Ways To Shrug Off A Stock Market Slide & Reduce Market Anxiety

Deep stock market drops can certainly be nerve-wracking, but what’s interesting here is that depending on whom you ask, you’ll always get different reactions when something like this happens. Volatility affects people in different ways such that their profile, life circumstances and investment set up will dictate how deeply these market movements affect them. […]

A Short Thought on Labor Day

Many of us are spending today enjoying the latter days of summer. I sure am. I’ve spent the last few days with my cousin and her family, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and just simply enjoying each other’s company. Take a moment, though, to remember why it is that we’re taking this day off. Labor Day is a celebration of the contribution of America’s workers to the economy. […]

Involving Children in Household Money Management

At the right age, involving children in the household financial planning process can be a good way to teach responsible money management. Children internalize best practices when they not only receive meaningful instruction, but have visible, positive role models as parents. […]

Reader Mailbag: Art Museum

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. Refinancing decision 2. Maintaining good credit 3. Toning down our wedding 4. Handling a windfall 5. Handling a changing 401(k) 6. Handling unpayable medical bills 7. Repossession and marriage 8. Muffins instead of bread 9. […]

On the Road to Nowhere: The True Story of My First (and Worst) Job

It’s Labor Day in the United States, the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. Officially, it’s intended as “a day off for the working citizens”. As usual, GRS is taking a short break. This is a reprint of a column from five years ago. Your job is one of your most important assets. It gives you earning power. […]

The High Cost of Immediate Gratification

What a rush to be able to buy whatever you want whenever you want it! Instead of shopping around or waiting for the price to drop significantly, you pull out your trusty credit card and purchase your item that day. You walk into the store, select the item that you want and walk out with very little concern for your finances. […]

Earn More Money: How to Be a Secret Shopper

For all of the eight years of Consumerism Commentary’s existence, I’ve written about big ways to earn more income, like changing a career path, learning how to negotiate, or building your own business, much more than I’ve written about options that might seem more available to most people. I’ve generally shied away from the smaller ways to add to your bank accounts. […]

Happy Labor Day

I’ve always found it funny that Labor Day is a day when many people don’t actually do any labor. As a federal holiday, that means your post office, your local bank, and a few other places will be closed in observance of barbecues and parades. Wikipedia has a little history behind the day, which became a federal holiday back in 1894. Enjoy the day off! […]

17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper

What should you do with the newspaper you’ve just read? Recycle it, of course — but recycling doesn’t always mean tossing it into a bin so it can be reincarnated. Before you send the funny pages — and every other section — to that big paper pile in the sky, consider using it for something else, like wrapping gifts, washing windows, preventing garden weeds, making origami sculptures, and so much mo […]

How to Find the Best Local Discounts for a Trip

If you're planning a vacation, you've probably already found yourself a great deal on airfare and accommodations. But what about those exhilarating city-specific activities and scrumptious must-eats that make vacationing all the more memorable? […]

Best Money Tips: Tips For A Frugal Wedding

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on frugal wedding tips, finance advice for forgetful people, and tips to be a better employee. Top 5 Articles 7 Tips For A Frugal Wedding — Save money on your wedding by not renting a fancy car or limo. […]

10 Painless Ways to Save $1,000

Whether you're in debt, making big plans, or just want a better quality of life, saving is essential. But going on a "dollar diet" won't work. Here are 10 ways to gain without pain. […]

Happy Labor Day

Just wanted to say "Happy Labor Day" to my readers in the U.S. I hope you are enjoying a day off -- and basking in the glow of some of the last days of summer.I'm not blogging today -- plan to spend time with the family today. I'll be back tomorrow with more money news, commentary, tips, and thoughts. […]

Businesses don’t care whether you’re mourning or not

Baker posted a link on his Google+ profile to this CNN Money article.  Denise Townley received a letter from Discover Card less than two weeks after her mother had passed away seeking to settle her mother’s debts.  It would be an understatement to say that Ms. […]

Review: From Bud to Boss

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. One of the best discussions I’ve ever had with a reader was with Emily. Emily worked in an office environment where the supervisor position was going to become available soon. […]

Podcast 124: First-Time Credit Defaulters

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek speaks with Deron Weston, Principal, U.S. Banking and Securities at Deloitte Consulting, about Deloitte’s recent survey on first-time credit defaulters. […]

Some Thoughts on Frugal Exercise

Let’s face it: if you live in a small town, your gym options are limited (at best). Even if you live in a city, going to a gym can be expensive if you’re trying to get into shape. The question I always ask is why go to a gym? What does going to a gym offer than home exercise does not? […]

Reader Story: Winning the Lottery

This guest post from Tina 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. […]

Help a Reader: What to Tithe On

Here's a question a reader recently posted on Questions About Tithing and it seemed especially appropriate to post it on a Sunday: My husband and I are separated, living in different houses but still respect one another as husband and wife. We are still living off of the same income, his pay check. I am a stay-at-home mother to the children. […]

Is This Frugal Idea Worth It for Me and My Family?

Often, when I try out a frugal idea and it ends up being a post on The Simple Dollar, I struggle with the question of whether or not this is actually a really good frugal idea, both for my family and for the families of the people reading the post. I’m in a situation where time is really at a premium. […]