October 12, 2012

Financial Voyeurism: Sharing Your Finances to Improve Your Life

There’s something weird about what I’ve done here at Consumerism Commentary. Although I no longer share all the details on a regular basis, when I started this website in 2003, its purpose was to track my financial progress, to discover and share thoughts about building financial freedom, and to grow my own knowledge about money and life. […]

The (Currently) Most Overvalued Assets

Earlier this week I ran across an interesting article on overvalued assets. In it, the author highlighted what, in his opinion are currently the three most overvalued asset classes. Care to guess what they were? For starters, I’ll tell you a couple of things that weren’t on the list: stocks and gold. […]

Is Good Enough Really Good Enough?

It’s a phrase that’s tossed around all the time when you’re looking at any form of self-improvement, whether it’s financial improvement or otherwise. The perfect is the enemy of the good. It’s a powerful phrase, and it has a lot of good thought behind it. If you make a mistake after a period of making positive moves, that doesn’t mean all your work is undone. […]

How To Pay for Closing Costs on Your New Home

Buying a home can be a good financial move, but it is costly. And if you don’t make the right decisions before closing you could be costing yourself thousands. If you are in the process of buying a house or another piece of real estate, you may be required to pay some closing costs to your lender. […]

Your Take: Would a Higher Interest Rate Entice You To Save More?

Every so often, someone comments on a really old post and I start poking around the archives for old stuff. This time, someone commented on a post from August 2005 in which I suggest that ING Direct increase their rates to entice more customers. […]

Ask the Readers: What is your hobby worth to you?

This guest post was written by Jenny Saikwa. Our friends’ weeks and weekends are crammed full of various pursuits – soccer, baseball, gardening, scrapbooking, calligraphy, swimming, dressage, sailing … the list goes on and on. And let’s face it: No matter what the hobby is, it’s going to involve the wallet. There is a price of entry for virtually every hobby, beyond which the sky is the limit. […]

5 Best Credit Cards for (New) Parents

Any parent will tell you that there’s nothing that can prepare you for how much having a baby will change your life. […]

Tailgating on the Cheap

Football fans, soccer moms, and Jimmy Buffet concert-goers alike typically like throwing tailgating events. While it’s certainly possible to drop some serious cash on tailgate treats and the tools used to prepare them, tailgating on the cheap is equally possible. Here are a handful of tips for doing just that. […]

Best Money Tips: The Science of the Perfect Nap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the science of the perfect nap, places not to use a debit card, and tax-saving deductions. Top 5 Articles The Science of the Perfect Nap — Want to take the perfect nap? Start by finding a quiet, dark place. [Lifehacker] 4 Places Not to Use a Debit Card-Ever — Don't use a debit card at gas stations. […]

Real Estate 101: Making an Offer

The following is a guest post by FMF reader Apex. He has been investing in rental real estate for more than four years and is authoring a Real Estate 101 series, posting every Friday, based on his experiences. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Oct 8

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Personal Finance  The American Debt Project highlights a business he'd like to own. Wise Bread lists 25 things to do with a rotisserie chicken. The Simple Dollar covers giant Christmas lists. […]