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Growth Career Fields for the Next Twenty Years

If you happen to be entering college and would like to decide the field you would like your career to be or feel the need to choose a major, you may want to consider a field that has growth prospects over the next twenty years or more. Even if you are already a few years into your career and it haven’t progressed the way you would like, now is a good time to consider shifting to a new direction. […]

Podcast 14: ING Direct’s “We, the Savers” and the AICPA’s Feed the Pig Campaign

Episode 14 of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast includes interviews with representatives from ING Direct and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). […]

Posts of the Week

Here are a few articles from around the web I recommend reading. A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step. A few days ago, Tom, the producer of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, and I spoke with Matt Jabs and recorded most of that conversation for an upcoming episode. […]

EverBank Money Market Account Review

A few weeks ago, I noted the interest rates offered by EverBank and decided to open the “Yield Pledge Money Market Account” to take advantage of the generous “bonus” interest offered in the first three months of holding an account. […]

50 Actions You Can Take Right Now to Pay Off Debt

There are many differing opinions about whether you can assign a quality like “good” or “bad” to debt. In general, I tend to believe that if debt is providing access to a necessary asset, like an education, a car, or a house, debt is at the least understandable. With debt, there is always a risk, and when you owe money to any other entity, you are often forced to live by their rules. […]

Preserving the Harvest

If you planted your garden in mid-to late April like we did, you’ve already started to see the beginnings of your harvest. Our green onions have been out of control for a little while now, and our radishes are starting to get nice and big as well. We’re just now getting great peas and beans, and out tomatoes are right around the corner. […]

Answering Mail: Free Annual Credit Reports, Online Savings Accounts

Every so often I address questions and comments I receive via email. If you have a question, please contact me using the form on this page. I try to respond to everyone, but it might take a while before I read every email I receive. From Mary Lynn: I really liked your article that explained how freecreditreport.com isn’t free at all. […]

Still Waiting for EverBank to Open My Account

Last I checked, this is the twenty-first century. In the last few years, I have developed certain expectations for the banks I deal with, particularly those that offer online banking. On July 8, I signed up for an account with EverBank, a money market account offering a high bonus interest rate for the first three months after opening. […]

Is it Ever Okay to Steal Entertainment?

As a part-time producer of creative works that I think are worth something (though I’m not currently requiring payment for anything), I struggle with the urge to acquire my entertainment media as conveniently, quickly and cheaply as possible. […]

10 Things Your Parents Didn’t Teach You About Money

When you were growing up, you probably became accustomed to hearing some typical thoughts about money from your parents. These parents are the ones who told you that money doesn’t grow on trees. If it weren’t for your parents, you wouldn’t know that children are starving in Africa and therefore you should eat your entire dinner. […]