Podcast 120: Television of the Future

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Flexo turns the tables and interviews the podcast host Bryan J Busch about his so-called “Television of the Future.” Bryan developed a moral objection to paying for cable, because it also includes advertising, and you can’t pay for just the channels that you want, so a little over a year ago he canceled the cable, but still manages to watch all the show […]

Spirituality and Money: The Pastor and the Purse

This article is written by Consumerism Commentary’s new columnist, Ellen Cooper-Davis. Ellen’s column will look at the role of spirituality within the context of personal finance. […]

Gathering Your Thoughts

In the near future, I have to give a pair of presentations on similar topics, mostly related to online writing, mostly focused on methods for earning money at it and building an audience. […]

Reader Story: Taking a Risk, Reaping the Rewards

This guest post from Maggie is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. A year ago, my husband was unemployed. […]

The Generous are Blessed

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Consider this from Proverbs 22:9 (New International Version): The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. […]

Two Paths to Financial Success

One of my favorite statements about personal finance is that it all boils down to five simple words. Spend less than you earn. Often, I’ll break this down into two methods you can use to earn more money. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #31

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. Madeleine (1892) by Ramon Cassas The face of the woman in this painting has stuck in my mind all week. I kept wondering what her expression meant. Is she afraid? Worried? Anticipating something? What is she looking at? […]

Is Teaching at a University a Way to Save on College Costs?

I need some help here. Is it just my imagination or did college/university faculty used to receive discounts (or free?) tuition for their children at the institution where they teach? And if so, do they still get this benefit? And if so, what are the stipulations? […]

Dinner With My Family #27: Crock Pot Couscous

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

2011 Sales Tax Holidays (Map)

As a followup to my recent post about 2011 sales tax holidays, I wanted to share another nice map from the Tax Foundation. (click map to enlarge) The biggest thing that jumped out at me from this map was the tendency for sales tax holidays to be limited to southern and southwestern states. […]

The Ten Evils (Part Five)

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes. I’ll post a segment each day this week. As mentioned previously, I was recently leafing through a book at the library discussing Japanese martial arts (I believe it was Budo Secrets) when I came upon a sidebar that listed the ten evils that prevent people from improving themselves. […]

2011 Sales Tax Holiday Schedule

Sales tax is just one of those expenses we typically ignore. Every time we make a purchase the tax is just automatically added to the bill and since there’s nothing we can do about it’s easy to just forget about it or automatically factor it in. Plus, since often times we make just small purchases, the few extra percent in tax isn’t enough to garner much attention. […]

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express Review

The lack of a pre-set spending limit can be both an advantage and a disadvantage when it comes to spending with plastic. Charge cards often have this feature, and it can be dangerous for spenders who are tempted to spend more than they can afford. Others customers, who need the flexibility to make large purchases at a moment’s notice, would benefit from a card that does not limit the user. […]

Your Take: Favorite Money Hack?

The last time we did a Your Take on Money Hacks, over a year ago, we had sixty-four comments and I learned a tremendous amount. Back then, my favorite money hack was buying coins from the US Mint, something that you can still do today (I still have a ton of coins). […]

Ask the Readers: When Is It Not Your Fault?

In popular American mythology, the rich work hard for their wealth. They’ve earned it. They deserve it. While this is often true, everyone can cite instances of people who have money due to fate and circumstance, not because of hard work and perseverance. The same holds true for folks at the opposite end of the spectrum. […]

How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles

Most airlines these days have frequent flyer programs where you can use your accumulated miles to redeem rewards, often in the form of flight tickets. It’s great when you earn enough miles to pay for free trips, but you don’t necessarily have to wait for your miles to build up before you reap the fruits of your miles. You can also buy, sell, and transfer frequent flyer miles to get a deal you want […]

Milking It: 5 Easy Homemade Cheeses

One of the things that always amazes me about cooking is how, if you have a little bit of patience and a willingness to follow directions, certain totally intimidating foods turn out to be relatively easy to make. Like bagels. OK, your homemade bagels might not taste exactly like the ones at your favorite NYC nosheri. […]

Buying and Selling Gift Cards

Have you ever bought or sold store gift cards through an online gift card exchange? […]

Best Money Tips: Tips to Help Pay for Car Repairs

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips to help pay for car repairs, preparing for your next financial crisis, and banking mistakes you don't want to make. Top 5 Articles Most Americans Can't Pay for Car Repairs, 4 Tips to Help — To make car repairs more affordable, consider having comprehensive insurance. […]