December 24, 2009

You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch!

I’m curling up with my dog and hubby tonight to watch the cartoon classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Pivo (the dog) is all dressed and ready to rumble. Carl (the husband) is not so keen on wearing his set of red antlers though. He’s such a Grinch. On behalf of all of us I want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and say thank you for frugaliciously squawking with us this year. […]

Is Netflix Worth It?

Jenna writes in: My husband and I have been talking about signing up for Netflix, but we’re just not sure if it’s worth the extra monthly bill. Do you have any thoughts or pointers? Sarah and I have been on-again off-again Netflix users for most of the past decade. […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Printable CD Covers

Every year I find myself needing a way to wrap a custom CD for someone special. Being a bit of a photo nerd, I love to give my family and friends a personalized photo CD filled with the year’s special events, family functions, and fun candids. OK, sometimes I give a mixed music CD too. The problem is, how the heck do you wrap a CD when it doesn’t have a jewel case? Gaw! […]

Holiday Gift-Giving for the Truly Broke

By Andrea Dickson This year, my holiday gift giving is going to be curbed more by necessity than by my sense of goodness, frugality, or my love for the environment. I just can't afford to splurge on gifts, even though I want to. I know lots of other people are in the same situation this year, and so I'm not alone in looking for cheaper gifts or gift alternatives. […]

What You Need to Know About Roth IRAs in 2010

By Redeeming Riches According to a September 29, 2009 Fidelity Investments study, 88% of respondents are unaware of the 2010 Roth conversion opportunity. The what opportunity? With only 12% who are aware of this, chances are good you need a crash course in what exactly has changed in 2010 regarding the Roth IRA conversion opportunity and why it matters to you. What is a Roth IRA First, let's star […]

12 Last Minute Gift Ideas

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. With only one more day until Christmas you may still be in the market for a few last minute gifts. If you are like me, the idea of driving through traffic and elbowing through crowds to find gifts is not going to bring you any Christmas cheer. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 12/24/09

Gap Holiday Sale: Up to 40% off + extra 20% off MEElectronics AI-M2 Sound-isolating Earbud Headphones $7 FREE Taco Bell Fresco Taco J. Crew Final Sale: Up to 70% off Scrubbing Bubbles: Buy one, get another free […]

Managing Money When You’re Paid Infrequently

Most of us are lucky. We’re paid every week, every other week, twice a month, or monthly, and this makes it easy to make ends meet each month. Some of us, however, live different lives. Freelancers, for example, are paid on a highly irregular schedule. Many graduate students receive only stipends three or four times per year. […]

3 Frugal Fashion Items Every Woman Can Wear

By Myscha Theriault I’ve been wanting to start a frugal fashion series for a while now. Clothes are something we all need to buy, and cutting down on them as a line item expense is a skill everyone will need to use at some point in their lives. […]

Can You Ever Have Enough Money?

This is a guest article by Outlaw, who lives and works in New York’s financial district and writes on the blog Credit Card Outlaw. When I first became fascinated with personal finance strategy, I was in serious credit card debt. I couldn’t find full-time work. I felt like an idiot. Every month, a new credit card statement. Every month, deeper in debt. […]

Happy Holidays!

I wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. It’s Christmas Eve today, so we’ll be using it as an excuse for the day off and hopefully you can too! We’ll return with the regularly scheduled programming on Monday, the 28th. Have a safe long weekend and may you be able to spend it (stress-free) with family and friends! (Photo: nez) Happy Holidays! […]

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

This is a guest post from Francine Huff, a freelance journalist and writer at and the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. Visit her web sites Huff Writes and Super Savvy Spender. Whether through recent news articles or over the water cooler, you’ve probably heard something about reverse mortgages. […]

Paying for Quality Saves Time and Money

As long as you are not smack dab in the middle of aggressive debt reduction (and perhaps eve if you are), paying extra for quality is rarely a bad idea. Sure, as with anything there are exceptions to the rule, but rather than focus on those exceptions, let’s focus on the rule itself. Quality is well worth the price My father, bless his heart, has always been a man who valued price over quality. […]

The Snack Police

Anyone remember my posts on whether or not it's right to bring food into a movie theater? If not, here they are for your enjoyment: Is it Ethical to Sneak Food/Drink into a Movie Theater?  My Theater Responds Now SmartMoney tells us that AMC has stopped letting people bring food into their theaters. […]

College Education Costs: Is College Worth What You Pay For It?

Secretly, have you ever wondered whether your college education was truly worth it? I’m sure it’s something many students and their parents ruminate over. I’ve even written a few articles that cover this subject: Should You Earn A College Degree? and Should You Quit School Because You’re Brilliant? are just a couple of posts I published a while back to address some questions. […]