Is Speaking More the Way to Grow Your Career?

US News says that one way to look smarter than you are (and thus grow your career) is to talk more. Yep, that's what they recommend. The rationale: Research shows that people who speak up more often in groups are viewed as more competent and more instrumental to a group’s overall success. […]

It costs if you’re fat. Now it might cost even if you’re thin?

I tell you:  It just doesn’t pay to be human anymore.  Big or small. I’m well aware of how being fat costs money.  But there are now rumblings on the possibility of the following:  If an individual, or family, can reasonably afford health insurance, but does not get it, they face the possibility of being fined: $950 for an individual, and up to $3,800 for a family.  (These are the current numbers […]

Debt Settlement Companies: Friend or Foe?

These days, lots of people are swimming in debt with nowhere to turn, no access to credit, and no liquidity, with their credit scores shot… and they’re wondering what to do next. Someone I know who is in this predicament just recently asked me for some input. I told them that there are various paths to the same end: to get rid of your debt or to reduce it to some extent. […]

Four Years Without A Car Payment

I was sifting through some old paperwork today, and I stumbled across an old letter from our bank.  It was dated September 8, 2005.  I was pleased to see that it was a notice from our bank, informing us that our car loan had been paid-in-full.  I smiled as I put the letter back in its place and then I went searching through the No Credit Needed Archives – for a quick trip down memory lane. On Augu […]

Cut Your Beverage Tab at Bars, Restaurants & Resorts

It's possible to spend less for drinks at bars, restaurants and resorts. Here's my list of do-it-mostly-yourself drink recipes.Spiked & flavored coffees: At bars, restaurants and resorts you can save a lot by ordering plain American coffee and a shot of Baileys Irish cream liqueur or other liqueurs. […]

Five Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money

By Paul Michael digg_url = ''; If time is money, and I sincerely believe it is, then these five remote control hacks will save you a little of both. […]

Green Sherpa: An Online Cash-Flow Management Tool

A couple of months ago, I posted a list of 16 alternatives to Microsoft Money. GRS readers left nearly 200 responses evaluating the various personal finance programs available on the web and for the desktop. One feature that many users crave is the ability to project their future cash flow. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #15: Fixed and Growth Mindsets

The fifteenth episode looks at fixed mentalities and growth mentalities. Which do you have? How can you use that info to get ahead in your career? […]

All the Money in the World Divided Equally

I found this interesting, money-related question in a recent issue of Parade magazine: If all the money in the world were redistributed so that everyone had the same amount, what would it be? My guess was somewhere in the $100,000 range. The real answer shows how stupid and misinformed I am when it comes to the global supply of money and the number of people on the planet. […]

How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?

By Linsey Knerl When it comes time for you to think about getting your seasonal flu shot, there are a few ways to go about getting one – each one with a different price tag. […]

Best of Consumerism Commentary, August 2009

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Check Out Wise Bread's New Podcast & Win $100

By Linsey Knerl Wise Bread has a brand new podcast called Dealista!  Each episode is packed with tips on how to find the best deals, freebies, and shopping tools that'll save you a fortune. We would love your feedback! […]

How to Eat Healthy on $10 a Day

This is a guest post from Vic Magary of Vic helps everyday people like you to build muscle and lose fat with short, but intense circuit training and strength training workouts Eating on a budget is no easy task. You could eat at Mcdonald’s 3 times a day and probably stay under $10 but is that really want you want to do? […]

Do a Background Check Before Hiring Your Financial Advisor

By Jeff Rose What was the last major purchase you made? Was it car or a flat screen TV? How much time did you spend researching to make sure you were getting the best product for the best price? Now, for those of you that have hired a financial advisor, how much time did you spend doing research on that advisor? […]

Welcome Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, and CanWest Readers!

I would love to welcome all Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, and CanWest readers to Squawkfox, a blog that makes frugal living fun. A huge thank you to Lisa Hrabluk for mentioning me in today’s column. Thank you! My name is Kerry Taylor, I’m the blogger here and the author of 397 Ways To Save Money. […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 09/08/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up To 80% Off UGG Shoes & Boots (dealnews) offers over 400 styles of UGG men's, women's, and kids' shoes and boots at up to 80% off. Pay $6.95 for shipping,   1. FREE Spot-On Energy Patches (4-pack sample) Order a 4-pack of Spot On Energy Patches for Free! Simply Add to Cart and check out.   2. […]

Off My Giving List

I've talked before about how we do not respond to phone solicitations for donations to charitable organizations. Any organizations that call us are asked to send us the details of what they are requesting in the mail. Then we can look over the information and take time to decide whether or not to give -- nice and logical like. […]

Interesting Perspective on Losing It All

Check out this video. It's an ABC News piece that details how the founder of McAfee virus protection software made and lost a fortune -- and how he's ok with it. Lots of lessons to be learned here. One especially interesting note -- his house sold for a bit less than what he spent on landscaping. Ouch. […]

Five Ways I Disagree With Dave Ramsey

During the month of July, I conducted a very detailed discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. During the process, I realized that on most issues, I agreed fully with Dave. To a degree, this put a damper on the book club. […]

Learn good financial habits from your parents. Or not.

By Philip Brewer One of the big advantages that children of the middle-class and wealthy have is that they grow up in a household where a huge amount of financial knowledge is embedded in its day-to-day functioning. Parents teach it, but it's also just there for the child to pick up, almost for free, like language and basic social skills. […]