Reviewing My 2011 Resolutions

At the end of each year, I try to set a few goals for the coming year, with varying degrees of success. […]

End of the Year: Time to Rethink Your Investment Strategy

As always, the end of the year represents a time to reflect on the past — and to prepare for the future. While you consider your next move, don’t forget to review your investment strategy. […]

Bank of America Class Action Lawsuits – Did You Receive a Check?

Many Consumerism Commentary readers have written in to let me know that they recently received a check for about $98 from Bank of America. This check is not a result of the Bank of America overdraft fee class action lawsuit, but it is the result of a similar lawsuit. First of all, the overdraft lawsuit has only recently entered an appeal process. […]

Reader Profile: JT

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Reader Mailbag: Post-Christmas Thoughts

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. Adding another credit card user 2. Re-selling debt 3. Figuring out life insurance 4. What makes people negative? 5. Babies and emergency funds 6. Paying for pet medical expenses 7. Unwanted gifts 8. Handling pet cleanup 9. […]

Bing Rewards Program

It’s been no secret that Microsoft has been sitting on a pile of money. It’s also been no secret that they are continuing to lag behind Google in the search engine wars. So what happens when a company with deep pockets wants to win really badly? It spends money. For quite some time now Bing has gone on a spending spree to get its name out there. […]

25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today

Every year, we make the same mistake — making New Year’s resolutions we know we won’t keep. Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Getting out of debt. Those are some of the top commonly broken resolutions. Why? Because they require a long-term commitment to achieve, but we want instant gratification. […]

Making the Most of Shopping at Marshalls

Famous for affordable luxuries and discount home goods, Marshalls is also a great place to shop for other things, such as career clothing, Christmas presents, and baby shower gifts. If you want the best bargain shopping experience available however, it pays to go in with a plan. Here’s how I make the most of any shopping trip to Marshalls. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Pet Supplies

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving money on pet supplies, how to make or save money with unwanted gifts, and New Year's resolutions. Top 5 Articles 9 Great Sites for Saving Money on Pet Supplies — To save money on pet supplies, check out or PetCareRx. […]

Planning for My Financial Future

I’ve been fortunate over the past few years. I’ve managed to get out of debt, quit my day job to write full time, build substantial savings, and am now able to do what I want when I want. I still work hard, of course, but I do so on my own terms. I’m a lucky man. Next year, though, is going to be a year of changes. For one thing, my income might actually decrease. […]

9 Things to Buy in January

Did you overspend during the holidays, and vow to start the new year making smarter financial decisions? You're not alone, which is why you should break out the wallet again. […]

How to Retire During a Recession

If there’s any group more worried about the long-term effects of the recession than new grads, it’s the soon-to-retire. […]

Eight Signs You May Want to Quit Your Job

Fortune lists eight signs you may want to quit your job as follows: 1. Your values don't match those of your coworkers or higher-ups. 2. Your boss doesn't like you. 3. Your peers don't like you. 4. You don't get assignments that make the best use of your abilities.5. You always get stuck with the "grunt work" no one else wants. 6. You are excluded from meetings that your peers are invited to. […]

Is community-supported agriculture a bargain?

When it’s time to cut back on family expenditures, a prime place to start is with the food budget.  Once the “easy” savings are implemented — first by eating out a lot less, then by buying store brand or bulk, and then by preparing meals more from scratch — then it becomes more of challenge to cut further. One possible opportunity for further savings, especially if you enjoy fresh produce, is thro […]

Podcast 140: Kidworth

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Rudy DeFelice, founder of the financial management tool for children and parents, Kidworth. Rudy discusses several topics about Kidworth including what it does, what inspired him to found it, as well as how Kidworth can help children save towards different financial goals. […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas today, celebrating another winter holiday with your family, or find this simply to be another day on your calendar, the best of wishes to you. Regular updating will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d like to again share with you a poem that I shared a few weeks ago in the “Pieces of Inspiration” post. […]

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish all FMF readers a very Merry Christmas!!!! Hope you all have a great day celebrating!! […]

The Night That Mama Cried While Angels Sang

This is a guest-post from my cousin, Tammy. I first posted this in 2006. Tammy has also shared information on how to raise a family on one income (part two). This story is set ten years after my aunt’s six-dollar Christmas and involves the same family. It was the year 1968. That year was an exceptionally hard year in every way. Pop was laid off due to too much snow in the woods. He was a logger. […]

Dealing with Holiday Leftovers

If your family holidays are anything like mine, you’re left with piles of remnants: torn-up wrapping paper, empty boxes, and extra food litter the house. It might be tempting to throw it all away, but there’s a lot of value in those leftover items. Here are some of the things I’ve done with leftover Christmas items. Wrapping Paper 1. […]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To You! A Christmas Album

If you’ve landed here, then it’s either Christmas or you’re looking for something “cute”. If so, then welcome! While I run a personal finance blog — you can read more about me here — I am also pretty merry most of the time, and keep up to date with the greetings. Allow me to greet [...]Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To You! […]