Those listening to the Consumerism Commentary Podcast may have noticed that our latest episode, featuring guest David Bach, was hosted by a new voice. Our long-time producer, Tom Dziubek, is currently taking a hiatus from the show to explore a great job opportunity, and we wish him the best of luck. We’re happy to have an experienced podcast host and producer filling in for the next few months.
Bryan J Busch is an all-around, genre-agnostic content creator. He has been producing his own podcast for several years, and he produced a video for Consumerism Commentary last year, Television of the Future. Bryan was also an early guest of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, featured alongside J.D. Roth. In addition to his experience with audio and video production, Bryan is also a photographer. Bryan is at home whether behind or in front of the camera or microphone, with experience as a stand-up comedian and an improv comedy performer.
To round out a busy week, consider reading some of the articles I contributed to other websites recently.
Saving for Retirement. The financial industry certainly wants us to use their services as much as possible, but the more of your income you lock away, the less you have to live your life today. What is the right balance? There’s always a risk of not living until you have the chance to retire. What will you regret not doing when you had the chance?
Save $1,000 on Your Tax Bill. There’s a little-known credit that offers low-income households an incentive for putting money away for retirement. The credit is a little elusive, because those who would qualify often struggle with making their regular household expenses, let alone invest for retirement.
Here are more articles I enjoyed this week.
I’m not a payday lender. But I play one on TV. Donna Freedman found herself financially helping her friend, despite her friend’s poor money management habits. It’s easy to say that financially responsible people should say no when friends and family who are struggling ask for help, but any compassionate person would find turning her back to a friend in need very difficult. There’s no perfect answer to these situations.
It’s a Jungle Out There: Spotting Fake Reviews. This article on Wise Bread brings attention to the fact that although many of us research products online before purchasing them, the information we find can be biased in ways we may not expect. I would have liked the article to go more into detail about spotting fake reviews, as they often masquerade as well as legitimate reviews on many of those opinion-based, user-generated content websites.
Published or updated January 30, 2011.