Bad Economy Impacts Weddings -- Average Cost Now "Only" $20,400

Here's an interesting piece on weddings from Smart Money. It starts with the following facts on wedding costs: This year couples are expected to spend an average of $20,400 on their weddings, down 6.5% from 2008, and a 29% drop from 2007's average of $28,700, according to The Wedding Report, a market research firm. Wow. I guess the poor economy is hitting people a lot harder than I thought. […]

The Disaster Known as the California State Budget

By Margaret Garcia... On May 19th, Californians pretty much rejected all the budget ideas coming from our governor and the capital city of Sacramento. I'm sure he's exasperated as we all are. The only proposition that passed was one to make sure no bonuses were distributed to lawmakers during budget crisises. Go figure. Arnold has indicated he's open to ideas. […]

Some Thoughts on Angel Food Ministries

Over the last few weeks, quite a few readers have written to me asking about Angel Food Ministries. […]

Does Anyone Use the Discover Card?

Now that the American Express Blue Cash card is changing its terms and the Chase Freedom card appears to be doing the same, I'm on the hunt for a new cashback credit card. I think I'll land on the Schwab card, but I have a couple questions for all of you before I take the plunge: Does anyone use the Discover card? […]

Compare Your Company’s 401(k) Retirement Plan

While researching companies for possible career moves — an occasional hobby of mine before all of my extracurricular time was spent working on Consumerism Commentary — it has been difficult to find reliable information about one of the biggest benefits companies can offer, the 401(k) retirement plan. As an outsider to the company, you cannot access juicy benefits information. […]

How to Nail an Interview: 20 Job Interview Tips

After writing about how to negotiate your salary recently, a couple of readers pointed me to another job-related tool on the web. Steinar Skipsness has created a microsite called How to Nail an Interview. Here’s how he describes it: What is it that certain people say or do during a job interview that makes them stand out? […]

Stocks are for Losers?

What would you say if I told you that, on average, the majority of stocks lose money over time? Would you call me crazy? After all, we all know that the stock market has done nothing but increase over the long term. Right? Well… According to an interesting piece in the latest Money Magazine by William J. Bernstein (author of The Four Pillars of Investing), it’s not that simple. […]

Don’t Carry Debt To Improve Your Credit Score

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear and read about regarding your credit score is that you need to carry debt to improve your score. Some articles say that you should get a car loan because it’ll boost your credit score. Others will recommend that you leave a little balance on your credit card rather than pay it off in full each month. […]

How To Be Twenty Times Better Than Barack Obama

I offered to write articles for Quicken occasionally, and the first of these articles was published yesterday. It focuses on trimming budgets and expenditures. President Obama has proposed cutting the federal budget by $17 billion. That’s a large amount of money, but it’s a tiny slice, 0.5%, of the total federal budget. […]

What Would You Do If You Were Fired?

With all the people being fired these days, I thought it would be worth it to go through a quick list of what I'd do in case I was fired. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 5/21/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up to 77% Two Lips Women's Shoes at (dealnews) Today only, has nearly 50 styles of Two Lips women's shoes discounted by 66% to 77% off, with prices reduced to $19.95. Shipping costs $6.95.   1. […]

Debt Repayment and Frugality as Obsession: It Depends on How Your Brain Works

Yesterday, J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly posted an interesting article about whether repaying debt should be an obsession. His conclusion, to put it succinctly, was no: When a person decides to make a lifestyle change — financial or otherwise — there’s a temptation GO ALL OUT. […]

Forget Saving...25 Places to Look for Spare Change

By Tisha Tolar While there have been times you may have had to scrounge around the house for spare change to buy milk until payday or to fill up a coin roll, you may be surprised to learn that if you really took a good look around at the spare change hiding in the crevices of your home, you might add it all up to a small fortune. […]

No Crystal Ball Required: Getting Better Investment Returns (Without Guessing)

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Imagine it’s 30 April 1989. You just came into a hundred grand. You plan on investing this money for the next 20 years. Where do you put it? […]

Congress Passes Credit CARD Act of 2009, Now What?

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, the Senate’s alternative to the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. Here are some of the provisions, taking effect in February 2010: Credit card companies must give 45 days notice before raising interest rates. […]

BVC #12 - Keeping Financial Documents

In this latest video I take a step away from the whiteboard and talk about something my wife and I did over the weekend, we consolidated our financial and personal documents. We’ve been married for about a year and a half but never went through the process of consolidating all of our important documents. […]

What’s Your Money Mindset?

I come from middle-class roots and was brought up with what I’ve recently heard referred to as a “middle-class money mindset.” By that, I mean that I’ve been primarily concerned with: Getting an education Developing a skill/career Honing that skill Using that skill to work and trade time for money Saving that money Working to a ripe old age, and then retiring Living happily ever after More recen […]

Six Interview Tips -- Main One Left Out

Here are the six key steps in interview preparation according to US News: Know the company Research the people Find an insider Know what's coming: Study your résumé Change your point of view I have two comments on this list: 1. The above items are certainly valuable and are steps you should take before any interview. […]

Economic Statistics From The Bush - Cheney Administration: Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat!

I came across my favorite internet meme being use in an interesting capacity: it’s been used to make a statement about the Bush and Cheney economic legacy, so I couldn’t help but feature it here. But before I go into details, allow me to define what an internet meme is. […]