Chase Sapphire Preferred Card $500 Cash Bonus

A year ago, the Chase Sapphire℠ Preferred Card offered a $500 bonus for new cardholders who managed to spend a total of at least $3,000 during their first three months of membership. The offer included a number of other perks, and at the time, this was one of the most attractive travel reward credit cards. Now, Chase has stepped up this offer. […]

IRS Sends Tax Letters to Five Big Political Donors

Political donations are not tax deductible. If I were to contribute money to a political campaign, I can’t then claim a deduction for that contribution on my Form 1040. It’s not really “charitable,” is it? In fact, one big issue in the last Presidential election was the growing role of churches in politics and how churches could risk their non-profit status if they become too involved. […]

Lunch with Buffett Auction: 2011 Edition

Every year, Warren Buffett auctions off lunch at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in midtown Manhattan. The winner gets to bring seven of his closest friends for some steaks and salads with the Oracle. Last year, the winner decided to remain anonymous after forking over $2.63 million for lunch with Buffett. […]

Celebrating Frugal Role Models

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Saving money and controlling your spending can be hard. Really hard. I’ve been consciously managing my money and getting out of debt for a couple of years now, and I still struggle with it every day. Some days I’m a recyclin’, reusin’, thrifty rock star. […]

15 Home Decorating Ideas for Under $5

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to change up my home décor — whether it be to change with the seasons, for an upcoming holiday, or just an overall update. Constant change, though, can get expensive. […]

5 Reasons to Drink Coffee

My first memory of drinking coffee was staying up late with my mom and her childhood girlfriend as they chatted about life and memories. She handed me a small cup of that rich, dark drink, and I was hooked for life. […]

Best Money Tips: Save More Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save more money, how to honor new grads without going broke, and how to price your home to sell. Top 5 Articles 13 (Clever) Ways to Save More Money! — Save more money by buying a roll of quarters every paycheck and putting them in a change jar. […]

At What Age Do You Expect to Retire?

US News says that Americans' expected retirement ages have jumped dramatically. A summary: A decade ago many people strived to retire young. Now most people are nudging back their retirement date and wondering if they will be able to retire at all. […]

Win a Free iPad Today

I am excited to have PT Money as a partner for today’s giveaway, because together, Phil Taylor and I are offering an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi to the winner. This giveaway is the latest in the Giveaway May series, wherein Consumerism Commentary is offering giveaways every weekday this month. […]

The Hidden Emergency Fund

In a small independent bank several hours from where we live sits a savings account. That account is in our names. It earns a solid interest rate but does not have an ATM card associated with it. […]

Why You Should Reject Counter Offers

The following is an excerpt from RecruiterGuy's Guide to Finding a Job. As I've noted, counter offers rarely work out. Why do managers and companies extend counter offers? […]

Are Banks Failing Less Often?

Back in 2008, I put together fifty fun facts about bank failures in which I looked at a bunch of FDIC and bank failure facts. I thought it was fun because I love trivia, I don’t think banks failing left and right is all that much fun! Since the 2008 publishing, we’ve had a few years of turmoil in the banking industry, to say the least. […]

Credit Reports: Are You on the VIP List?

Did you know that the three major credit bureaus maintain a VIP list of people who get preferential treatment when it comes to fixing credit report errors? […]

Kids and Money: Should You Pay Your Children for Chores?

Most financial experts agree that it is important to start teaching your kids about money when they are young. After all, even toddlers can begin learning a little bit about money, and how it works. […]

Car Dealers Pass Loan Acquisition Fees to Buyers Without Disclosure

If you have less-than-stellar credit, you’re at a significant disadvantage when you go to a dealer to purchase a car and seek financing through the dealer. Banks or intermediary loan brokers charge dealers a fee to extend credit to a risky customer. Rather than denying someone credit, the company that finances the loan charges risky applicants a higher interest rate. […]

Creating a Budget: Money Management 101

For most people, the word “budget” conjures up thoughts of penny-pinching and the unpleasant task of crunching numbers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A budget is the cornerstone of a solid financial foundation, regardless of your situation, and it isn’t that hard to do. A budget is nothing more than a breakdown and plan of how much money you have coming in and where it goes. […]

How to Get 55% More Rewards (and 3.1% Cash Back) with Your Chase Freedom Credit Card

I noted a week or so ago that the Chase Freedom cash back credit card was recently named the best overall credit card by CBS Moneywatch (FYI, the $150 cash back bonus for the card is still available when you apply and are accepted for the card. […]

Overlooking the Free Things

This morning, I woke up and looked out my window to see the dawning sun peeking between the horizon and a cloud. Last night, I turned off all the lights in the bathroom and took a warm shower, letting the lack of light and the extra heat remind me of the wonderful feeling in every part of my body. Yesterday afternoon, I went on a long walk. […]

Store Credit Cards: Good or Bad Idea?

This is a guest post from Lisa White. Heading to the checkout counter after a fruitful shopping spree, I was taken aback by the steep total shown on the register. […]

Newark Liberty International Airport Has the Highest Fares

The same day I purchased airfare from New Jersey to California for what I thought was one of the better rates I’ve found in the past decade or so, I came across statistics showing that New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport sports some of the highest fares in the country for the past two years, and this is expected to get worse this summer. […]