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People Will Judge You Based on Your Name

Humans are by nature judgmental, and there are good reasons for this. Even though it is often premature, judging quickly helps people make critical decisions with limited information. That limited information, when combined with prejudices or generalizations, can result in poor decisions. An interesting article from CNN Money asks if your name can prevent you from getting a job. Absolutely. […]

Outlet Malls – Great Buy or Money Drain?

When I was younger, my family and I would make the annual back-to-school pilgrimage to the outlet malls located in a city about 20 minutes from where we lived. As kids, we were always excited to go, because we knew the deals would make it much easier to persuade our parents to let us get the things we wanted. A recent visit to some other malls had me shaking my head in disbelief. […]

The Little Things and the Big Things: Which are More Important?

It’s easy to adopt one concept and use that concept to define your world. You commonly see this in religion, but I’m referring to personal finance concepts, as you might expect from Consumerism Commentary. One popular financial guru talks about The ECRD Factor. […]

Are You One of the 4400 (Tax Evaders)?

Every so often I come across a news story that’s more enjoyable to read when I add a vindictive “ha ha ha ha ha” after each sentence. […]

Intuit Buys Mint for $170 Million: Quicken Online and Mint to Coexist

The news in personal finance today is that Intuit, the makers of Quicken and TurboTax, purchased internet start-up Mint, a service that has come into its own in the past few years. The two companies offer competing products: Quicken Online and Mint are both free web applications that aggregate your financial information across a wide variety of banks, credit cards, and investment accounts. […]

Financial Success Requires Active Decisions

The bulk of what contributes to financial success, given sufficient opportunity, consists of personal choices. We make choices every day at varying levels of consciousness. I subconsciously choose to wake up every morning, but I consciously choose to get out of bed and drive to work. […]

Podcast 21: Student Saving Tips and How to Survive on a Teacher’s Salary

In today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, I offer a number of suggestions for students heading back to school, particularly for new college freshmen. Tom Dziubek and I discuss tips that will help students take small steps now to ensure they will start the rest of their lives on a sound footing. After the discussion for students, we offer tips for teachers with our guest, Danny Kofke. […]

Small Business Administration’s Top 10 Tips

My wife and I recently started a business. Technically, I think we’re planning a business, since the incorporation papers are still winging their way through the mail, but it feels like it’s been started. We’ve got a P.O. […]

Paying Off a 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage in 15 Years

This is a guest article by Laura, a twenty-something woman working to improve her finances and reduce debt. She writes about personal finance for college students and grads at Green Panda Treehouse. We’re buying a town house and it has a been a huge learning process. We have been running the numbers and making sure everything works budget wise. […]

Wedding Donations, Smart or Tacky?

The recession has forced almost everyone to make a change in one way or another. For one Atlanta couple, their wedding has turned into more than they had anticipated. Vanessa Caldwell and Cole Parker are getting married  on Nov. 11, and needed a way to cover their expenses. […]