Avoid These Big Money Wasters

CNN is offering a compilation of the ten biggest money wasters. These items would be obvious to most loyal Consumerism Commentary readers, yet it would not be out of the question to disagree with some of these money-wasters in some circumstances. ATM fees. You shouldn’t be surprised that banks will charge multiple fees for the same transaction. […]

Six Hobbies That Can Make You Money

Last year, I started picked up one of the most infuriating sports ever – golf. Some call it a sport. Some call it a hobby. Regardless of what you consider it, it’s one of those things that you do to pass the time but it’s one that costs a lot of money. The equipment is expensive. The rounds are expensive. […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Free Credit Report

Your credit report is your financial reputation. The way that you handle your money is recorded in your credit file, and there are a number of people who check your credit report and use it to make judgements about your likelihood of paying back a loan, or judgments about other areas of responsibility. […]

Five Career Moves with Exponential Returns

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of my favorite topics to write about is ways to earn more money, though I don’t often cover it here at GRS. As most regular readers know, last summer I quit my day job to work full-time as a freelance writer. […]

The Enemies of Frugality

There’s a lot of talk today about embracing simplicity and rediscovering frugality, but what are the culprits — obvious and hidden — that undermine our efforts? At root, what are the emotional, logistical, and social forces that conspire to figuratively reach into our wallets and pluck our cash day after day? […]

Making Money From Clinical Trials: Worth the Risk?

As a broke college student, the allure of a huge payday for a weekend of "selling my body to science" was all too appealing. My roommate and I saw an ad for a study that would pay $750 for participating over a weekend. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Laugh More

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to laugh more, how to save money on gift cards, and tips for saving money right now. Top 5 Articles What Makes You Laugh? 5 Easy Ways to Laugh More — Laugh more by finding out what makes other people laugh. […]

5 Bridesmaid Dress Ideas From a Bridesmaid

Oh, the bridesmaid dress. That much-maligned, expensive bit of fabric that, depending on the style chosen, can make a group of women look like ravishing goddesses or bloated Disney princess rejects. I have felt very honored every time I've been asked to be part of a bridal party. […]

Tips for Negotiating a Raise

US News lists 10 tips for negotiating a raise. They are all good suggestions, but there are some that are vital and are really the keys to you getting what you want. I have them listed below (in red) along with my thoughts on each: Base your request on your value to the company. Build a case for why you’ve earned a raise, and for why your company is better off because of your work. […]

Win $50 For Gas Fill-Ups Plus $50 For Amazon.com

It’s another week in May, so it’s the start of another week of giveaways. This month, Consumerism Commentary has embarked on a project I am calling Giveaway May. Every weekday, I will be giving away at least a $50 gift card, and most days I will have a partner or sponsor to help enhance the prize. Today, I’ve teamed up with Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving and MSN Money. […]

Tips For Investing In Penny Stocks: Elephants Don’t Gallop

Editor’s Thoughts: I’ve been pretty specific about my stance on penny stocks. I’ve given reasons why I believe that buying penny stocks is a big mistake, particularly for average investors. I’ve also discussed why this type of trading is not for me. […]

Review: Do the Work

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A while back, I reviewed Steven Pressfield’s wonderful book The War of Art. […]

Podcast 109: Crazy About Money

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Maggie Baker, PhD, author of Crazy About Money: How Emotions Confuse Our Money Choices and What To Do About It. Dr. Baker has been a practicing psychologist for 30 years, focusing on financial therapy and ADD/ADHD. […]

Personal Finance and Being a Parent

Yesterday, my oldest son (who is about to start kindergarten in the fall) and I were looking at his portfolio from his two years of preschool work. […]

Reader Story: How I Built My Own House — Without a Mortgage

This guest post from Ian is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. It’s the extended version of the story he shared in his prize-winning entry to this year’s GRS video contest. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

Money, Marriage, and Difficulty

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. […]

Handling the First Flush

When I graduated from college, I was lucky enough to have a job that I more or less walked straight into. I had about two weeks off between graduation day and the start of my new job. That new job paid far more per hour than any job I’d ever had – and it was full-time, too. Up until that point, all of my jobs had been part time jobs. The result? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #20

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Flying a kite Our family spent a long afternoon at the park this past week just flying kites. […]

How to Get Retiree Health Insurance Before 65

One question I've gotten a few times about the possibility of retiring early is "what are you going to do about health care?" That's a very good question, right? If you retire at 55, what are you going to do to secure health insurance before you reach the age where Medicare kicks in?Well, US News has some options for health care before 65 as follows: Retiree medical insurance. […]

The Danger of the Rich Act

Dinner With My Family will return next week. Right now, I am in (arguably) the best financial shape of my life. I’ve paid off all of my debts except for my mortgage and I’ve got a healthy amount in savings as well. Each month, I’m bringing in more than I’m spending. Many families in this situation might find themselves eyeing more expensive things. Why not go to the nicer restaurant? […]