August 29, 2013

Letting Unnecessary Tasks Get in the Way of Your Goal

Having a checklist of things to do each day really keeps me organized and focused on my goals, but it doesn’t solve all my problems. […]

Subscription Culture: You No Longer Own Anything

Most financial experts agree that if you need a car, buying is almost always a better financial decision than leasing. Even if you have to borrow money for the purchase, traditional financing is a better option than making payments for a couple of years and having nothing to show for it unless you’re willing to pay even more. […]

Can You Really Build Credit Without Credit Cards?

In recent years, there’s been something of a backlash against the credit industry and the credit scoring industry. Some consumers don’t like the idea of using credit cards, and they are getting rid of them. Unfortunately, the credit industry is so ingrained in our financial infrastructure that eschewing all credit can be detrimental. […]

Calvin, July 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Reader Mailbag: A Moment Is All It Takes

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Homeowner’s insurance troubles 2. Self-improvement blues 3. High income personal finance advice 4. Starting a small business 5. Prioritizing goals 6. Antiques Roadshow? 7. Trimming down stuff 8. […]

Confessions of a former stock broker

This is a guest post from John S. John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, a husband and a veteran of the financial services industry. He’s passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. Follow him on Twitter. For four and a half years I dragged myself dutifully to a job I was not ideally suited for. […]

For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. And while your weekend plans probably include a final hurrah at the beach and perhaps a quick cameo at a few cookouts, don't forget to hit your local retail malls. (See also: The Store Sales Cycle) Any holiday is an excuse to shop as retailers advertise big sales and clearances on just about everything. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Thursday 08/29

 Free App of the Day: Dr. Panda's Airport - Help run everything from stamping passports to organizing baggage! Today Only! 50% Off Diesel - Save 50% on Diesel clothing and shoes, including on-trend denim, sneakers, and more. Extra 40% Off Armani Exchange - Save an extra 40% on sale styles of clothing and accessories at Armani Exchange. […]

The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers

With the right ice cream maker, it's possible to whip up a batch of everyone's favorite frozen treat that rivals the best of your grocery in taste, and certainly in price. […]

Best Money Tips: 5 Ways to Cut Spending

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! In honor of the CFPB's awesome #MoneyChat on Tuesday, we are featuring some of the best resources shared during their chat! Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Cut Spending ...and Still Get to Do and Buy Cool Things — To cut spending while still getting to do cool things, research your purchases before you buy. […]

5 Things You Must Learn About the Company Before Your Job Interview

Arriving to an interview as a well-prepared candidate can give you a huge advantage over those who chose not to take the extra time to learn about the company. Here are some quick ideas on what you should know going into a job interview. (See also: Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview) 1. Basic Company History How did they start? Who is the owner/CEO/President? […]