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We Need Your Help In Getting Comments Back On Consumerist

As a few of you have taken the time to point out, it’s been a while since Consumerist had comments. Now that we’re seeing some light at the end of that tunnel, we are looking for a few of you to help us out with your feedback. [More]

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Important Update

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Notice About Errors With Password Reset Emails

Notice About Errors With Password Reset Emails

Our hosting provider is having significant difficulty delivering password reset emails to our users. Today, they made a change that resulted in a large amount of backlogged emails being sent out to users who had requested a password reset in the past two weeks. If you received such an email and are concerned or would like assistance, please email support@consumerist.com and our internal team will assist you. [More]

Comments Have Been Restored

We at the Consumerist would like to thank you for sticking with us during this difficult time. This post is to inform you that the ability to comment on the site has been restored. As a precaution, your password has been reset. You will need to choose a new password. You can begin that process here. We’d like to thank everyone who reached out during this difficult time with messages of support and offers of help. Consumerist has a truly wonderful and loyal community and we’re glad to be able to welcome you back. [More]

AN UPDATE ON CONSUMERIST SECURITY

As described in yesterday’s post, the Consumerist has been dealing with security issues that forced us to take the site down twice in the past week. Since the last episode ended Saturday night, we have taken certain steps that we believe address the problems we experienced. [More]

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR CONSUMERIST READERS

As some Consumerist readers have noted, the site has been down twice in the past week
and we promised an explanation, which follows. [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

8 Reasons You’re Not Earning the Salary You Want [US News] “Not getting the salary you think you deserve?”

Consumers Prefer to Get More Rather than Pay Less – Because They’re Bad at Math [Moneyland] “Is it better to get more or pay less?”

A Complete Guide to Saving at America’s Baseball Stadiums [Wise Bread] “The 411 on how to save more money at every Major League Baseball stadium.”

Answers to your awkward money questions [CNN Money] “What do you do about a spouse who won’t help with the finances or a pal who can’t repay a loan?”

How Married Couples Can Boost Their Social Security Checks [SmartMoney] “There are certain complex strategies that can help pad a married couple’s retirement savings with tens of thousands of dollars of additional income.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

7 Credit Myths Even Smart People Believe [Moneyland] “Credit counseling professionals share the most common myths they have to debunk.” [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

The New Money Apps [Wall Street Journal] “Here are some new services that are pushing online budgeting and investing capabilities in new directions.” [More]

Comments Are Taking A Vacation This Weekend While We Do Some Maintenance

Comments Are Taking A Vacation This Weekend While We Do Some Maintenance

In order to finish what we began back a few weeks back, we once again need to temporarily shut off commenting starting… well, any minute now (It might take a while for the shut down to thoroughly propagate). Things should be back up to normal (whatever that means) come Monday morning — though you will likely need to reset your password when you log in for the first time next week. As always, your patience is appreciated. [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

How to Swap Your House With a Stranger [Wall Street Journal] “How can I trust someone I don’t know and who comes from a foreign country?”

Personal Finance Is Rarely Black and White [The Simple Dollar] “If you see a tactic that you don’t find useful because it doesn’t match who you are or where your life is right now, don’t waste even a second of your precious energy or time on it.”

10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store [Wise Bread] “You never know what you’ll find during your treasure hunt, but here are 10 things you should always be on the lookout for at a thrift store.”

How and What to Negotiate When Relocating for Work [US News] “Bottom line: Don’t assume anything when it comes to relocating for work.”

Best money advice for new grads [MSN Money] “Financial experts share what they wish they had known and their best suggestions for someone just starting out.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

“Do What You Love” Is Bad Advice [Free Money Finance] “The number of people who make a lot of money doing what they love is so insignificantly small that it’s an unrealistic and useless thing to model.”

10 overlooked retirement tips [Market Watch] “Here’s a look at 10 [retirement] tips that advisers say you shouldn’t overlook.”

Six Great Tech Tools for Planning Your Own Death [Wise Bread] “There are several apps and online tools that can help you plan ahead for the time when you will shuffle off this mortal coil.”

10 Tips for Leaving Your Job Gracefully [US News] “A bad exit can have long-range consequences and should always be avoided if possible.”

Fix your finances in a day [MSN Money] “It’s easy to procrastinate when it comes to money chores. Here’s a simple way to tackle what’s not getting done.”

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Notice: Commenting Will Be Down For Site Maintenance

Notice: Commenting Will Be Down For Site Maintenance

UPDATE: Commenting should be back on by 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, if not earlier. Note: You should not have to go through the password-changing process when you log in, but we are working on an update that will require you to a create a new password. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned for further developments… [More]

Show Us How Much You Owe On Your Student Loan

Show Us How Much You Owe On Your Student Loan

On July 1, interest rates on federal Stafford student loans are set to double from 3.4% to 6.8%, and lots of lawmakers in Washington seem to agree that the rates need to remain low, they can’t come an agreement on how to pay for it, meaning millions of students could be caught in the crossfire — and millions more could be added to the spreading ocean of student debt. [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

12 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer [Wise Bread] “The best ways to make your groceries last a good while.”

How to Host a Yard Sale [Get Rich Slowly] “As a veteran of many profitable yard sales, here are some of my top tips.”

Are You Your Retirement Plan’s Worst Enemy? [Wall Street Journal] “Many retirees unwittingly make decisions that result in major, self-inflicted damage to their nest eggs.”

How to Make Recruiters Work for You [Moneyland] “Here are TIME Moneyland’s top tips for how to make recruiters work for you.”

Helping Aging Parents Manage Their Money [US News] “The role reversal between parent and child isn’t easy. Here are some strategies to get started.”

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Do You Take Dietary Supplements? Consumer Reports Wants To Hear About It

Do You Take Dietary Supplements? Consumer Reports Wants To Hear About It

Our sister-publication, Consumer Reports, needs your stories for a report on dietary supplements (including herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and multi-ingredient supplements for various uses). Have you recently had an especially beneficial experience with a supplement? Have you suffered a serious health problem after taking a supplement in the last three years? If so, was that linked to its interaction with a prescription drug? Please email your story and contact information to tips@cr.consumer.org so you can be contacted by a Consumer Reports editor. [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

Can a side gig help your career? [CNN Money] “Certain kinds of moonlighting may actually help you in your main job, and wise organizations can embrace, rather than squelch, entrepreneurial zeal.”

11 Quick Tips to Earn a Stellar Performance Review [US News] “If you want a stellar performance review next year, start thinking about how you can make a positive impact at work.”

6 ways to use your IRA now [MSN Money] “If you need to cover emergency expenses or want to make an investment in the future, you may be able to use your retirement savings early without paying penalties.”

20 Frugal Ways to Brighten Your Spouse’s Day [Wise Bread] “To help you show your sweetie that he or she is still the one for you, here are 20 frugal ways to bring a smile to their face today.”

Your 7-Step Midyear Money Checkup [Daily Finance] “The goal of this six-month checkup is to identify potential trouble spots before they become big money gushers.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

7 smart ways to pay for college [MSN Money] “Try these 7 savvy strategies to help them get an education without going broke.”

Generics: Six I Buy, Six I Avoid [The Simple Dollar] “Use these lists as encouragement to try a few lower cost store brand products, as well as a useful reminder to not buy something that will end disastrously.”

25 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun [Wise Bread] “Check out the following ideas for frugal summer fun.”

7 Things Employers Want from New Grads [US News] “For 2012 grads intent on landing their dream job, here are seven key things that employers want.”

Fixes For These 10 Money Mistakes [SavvySugar] “Solutions for some common money mistakes people make.”

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