When Will the Housing Market Recover?

The big news earlier this week was that pending home sales in March were up 21% vs. the same period in 2009. While that sounds promising, it must be kept in mind that many buyers were rushing into the market to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, which expired at the end of April. At the same time, we’ve been assured that the economic recovery is underway. […]

What do You Spend on Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is this weekend -- what are you planning on doing (and spending) to celebrate? My wife's mother is deceased, but we send a card and gift card (maybe $25 or so to Walmart) to my mom. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 3

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality - Eight Great Frugal Date Ideas  FREE STUFF! […]

Mint.com Questions and Answers, FiLife Gone? Online Personal Finance Updates

Here’s some big news in the personal finance space that I only got wind of now around a week later. As someone who enjoys following innovation in the field of money, I was rather captivated by this article on Fast Company which covers not just the downfall of one promising personal finance site (Filife.com), but also takes the pulse of the financial online start up and business community. […]

The Annual 50%

The following is an excerpt from In The Trenches: Financial Survival During Times of Hardship. It goes nicely with my piece titled Make and Save Money by Getting Rid of Your Junk. This will be fun, challenging, or almost impossible depending on your personality. It is very easy to explain. […]

Coupon Organization: A Survey of How People Do It

My wife and I use coupons for many of our household products, from toothpaste and garbage bags to toilet paper and Tones spices (yes, I had a coupon for this once upon a time). […]

Delta to Waive Baggage Fee for AmEx SkyMiles Credit Card Holders

As you’re likely aware, most airlines have implemented checked bag fees, and some have even started threatening to charge for carry-on bags. […]

TD Bank Checking Account Promotion: Free Flip Ultra Camcorder

TD Bank joins the recent spate of new account bank deals and they join the fray with our modern day equivalent of a toaster, a Flip Ultra Camcorder. I have one of these cameras and they’re great because of how easy it is to use and how portable it can be. […]

Help a Reader: Irrigation System

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My wife and I have an issue that we are having trouble finding an answer to. We just finished building a house (we took advantage of the tax credit), and we are trying to get everything in place to make us happy. One thing we/I want to do is put in a sprinkler system. […]

How I Earn Side Income From (Mostly) Blogging

Subscribe to Consumerism Commentary by adding our RSS feed to your favorite reading software.As you know I’ve been writing for Consumerism Commentary since 2003. I’ve been blogging, or chronologically updating websites, since 1994 or 1995, at that time running a web server called “Winhttpd” from the computer in my dorm room. […]

How to Find the Best Car Insurance Policy

If you have a car, then you need auto insurance. There’s a good chance you’ll never need to file a claim, but car insurance is one of those things that you’re thankful you have if you do. Depending on many factors such as how many vehicles you have, your driving record, and age, auto insurance can run into the thousands of dollars per year. […]

Reader Mailbag: Getting Things Done

Over the years, I’ve received literally hundreds of requests for a detailed review and discussion of the well-known productivity and time management book Getting Things Done by David Allen, which was a truly life-changing book for me. […]

30 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Office

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/lifestyle/article/30-easy-ways-to-go-gr... […]

Reduce Your Credit Limits to Manage Your Spending

How much credit do you have? By this, I mean how much available credit could you go out and spend today if you really wanted to max all your credit cards to the hilt? I’m actually surprised by the gradual increase in my credit limits, and by just how high some of them have gone. […]

Vanguard Eliminates Commissions on ETF Trades

Vanguard seems to be one of those rare companies that wants to give customers more for less. The brokerage recently eliminated transaction fees for their proprietary exchange-traded funds (ETFs). […]

Start Planning Your Garden Now

It’s that time of year again folks… Time to get out your gardening gear, get down on your hands and knees, and get familiar with your soil. Will this be your first garden, or your 40th? Will you grow organically, or are you comfortable with spraying your family’s produce with nerve agents? I’m biased, of course. […]

Vanguard Mutual Funds vs. ETFs: Which Are Better?

When Vanguard lowered its stock and ETF trading fees this week, I received an email from Eric, one of the long time readers of Bargaineering. He wondered if this made Vanguard ETFs superior to their mutual funds, to which I was pretty sure the answer was “Yes.” You have to make the assumption that the mutual fund and the ETF will track the underlying index in the same way. […]

Three Things the Amish Taught Me About Money

Yesterday, a couple of readers pointed me to a CNN Money article about why Amish businesses don’t fail. Good timing, because today’s guest post is from the author profiled in that piece. This is a guest post from Erik Wesner, who researched the Amish for his new book Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. […]

Economy has People Eating More at Home, Survey Says It Will Continue

Here's a survey conducted by the N.G.A. (National Grocers Association?) and SupermarketGuru, and underwritten by ConAgra Foods. The basic summary is that the poor economy has most people eating at home and looking for value in their food options. […]

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