The Credit Bureau VIP List

I was half-surprised to read about how credit bureaus have a two tiered system when it comes to their credit reports and how they resolve errors. […]

Get 25k Bonus Points ($250) from the Chase Sapphire Card (No Annual Fee)

On the heels of last week’s 50k point signup bonus for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, I wanted to point out another deal from Chase… This time around, you can get 25k bonus points from the Chase Sapphire card (i.e., the non-preferred version). What’s the difference? Well, in this case, the bonus points are worth $250 vs. […]

How the Sausage Gets Made

No one wants to know how the sausage gets made. I admit that most people would find the last few years of my life somewhat strange. I started on a path to improve my finances about ten years ago. […]

Help a Reader: Taking a New Job

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am currently in a job that for the most part I like, but I feel I'm underpaid for the skills I have developed since starting there several years ago.  The overall growth of the company is stagnant, but stable for the most part.I recently had several interviews at a company where I would really be able to grow my career and develop some new sk […]

Full-Time RVing: An Option For Many

The thought of vagabonding in this day and age is more alluring than ever. With the world as your oyster, you get to explore every crack and crevice contained within the Earth’s surface. You get to give up your inhibitions and try on a new lifestyle for a change. Best of all, you get to visit parts of the world that other people only see on TV or read about in books. Baker from Man vs. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up at. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How Having a Baby Made me More Productive. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Weekend Switcheroo

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Car trade-in question 2. Preparing for marriage 3. Used car buyer’s remorse 4. Credit score questions 5. Child cost question 6. College savings question 7. Handling house sale profit 8. Preserving digital records 9. […]

Sell Your Stuff to Amazon

Do you have textbooks, video games, movies, or electronics that you no longer use? If so, you might consider selling them to Amazon via their new “Trade-In” platform. […]

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

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. […]