October 2012

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 11/1, 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: The Disaster Chat! In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, join us as we talk about being prepared for disasters! […]

How to Avoid Purchasing Your Own Haunted House

Did you grow up in a neighborhood where there was a “haunted” house? You know, the house that everyone knew about that usually had an overgrown yard and broken windows? […]

5 Totally Cool Tiny Houses

One of the more interesting real estate trends right now is the tiny house. These are little houses that are often as small as 65 square feet, and can be up to 874 square feet. These tiny houses try to make maximum use of the small space, creating livable spaces that don’t take up much room. On top of that, many tiny houses are built on trailers, so they can be wheeled around. […]

The Most Common Landlord Problems and How to Address Them

Landlords have a variety of possible issues that can arise from the management (or mismanagement) of their properties. This can be the result of poor upkeep on their part, bad tenants, or a combination of both. Tenants run the gamut from pristine to monstrous, and landlords often find themselves looking into the legal ramifications of eviction. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Disaster Relief Edition

A large section of the country is reeling from the hurricane. Aside from extending sympathy from the millions of victims, I only have one small thing to say. Send aid, but be smart about it. They don’t need your “stuff.” Don’t try to send blankets or toiletries or first aid supplies. The logistics of getting those items from you to them is more trouble than the value of your item. […]

Best 529 Plans – 2012 Edition

I’ve written at various times in the past about 529 plans as a college savings vehicle. […]

Are Penny Auctions Scams?

Jane emailed me the other day asking me about penny auctions. Penny auctions are those sites that let you win awesome prizes, like Apple iPads and Microsoft XBoxes, for pennies. PENNIES! Here’s her email, which entertainingly enough, asks specifically about a company that was accused and shut down by the SEC for “allegedly” running a $600 million Ponzi scheme: Hi Jim, I love your blog. […]

5 principles of fund investing, as illustrated by a zombie

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. On this Halloween, I have a frightening tale of decaying wealth, failed attempts at resurrection, a dying reputation, and a Lynching. […]

Stupid Credit Card Tricks: How Your Credit Card Company Lies to You

It didn't exactly make headlines outside of personal credit and finance websites, but Discover announced last week that it would pay out millions in refunds to customers who claim that they were deceived by telemarketers. […]

Best Money Tips: Foods You Shouldn't Waste Money On

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on food you shouldn't waste money on, the best ways to make extra money, and easy ways to save for retirement. Top 5 Articles Five Foods You Shouldn't Waste Your Money On — Don't waste your money on canned soup. The sodium levels in canned soup are very high. […]

Avoid Dinner Stress: Pay Someone to Plan Your Meals

Running a household is busy enough with laundry and dishes to clean, bills to be paid, kids to be delivered and picked up, and meals to shop for and cook. If you've got enough money, you can hire a personal assistant or a few people to run all of these life errands for you. For those who can't afford a personal valet, there are options to at least getting a few chores done by someone else. […]

Discover Craigslist and Freecycle (303/365)

We currently own a 2004 Honda Pilot, which we use for most of our family’s driving needs. We bought it off of Craigslist. We ended up paying substantially less than we would have at a dealership. I have a large handful of tools that were given to me by someone on Freecycle. They cost me nothing. Last year, I purchased several of my children’s Christmas gifts off of Craigslist. […]

Aftermath of Sandy: Check Your Insurance Coverage Before the Storm

I hope all Consumerism Commentary readers affected by Hurricane slash Extra-Tropical Storm slash Low-Pressure System Sandy are alive and safe and have avoided damage. I lost power for sixteen to eighteen hours, and although I live near a canal, flood waters didn’t reach me. […]

Shop Around for Cable: DirecTV vs. Comcast vs. Verizon

Finance blogs often explore how customers can save money on cable or even cut their cable, and while this can definitely save money, making such a big change can leave some customers without their favorite shows. […]

Who Are You?

Imagine you’re meeting a person for the first time – say, at a community barbecue. You have ten words with which to introduce yourself. What do you say about yourself? Do you mention your job? Do you mention your religion? Do you mention your family? Do you mention your social connections? Do you mention the area where you live, perhaps nodding to your nice home? […]

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and Taxes

One of the biggest issues of the presidential campaign is taxes. Even though the economy seems to be one of the main focuses of the election, the reality is that voters really want to know how their bottom lines will be affected. While each candidate has released some of their ideas for tax plans, the truth is that  for any of them to work, they have to get through Congress. […]

How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?

One of the most stressful personal finance questions you ever need to face is one that won’t affect you for years. For some, it’s decades. How much money will you need when you retire? […]

Mutual mooching: How my community saves me money, part one

One of the greatest assets in my life is a priceless community made up of my friends, family, and other community members. My community is greater than the sum of its parts. Saving me money is just one benefit. Mutual mooching I first read about mutual mooching in Amy Dacyczyn’s “The Complete Tightwad Gazette,” but I paid little attention to it. Doing favors for people and getting favors back? […]