7 Last-Minute Gifts for Mother's Day

Gifts for Mother's Day are on the minds of many right now, as the big day itself is in less than a week. If your spring’s been crazy and you need some last-minute ideas, relax. Here are seven quick gifts for Mother's Day that take both time and money into consideration. (See also: Free Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day) 1. […]

May 4 Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card

This is the third giveaway for Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, and I’m just getting started. I have a pile of Amazon.com gift cards to offer to readers and I’ll be doing so every weekday this month. The giveaways are short, though. To reward those who visit every day, the giveaways are announced at 6:00 AM Eastern time and end at 10:00 PM Eastern time. […]

Giving Love Through Money

The following book excerpt is reprinted with permission from Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. Copyright © 2011 by Kate Levinson, PhD, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Giving and receiving money can bring intense pleasure as well as strengthen the love between family members. […]

Are Your Finances Fragile?

Many households are just one layoff, one illness, one interest-rate hike away from financial catastrophe. I know this is true — that as things are now, a perfectly ordinary bit of misfortune could easily ruin someone's life — and yet whenever I'm reminded (most recently by a "Daily Show" interview with Elizabeth Warren), my first reaction i […]

Bad Investing Habits That Keep You From Growing Your Investments

Wondering why you’re short on your investment returns? As an investor, do you find yourself with bad habits that keep you from enjoying great investment returns? There actually seems to be a tendency here for most investors to be unable to make any kind of money in the stock market. […]

Best of the Money Blogs 2011: Vote for Squawkfox!

I’m interrupting this frugal blog with a small, OK HUGE, announcement: Squawkfox was just nominated in The Globe and Mail’s ‘Best of the Money Blogs Competition’ for this year. Big huge major thanks to Globe Columnist Preet Banerjee (who occasionally blogs at Where Does All My Money Go) for nominating me. […]

The Desire That Defines Your Direction

What do you want right now? I’m not just talking about the big things or your goals in life. I’m talking about everything. What are your greatest desires right now? It might be very short term. You might want to go to the restroom. You might be hungry or thirsty and want food or drink. It might be something material. Maybe it’s a gadget that you want. […]

Money Commandment #8

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #8 as follows: The old-school rules: Buy plenty of insurance. You never know what will happen. The bubble economy rules: Buy insurance so you don't have to pay out of pocket. […]

American Express Credit Line Increase Returns

Back in late 2009, I shared a tutorial for how to increase your line of credit on an American Express credit card. As the credit crisis intensified, American Express removed that option from the account management screens – leaving many without a way to request an increase online. […]

Kids and Money: Teaching Toddlers

One of the most difficult assignments you have as a parent is likely to be teaching your kids about money. The earlier you start, the better. However, teaching toddlers about money can be hard, since money is a largely abstract concept. […]

US Bank Offers Free Rewards Account, Then Cancels Offer

Xenocid is having a frustrating experience with US Bank. A customer service representative moved his account into a new tier, offering a free account with cash back rewards when using his debit card. […]

Win $20,000 and Facebook Makeover For Your Small Business

What would your small business do with a big break? Everybody knows that having a company Facebook page is vital if you want to take your small business into the digital age. […]

When Your City Moves Your Financial Class Down a Couple Notches

Here's a piece from MSNBC detailing the story of a firehouse dispatcher whose town is dealing with budget issues -- and thus the city wants their pay increases to be lower than in past years and health care costs higher than in past years. I'm not going to get into the union/non-union/public employee political debate (or mess, which is more descriptive) here. […]

Got Unused Vacation Time? Put It to Use with a Personal Sabbatical

In September 2004, I was about to leave my first post-college job. My boss at that time – who happens to be one of the people I respect the most in this world, even now after my radical career shift – observed that I had a pile of unused vacation time that was basically going to disappear when I left that job in mid-October. […]

Goal Progress After April 2011

I last evaluated my progress towards my goals at the end of January, so it may be time to have another look. At the beginning of 2011, I set financial and personal goals for the year to keep me focused on improving not only my finances but other aspects of my self. Goal 1. I will consider the year successful if I increase my income from my projects by $100,000. Status: complete. […]

Be a Good Carpool Passenger

As gasoline prices continue their upward trend, more and more people are carpooling. That’s a good thing. The bad thing is that fewer people are fairly breaking up the costs! Personally, I’ve always felt that as a passenger in the car, I owe more than my “fair” share for gasoline. […]

Building Your Financial “Safety Gear”

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Recently, I’ve gotten into indoor rock climbing. It’s a challenging activity, and frightening when you first begin. You need to really push the edges of your strength and flexibility. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Pay For Convenience?

Let's be honest: goods and services that make our lives a little easier are always fantastic. Most people are willing to pay a little extra when it comes to convenience. […]

Four Types of Life Insurance That Are a Complete Waste of Money

This is a guest post from Hank Coleman. Do you ever feel like you’re just throwing money away on life insurance? You could end up doing just that if you buy specialized coverage that you don’t really need. […]