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Evaluating My Progress Against My 2009 Goals

At the beginning of the year, I set a few financial goals and resolutions representing what I would like to accomplish by the end of 2009. Like last year, my progress is mixed. I’ll get to that in a moment. I’m not a big fan of the concept of financial goal setting. Goals or targets evoke the image of an endpoint, the touchdown. If you keep running through the end zone, you will hit a wall. […]

Mostly Clean and Mostly Sober

If I were to tell you that I think I drink too much liquor, you’d likely conjure up some images of alcoholics you’ve seen, maybe picturing some guy falling down, abusing the people he loves, making terrible decisions and driving like an idiot. So I want to be clear right from the start that I am not “a drunk”, nor has anyone accused me of even coming close. […]

Should All Amazon Shoppers Pay Sales Tax?

I almost participated in a boycott of This was almost a decade ago when Amazon filed for a patent for its 1-Click ordering process. The patent was struck down in 2007 but I didn’t notice. In the face of Amazon’s low prices and, in my state, exemption from sales tax, my convictions didn’t stand a chance. Today, Amazon is still my retailer of choice. […]

Podcast 36: Being Financially Secure in Today’s Economy, Jane Bryant Quinn

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jany Bryant Quinn, author of Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy. The book will be released this Tuesday, December 29, 2009 and here is a review. […]

Weekend Reading: Buying in Bulk, Cool Nerds, and Diamond Rings

Happy holidays! If you’re like me, you are probably thankful that the holiday shopping season is coming to a close. Yes, after Christmas there are some sales that can’t be ignored: if you buy Christmas-related items, now is the time to find them for 50% to 90% off their regular prices. […]

12 Last Minute Gift Ideas

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. With only one more day until Christmas you may still be in the market for a few last minute gifts. If you are like me, the idea of driving through traffic and elbowing through crowds to find gifts is not going to bring you any Christmas cheer. […]

Can You Ever Have Enough 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. When I first became fascinated with personal finance strategy, I was in serious credit card debt. I couldn’t find full-time work. I felt like an idiot. Every month, a new credit card statement. Every month, deeper in debt. […]

Wrapping Up a Decade: Better Off in 1999 or 2009?

This decade flew by. Ten years ago, I had recently graduated college and had been working for a non-profit arts organization. At this point in my life, I didn’t know it, but I was setting myself up for financial problems. […]

Free Gifts From Lending Club’s DebtBuster Challenge

As I mentioned yesterday, the path to getting out of debt can sometimes be aided by consolidating your credit cards or loans. You might, for example, transfer your credit card balances to the one card with the lowest interest rate. With credit card issuers’ current practices, that will likely be a variable rate, subject to change. I also suggested investigating options from peer-to-peer lenders. […]

Getting Out of Debt: Make That New Year’s Resolution Work

Along with losing weight, getting out of debt is the most popular New Year’s resolutions in the United States. In general, this resolution like all others tend to be forgotten within weeks. If you resolve to getting out of debt this coming year, here are some ideas for not losing sight of that goal. Don’t focus on zero debt, focus on financial freedom. […]