A Penny Saved is a Penny Spurned? What to Do with Pockets Full of Change

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I regularly empty the change from my wallet. Pennies, nickels and dimes go into a pink piggy bank. Quarters go into “Mr. […]

What Can You Buy for $1 These Days?

Back in 1930, the humble dollar could get you a decent table lamp, a quality bathrobe, or roughly six gallons of regular gas. But these days, it’s hard to find anything that costs $1 or less. […]

Are Music Lessons Worth It? Hidden Benefits May Tip the Scale

We have our 7-year-old enrolled in piano lessons. He's been at it for a little over a year now. There were various reasons for starting him off, but he's taken a liking to it, and I can envision him sticking with it for several years. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Pet Care

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal pet care, tips for investing in penny stocks, and giant money wasters. Top 5 Articles Frugal Friday - Pet Care — Save money on pet care by buying pet food in bulk. […]

Night Biking: Get Set Up to Ride the Night Away

Night biking is such a blast, and with the weather getting better and better every day, it’s so fun to extend your outdoor play into the night. A quiet ride through the city around dusk offers a refreshing change from day riding. A ride through your small town at night can change your whole perspective on where you live. […]

The Best Age for Money Decisions

I recently went through all of CNN Money's 100 best money moves so you wouldn't have to (good thing for you too, since there were really only about five worth sharing.) But here's one I found interesting. They call it the best age for money decisions.  Before I tell you what they say, want to guess what age they think is best? […]

Today’s Giveaway: Win a Free iPad 2

All this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each weekday brings a new prize to be given to Consumerism Commentary readers. Each day I’ve been offering at least $50 per day, and I have invited a number of partners to participate in this series of giveaways to help sweeten the pot. […]

Lessons From a Failed Financial Startup: Why Wesabe Went Under

Remember Wesabe? It was a very promising startup that was well recognized in the personal finance space some years back. It provided financial software tools and a community on the web. Those following the financial technology industry will be aware of the fact that they’ve folded. […]

Robinson Crusoe and Our Journey

This past weekend, I spent some time re-reading a large portion of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe, which you can read in its entirety here. Most of us are familiar with the basic outline of the story. Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island and, after overcoming his initial grief, he manages to build a home for himself using only what he has on hand. […]

FMF Donating to Two Great Causes

I truly enjoyed this season's version of Celebrity Apprentice. I got to know several stars I didn't really know well at all (and I liked them!), was able to teach the kids a few things about business (more on that in an upcoming post), and saw a ton of money raised for charity. And by watching it on DVR, we were able to skip commercials and save about 20% of the time of watching it live. […]

How to Have a SWEET Memorial Day

For those of you wondering what you're going to snack on this coming weekend, may I remind you of this tasty (and economical) treat? ;-) […]

Extreme Couponing: Classic Time vs. Money Dilemma

Reality television shows are getting more and more “extreme.” Whether it’s families with enough kids to field a football team or people who tip the scales at several hundred pounds, it seems like the television watching public is obsessed with any extreme. The “first” reality show was basically extreme living on a remote island – remember the first season of Survivor? […]

Important 2011 Tax Filing Deadlines

With the 2010 tax filing deadline safely behind us, I want to turn your attention to important tax-related deadlines for the remainder of the year. […]

Kids and Money: Interest

Interest has a big impact on your finances, as you well know. However, interest is a foreign concept to most children. It can also be somewhat difficult to teach. […]

HBO’s Too Big to Fail

Last night, HBO premiered Too Big to Fail, a movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, based on the events of the financial meltdown of 2008 starring Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, AIG, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Department of the Treasury. […]

Zecco Wall Street Facebook App Review

What do you get when you mix investing with the largest social media network in the world? Zecco’s new Wall Street app for Facebook. […]

Loving My New Cell Phone

CNN Money lists three must-have gadgets. I have two of the three (I don't have a tablet computer yet), but it's the last one I want to focus on for this post. […]

Ten More Giant Money Wasters

A few days ago, CNN Money posted an article listing ten giant money wasters. Here they are, in summary form: 1. ATM fees 2. Lottery tickets 3. Gourmet coffee 4. Cigarettes 5. Infomercial impulse buys 6. Brand-name groceries 7. Eating out 8. Unused gym memberships 9. Daily internet deals 10. Bundled cable or phone services Undoubtedly, each of these can be a huge money waster. […]

Government Blocks Merger of H&R Block and TaxACT

The Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against H&R Block. This second-largest income tax preparation service intended to acquire the company that owns third-largest income tax preparation service, TaxACT. Based on the number of customers who used these companies’ services to self-file 2010 tax returns, the combined company would still be a distant second to Intuit’s TurboTax. […]

Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary 2011

Every year, as we flow through graduation season, I like to take a look at PayScale’s College Salary Report – which takes a look at a variety of statistics for different college majors. The chart just lists the top ten majors, with starting and mid-career median pay figures, though the larger table has a list of many degrees from Dietetics to Art to Criminal Justice to Agriculture. […]