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QuickBooks 2010 Now Available, Discounts for Readers

My accountant has strongly suggested I move my business-related financial accounting out of my personal Quicken file and into QuickBooks. It has been a slow process so far, and I have determined that I have not done a great job of separating my business finances from my personal finances. QuickBooks 2010 was released yesterday. […]

Free Identity Theft Monitoring for AAA Members

If you’re an AAA member in California, Hawaii, New Mexico or Texas, you’re suddenly eligible for a free credit monitoring service, provided by Experian. While I was looking through the fine print (a free service for you provided by ConsumerismCommentary.com), I found this, which gave me pause: You are receiving a complimentary credit monitoring membership. […]

Money With Your Honey, Tips for Freshmen, and the Frugal Life

As I find time, I write articles for websites other than Consumerism Commentary. This will always be my home for writing about money, but I’ll take whatever opportunity I can to share my thoughts online with more readers. Here are a few of the recent articles I’ve published around the internet. […]

Ten Things I Will Teach My Children About Money

I do not currently have children, but I have not ruled out starting a family some day. If and when I do have children, I hope I will be able to help them become smart and capable adults over time. […]

Podcast 23: Haggling and Negotiating From Hostage Crisis to the Grocery Game

Our theme for today’s podcast is haggling and negotiating. The first guest in today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Herb Cohen, author of You Can Negotiate Anything and adviser to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. […]

Three Detailed Income Strategies for Retirement

Earlier this week, I reviewed common financial rules of thumb and offered a quick evaluation of how each rule would likely perform if accepted by an individual as the final word. […]

Earning What You Have: The Mindset I Hope I Never Lose

I think I come from a moderately humble background. My parents are both college graduates, which is a statistical leg up by itself, but my father had to work two jobs until I was 15, and I’m the youngest of my siblings. Mom also started working part-time when I was about 10, and then full-time later on. […]

Keep Emotions Separate From Financial Decisions

If you are reading this article, it is almost completely guaranteed that you are human. And if you are human and do not have a major cerebral deficit, you have emotions. Perhaps have is not a strong enough word; everything you do, and every decision you make, is controlled by your emotions. Even the strive to take a logical approach to life is an emotional desire. […]

Wells Fargo Joins Bank of America and Chase With New Overdraft Policies

Yesterday, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank announced they were changing their policies to allow customers to opt out of overdraft protection. Wells Fargo decided to follow in their footsteps late yesterday, announcing a number of changes at this bank. […]

Vanishing Overdraft Fees Pave Way For New Charges

Almost everyone has an story about the annoyance of overdraft fees. We all had cause to rejoice after reading Smithee’s recent post about banks backing off of overdraft fees. However, banks, being the business that they are, are already scheming for new ways to wring money out of us. An AP article on a local news site about new ‘business ideas’ banks are considering caught my attention. […]