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April 2005

How to Loan Money to Family

by Luke Landes

Many people frown on lending money to family. Doing so runs the risk of hurting otherwise good relationships. In this MSN Money article, Liz Pulliam Weston talks about how to lend or borrow money from family while avoiding the pitfalls. When lending money to family, heed this advice:

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Tips For Writing Resumes

by Luke Landes

With the 70+ degree weather in my area of the world today, it’s clear that spring is finally here. That means it’s time to look at situations and opportunities with a fresh face. That leads some people to update their resumes and possibly join the hunt for a new job in their career… or a ... Continue reading this article…

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Being Last is Best

by Luke Landes

According to a CNN story and a AAA report, New Jersey is the last state whose average price for a gallon of gasoline has surpassed $2.00. Still, New Jersey remains at the bottom of the list thanks to local refineries, ports and low taxes. Luckilly, there are two low cost gas stations on my route ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Raises Rates

by Luke Landes

ING Direct raised the interest rate offered on their savings accounts to 3.0 percent. Unfortunately, it’s still below Emigrant Direct‘s 3.25 percent. However, if you include ING Direct’s bonus ($25) for opening a new account, depending on your inital deposit you may beat Emigrant Direct’s interest yield. If you want the $25 new account bonus, just contact ... Continue reading this article…

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Regularly Scheduled Auto Maintenance

by Luke Landes

As I recently passed 20,000 miles on my 2004 Honda Civic, I decided it was time to take the car in for regular maintenance. The dealer suggests maintenance after every 7,500 miles, but I try to stretch it to every 10,000. I go to the dealer where I bought the car in order to have ... Continue reading this article…

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Apologies

by Luke Landes

Apparently Consumerism Commentary was hacked around nine o’clock this morning. If you were trying to access the site today and couldn’t, I apologize. Everything should be back to normal now.

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Income and Expenses, March 2005

by Luke Landes

This entry goes hand-in-hand with my March account balances. Continue reading this entry to see my chart and explanation.

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Account Balances – March, 2005

by Luke Landes

March was an interesting month. I took out a new student loan to pay for my MBA (while awaiting reimbursement from my company) and received a small portion of that for “living expenses.” It should help me out a little, and I only took it knowing I can come out slightly ahead with that money ... Continue reading this article…

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Paying For Convenience

by Luke Landes

The “Personal Services” industry has been growing. More people are willing to pay others for tasks considered inconvenient, like shopping, washing laundry, and possibly even “wiping.” This article by Gordon T. Anderson describes various mundane tasks for which you can hire a specialist. If you want to make money in this industry but you have ... Continue reading this article…

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