November 18, 2009

Links Roundup: No Credit Needed Edition

Work on Your Money: The Missing Manual continues apace. I’ve finished the first seven chapters (happiness, goals, budgets, debt, frugality, income, and banking) and have just begun on chapter eight, which is about credit. As part of this chapter, I’d love to profile a GRS reader who gets by on minimal credit. […]

21 Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers

By Myscha Theriault Gift giving season is upon us. If you have a budding adventure traveler in your life, and are looking for affordable gift ideas, this list has exactly the suggestions you are looking for. The gift ideas on this list aren't necessarily sexy, but they all provide valuable infrastructure for adventure travelers and on-the-fly functionality. Bonus? […]

Women Have Unique Financial Needs

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Retirement planning is even more crucial for women than for men. Although most women are married, 85% outlive their husbands and are alone during their last years. Financial planning must address the unique issues facing older women who probably worked fewer years and earned less money than their spouses. […]

Should I Save for Something or Not Buy It At All?

Andre writes in: I’m interested in replacing a piece of home audio equipment that is experiencing occasional malfunctions, but works OK most of the time. The receiver I’m looking at costs $500 on Amazon. I’m a little conflicted. The more frugal side of me says to not even buy it. Make do with the broken receiver until it’s completely unusable. […]

Obsessive Consumption

To take control of your spending, you must first be aware of your spending. This mindfulness can be difficult for many people to achieve. […]

How to Properly Use Headhunters

Whenever you start posting your resume on job search websites, you will invariably be contacted by recruiters, affectionately called headhunters. Headhunters can be a valuable asset in the job hunting process because their goals are in line with yours. The typical headhunter scenario works like this. An employer is looking to fill a specific job opening within a few weeks. […]

How To Do Your Holiday Shopping Through Rebate Sites

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. […]

Lending Club $25 Bonus Reminder

This is just a quick note to remind you that the good folks at Lending Club are still offering a $25 signup bonus* just for opening a Lending Club account. Here’s how it works… 1. Visit Lending Club using a link in this post 2. Open and activate a lender account 3. The $25 will be automatically deposited in your account shortly thereafter That’s it. […]

5 Reasons Why You Will Retire Broke and Unhappy

Retirement is one of the major end goals for many of us. After putting in a few decades of hard work we hope to be able to break free from the daily grind and do what really makes us happy. That could be starting a new career, traveling the world, or simply enjoying a slower paced lifestyle. […]

25 Guidelines for Living Your New Money Story

The following is an excerpt from The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life and lists 25 guidelines for living your new money story (making your finances what you want them to be.) In the end, your actions are the language in which your money story speaks. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 11/18/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. 80% Off Clarks Shoes: Deals From Just $8! Today only, cuts 80% off on 88 styles of Clarks women's shoes, with prices starting at $8. […]

Best of Personal Finance: The Most Shoplifted Items of 2009

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.  This week, we tell you the final date you can order online and still get your stuff in time for the holidays, how to cook an amazing Depression-era meal, and what stellar deals you can expect at Walmart this Black Friday!  Plus, we'll share the most shoplifted items of 2009. Top 5 Articles of the Week Holiday Shipping Dead […]

Year-End Holiday Celebrations for Less

By Little House Whether you're hosting this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, or not, there are several small touches you can create that are both affordable and beautiful. My family has come up with a few ways to cook, decorate, and gift for far less. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Home Movies Edition

For the longest time, I didn’t really see the point of taking home movies. I would take some because I’d be encouraged to do so, but they always seemed to just wind up in boxes collecting dust somewhere. Until last night. I was digging through one of our closets and came up with a few tapes depicting the day our son was born, his first Christmas, and some other moments from early in his life. […]

What It Really Costs to Own a Home

By Julie Rains I'm a mortgage-free homeowner but I still have plenty of expenses associated with owning and maintaining my house. Some have been easy to anticipate — others, not so obvious. Either way, the dollars add up. […]

Coupons are a Waste?

I recently ran across an interesting letter to the editor in Time Magazine, and thought it would make good fodder for discussion. […]

Pontiac Silverdome Sold for Less Than a House

A year ago, a group of investors offered $20 million to buy the Pontiac Silverdome, the seldom-used, dome stadium that used to be the home for the Detroit Pistons and Michigan Panthers. The deal eventually fell through. […]

Best Employment & Job Search Websites

When it comes to finding a job, it’s a numbers game. As much as you turn the numbers to your advantage of tailoring your resume, writing a well-crafted cover letter, or only applying to the right jobs – the reality is that you need to pepper the job boards with resumes in the hopes that some of them stick. If you send out ten resumes and get one response, you’re doing pretty darn good. […]