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12 Last Minute Gift Ideas

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. With only one more day until Christmas you may still be in the market for a few last minute gifts. If you are like me, the idea of driving through traffic and elbowing through crowds to find gifts is not going to bring you any Christmas cheer. […]

Can You Ever Have Enough Money?

This is a guest article by Outlaw, who lives and works in New York’s financial district and writes on the blog Credit Card Outlaw. When I first became fascinated with personal finance strategy, I was in serious credit card debt. I couldn’t find full-time work. I felt like an idiot. Every month, a new credit card statement. Every month, deeper in debt. […]

Wrapping Up a Decade: Better Off in 1999 or 2009?

This decade flew by. Ten years ago, I had recently graduated college and had been working for a non-profit arts organization. At this point in my life, I didn’t know it, but I was setting myself up for financial problems. […]

Free Gifts From Lending Club’s DebtBuster Challenge

As I mentioned yesterday, the path to getting out of debt can sometimes be aided by consolidating your credit cards or loans. You might, for example, transfer your credit card balances to the one card with the lowest interest rate. With credit card issuers’ current practices, that will likely be a variable rate, subject to change. I also suggested investigating options from peer-to-peer lenders. […]

Getting Out of Debt: Make That New Year’s Resolution Work

Along with losing weight, getting out of debt is the most popular New Year’s resolutions in the United States. In general, this resolution like all others tend to be forgotten within weeks. If you resolve to getting out of debt this coming year, here are some ideas for not losing sight of that goal. Don’t focus on zero debt, focus on financial freedom. […]

Gifts That Avoid Both Extra “Stuff” And Clichés

There comes in a time in a person’s life when they have everything they need. While not necessarily rich, the house is well-furnished and they’re not hurting for clothes. […]

Wearing Many Hats: Specialism Vs. Generalism

Ron Howard, famous mostly for playing Richie Cunningham on the television program Happy Days, is one of the film industry’s most successful directors and producers, having been involved with a long list of films. He directed, among others, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The DaVinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Angels and Demons. […]

Nominate Your Favorite Personal Finance Products and Websites

Starting today, the 2009 Plutus Awards are accepting nominations. The Plutus Awards are designed to celebrate the best in personal finance. In this event, like the Oscars of personal finance, feature categories like Best Savings Account, Best Credit Card, and Best Mobile Personal Finance Application. […]

Weekend Reading: Board Games, the Spirit of the Holidays, and Perfection

As I found myself flipping through the high-definition television channels earlier today, I came across a special that originally aired a few years ago, Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion. I never really watched Happy Days, but I am a fan of Garry Marshall, Ron Howard, and Henry Winkler. […]

Podcast 35: Credit Cards, Debt, and Financial Planning With Jean Chatzky

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and author of Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day. […]