Way to Save #145: Reuse Plastic

Plastic has a half-life of a million years. Wash and reuse plastic food storage bags. […]

The Best Career Advice: Do Stuff

Yesterday, I read a really interesting article about career choices on Charlie Hoehn’s blog. A quick excerpt: I haven’t really talked about this before, but I’ve failed more times than I can remember. […]

Fine Art Makes Fine Gifts

By Sierra Black Growing up, I always viewed original artwork as something other people had. Rich people. I’ve never been an art geek, but I’m starting to hit that point in my life where I’d like some nice things to hang on my walls. […]

Harvesting Stock Gains: 0% Capital Gains Tax

In the December special issue of Kiplinger’s magazine, Mary Beth Franklin put together a list of tax moves that can save you big money. Normally, these tax moves are the same from year the year. Her list has a few old standbys that are also on Kay Bell’s list of year end tax moves like giving to charity and checking your tax withholding. […]

A Brief Guide to Holiday Tipping

I’m getting more requests this year for holiday tipping info than ever before. For example, Nina wrote: “Can you provide some guidelines for Holiday Tipping Etiquette for the holiday season? I’m at a complete loss…” To be honest, I don’t know much about holiday tipping. It’s not something I was raised with. […]

Persistence Pays Off

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. As consumers we often face situations that are both expensive and frustrating. […]

How to Ask for Discounts

When’s the last time you asked a seller to reduce their asking price? If you’re like most people, it’s probably been a long time. In fact, maybe you’ve never done it. “Haggling (bargaining) is common in some countries, such as China, Turkey and Egypt. […]

McDonald's Turning Cheapskate

A month or so ago my boss and I were on the road to Chicago where we were attending several days of business meetings. We stopped at one of the last exits of civilization before we entered the urban sprawl/traffic nightmare that seems to surround the city by 50 miles or so on at least the south/southeast side. […]

Pass on giving gift cards and give cash instead

In what seems to be an annual holiday event, Liz Pulliam Weston expresses her dislike of gift cards.  This year though, there’s cause for her celebration, as one study predicts that consumers will purchase $4 billion less in gift cards this year than they did last year.  This is a decrease of over 4%. After reading her list of reasons not to get gift cards, I’m becoming less of a fan of them mysel […]

Crappy Deals of the Week: Heart-Pounding Edition

This is a guest post from Peyton Farving, who is a deal hunter and contributing writer with the shopping community led by a little robot — Dealzon.com.  If you like staying on top of all the latest can’t-miss deals, consider checking Dealzon out.   As I’m scouring the web for great deals on computers, HDTVs, video games, etc. […]

Heard of Stimulus Grants? Scams Abound

There’s no economic stimulus check in the horizon, but some people want you to believe otherwise. So where’s your piece of the stimulus pie? These are desperate times, and unfortunately, more people are finding themselves grasping for their own personal bailout, looking upon our government to offer them that lifesaver. […]

Giveaway Reminder: Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting

There are only a few more days to qualify for the latest giveaway. I have a copy of Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting: Attract the Work You Want by Laura George (reviewed here). If you are interested in receiving this book, helpful for finding a job in a tough economy or for finding meaningful employment any time, become a fan of Consumerism Commentary on Facebook. […]

The Most Important Factors Making People Wealthy

We've detailed what it means to be wealthy (including how they are different from everyone else) as well as financially comfortable as detailed in The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even The Toughest Times. […]

Index Funds: Why Choose Anything Else?

This is a guest post from Mike Piper, who blogs at The Oblivious Investor, where he reminds readers that investing doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Mike is a long-time GRS reader and the author of Investing Made Simple. Like many other investors, J.D. and I are fans of taking the slow, sure path to wealth. We invest much of our money in index funds. […]

Taking Advantage – or Over-Advantage – of Customer Service

Cam writes in: I got a sweater from Land’s End for my birthday with the receipt included. I wore it twice, but I just don’t like the sweater. It fits fine and is well made and everything, but I just don’t like the look. I’m thinking of sending it back to them under their unconditional warranty but it feels wrong to me. What do you think? […]

Chase Freedom Credit Card: $50 Cash Bonus

The Chase Freedom card was very popular about a year or two ago because if offered a cash back bonus after your first purchase and a very generous cash back rewards structure. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Relax, Toy Hamsters Not Metalloid Death Bringers After All

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we put your minds at ease with good news concerning the Zhu-Zhu pet scare, give you 13 tips for making sure you actually get your holiday purchase rebate, and provide one of the best tutorials for rotating your own car tires. […]

Why Choose Sharebuilder?

Before investing in the stock market was opened to the masses with brokers offering cheap stock trades, Sharebuilder was the only one with a commission in the single digits. Four bucks was all it cost to buy a stock, as long as you were willing to schedule your purchase ahead of time (the following Tuesday). […]

How Many Bills Do You Have on Auto-Pay?

One time-saving (and a bit of money-saving too -- stamps do cost something, after all) personal finance tip is to have as many bills as possible set up to auto-pay. This is usually pretty easy to do, as simple as giving the company your credit card and letting them bill it as needed (usually monthly). […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 12/09/09

By Lynn Truong Today's best deals are in dining, apparel, shoes, DVD, accessories, kitchen, toys, luggage, office, bed & bath, GPS, fitness, TV, and more coupons! […]