October 30, 2012

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? […]

Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today

Take your current schedule and imagine adding Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, and holiday travel all at once. I suspect you'll thank yourself come mid-December if you use the extra time you have now to get ready for Christmas. (See also: Early Holiday Shopping: Why I Finish by Thanksgiving) 1. […]

Ask the Readers: What Subscriptions Do You Pay For?

There are so many subscription services available today. Everyone has heard of the traditional magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Many people subscribe to Netflix. But did you know there are subscription services that will deliver food, activities for your kids, books, and even clothes to you each month? What subscriptions do you pay for? Magazines? Newspapers? Netflix? […]

Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling

Many travelers are on a quest of sorts to discover a destination by getting “off the beaten path.” Although I think the concept is a misnomer, I also believe travel experiences vary dramatically depending on how we do our research and who we spend our time with on the road. Your next vacation doesn't need to be a duplicate experience of what's listed in a guidebook. […]

Best Money Tips: Traveling When You Have No Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on traveling when you have no money, Halloween 2012 freebies, and cutting back on your monthly grocery expenses. Top 5 Articles The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money — If you want to travel but don't have any money, consider teaching English overseas. […]

Reader Profile: MC

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Organics for the Win: Why I Still Buy Organic Produce

“Organics,” said the headline, “not really very much better for you.” And a million mothers wept. Organics not proven “healthier” Indeed, according to a survey of a number of research studies — one of those “studies of studies,” as I think of them — there are very few proven health benefits to consuming organic produce over conventional produce. […]