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Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, August 2009

You may have noticed that over the past few days, Consumerism Commentary has been featuring a number of guest authors. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the cost of funerals, inspired by the passing of my paternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother entered hospice care around that same time, and a few days ago, she passed away. […]

The Album’s Last Gasp

For a good thirty years or so, starting in the 1950s, musicians released singles on vinyl discs called “records”. You could also buy a full album of music by one artist, and some were worth it, but you also had the option of buying just that one song that you liked, that you kept hearing on the radio. (You’d also get a second song on the “B-side” of the record. […]

Compound Interest is More Powerful Than You Know

This is a guest article by Jim. Jim writes about personal finance at Bargaineering.com. You can also find him on Twitter (@bargainr) causing a ruckus. Consider two individuals trying to save for the future. John saves a hundred dollars a month into a magical investment that gives him 6% a year. After forty years, he ends up with a nice chunk of change: $199,149. […]

Measuring Financial Progress: Net Worth vs. Net Investable Assets

This is a guest article by Ray, the owner and primary author of Financial Highway, where he discusses investing, saving and practical money management concepts. You can check subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter. I strongly believe that tracking your financial progress is crucial to reaching your financial goals. […]

MyIDScore.com: What’s an ID Score?

If you’re a frequent reader of this (or any other personal finance blog) you’re familiar with credit scores and credit reports, and the advice to check them often. These resources detail your financial history and provide a measure of your supposed financial risk. They’re also useful tools to determine the safety of your identity. […]

Southwest Air’s $10 Boarding Upgrade

Southwest Air, which is the airline I consider when I feel like saving upwards of 50% off the price of a ticket, today introduced a new option for boarding before other people. If you’ve never flown Southwest before, you may not know that they don’t assign seats like, well, every other airline I can think of. […]

Men Paying for Dinner: Is It More Romantic?

This is a guest article by Well-Heeled, creator of the blog Well-Heeled, With a Mission. If you enjoy this article, subscribe to her blog using her RSS feed. Last week, boyfriend picked me up at my apartment. I dressed up in a red dress and put on sparkly earrings. We went to one of my favorite restaurants and ate by candlelight. […]

5 Reasons to Take Another Look at DRIPs

This is a guest article written by Clare, the founder of MoneyEnergy, where she writes about international dividend investing, DRIPs, and increasing your cashflow. […]

Interview for Today’s Wealth Pilgrim Radio Show

At 6:00 PM ET (3:00 PM PT) today, Tuesday, September 1, I will be talking with Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim and the Wealth Pilgrim Radio Show. We’ll be talking about the experiences that led me to discover personal finance and the motivation behind Consumerism Commentary. […]

Crowdsourcing My Ride Home

Until now, I never paid much attention to the different companies and providers, but I’ve learned that not all GPS devices are equal. I’ve recently been tempted by the TomTom app for the iPhone, especially in connection with the car kit. Turn-by-turn directions, as well as charging my phone, and playing music through the car’s speakers? […]