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American Express Membership Rewards Points Can Be Used to Pay Taxes

American Express offers a point-based rewards system called “Membership Rewards” to those qualify for and use their credit or charge cards. Points generally benefit only cardholders who pay their bill in full every month, so any accumulation of benefits does not first need to offset interest or late fee charges. […]

Too-Loud TV Commercial Bill Passed the House

I last spoke about this back in October, and I’m afraid it fell off the viewscreen for a bit, but I learned yesterday that the “CALM Act of 2009″ (view on govtrack) passed the House of Representatives by a voice vote.Unfortunately, a voice vote means nobody can tell me how many voted for and how many voted against, so I can’t even make an educated guess regarding its eventual fate in the Senate.If […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Cut Out Unnecessary Expenses

Ten years from now, how do you want to look back on this decade? In terms of my finances, it would be hard to top the last ten years. This was the decade my net worth as I measure it for Consumerism Commentary soared from below zero to $300,000. […]

Reality Series Seeking People Who Need Financial Help

People Farm Casting, a casting agency that focuses on finding non-actors for reality television shows and commercials, contacted Consumerism Commentary to let us know about a new project. […]

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. […]