Host a Potluck Dinner (290/365)

Once every other weekend or so, Sarah and I will invite over some friends for dinner. We usually suggest that they bring something along with them – a beverage, a side dish, a dessert. […]

5 Creative Ways to Pay for College or Get It for Free

Unless you want to take out thousands of dollars in student loans, college can seem out of reach. Tuition rates continue to rise faster than inflation, yet college is still a good investment. […]

5 Stressful But High-Paying Jobs

Are you looking for a job with high pay? There are jobs out there that pay well, but they might come with a lot of stress. Indeed, some of the jobs that pay more than six figures on average come with a great deal of stress. For some people, high stress just isn’t worth the money but if you’re willing to deal with it, you could pursue a career in a field that others avoid: 1. […]

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary

If you are new to Consumerism Commentary, start here. My name is Luke Landes, and I am the founder of Consumerism Commentary. I started this website in 2003 to hold myself accountable for my choices pertaining to my financial condition. Over the subsequent years, Consumerism Commentary has grown into one of the most popular blogs to focus on the world of personal finance. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Funeral Edition

Early this week, I learned that my uncle had passed away suddenly. His only living relatives were his son, who he was estranged from and hadn’t seen for a long time, and my mother. Whenever someone who’s been in your life since you were born passes away, particularly in such a sudden fashion, you’re left with a lot of questions about life. […]

Do You Tip Too Much at Restaurants?

I just got done reading an article put out by the Huffington Post about tipping. It really got me thinking about the subject and I realized that like the author, I have a tendency to over tip. I leave 20% on average because it’s easier to calculate and I often reason with myself that many people are poor tippers so I’m closing the gap by being generous. […]

How to Save $100 This Week

Since the beginning of time, personal finance bloggers have been sharing ways to save money. Some recommend that you split two-ply toilet paper and other ridiculous ideas while others tell you that pinching pennies is a waste of time (Ramit Sethi carries the banner on this one and I agree with him… to a certain extent). The reality is that there is a middle ground. […]

How Wall Street eats a third of your savings and makes you work longer

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. […]

Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies

I enjoy cooking — and I’m not bad at it — but those skills didn’t necessarily come naturally. There was a lot of trial and error (I nearly burnt down my house by putting a frozen chicken breast in a searing-hot pan of oil once), a lot of wasted ingredients (you can’t eat chicken that’s burnt on the outside but frozen solid in the middle), and a lot of hours spent watching cooking shows to pick […]

5 Myths About Credit Card Rewards

When I first started writing about credit cards in 2007, I was surprised by the demand for information about this subject. Credit cards are incredibly popular, yet there are relatively few unbiased voices out there compared to the banks' constant siege of marketing propaganda. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Living on One Income

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on tips when living on one income, building your first retirement fund, and nevotiating a higher salary. Top 5 Articles 8 Crucial Tips When Living On One Income — If you are living on one income, take the time to prioritize your expenses. […]

I Hit the Limit with American Express and Chase

Who knew there was a limit on how many credit cards you could have from one issuer? I didn't -- until I found this out from two different companies recently within the space of a couple days. Here's the story.After I posted on my most recent credit card moves, I made three other changes: I applied for an American Express Hilton Hhonors card for two reasons: 1. […]

Take on Leadership Positions (289/365)

When I was in college, I was heavily involved with a community computer group that had some college students as members and often used the college’s facilities for meetings and other events. When I first joined the group, it was mostly related to my professional interests at the time. […]

The 2013 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security benefits will rise by just 1.7% in 2013. This is less than half of the 3.6% cost of living adjustment in 2012, though infinitely higher than the 0% increase in 2010 and 2011. For those of you that are still working, this means that the Social Security ceiling is also increasing. […]

Coin Counting: Where to Turn in Your Change for Free

Do you have a jar somewhere in your room filled with spare coins? Most of us do. While it can be a painless way to let cash accrue and save for things like a vacation or debt snowflaking, turning that change in can be a real pain, especially if you are hit with fees. However, there are ways to avoid the fees and the inconvenience of counting and rolling your own change. 1. Check with your bank. […]

No Contract Cell Phone Plans

One of the main recurring expenses faced by modern families is the cell phone plan. By the time you pay for talk, text, and data, you could easily end up paying $100 a month or more for your cell phone plan — and with a contract you are locked into that price for two years. Over time, that starts to add up. […]

Education Majors Earn Less Regardless of Career

As I’ve mentioned before, I studied education as an undergraduate. I knew that my career as a public school teacher would limit my potential earnings over my lifetime, though I eyed administration as a potential progression. […]

Nursery Wall Art: Decorate your baby’s room for less

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Who knew the cost of sticking a few animal-themed nursery wall decals around my baby’s room could be so pricy! While some sticker companies charge as little as (cough) $40 for a pack of tree wall decals with woodland creatures, others (like Dwell studio) will bill you $120 for some digitally reproduced canvas wall art featuring an owl in a tree. […]

An Age Old Employment Myth Takes Its Lumps

One of my favorite conversational gambits with old friends and new is retirement. Questions like, “When do you hope to retire?” and “How will you fill your time after you stop working?” never fail to spur entertaining exchanges. I’m not shy about revealing my own feelings on the matter. I’ve seen too many living embodiments of the adage, “If you rest, you rust.” I hope I never retire. […]

The Fall Clothes Rotation

Late last winter and early last spring, many local places put their fall and winter clothes on deep discount. Long sleeved shirts and long pants had to go to make room for the short sleeved shirts and shorter pants, after all. I actually went to one of these sales and picked up a couple of items on deep discount. […]