Second Week of Giveaways: Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards

Today starts the second week of giveaways at Consumerism Commentary. This month is Giveaway May, and I have at least $50 to give away to readers every weekday this month. Today’s giveaway partner is Wealth Informatics. Suba, the owner of Wealth Informatics, is offering a $50 Gift Card to match my $50 Gift Card, for a total of $100 to the winner. […]

Ebates Review

There is more to maximizing cash back than just using the right rewards credit cards. Many card issuers also offer marketplaces or online shopping portals where, if you use your appropriately branded credit card, you can earn 1% to 7% cash back or more. […]

Get Paid to Do What You Love

If money wasn’t a factor, would you remain in the same profession that you currently are in or would you do something different?  Would you take that jewelry making business that you started on the side and turn it into something spectacular? Would you travel for pleasure instead of business? […]

5 Popular Myths That Cost You Money

One of the fun parts about reading and writing about personal finance and money all day is that you run into a lot of good advice and a lot of bad advice. Over the years, I’m amazed at how much of both is repeated with great regularity. Whereas some bad advice hurts no one, a lot of money myths are costing some people money (and helping others make a lot more than they should!). […]

Be Wise to Investment Taxes

When it comes to investing, there are two things you can control – how much you pay in fees and how much you pay in taxes. With fees, it’s pretty straightforward because fees are disclosed up front. A brokerage charges you $x per trade, a mutual fund company pulls x% in expenses, and both are required by law to make those very clear. Taxes are slightly different. […]

To Automate, or Not to Automate

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Lately I’ve been giving my personal finance systems a lot of thought. What is the best way to track my expenses (I’ve yet to figure it out)? Am I allocating my savings in the way that makes the most sense? Should I automate more, or less? Right now I’m both automated and unautomated. […]

25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today

I have a bad tendency to let things — paperwork, tasks, laundry — pile up. That's why I'm often not as organized as I should be. By the time I go to put things away, I feel like I'm dealing with clutter so powerful it could defeat Godzilla (I've already started on the screenplay for Godzilla vs. […]

Great Ways to Get Calcium

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which means it's time to find out how to keep those bones strong! […]

Best Money Tips: Beat Food Price Inflation

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to beat food price inflation, personal finance basics for new grads, and how to sell your home without a realtor. Top 5 Articles 5 Frugal Ways To Beat Food Price Inflation — Don't let food price inflation drain your wallet. […]

5 Frugal Lessons I Learned From Aldi

When I was kid, the prospect of shopping at Aldi with my mom filled me with a conflicting sense of excitement and dread. I liked the feeling that I could indulge more of my wants since the prices were so low. But I also had the requisite preteen and teenage angst of being seen in a store that so starkly catered to the budget-conscious. […]

Reader Profile: Henry and Lynn

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

Keep Mutual Fund Fees Low To Improve Returns

Financial advisors have their biases when it comes to what kind of products they offer you. They also have disparate philosophies on many aspects of investing, mainly as their approaches affect their bottom line and profitability. […]

Review: Coach Wooden

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. I’ve mentioned more than a few times on The Simple Dollar how one of my few heroes in life is John Wooden, the basketball coach at UCLA during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. […]

Podcast 107: Building a Better Budget

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is J.D. Roth, author of Your Money: The Missing Manual and the personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly. A few weeks ago, J.D. gave a presentation at an Oregon public library about building and maintaining a budget that works. He adapted the presentation into an article. […]

Applying the Golden Rule to Tough Personal Finance Situations

We’re all familiar with the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” It’s a key concept in human morality and a foundation rule in most of the world’s significant religions. For a lot of people, the golden rule comes at least somewhat naturally in human behavior. We’re pleasant to others most of the time, for example. […]

Reader Story: Rental Properties from the Tenant’s Point of View

This guest post from Avery 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. […]

Think your dishwasher is broken? Think again

I discovered something last night.  Maybe this is old news for you, but then again, maybe not. A little less than a year ago, sixteen states banned the sale of dishwasher detergents that contain more than 0.5% phosphorus.  My state is one of those states.  (For the record, the states are Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylv […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #18

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes I spent part of this week assembling a handmade book of poetry to read to our children in the evenings and on road trips, so this inspiration list will include several of these. […]

The GRS Garden Project: April 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for April 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) After a long vacation in February and a wet, dreary March, Kris and I finally were able to do a little work on our vegetable garden in April. Sort of. […]