Put Your Finances on Cruise Control, But Stay Alert

My Honda Civic has an option for cruise control. Unfortunately, most of my driving currently takes place on the New Jersey Turnpike and local highways during rush hour and construction, so I rarely have an opportunity to activate this feature. […]

How to Dress for an Interview

First impressions count. No matter what people say or want to believe, people will judge you based on the way you look, what you’re wearing, and how you present yourself. That’s why it’s critically important to dress properly for an interview. […]

Stimulus Programs: Cash for Buyer’s Remorse?

This post is from GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Baker, along with his wife and 20-month old daughter, will be spending the next couple of months exploring Thailand as they continue their recent backpacking journey. Since the start of the economic slump started in 2008, the U.S. […]

DIY Garage Kayak Racks: Fast, Frugal, and Effective

Today I want to share with you one of my recent home projects… Frugal and effective DIY garage kayak racks. As I’ve continued down the path of voluntary frugality, I’ve gotten more and more interested in DIY projects of all kinds. Whether or not you’re handy around the house, most frugal homeowners eventually jump on the DIY bandwagon. Benefits of doing it yourself You control the quality. […]

Gift Catalog Donation Made

Just like we have for the past several years (check out last year's entry for more details on what we do), my family recently completed our annual selections in the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog. […]

Mint.com’s Twitter Feature: Money Tweets!

There have been a lot of developments with Mint.com lately, the biggest of which was their acquisition by Intuit (the makers of Quicken software). Mint is known primarily for their free online budgeting tool, which we’ve enthusiastically recommended here; and if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, you may want to give them a try. […]

Links Roundup: No Credit Needed Edition

Work on Your Money: The Missing Manual continues apace. I’ve finished the first seven chapters (happiness, goals, budgets, debt, frugality, income, and banking) and have just begun on chapter eight, which is about credit. As part of this chapter, I’d love to profile a GRS reader who gets by on minimal credit. […]

21 Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers

By Myscha Theriault Gift giving season is upon us. If you have a budding adventure traveler in your life, and are looking for affordable gift ideas, this list has exactly the suggestions you are looking for. The gift ideas on this list aren't necessarily sexy, but they all provide valuable infrastructure for adventure travelers and on-the-fly functionality. Bonus? […]

Women Have Unique Financial Needs

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Retirement planning is even more crucial for women than for men. Although most women are married, 85% outlive their husbands and are alone during their last years. Financial planning must address the unique issues facing older women who probably worked fewer years and earned less money than their spouses. […]

Should I Save for Something or Not Buy It At All?

Andre writes in: I’m interested in replacing a piece of home audio equipment that is experiencing occasional malfunctions, but works OK most of the time. The receiver I’m looking at costs $500 on Amazon. I’m a little conflicted. The more frugal side of me says to not even buy it. Make do with the broken receiver until it’s completely unusable. […]

Obsessive Consumption

To take control of your spending, you must first be aware of your spending. This mindfulness can be difficult for many people to achieve. […]

How to Properly Use Headhunters

Whenever you start posting your resume on job search websites, you will invariably be contacted by recruiters, affectionately called headhunters. Headhunters can be a valuable asset in the job hunting process because their goals are in line with yours. The typical headhunter scenario works like this. An employer is looking to fill a specific job opening within a few weeks. […]

How To Do Your Holiday Shopping Through Rebate Sites

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. […]

Lending Club $25 Bonus Reminder

This is just a quick note to remind you that the good folks at Lending Club are still offering a $25 signup bonus* just for opening a Lending Club account. Here’s how it works… 1. Visit Lending Club using a link in this post 2. Open and activate a lender account 3. The $25 will be automatically deposited in your account shortly thereafter That’s it. […]

5 Reasons Why You Will Retire Broke and Unhappy

Retirement is one of the major end goals for many of us. After putting in a few decades of hard work we hope to be able to break free from the daily grind and do what really makes us happy. That could be starting a new career, traveling the world, or simply enjoying a slower paced lifestyle. […]

25 Guidelines for Living Your New Money Story

The following is an excerpt from The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life and lists 25 guidelines for living your new money story (making your finances what you want them to be.) In the end, your actions are the language in which your money story speaks. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 11/18/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. 80% Off Clarks Shoes: Deals From Just $8! Today only, 6pm.com cuts 80% off on 88 styles of Clarks women's shoes, with prices starting at $8. […]

Best of Personal Finance: The Most Shoplifted Items of 2009

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.  This week, we tell you the final date you can order online and still get your stuff in time for the holidays, how to cook an amazing Depression-era meal, and what stellar deals you can expect at Walmart this Black Friday!  Plus, we'll share the most shoplifted items of 2009. Top 5 Articles of the Week Holiday Shipping Dead […]

Year-End Holiday Celebrations for Less

By Little House Whether you're hosting this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, or not, there are several small touches you can create that are both affordable and beautiful. My family has come up with a few ways to cook, decorate, and gift for far less. […]