October 23, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 10/24, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #SuperSavers to participate. This week's topic: How are you saving for retirement? […]

Should a Consumer Return a Duplicate Shipment?

Day one, there didn’t appear to be a problem. Some time earlier, my girlfriend ordered some clothing online. Either she had received a discount to apply to the order or she would receive a future discount in return for placing the order. I’m not clear on the details of the discount, but it’s mostly irrelevant to the story and the resulting conundrum. […]

The “Craving” and How to Curb It

You want it. You can’t stop thinking about it. You must have it. You keep visiting websites about it. You find it for sale online and your finger hovers over the button. You see it in a store and you almost can’t tear yourself away from picking it up and holding it in your hands. Whatever that item is, you crave it. You want it so bad you can almost taste it. […]

4 real ways to make money when your career stalls

Alissa FleckThe time between school and “adulthood” can be full of ambivalence and regrets for career gadabouts, but it need not be entirely unfunded. For lots of people, the time after college is all about “personal exploration” (should they have the luxury). […]

SteveDH Net Worth, September 2013

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. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Success Can Be As Challenging As Failure Edition

This isn’t the type of thing I normally link to in these roundups, but I felt I really needed to share this article on a tiny video game development house that’s struggling with unexpected success. They made a game they thought was good, as do lots of tiny development houses. […]

Raising commercial-free kids a perk of cord-cutting

Claes BellI’ve been a “cord-cutter” for almost 3 years now, meaning I don’t subscribe to any kind of cable TV package. I do subscribe to high-speed Internet — a necessity in this line of work — but I get my video fix through a PC connected to my TV and a Netflix subscription. […]

Coping with job loss

A few weeks ago, I lost a freelance job. I won’t dish the details, because it’s not relevant to this post, and I’m still friendly with my contacts there. What is relevant to this post, however, is that I’ve had a big change in income. I went from being able to stash away more than enough in retirement and medium-term savings to barely being able to pay my monthly expenses. […]

Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $35

Have you heard? Amazon's Free Super Saver Shipping for $25 orders is a thing of the past. You now need to spend $35 to qualify for free shipping. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Wednesday 10/23

Free App of the Day: Notepad Pro ++ - A practical notepad that allows you to save notes quickly in your tablet or smartphone. Use it to save shopping lists, dates to remember or other important things you need to keep track of. Plantronics M50 Bluetooth Headset $29.77 (from $49.99) - 40% off! […]

Success Secrets You Should Have Learned in High School — But Didn't

About halfway through my sophomore year in high school, I wandered into the guidance counselor's office looking for answers. The curriculum, I explained, wasn't really doing anything for me. I was bored. And I wanted her to do something about it. In retrospect, I realize I could have handled that a little better. But then, I was 16 and thought I knew everything, as most teenagers do. […]

20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel

Last-minute travel can afford you some screaming deals, and it's an exciting way to go — not knowing exactly where you're going or what you'll be doing until shortly before you depart. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal ways to celebrate Halloween, saving on baby gear, and saving at warehouse clubs. Top 5 Articles 19 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Halloween — Celebrate Halloween without breaking the bank by visiting a pumpkin patch. […]

The 5 Best Toasters

The toaster is another kitchen appliance that needs no introduction. And while the process to make toast between different toasters remains largely the same, the sheer amount of toasters available on the market can make anyone’s head spin. […]

Frugal and fetching

One of the legendary figures of my high school years was a teacher named Mr. Canova. A burly, balding, faintly simian-looking dude, he was someone you didn’t want to tangle with in a dark alley, or in the brightly-lit classroom where he presided over a senior-year course called Problems of Democracy. A big reason he was legendary was his unpredictable nature. […]

Why is failure a bargain?

I was a high-school salutatorian.  More often than I’d care to admit, I translate that word as “first loser.”  (I married a high-school valedictorian.) Most people don’t like to fail.  They especially don’t like to fail in front of people.  Plainly: it’s embarrassing.  Your check was in the mail.  You were called bluffing a two-seven offsuit. Actually, it goes beyond dislike and embarrassment.  Ma […]