As the year is coming to a close, and I will be less available over the next few days, the opportunity is perfect for taking a look at Consumerism Commentary and compiling a list of “best” (or most popular) entries from the year. This will be the 570th entry in 2005, but only a few of those I would consider worthy of being included on a “best of” list.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here is the “Best of 2005,” sort of categorized:
About Consumerism Commentary and Flexo
Flexo, An Introduction
Most Prolific Commentators
Consumerism Commentary RSS Feeds
Saving and Banking
Delayed Deposits Cost Account Holders
It Helps To Call
Affluent Shop at Discount Stores
Trying Out Emigrant Direct
Emiigrant Direct Saga and Found Cash
Score a Good Hotel Rate
Emigrant Direct Account Opening
Wachovia Fees Going Up Again
Bring in Da Noise, Bring In Da Lunch
How To Tech Your Kids About Money
The Emergency Fund
Emergency Funds, Doing Okay?
It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Spend. Whaa?
Saving With Low Income Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
Bank Of America’s Keep The Change
Having A Six-Figure Salary Doesn’t Hurt (But I Wouldn’t Know)
Lose Your Job Over Blogging
Tips For Writing Resumes
Your Looks Affect Your Income
Real Estate Career Change
The Overtime Test
Business Lexicon of Evil
Negotiating for Salary – Men vs. Women
Are You Pursuing Your Passion?
Investing and Growing Money
Investing While In Debt
The Millionaire Myth
Should You Borrow From Your 401(k)?
More On 401(k) Borrowing
401(k) Getting Whacked By The Market?
Introduction to Hedge Funds
Letting Terror Affect Your Investment Strategy
These Rules Don’t Work
Hands Off The 401(k)
The Golden Ratio and the Market
$50 Bonus From ShareBuilder
Contrarian Attitude to Investing
Derivatives, The Future of Investing?
ScotTrade Experience Thus Far
ShareBuilder $50 Promotion Updated
Staying Away From Fund Fees
Don’t Stress About Investing
The New Bankruptcy Bill and Backfired Bankruptcy Bill
Walmart’s Nazi Ad
GM’s Employee Discount
Bill Frist And Me
No Tips, Service Charge Instead
Selling Used Books (And Other Items) on Amazon.com
Kids Want The Darnedest Things
Balance Transfer Not Accepted
Gift Giving Among a Circle of Friends, Part 1 and Part 2
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Strategies
Will China Make Americans Better or Worse Off?
HOWTO Return Unwanted Gifts
Credit Cards and Credit
0% Balance Transfers
Wallet of Plastic
Free Credit Reports Now Available!
Credit Card Grace Period
Raise Your FICO Credit Score
Your Credit Report Affects Your Cards
Credit Card Solicitation to the Extreme
American Express One
Best Deduction Ever
Regularly Scheduled Auto Maintenance
Car Insurance Depression
If The Gecko Did The Robot
Ride of the Valkyries
How Much Will I Spend On Gas This Year?
Price Gouging At The Pump?
More Maintenance on the Civic
Save Money On Gas
End Taxes By Raising Prices
Housing and Real Estate
Fear of a Housing Bubble
No Money? Buy A Home!
Getting House-Purchasing Help From Parents
Most and Least Affordable Cities
Eminent Domain Rules Officially Changed
75 Dollar Surprise
Mr. Housing Bubble
McMansions and McBacklash
Katrina and Home Price Gouging
Fly in the Face
Commissions Still High
Federal Reserve Cover-Up
Check Your Notices
Be Aware of ATM Card Skimming
Can’t Buy Me Happiness
Extreme Frugal Living and Farming vs. Hunting-Gathering
The Etiquette of Money Talk
HOWTO Let Google Blog Search Access Your Full RSS Feed
Don’t Donate to Katrina Victims
Outsourcing Your Entire Life
Reasonable and Customary?
The Rich Can Teach Us a Thing or Two
Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published December 23, 2005.