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. […]

Reader Story: Sailing Away from the American Dream

This guest post from Michael Robertson is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Two years ago, Michael shared a guest post about direct stock purchase plans. […]

Changing Course

Condi writes in: Six months ago, I almost had my children taken away from me because I didn’t have enough money to pay any of the bills and keep food on the table for my children. It was the worst time of my life and since then, I’ve cleaned up my act. I’ve stopped drinking and smoking. Rather than just getting food on the way home each night, I’m making food at home for my kids. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #7

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

Interesting Money Facts, Part 1

In the book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down, author Christine Romans list sets of facts (throughout the book) that she calls "Romans' Numeral". Today I'll be sharing a few of these and giving my comments on them. Here goes: $111,000 - Cost of the average high-end kitchen renovation -- twice the median household income. Really? $111k for a new kitchen? […]

Studs Terkel’s Working

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an instructional video from 1948 called You and Your Work. This film painted an ideal (and idealized) view of the workplace and the worker’s role in it. But we all know work isn’t really like that, right? Yes it’s important to work hard, and yes it’s important to maintain a positive attitude, but jobs and careers are complicated. […]

Teaser: The 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming!

Can you feel it in the air? It’s almost time for the second annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Last year, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. […]

Simple Thank You Gifts For A Host

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting Mr Credit Card from www.askmrcreditcard.com. I found out that he was not only a fanatic about credit cards, but that he was interesting and knowledgeable in so many other areas (especially on the topic of advanced investing). Since I put him up for a few [...]Simple Thank You Gifts For A Host […]

A Collection of Free Kindle Resources

Dinner With My Family is taking a one week hiatus due to a cavalcade of visiting family and an inability to get good pictures of a meal. Tune in next week for the series’ return. On Monday, Sarah gave me a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift – a Kindle. […]

My Business Bank Accounts: Checking and Savings

The economic environment is still not great for savers. Those who were smart or financially stable enough to have emergency funds and other savings accounts have been rewarded with low interest rates for the past few years. Take a look at these historical interest rates to see how low we’ve come. […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 18th

I don’t know where this past week went, but it’s Friday already. Not that it’s a bad thing, but when you don’t get all of your work done it is a bit of a bummer. It’s mostly been a lot of behind the scenes work on the site. We’ve moved to a far better server, URL structure was changed, better performance tweaks put into place. […]