November 21, 2013

The Failure of Just Thinking About Change

Since the start of 2012, I have read exactly two personal finance books for anything more than pure reference. That will likely surprise some of you, because I once made it a habit to include personal finance books as part of my regular reading. In fact, for a long while, I made an effort to review one per week on The Simple Dollar. Why the change? […]

Tax breaks for teachers and others getting the ax next year

Miranda MarquitWhich tax breaks have you become accustomed to? Over time, even many  tax breaks that are written to be temporary from the get-go start to feel like they will be around forever. As a result, it’s often a shock when these tax breaks disappear rather abruptly. […]

Black Friday Deals: Don’t Fall for These Dirty Tricks

For some reason, this year I’ve been bombarded more than any other year by advertisements for Black Friday deals. The marketing is coming from helpful people who just want to share the good news with their friends, people who are clearly paid to spread the messages, and retailers who simply want people to buy as much as possible so they can show a profit on their financial books this year. […]

LastDollar, October 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: Saying Something

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. Life insurance money lost 2. Rental houses 3. Feeling buried in debt 4. Nostalgia and closet space 5. Pressure cookers 6. The “must have” Christmas gift? 7. Caring for leather furniture 8. Stuffed animals 9. […]

Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20?

Claes BellIt’s now a week until Thanksgiving, and since thawing a turkey takes a few hours shy of forever, you’d better start your meal planning now. That is, if you don’t want to end up doing the walk of shame to whatever sad buffet restaurant your ill planning consigns you to. (Full disclosure: I’ve eaten out [...]Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20? […]

Ultimate Guide to Cash Back Shopping

  In the past 15 years, cash back sites have paid their customers hundreds of millions of dollars. Those customers shopped the same kinds of stores that you do: department stores, toy stores, pet stores, etc. The difference is that they stopped by a cash back site first and clicked a link. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Thursday 11/21

50% off Popular TV Series - Nows the time to pick up your favorite shows! Save up to 50% off seasons of popular TV shows, including Breaking Bad, Justified, and House of Cards. 50% off Boots - Save over 50% off on select styles of boots from brands like Rockport, Clarks, Teva, and more! 40% off Crayola Gifts - This holiday, get creative. […]

10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting

Conducting job searches from afar complicates an already taxing process. Whether you're a recent grad, relocating for your spouse's job, or escaping a sluggish job market in your current locale, you can benefit from a few pointers to help your hunt go smoother and increase your chances of landing a job. (See also: Crucial Job Search Steps Most People Skip) 1. […]

What are savings for?

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. Last week, I wrote about a conversation with my investment adviser. In the article, I mentioned that my current income roughly covers my current spending except that I’ve been spending an average of $2,000 per month on travel. […]

Best Money Tips: Surprising Things You Can Negotiate

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on surprising things you can negotiate, thrifty Thanksgiving side dishes, and maximizing your investment return. Top 5 Articles From Bank Fees to Medical Bills-6 Surprising Things You Can Negotiate — Did you know you can negotiate credit card and bank fees? […]

10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets

I love to travel. It sounds cliche, but it's true. At one point, I had been out of the country every summer for six years, including a six-month stay in Europe that included the ubiquitous backpack. (See also: How to Save $1000 on Your Next Backpacking Trip) Now that I have a family, traveling is a lot more expensive, and airfare is a huge chunk of that. […]

Six Figure Interviews 7

Here's the latest in my series of six figure interviews, discussions with everyday people who have grown their incomes to at least $100,000 annually. My questions are in bold italics and their responses follow in black. […]