August 1, 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 8/2, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Saving on Your Cell Phone! Learn about apps, ringtones, and reviewing your plan. […]

Eat a Balanced Diet (213/365)

“Eat a balanced diet” is one of the simplest pieces of health advice that medical professionals dispense on their patients. For the most part, it just means “eat a wide variety of items without an excess of any one item or type of item.” In other words, don’t live on a solely cheese-based diet. It’s pretty sound advice, too. […]

15 Clever Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an easy to grow plant that even those who fail miserably at growing everything else can grow.  And, of course, we all know it is an excellent sun burn soother.  (I used an entire tube of aloe vera after I stayed out in the hot North Carolina sun a few hours too long one summer; aloe vera was the only things that brought my flaming skin relief.) Many people think that soothing a sun bu […]

Volunteering Can Help Your Career

U.S. News lists several ways volunteering can help you find a job. They approach it from the angle that you're out of work and need something to fill your time, so you should consider volunteering. However, volunteering offers career benefits whether you are employed or unemployed. With that in mind, here's what U.S. […]

Do you really need that upgrade?

I get a little grumpy when I’m told it’s time to upgrade. Mobile phones are big upgrade targets, but any other widget or gadget thing is fair game too. It doesn’t seem to matter if the so called ‘old’ device is fresh off the sales floor, last year’s model, or a durable piece of electronics holding tight after five years of use. […]

Top 10 Worst Financial Products: Part Two

This is part two of our two part series looking at the absolute worst financial products out there. If you missed part one, check it out here. It included products like bank accounts with fees, credit card payment protection plans, and mutual funds with high costs. As bad as those financial products are, however, they are not the worst ways you could be using your money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Site Surfing Edition

I read a lot of personal finance and personal growth sites, a list that changes all the time. My weekly links for this are harvested from that reading. For the most part, I like articles that have an angle I haven’t thought of, have a nice human touch, or else express an idea very well, so that’s what I link to. If I find myself thinking about an article after I’ve read it, I bookmark it. […]

Internet Sales Tax Coming Soon

While we’re on the topic of sales tax holidays… The ongoing sales tax holiday for online purchases appears to be on its last legs. For the record, you’re supposed to pay sales tax for online purchases (assuming you live in one of the 45 states with a sales/use tax) when you file your state tax return, but most people don’t. […]

Sales Tax for Online Purchases

Today, the voting for the Third Annual Plutus Awards is open. If you are a fan of Consumerism Commentary, please vote for this site as the “Best Single-Author Personal Finance Blog.” Also take a moment to vote for all of your favorite personal finance blogs. Bloggers can also vote for their favorite financial products and services. […]

Five Ways Our Psychology Affects Our Money

In college, I took a few psychology classes because I found the subject fascinating. I love reading about human psychology, along with economics (and later behavioral economics), because I felt like it gave me a cheat sheet on the world. […]

Review: How I Make Money Blogging

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. Let me say that initially I was skeptical about both the size and cost of How I Make Money Blogging: The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Money-Making Blog. The $27 freight seemed a bit steep for a 32-page e-book. […]

Hurray! Annual Freebie Calendar

Don't you hate it when you find out today was free ice cream day by seeing photos on Facebook of your friends chowing down? Print out this calendar of the freebies that tend to come up year after year, and you'll never be caught unawares. (See also: How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free) January New Year's Day freebies on Jan. […]

How to Calculate Future Value, and Why It Matters

I love financial functions on spreadsheets, and one of my favorites is @FV. This function enables you to calculate the future value of a stream of payments. You have to make assumptions about interest rates, but you can use the function to project the value of investments. […]

Best Money Tips: Awesome Frugal Date Ideas

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on awesome frugal date ideas, tested tips for a frugal life, and inexpensive ways to keep kids entertained this summer. Top 5 Articles 8 Awesomely Frugal Date Ideas For The Weekend — This weekend, take that special someone in your life on a picnic. […]

More TV Shows That Teach Personal Finances

I've posted a few times on the various TV shows that my family watches that teach some aspect of personal finances. I'd now like to add a few more to the list. They include: Income Property -- In this show the host takes a part of a home (usually a basement) that is meant to rent out to tenants but can't be because it's in rough shape. […]