What is Inflation? And Why Should You Care?

One of the topics that we have heard a lot about as the economy lurches slowly toward recovery is inflation. But what is inflation? We hear about all sorts of incarnations of inflation, from core inflation to stagflation. […]

How to Get the Most from Cash Back Credit Cards

A couple days ago I told you why I like and use cash back credit cards. Today I'd like to follow that post with my thoughts on when you shouldn't use credit cards and give you a few tips for making the most of your cash back credit card rewards.Before we get into making the most of your cards, let's list the three major times when you shouldn't use credit cards. […]

Inflation and the Billion Prices Project

When it comes to planning for your financial future, inflation is a huge issue. In fact, given the historic annual inflation rate of 3.75% a million dollars today will be worth just over $190k in 50 years. Moreover, using that historic rate along with the rule of 72, we can further conclude that prices will double every 19.2 years. CPI vs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Perfect Diet Edition

The more you evaluate the ins and outs of particular diets, the more you discover that there is no “perfect” diet. No matter what “rules” you apply to your eating, there is always a study or two contradicting it. The only thing I’ve seen that seems to be universally agreed upon is portion control. […]

Discover Motiva Card Review

Most credit cards offered to consumers today are built the same way. Provide a mediocre interest rate with a 1% cash back rewards program and a couple of perks and you have 99% of the market covered. The challenge lately has been finding a credit card offer that goes beyond “state of the art” and offers something innovative. […]

Kiplinger Tackles Coupled Finances

In the June 2011 issue of Kiplinger’s magazine, Lisa Gerstner tackles the subject how to blend your finances, a subject that I’ve discussed a few times (and one you have probably weighed in on) in the past because of how important it is. The key message in the article is that communication is the most important thing. […]

A Penny Saved is a Penny Spurned? What to Do with Pockets Full of Change

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I regularly empty the change from my wallet. Pennies, nickels and dimes go into a pink piggy bank. Quarters go into “Mr. […]

What Can You Buy for $1 These Days?

Back in 1930, the humble dollar could get you a decent table lamp, a quality bathrobe, or roughly six gallons of regular gas. But these days, it’s hard to find anything that costs $1 or less. […]

Are Music Lessons Worth It? Hidden Benefits May Tip the Scale

We have our 7-year-old enrolled in piano lessons. He's been at it for a little over a year now. There were various reasons for starting him off, but he's taken a liking to it, and I can envision him sticking with it for several years. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Pet Care

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal pet care, tips for investing in penny stocks, and giant money wasters. Top 5 Articles Frugal Friday - Pet Care — Save money on pet care by buying pet food in bulk. […]

Night Biking: Get Set Up to Ride the Night Away

Night biking is such a blast, and with the weather getting better and better every day, it’s so fun to extend your outdoor play into the night. A quiet ride through the city around dusk offers a refreshing change from day riding. A ride through your small town at night can change your whole perspective on where you live. […]

The Best Age for Money Decisions

I recently went through all of CNN Money's 100 best money moves so you wouldn't have to (good thing for you too, since there were really only about five worth sharing.) But here's one I found interesting. They call it the best age for money decisions.  Before I tell you what they say, want to guess what age they think is best? […]

Today’s Giveaway: Win a Free iPad 2

All this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each weekday brings a new prize to be given to Consumerism Commentary readers. Each day I’ve been offering at least $50 per day, and I have invited a number of partners to participate in this series of giveaways to help sweeten the pot. […]

Lessons From a Failed Financial Startup: Why Wesabe Went Under

Remember Wesabe? It was a very promising startup that was well recognized in the personal finance space some years back. It provided financial software tools and a community on the web. Those following the financial technology industry will be aware of the fact that they’ve folded. […]

Robinson Crusoe and Our Journey

This past weekend, I spent some time re-reading a large portion of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe, which you can read in its entirety here. Most of us are familiar with the basic outline of the story. Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island and, after overcoming his initial grief, he manages to build a home for himself using only what he has on hand. […]

FMF Donating to Two Great Causes

I truly enjoyed this season's version of Celebrity Apprentice. I got to know several stars I didn't really know well at all (and I liked them!), was able to teach the kids a few things about business (more on that in an upcoming post), and saw a ton of money raised for charity. And by watching it on DVR, we were able to skip commercials and save about 20% of the time of watching it live. […]

How to Have a SWEET Memorial Day

For those of you wondering what you're going to snack on this coming weekend, may I remind you of this tasty (and economical) treat? ;-) […]

Extreme Couponing: Classic Time vs. Money Dilemma

Reality television shows are getting more and more “extreme.” Whether it’s families with enough kids to field a football team or people who tip the scales at several hundred pounds, it seems like the television watching public is obsessed with any extreme. The “first” reality show was basically extreme living on a remote island – remember the first season of Survivor? […]

Important 2011 Tax Filing Deadlines

With the 2010 tax filing deadline safely behind us, I want to turn your attention to important tax-related deadlines for the remainder of the year. […]

Kids and Money: Interest

Interest has a big impact on your finances, as you well know. However, interest is a foreign concept to most children. It can also be somewhat difficult to teach. […]