5 Great Prepaid Visa Cards That Require No Credit Check

If you’re trying to avoid debt or you’ve had bad credit in the past, then you might not be eager to sign up for a traditional credit card. However, fewer places will take checks these days and it’s not always safe to tote around the cash you need. Luckily, there are a number of prepaid Visa cards available, which are simply prepaid debit cards with a Visa brand on them. […]

The Needs Improvement List

My budget-analysis for 2010 reveals that I need to improve in the following areas - I need to spend less money on convenience store items – bottled water, sodas, chips, etc.  When I fill up at the gas station, I almost always grab a snack, too.  This habit is bad for both my waist line and my wallet.  Add this to the top of my 2011 resolutions. I need to rework my grocery store price book – and s […]

MoneyCrush Adding Support to the Charity Match

On Thanksgiving, I announced that Consumerism Commentary would match charitable donations through December 11, 2010 with a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières up to $5,000. Word is spreading, and other bloggers are interested in participating as well. Jackie from MoneyCrush has announced that she will match donations reported above the $5,000, raising the bar to $6,000. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2010

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I remembered to do a monthly round-up here at Get Rich Slowly. (Since January, in fact.) I’d like to get back in the habit. I think this is a nice way to recap the best discussions from the past few weeks. Before I start, though, I have to confess a minor stupidity. […]

Toyotas Recommended Again by Consumer Reports

When I recently purchased my new Toyota Highlander, I was taking a bit of a leap of faith. At that time Consumer Reports had suspended its recommendations of several Toyota models (including the Highlander) over various issues. […]

Doing the Math on Paying Cash for Cars

Quite often, I get emails from readers asking about the “best” way to purchase a particular car that they want. They have their eye on some new model and want me to essentially tell them that it’s okay to purchase it. I rarely do. […]

Ask the Readers: What's Your Favorite Toy/Gadget? (Win $100)

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-toygadget-win-100 monopoly_go.jpg Tell us your favorite game or gadget for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate! It can be any game or gadget--board games, iPhone apps, video games, kit […]

Should I Buy Refurbished or Preowned?

About a month ago I was playing Halo with a few friends on XBox Live. About ten minutes in, the image on the screen starts looking strange. There are odd lines and dots throughout, bizarre contrast in certain regions, and eventually the game became unplayable. I figured perhaps, like every other Microsoft product in the world, a restart was in order. […]

Over 8 Million Users Stopped Using Credit Cards In 2010

According to a recent press release from credit bureau TransUnion - TransUnion’s analysis estimates that more than eight million consumers stopped actively using bank-issued, general purpose credit cards over the past year. […]

Amex Extends $25 Small Business Promo

Guess what? Amex has extended the deadline on their “Small Business Saturday” $25 credit promotion. It was originally set up to be a one day event (11/27 only) and limited to the first 100k cardmembers that signed up. […]

What is More Important to You: The Money or the Work?

This is a guest post from Ron Haynes, editor of The Wisdom Journal and author of a new eBook, The Inner View of Your Interview, exposing the motivations behind today’s top 100 job interview questions. […]

Are You Tipping This Holiday Season and If So, How Much?

Consumer Reports' December issue contains a chart on how people tip, who they tip, and how much they tip during the holidays. […]

7 Easy Photoshop Fixes for Your Family Photos

This Small Business Series is brought to you by Veer.com. If you are the proud owner of a digital camera, chances are that you’ve got hundreds (if not thousands) of photos on your hard drive. […]

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Fifty Thousand Feet: Purpose and Principles

This is the seventeenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? How do I achieve that purpose? At first glance, these seem like rather vague questions. […]

How to Make Money Tweeting

Do you use Twitter? Are you popular? Like, really popular? Do you have a whole bunch of followers? Well, if you’re nodding rapidly to all of these questions, you could make money some extra money by tweeting. It’s called sponsored tweeting, or pay per tweet. Paid endorsements are nothing new. […]

5 Fun Family Friendly Games for Your Holiday Party

During the holiday season most of us will attend gatherings with friends and family. If you have a big family like mine, then you know that the kids must be entertained after they finish the food. […]

15 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less

Looking for inexpensive gifts or Christmas stocking stuffers for someone who’s into fitness? Stop by your local cycling, running, or swim shop to find sport-specific gifts. […]

Tax Planning: 5 Things to Do Before the End of the Year

It’s that time of year again: Leaves are falling, the holidays are here, and people are doing their tax planning. If you’re not sure exactly what “tax planning” entails, don’t worry. You’re not alone! Being savvy about your taxes, however, is not as complicated as it seems. […]

Citi’s Student 2010 Holiday Promotion

Citi is starting a limited time promotional offer of a $50 statement credit after $50 in purchases on three of their student credit cards – the Citi mtvU Platinum Select Card, the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card, and the Citi Forward Card. This is a $50 statement credit on top of the features the cards already offer. […]