How to Protect Your Job

The book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down says that with the economy the way it is, if you have a job, you need to protect it. Their thoughts: How do you protect the job you have? Be seen around the water cooler. Be careful on flextime. Be visible and attach yourself to a critical project or projects. […]

Four Financial Lessons to Learn From the Donner Party

This is a guest post from Jesse Michelsen of Personal Finance Firewall, a site where he shares tips for making better financial decisions so you don’t have to go hungry. Jesse also contributes to the Money Crashers personal finance blog. Ah, the Donner Party. One of the most grotesque, bizarre and puzzling stories from the early days of America. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 61-64

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Are You Walking On Thin Ice… Financially? Enjoy! […]

Veggie Trader: Your Online Source for Buying, Selling, and Trading Produce

Update 2/21/2011: It has come to my attention that Veggie Trader has recently shut down. Below is the original post as written, but I’m asking readers to help shed some light on a similar service if one exists. If you are aware of another produce trading site or program, please share in the comments. […]

Reader Mailbag: Vitamin B and Iron

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. Older parents with money problems 2. Mother-in-law crisis 3. Reverse mortgage question 4. Is a graduate degree worthwhile? 5. Getting started with debt recovery 6. Late life choices 7. Purchasing an upright freezer 8. […]

Houses You Can Build Yourself

Living in an incredibly expensive city has limited my options for purchasing property. I can either increase my income by, say, $100,000 annually, or I can begin thinking outside the box, almost literally speaking. […]

Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf

Bread. In America, we each consume around 53 pounds of it every year. It’s the one food eaten by people of every race, culture, or religion. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Magazines, Formal Wear, and Free Sundaes

It's President's Day, which means you can nab a 10-15 percent discount just about anywhere in honor of our founding fathers. But we've got much better deals: on purses, rugs, canvas prints, and more. […]

10 Reasons to Drink Tea

I start most mornings with a cup of coffee, but at heart, I am a tea-drinking gal. Green, black, herbal — I love it all, and I usually drink a couple mugs of the stuff a day. (See also: Is Green Tea All It's Cracked Up to Be? […]

How to File an Amended Tax Return

A few years ago I was preparing my taxes with TurboTax when I reached a piece of information I didn’t have (nowadays you can flag it as a place to return to before finalizing your return). Rather than leaving it blank, I put in a placeholder value… and promptly forgot about it. […]

H&R Block Online Tax Filing Review and Giveaway

This is a relatively long review of H&R Block’s online tax preparation and filing service. H&R Block has provided Consumerism Commentary with six coupon codes for H&R Block Premium Edition, the most complete service offered by the company. Read to the bottom of the article to find out how you can enter to win the opportunity to file your taxes for free. […]

Calling the Shots: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Life

This is a guest post from Flexo, creator of Consumerism Commentary, one of the first independent blogs to focus on personal finance. During the 1990s, my financial life was like a Caribbean cruise ship during hurricane season: I was in a cabin at the center of the ship, unaware of the storms approaching from the horizon. […]

Help a Reader: How to Invest

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Background: 25, single No debt (except for credit card balance paid in full every month) $18k in cash $1,200 in individual stocks $27k in Roth IRA (Vanguard Target fund) $11k in 401k (no great options fee-wise, but not terrible) Salary: $58k base Bonus varies but should be ~$7k this year, payable next month Job is secure, compan […]

Firstrade Review: Free Trades From A Top Discount Brokerage

When it comes to finding a decent online brokerage, all the special offers out there (not to mention all the new compelling features you’ll find at most brokers) can make it hard to made a choice. So it certainly helps if a brokerage has a triple bonus promotion going on such as what you’ll find [...]Firstrade Review: Free Trades From A Top Discount Brokerage […]

Review: Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Deal with Your Debt

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. Whenever I stumble across a free opportunity to download a good electronic book, I usually do so. […]

Podcast 96: Product Downsizing and The Death of the American Investor

The first guest on today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast are Tod Marks, senior project editor at Consumer Reports and author of the Tightwad Tod column. […]

Is Talking Personal Finance Like Religious Evangelism?

Brent sent me a great email earlier this week: Have you ever noticed how a lot of the articles you write could easily appear on a religious website trying to convert nonbelievers? Just switch a few things around and you’d be there. Instead of telling people to read Your Money or Your Life, you’d tell them to read Mere Christianity or something. […]

Remembering the Poor

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's what the Bible has to say about those who ignore poverty/the poor: Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed. […]