Can’t Get a Job? Get a Microjob!

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Looking for work? Somebody out there wants you to design websites, board dogs, run errands, write blot posts, do laundry, deliver packages, be a virtual assistant. […]

Money as Security (or Other Things)

Money means a lot of different things to different people. Money can represent potential stuff. It can also represent potential experiences. For some, money can represent power or social acceptance. Others might see money as a corrupting or evil influence. Still others might see money as a tool for promoting social change. For me, though, money is security. […]

Amazon Prime Loses Money But Is Considered a Success

I haven’t always been a fan of Amazon.com as a company. There was a time early on in the company’s ascent that its innovators pushed through a patent application for the process behind its one-click purchasing mechanism. […]

Why Fewer People Trust the Stock Market

The Facebook IPO, one of the biggest and most publicized in the last few years, hurt “retail” investor confidence in the stock market. There was the hard sell by brokers (think Boiler Room style). […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?

Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. […]

Just Start: How Doing Anything Can Help You Accomplish Everything

I was sitting in my desk rubbing my wrinkled forehead. I had a deadline to meet, but the only thing my brain was doing was cycling back through the same ideas. It was an extremely frustrating feeling. So what should you do when you get stuck? Well, perhaps if you're asking "what" should you do, you're asking the wrong question. My suggestion — do something. Do anything. Just start. […]

The Freedom of a Debt-Free Life

For some people, living a debt-free life is just a dream, but for others, it's a reality. It takes commitment, self-control, and discipline to move from a life full of debts to one free of them. […]

Best Money Tips: Negotiating the Raise You Deserve

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on negotiating the raise you deserve, getting kids outside in the summer, and free ways to make someone's day. Top 5 Articles 7 Tips For Negotiating The Raise You Deserve — To negotiate the raise you deserve, remember to consider the schedule and emphasize your work performance. […]

Learn to Love Leftovers (197/365)

Any time you throw food into the trash can, you’re throwing money into the trash can. Quite often, that food you’re throwing away is the remnants of a meal from a few days ago. You stuck the remnants in the refrigerator, but every time you went to grab another meal, you overlooked the leftovers. […]

Discover More Credit Card Review

We all here horror stories of people who have too many credit cards and rack up thousands of dollars in debt and have trouble making even minimum payments.  Sure, those are the attention getting stories, but there are also many responsible credit card users who like to use their credit cards to accrue cash back or rewards points.  If you are one of those people, you will appreciate the Discover Mo […]

Two Great Books on Making Money, Part 2

This is the follow-up to this morning's post.The second book I liked so much is more limited/targeted and not directly related to making money, but it will help you make money if you can benefit from being "well known". It's Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Now when most people hear the word "platform", they think of a stage (which is an appropriate meaning in a way for this book). […]

Credit Card Changes Looming: Merchants Will Be Allowed to Add Surcharges

In case you missed it, Visa and MasterCard settled a major lawsuit last week and have agreed to pay various retailers a total of $6B, temporarily reduce interchange fees (to the tune of ca. $1.2B), and allow merchants to tack on credit card surcharges. So what does this mean for you? […]

Where Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Fails

I’ve written extensively about how Dave Ramsey’s “Debt Snowball” does a disservice to families and individuals struggling to get out of debt. By acquiescing to the emotions of money, those who most need to separate emotions from their financial decisions don’t. Not everyone who is in debt are in that position due to emotionally-driven decision making, but many are. […]

Best Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer has arrived, and that means that teenagers are looking for a way to make more money. Summer is a great time for teenagers to switch to full time work. […]

How to Learn a Foreign Language for Free

Forget Rosetta Stone! I have some ways to learn the foreign language of your choice for free. For example, the Internet is full of educational websites dedicated to making you bilingual and multilingual. Rather than spend a small fortune on language lessons, I believe in the power of self-learning. Here are some of the best resources I’ve run across that might be of interest to you. […]

Food Waste Experiment: Are Debbie Meyer Green Bags worth it?

Tasty Trash: The $55 million Squawkfox Food Waste Challenge is a series aimed at helping your family save up to $1,500 this year by reducing food waste. The environment may also thank us. To start from the beginning, read the introduction. “Save money by eliminating waste.” That’s the claim that first caught my eye when I picked up a box of Debbie Meyer Green Bags. […]

Reader Mailbag: Headache Solution

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. Realities of extreme debt reduction 2. Husband makes more than me 3. Sharing lawn equipment 4. Vegan cooking and recipes 5. Steam sale 6. Unable to save money 7. Walking as exercise 8. Honeymoon or bills? 9. Selling a car 10. […]

Tuition Reimbursement: A Benefit for Some Employees and Employers

Happy anniversary to Consumerism Commentary! Nine years ago today, I published the first article on this website, introducing myself and sharing the original purpose of Consumerism Commentary. The character of the site has changed drastically over this extended period of time, but I’m glad to say I’m still involved with its operation. […]

9 Things You Should Throw Out, Recycle, or Donate Today

If you’ve ever watched any shows about hoarding, you know it can get pretty ridiculous (and, to be perfectly candid, disgusting). […]

The Power of Personal Tranformation: Change Your Self, Change the World

Note: On July 8th, I gave the closing keynote at World Domination Summit 2012. After listening to Brené Brown talk about vulnerability, Susan Cain talk about introversion, Scott Harrison talk about building wells in Africa, and Chris Brogan talk about bravery — after listening to all of these professional speakers, I took the stage. I’m just an average guy. […]