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Comparing the Visa Black Card With American Express Platinum and Centurion Cards

American Express created a frenzy among the wealthy when it decided to take advantage of rumors of an exclusive black-colored charge card, used by movie stars and music celebrities for purchasing jets and other items beyond the financial reach of us mere mortals. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, May 2009

Every month, consistently for the past few years, I take the opportunity at the beginning of the month to develop financial reports. The first report I post every month outlines my “modified” net worth, basically a balance sheet including my bank accounts, investments, the approximate value of my car, and my credit cards. Following the net worth report, I publish an income and expense report. […]

Thinking is Not Enough

This is a guest article by Frank Curmudgeon, author of the Bad Money Advice blog. For updates from Frank, subscribe to the Bad Money Advice RSS feed. We often see the struggle to get control of our spending as being the conflict between our emotional and logical selves. […]

Best of Consumerism Commentary, May 2009

Consumerism Commentary Podcast At the end of April, I began working with Tom Dziubek to create the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. During the month of May, we produced five episodes of the podcast, including interviews with Dr. Bonnie Eaker-Weil, Liz Pulliam Weston, Matt Wallaert, J.D. Roth, Kerry Taylor, and several others. The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is now available on iTunes. […]

What General Motors’ Bankruptcy Means For You

According to early news reports, General Motors will file for bankruptcy one hour from now, at 8:00 am Eastern Time this morning. GM was officially born as a company on September 16, 1908. […]

Podcast 6: Frugality and 397 Ways to Save Money

Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money and creator of financial blog Squawkfox joins Tom Dziubek today to discuss her book, currently available from Amazon.ca. Kerry explains how she paid off $17,000 of debt in six months and how to make drastic life changes. […]

Ally Bank Savings Account Review

A brief history of Ally Bank and its parent, GMAC In the turmoil engulfing General Motors there have been some changes related to banking. 51% of GMAC, which was originally established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM to provide financing for automotive purchases, was sold several years ago to private investors. […]

Smithee’s First Stock Sale

Well, I sold my first stock. I agonized over when would be the right time, but then I just pulled the trigger, anyway. Earlier this year, I started using the “free money” I was getting from this credit card to buy some stocks. In March, we paid our tax bill of over $3,300 using that card, so the 2% rewards were higher than normal. […]

Debt Reduction Methods and Philosophies: Snowball, Avalanche and More

When someone who has accumulated debt across a number of credit cards embarks on the journey to rid himself or herself of this debt, and when that person is generating enough monthly income to cover all expenses and the minimum payments due on all cards with additional funds left over, there are two main philosophies describing the best way to achieve this goal. […]

Quicken 2009 Discounts Available for Three More Days

If you’re interested in tracking your money with Intuit Quicken 2009, and you’d like to upgrade to or install the newest versions, there are three days left before prices for the software go up. […]