July 16, 2009

Guest Post: Planning a Great Yard Sale & Extra Money-Making Tips

In the guest post, Kathryn Vercillo, of the Money Saving Blog, has a sweet list of tips for running an efficient garage sale:Tips for Running an Efficient Yard SaleYard sales aren’t just an easy breezy way to make quick cash. They require a lot of planning and a little bit of work. Nevertheless, if you put in that effort then you should be rewarded with some cash in hand at the end of the day. […]

15 Low Cost Ways to Beat Stress

By Frugal Duchess Emotional spending and expensive junk food binges -- budget busters -- are often triggered by stress. Here are a few ideas for diminishing stress without spending a lot of money. 1. Cup of tea A hot cup of tea is a low-calorie comfort food. Additionally, the process of fixing a cup of tea is a ritual that can halt negative worry cycles. […]

Frugality’s Sacred Cows

I define frugality as getting the maximum value for your dollar while living squarely within your means, which is a pretty reasonable definition. I wouldn’t expect someone making $15,000 a year that doesn’t sweat what they eat to make the same food choices as someone making $50,000 a year who highly values the quality of their food, for example. […]

Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market

By Paul Michael Despite the coupons and the special offers, the major supermarket chains are not cheap. You find a deal now and then, but on the whole they really don’t give you great value for money. Farmer’s markets are good for deals and fresh produce, but they only appear once a week in my area. […]

Ouch! Here's a Reason You Need to Be Very Conservative in Retirement Planning

CNN Money brings us this story of retirement planning gone wrong. Robert Bertrand had retirement all figured out. Here's where he stood: Retired in early 2006 at age 58 to live out his dream of playing on the Senior Professional Golf Tour. Had $425,000 socked away, plus another $500,000 or so in stock options. […]

Watch Out for Surge in CPI

By Philip Brewer Just to be clear, I'm also worried about a surge in inflation, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I don't know the future, so I try to stay away from predictions. But you don't need to know the future to "predict" a surge in the Consumer Price Index. All you need is to know the recent past. I distinguish between inflation and the CPI. […]

Free eBook: The Insider’s Guide To Frugal Food & Fitness!

Due to popular demand I’ve updated my Free eBook: The Insider’s Guide to Frugal Food & Fitness! (Second Edition). I’ve added more delicious recipes, more stunning photographs, and more frugal fitness fun! Who It’s For It’s for You! Paying too much for healthy food at the grocery store is frustrating, and spending big bucks for a gym membership is expensive. […]

Review: The Education of an American Dreamer by Peter G. Peterson

The Education of an American Dreamer: How A Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way From a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond. by Peter G. Peterson (quite a title!) is an autobiography and I don’t think I’ve read a autobiography in years. But when I was approached by a publicist and asked if I was interested in reading the story of Peter G. […]

Anniversary Giveaway: Enter to Win Free iPod If You Find All Four Clues

Today is the sixth anniversary of Consumerism Commentary! Long-time readers know that this blog was one of the first of its kind to focus on personal finance and money-related topics. Thanks to the readers, we are still going strong. I have learned much about money, especially from visitors and commenters, throughout the past few years. […]

My Jobs, Second Job a Winner

A few days ago I shared some of my career history by detailing my first job out of school. Today I want to continue this series by giving details on the second job I held after graduation. The second job I held was again for a Fortune 500 company, another top one in its field, but with a company culture that was far less dog-eat-dog in nature than job #1. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 7/16/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. TEVA CLEARANCE! Up To 85% Off Men's And Women's Shoes (dealnews) Teva.com knocks up to 85% off select men's and women's footwear listed in its clearance section. Shipping adds $5.95, or spend $75 or more to receive free shipping.   1. […]

480 Ways to Make More Money Today

If you’re like a lot of Simple Dollar readers, you’re reading this article at the start of your work day (and if you’re not, imagine you are, at the start of your next work day). You’ve got a pile of things to do today, some of them urgent, but many of them not so urgent. […]

Carnival of Pecuniary Delights: Sweet 16 Edition

By Will Chen Welcome to the Carnival of Pecuniary Delights, the Sweet 16 Edition.  This nifty carnival is the creation of Penelope Pince from Pecuniarities (aka Hermione from our forums).  We had the honor of being one of the first hosts of this carnival.  It is really gratifying to see this carnival blossom into a wonderful personal finance resource. A big thanks to all the contributors. […]

What If You Don’t Plan to Retire? Save Anyhow!

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. In my last post, I explained why your financial time horizon may be longer than you think, since you may be investing well into your 90s. […]

Safeguarding Your Income

When it comes to financial success, your most important tool is your income. Without an income you can’t pay the bills, reduce your debt, or even buy the simple things you need to survive. With a properly maintained income, however, nothing is impossible. […]

8 Reasons Credit Cards Beat Debit Cards

This may be sacrilegious to say, as a personal finance blogger, but I’ve never been a fan of debit cards. I’m biased though. I think I prefer credit over debit because because I’ve never been in credit card debt. I’ve never been on the business end of the tactics used by the credit card industry. […]

Testimony of a One Car Couple

Up until a few months ago, if someone would have asked my wife or me to get rid of one of our cars, we would’ve just snickered and responded, “Impossible!” But then it happened… I wrecked my car. A bit of background From the time we met in 2003 up until seven months ago, my wife and I had always viewed two cars as a necessity. […]

Will Having a Blog Grow Your Career?

Yesterday we talked about whether or not writing a book was a good career move. Today we'll discuss whether or not you should have a blog that covers your industry, area of expertise, etc. in order to enhance your career. I've actually been thinking about this issue for quite some time. […]