October 17, 2013

What We Take for Granted

Think about what needs to be in place just for you to read this article. You have to have access to a computer which has access to the internet. […]

Takeaways from the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis

Claes BellLast night the Senate and the House of Representatives reached a deal that will fund the government until Jan. 15 of next year and extend the debt ceiling enough to cover U.S. borrowing through Feb. 7. […]

Reader Profile Update: BB

Here's an update from BB's Reader Profile posted last July.A lot has happened since my original reader profile (I'm a 25 year old guy with almost no responsibilities, I guess it's expected). Skim my original profile to get the background! In short, I have been very lucky and owe so much to my family for how my life has turned out.The comments on my reader profile had great advice! […]

Anne and Matt Net Worth, September 2013

In the series Naked With Cash, seven Consumerism Commentary readers share their financial progress on a monthly basis. They are joined by Certified Financial Planners who provide feedback on their journey. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

Reader Mailbag: Estate Auctions

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. Media mail question 2. Money and teenage son 3. Loan payoff and emotional crisis 4. Rich Dad? 5. Figuring out savings goals 6. Too many goals 7. How poverty taxes the brain 8. Handling promotion 9. […]

How to get money back from a friend

Kristin WongEver loaned money to a friend? If so, then you’ve probably experienced some level of awkwardness, which usually kicks in when it comes to asking for your money back. Last year, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that friends who borrow money remember the loan very differently than friends who lend the money. […]

Where’s J.D.? FinCon13!

The Financial Bloggers Conference, colloquially known as FinCon, begins today in St. Louis. I got an email from J.D. yesterday saying that “barring a miracle” he wouldn’t have a post for today because he was crazy busy at FinCon. But he promises that next week’s post will be filled with tips he learned and ideas that were shared at FinCon13. Here are the recaps from J.D. […]

8 Surprising Things Covered by Homeowner's Insurance

Insurance companies often get grief for what's not covered in a typical policy. But a standard homeowner's policy — often known as an HO-3 — does have clauses that cover you in ways you may not expect. And even if you aren't covered under a standard policy, you may learn that there are endorsements tied to your policy that offer extra coverage you didn't realize you had. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Thursday 10/17

Free App of the Day: Azkend 2: The World Beneath - While traveling from Liverpool to New York, your ship is pulled into a maelstrom and you wake up in a place unknown to any before you. […]

10 Places to Go for Inspiration

Inspiration comes to people differently. With the internet (ahem, Buzzfeed), there are tons of inspirational quotes and stories, but for me, physical locations are often more inspirational than memes. (See also: 8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career) It usually all boils down to what your interests are, or what you're struggling with in the first place. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Holiday Gifts Under $10

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on frugal holiday gifts, retailer's dirty tricks exposed, and an easy way to crush your debt. Top 5 Articles Frugal Holiday Gifts Under $10 — This holiday season, use gift cards and rewards programs to save money. […]

The 5 Best DSLR Cameras

Many people have argued that smartphones are the best cameras to own nowadays, given that they now possess excellent photographic capabilities in addition to the other great conveniences of a smartphone. […]

Win an Entertainment Book!

Here's a chance to win a great Entertainment coupon savings book and save a boatload of money! (The last book I had saved us about $150 over the course of a year -- I know because I tracked it, I'm obsessive that way.) :) Here's how it will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. […]

How will the government shutdown impact you?

Even the most passionate avoiders of news have heard: the government of the mightiest country in the world has shut down. Even the Taliban is having a field day over something that must seem really strange to them, being hardly the most devoted civil servants in the known world. And indeed it is a strange sight, even for “civilized” countries. Do any other of them have the same problem? […]