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Podcast 38: Eliminating Holiday Debt

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks Peter Pham, the CEO of BillShrink. […]

$100 For a Movie Review? I Was Doing That Anyway!

As part of my 2010 (pronounced “MMX”) goal to publish one entertaining thing a week, I’ve been casting a wide net to find audiences and formats that can showcase my creativity and wit.(Aside: I’m not yet comfortable with self-promotion, so it’s a little awkward to be referring to myself as witty. […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Do Something You Love

Today, at the beginning of the “10s,” I am thirty-three years old. By the time this decade fades away in the last few hours of December 31, 2019, I’ll be forty-something. (I’d rather not do the math.) Lately, one particular phrase keeps repeating involuntarily in mind: “Life is short. Life is short. […]

New Stimulus Plan: The Fiscal Menace or The Economy Strikes Back?

(Or perhaps Episode IV: Obama’s New Hope.)In a few weeks the Senate will be debating another stimulus plan. This one is billed as a jobs creation package with a $154 billion price tag. […]

How To Stick With Your 2010 Resolutions

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer.It’s the time of year when everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions or goals for the year. […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Invest For the Future

With new technology becoming available to consumers every day, like 3-D high-definition televisions, it certainly feels like I’m living in the future. How did we all survive without such marvels as wireless internet, video games that react to movement, GPS, text messaging, and video on demand? […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 4Q 2009

Yes, you can time the market. The S&P 500 benchmark provided an admittedly handsome 27.76% annual return in 2009. However, if you invested in a diversified index mutual fund when the market was at its low point in March more than when it recovered towards the end of the year, you probably beat the market. […]

401(k) Contribution Limits For 2010

In 2010, the basic maximum for 401(k) contributions is $16,500. Employees 50 and older can add an additional $5,500. These limits take your pre-tax, after-tax, and Roth 401(k) contributions into consideration, so the sum of all your 401(k) contributions in 2010 cannot exceed the limit for your age group. This limit is the same as last year’s amount. […]

Alternatives to High-Yield Savings Accounts

I am not surprised that my recent suggestion to start the decade off right by opening a high-yield savings account received a lukewarm reception. With rates between 1% and 2% APY right now, these savings are looking somewhat pathetic.Savings accounts are not designed to be investments. […]