accounts. […]

How to Plan Your Garden

By Dina Marie Our family has made a major life change in leaving the corporate world to begin a vineyard in west Texas. With a large family (10 children, 8 still at home) living on savings until our house in Alabama sells, frugal living is a necessity. Having never been a gardener, I have learned from those who have had successful gardens by asking many questions. […]

Mortgage “Half” Payments: How Much Do They Save?

One frequent question I’m often asked is whether or not paying half of a mortgage payment twice a month versus paying a full mortgage payment once a month is actually worthwhile. Let’s say, for example, you’re in the situation that Paul, one of my readers who wrote in recently, finds himself in. He just took out a $219,000 mortgage. His monthly payment on that mortgage is $1,300.89. […]

How to Succeed as an Online Student

By Julie Rains If you’re considering online studies, don’t underestimate the workload, discipline, and communication skills needed to succeed. Here are tips on excelling as an online student. Choose courses carefully. Make sure that you have the time to commit to classes, especially if you are pursuing a degree. […]

The New Credit Card Statements Are Here!

I never thought I’d put an exclamation mark on a sentence about credit card statements, much less be sincerely excited about it, but here we are. You have to pick your battles in life, and clearly-displayed information is one of mine. Educating people about credit card danger is another. Today, I feel like I’ve won a battle, or at least helped.In addition to the rest of the recent changes to U.S. […]