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19.99% APR On My Citi Credit Card, True Cost of Credit

Because I check my credit card activity online almost every day to ensure nothing unexpected has been charged to me, it’s rare that I examine my paper statements. […]

Between a Rock and a Hard Debt

Well, I didn’t want to have to make this decision, and I know that all of you smart people will think I’m making a mistake, but I’ve decided for the time being to stop making pre-tax investments into the 401(k)-like thing that my company operates.Over the last year I’ve directed $1,879.18 out of my paycheck into that IRA, and as of yesterday the account was worth $2,181.61, which is an increase of […]

U.S. Mint: Making Money By Making Money

I hardly use cash anymore. Almost every financial transaction I make as I go about my business is accomplished electronically or with plastic. […]

Don’t Tell Others How To Spend Their 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.I don’t believe in conspiracies.A few weeks ago someone I vaguely knew from college forwarded me an email about how the World Trade Center was likely destroyed by government “beam weapons.” I don’t even know what a beam weapon is, but it sounds absurd. […]

Podcast 39: Get Financially Naked, Manisha Thakor

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Manisha Thakor, author of Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey, a book that is designed to help couples improve their communication about financial matters. Manisha Thakor is a passionate advocate for women and financial independence, and has experience in the financial industry as an analyst and portfolio manager. […]

Flexo On Tour and Best of December 2009

Starting January 18, 2010, I will be on tour, with guest articles appearing on ten of my favorite websites. I am still in the process of writing and editing many of the articles and I plan to have most of them delivered by the end of the weekend. […]

Basics of the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee (Bank Tax)

Yesterday, President Obama put forth a proposal to recover a projected shortfall in TARP repayments. When the TARP was created, the EESA statute specified that the president would need a plan before 2013 to avoid shortfalls that would add to the deficit. Instead of 2013, we got one this week. Is it a good plan? […]

Discounts Via Social Media: A Surprising Way to Save

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. Kelly is celebrating her one-year blog anniversary this week.Everyone loves a good deal, but finding time to comparison shop at various stores can be time consuming. […]

Safe Donations to Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti

Yesterday, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, with the center only less than ten miles from Port-au-Prince, the capital of the country. Of course, the news of the devastation has been everywhere in the media. Major landmarks have been destroyed by the disaster, including the Presidential Palace and the Port-au-Prince Cathedral. […]

Treat Your Employer How It Treats You

The more profitable your employer, particularly if it is a large corporation, the more attention the employer pays to its biggest asset, its employees. Profitable companies offer perks to employees like vacation days, 401(k) matching contributions, health care subsidies, free lunches, on-site day-care, unlimited restroom breaks, and development opportunities. […]