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Podcast 19: Giving Yourself a Raise

Our guest today is Matt Jabs, blogger and founder of Debt Free Adventure, a blog designed to help the author stay accountable for getting out of debt. […]

Happy Snow Leopard Day

For the increasing number of Mac users in the audience, today’s the day to start deciding whether you want to upgrade your operating system: “Snow Leopard” is on the scene. Number-wise, this is a move to OS 10.6. It will only work on Apple computers with an Intel processor and at least 1 GB of RAM. For anybody whose Mac came with 10.5 (Leopard), this should include you. […]

Ally Bank Increases Interest Rate

When I started formally tracking high-yield savings rates, with a shared online spreadsheet, it was common to see banks offering interest rates above 5.0% APY. That was in January 2008, and the economy is in a different situation now. According to the government, there has been no measurable inflation, and now interest rates for lending are held low to stimulate the economy. […]

Employee Stock Purchase Plan Dilemma

For the last few years, I have been participating in my company’s stock purchase plan at the maximum level. Every paycheck, ten percent of my gross salary is withheld. At the end of each quarter the funds are used to buy my company’s stock at a 15 percent discount from the lower price of either the first day or last day of the quarter. […]

Are You Sure Your Credit Card Still Works?

After we got married, my wife and I combined our finances. We moved most of our money from a local brick and mortar bank to a bank that we primarily access online and over the phone. This arrangement has worked out well for us, but it does mean some accounts that were previously utilized many times a week have now lain dormant for quite a while. […]

Sixth Anniversary iPod Giveaway: Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Consumerism Commentary readers Aliotsy A. and Scott O.! Aliotsy and Scott were selected randomly among those who responded correctly to the scavenger hunt held last month to celebrate Consumerism Commentary’s sixth anniversary. Both winners chose to receive the Apple iPod Touch. […]

Consumer Confidence Above Expectations: Are We Out of the Woods?

Depending on which newspapers and news websites you read, the Consumer Confidence Index either soared, jumped or surged this month. The headlines as you would expect don’t tell the whole story. The Conference Board calculates this index by performing a random survey by phone of 5,000 households in the United States, selected because they represent the country as a whole. […]

Join Me for a Live Online Chat Thursday Night

This coming Thursday, August 27, I will be hosting an online chat session. Please feel free to join me on Money Quantum, a social network for people whose lives involve money, to chat about personal finance, investing, blogging or anything else we feeling like chatting about. I will share more information about Money Quantum later. […]

What’s Important to You in Healthcare Reform?

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the pulse of our readers on a hot topic, so I figured it was time. I’ve been paying closer attention than usual to the various proposals in Congress dealing with healthcare and health insurance reform, and I’ve made a list of the different things they’re trying to tackle. […]

Discover Card Overhauls Their Credit Card Terms

Now that regulations established by the Credit CARD Act and related rules by the Federal Reserve have begun to take effect, I’ve started receiving notices from card issuers regarding my accounts. […]