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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. […]

Life Without Cable TV: Week One

(No, I don’t plan on writing about this on a regular basis, just when an interesting milestone occurs.) It’s been a full week since my family turned off the TV service and to summarize: we’re doing fine. As expected, I’m discovering some of the “known unknowns” of being a person without cable but who still cares about TV shows. […]

How My Accountant Saved Me $15,000

It seems I have paid the government more than what was necessary over the past few years. When I first started earning money outside of my primary employer in 2004 or 2005, I assumed it would make the most sense to simply claim that income as self-employment income on Schedule C of the standard 1040 income tax return. […]

Curb Your Consumerism

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. The temptation to spend money is everywhere, especially during the holidays. There is something magical about lights glowing, soft Christmas music playing everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that seems to make money fly right out of everyone’s wallet. […]

Review: Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

Author Jane Bryan Quinn took her massive personal finance book published in 1997 and revised and updated the information to create Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy, which will be released on December 29, 2009. […]

Are Values-Based and Socially-Responsible Investments Worthwhile?

Yesterday, FaithShares added two new exchange-traded funds to their lineup, already consisting of funds called “Catholic Values,” “Christian Values,” and “Methodist Values.” These and the two new funds, “Baptist Values” and “Lutheran Values,” focus on investing in only those companies that live up to the values encouraged by each of these communities. […]

Hundreds Hired at the IRS to Find Cheaters

In a continuation of my favorite story of the year, the IRS announced a few days ago that they are ramping up a new investigative unit to find more offshore tax cheats, with an emphasis on those that are using dummy corporations with multiple layers to hide their wealth. […]

Bonuses Could Be Taxed at a Rate of 50%

Last week I mentioned France would be seeing a new but insignificant tax on carbon emissions and considered the possibilities, including possible reactions, if a similar tax was initiated here in the United States. […]