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Energy Efficient Appliance Upgrade, Anyone?

Much like the wildly popular and probably successful Cash for Clunkers program earlier this year, a portion of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being allotted to a program for upgrading older, energy wasting appliances. None of the important details have been released yet, such as “what Energy Star rating will my new refrigerator need to have?” But we can tell you this much right […]

Consumerism Commentary’s Prospective Staff Writers

Announcement: We have decided to extend the period for matching your charitable contributions through the end of this week. Contribute to your favorite charity this week and forward your contribution receipt to us. We will donate a matching amount to the World Food Programme. […]

Popularity of Medical Tourism Increasing

Announcement: As I mentioned last week, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable contributions during the remainder of November. Please read this for more details. A few years ago, we discussed medical tourism. Every visitor who expressed an opinion would visit or have visited a foreign country or territory to take advantage of reduced costs associated with procedures. […]

Podcast 32: Gift Cards and Financial Reform

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Jim Sharvin, a Certified Public Accountant affiliated with the California Society of CPAs. Tom Dziubek and Jim discuss how consumers can protect themselves when buying and using one of the most popular holiday gifts, gift cards. After the break Tom speaks with Heather Booth, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform. […]

Alternate Ways of Rewarding Content Creators

I’ve been thinking a lot since the last time we talked about my ongoing internal troubles with stealing entertainment. In general, my habits are tending more toward avoiding theft, even accidentally. […]

ING Direct Offering $121 Bonus for New Checking Accounts

Here’s a Black Friday sale I can appreciate. ING Direct is offering a $121 bonus for opening an Electronic Orange checking account today, Friday, November 27, 2009. This is a one-day only sale. According to ING Direct, consumers pay $121 in overdraft fees, on average, each year. Rather than charging overdraft fees, the Electric Orange includes an overdraft line of credit. […]

Consumerism Commentary Matching Charitable Donations for Thanksgiving

On behalf of myself, Smithee, and Tom Dziubek, to all those who celebrate today, have a happy Thanksgiving. I will be spending the day with my girlfriend’s family in New York. Although there’s nothing that makes one day of the calendar inherently more special than any other day, Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to think about all the good things in our lives. […]

Triage Your Finances

Over the past couple of weeks, six finalists have been auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each is providing two guest articles to share with readers. […]

Thanksgiving on a Budget

Over the past couple of weeks, six finalists have been auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each is providing two guest articles to share with readers. […]