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Getting Out of Debt: Reductionism and Holism

We’ve updated our list of the best online savings accounts, so if you haven’t checked in recently, take a look at the latest reviews and interest rates. As a teenager I was fascinated by Douglas R. Hofstadter’s book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: and Eternal Golden Braid. The book explores set theory, computer programming, logic, philosophy, genetics, music, Zen, and art. […]

Obama’s New Job Boosting Ideas

President Obama gave a “major speech” today (out of curiosity, can anyone tell what makes a speech major?) outlining several new proposals for boosting job creation and ensuring job stability. More than 90% of all economic indicators point to a recovery already in progress, but unemployment, even though it went down in a dramatic way for the first time last month, is still painfully high. […]

High Tech Coupons: Yowza!!, Where, and Google’s Favorite Places

The recession has inspired a focus on saving more money among Americans, even if this focus is likely temporary, giving way to excess spending once employment returns to a sustainable level and credit becomes readily available. But for a short time, frugality has permeated the country’s consciousness. […]

New Staff Writer, Facebook Giveaway, and Best of November

Thanks to all the Consumerism Commentary readers who commented or emailed me about the auditions for staff writer. I’d like to welcome Kelly Whalen, a writer whose primary website is The Centsible Life, to the Consumerism Commentary team! Kelly will be providing one article a week starting this Thursday. […]

3 Interesting Coins You Might Find in Your Change

It’s becoming increasingly rare, but once in a while it is possible to find interesting coins in your pocket change. Professional and amateur coin collectors tend to snap these up so the coins are taken out of circulation, and many of the most interesting coins are aging and damaged. […]

Initial TARP Recipients are 57% Repaid

With the news that Bank of America hurried up a sale of securities in order to pay back their TARP loan, the story of the many billions loaned to the “big banks” has reached an interesting turning point: they’re now more than half paid back, 57% to be precise. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, November 2009

This week, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable donations up to $4,000. Here are the details. It’s time again for checking in with the state of my finances. Although a few months ago, I changed the format to isolate my “side business” from my personal finances, I’ve changed my mind yet again. It makes more sense just to leave all my accounts grouped together. […]

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Cars

A reached another milestone earlier this week. My 2004 Honda Civic, which I purchased new in June 2004, passed 111,111 miles, after passing 100,000 in March. The car runs wonderfully still, as I expected it would years ago when I purchased it, and I don’t intend on selling it for a while, if at all. […]

Where is the Office Gift Exchange This Year?

One thing I’ve always half-lamented, though lamented more in the past when my funds were a bit tighter, is the office holiday gift exchange. I’ve participated in everything from the Secret Santa to the grab bag to the system in which you can ruthlessly steal the gifts selected by your coworkers (up to three times). […]