Consumerism Commentary

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Airline Fees for Checking Bags

Spurred on by Erica Douglas in response to my thoughts about airline fees for checked baggage, here is a list of the fees charged by airlines for traveling with this particular expected service. I should have done this research before embarking on my previous trip to Arizona. […]

2009 Federal Income Tax Brackets and Marginal Rates

Marginal tax rates are one of the most misunderstood financial concepts, and I intend to write more about this in the future. […]

Airline Baggage Fees Increasing in Popularity

When I traveled to Arizona in April, I was charged $15 for each flight for checking my luggage. While I knew that many airlines had begun charging extra for services that were once “free,” like meals and baggage check, I didn’t recall seeing any warning when I originally booked the flight several weeks earlier. I have no problem with these add-on fees. […]

Five Jobs For People Who Like Money and Five Jobs For People Who Don’t

There are many people who believe that the when choosing a career path and life direction, one should steer towards the highest paying career for which they could possibly qualify after several years of education, training, and 80-hour work weeks. To demonstrate, there is never a shortage of investment bankers looking for work. […]

Verify Funds on That Check Before You Cash It

While working at Bank of America, I learned a magic phrase that I hadn’t heard before: “verify funds.” When someone writes you a check (I know, it’s 2009, but even I use them sometimes for plumbers or whatnot), you may feel uncomfortable about whether the check author has enough money to cover it. […]

Education Opportunities for the Unemployed

Although the latest figures indicate job loss is slowing, at 8.9% the unemployment rate is continuing to increase. Some unemployed individuals who want to take classes to build skills while looking for a job experience some roadblocks: Searching for work can be a full-time job. […]

Podcast 3: Credit Scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights

In today’s podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ken Lin from Credit Karma about credit scores. Tom also talks about credit scores and the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act with MSN Money’s Liz Weston. To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the podcast RSS feed, or use the iTunes link. […]

Credit Cards That Already Follow the Rules

As part of our complete coverage of the forthcoming (maybe) Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, I noticed a helpful article over at highlighting four different cards which already adhere to the Fed’s new rules about Credit Cards (which don’t technically have to be followed until next year) and/or some of the provisions of the Bill up for consideration in the Senate. Some of the “ben […]

Market Timing: You’re Doing it Wrong

A recent question-and-answer article from Money Magazine illustrates the problem with timing the market. While making money in the stock market is as “simple” as buying low and selling high, emotional reactions to the market often prevent that from being a feasible strategy. The question comes from an individual close to retirement, Heidi. […]

Books and eBooks by Personal Finance Bloggers

A number of bloggers who write about personal finance have branched into the world of print. Here are some of the latest offerings. Ramit from I Will Teach You To Be Rich has published a book by the same name. […]