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2005

Another Week, Another Carnival

by Luke Landes

Carnival of Personal Finance #3 is online at AllThingsFinancial. Some interesting posts to highlight: Alphabet Soup, a guide to the different professional designations in finance. Nickel warns people to think before writing a check in a world where there is a hot black market for personal banking information. On AllThingsFinancial, JLP teacher us how to ... Continue reading this article…

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GM’s Employee Discount

by Luke Landes

You’ve heard of this deal on the television and on blogs. General Motors [GM] is advertising an “Employee Discount for Everyone” sale, in which they are offering their vehicles for the same price an employee would pay, “not a cent more.” Is it really a good deal? If you participate, most likely you will be ... Continue reading this article…

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Eminent Domain Rules Officially Changed

by Luke Landes

Let’s say you own a home, like many people in this country do. Let’s go further and say that you own the property completely. Maybe you had a mortgage, but it’s completely paid off. The property is yours. Well… as Jon Stewart is fond of saying, not so much. If your state government decides that ... Continue reading this article…

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Wednesday Reading

by Luke Landes

Forbes takes a look at what the good life costs, with the “good life” being a nice house, good education for the kids, and a summer home. In the Northeast, my region of the country, it will cost at least $215,000 a year (after taxes and savings). That’s enough to make most families give up ... Continue reading this article…

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0% Balance Transfers

by Luke Landes

The 0 percent interest credit card balance transfer game is a popular one to play. I had first encountered the trend on the Motley Fool message boards a few years ago. The credit card companies are making these quick-money ideas a little more difficult to navigate, with rules that differ among the many different offers. According ... Continue reading this article…

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Time to Consolidate

by Luke Landes

I spent the last 45 minutes or so consolidating my student loans. I’m a graduate student, working on my Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix Online. Even though I have these loans, they get paid off as soon as I receive my reimbursement check from my company. However, when I first ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #1

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary and the Carnival of Personal Finance! For an introduction to the Carnival, read this entry. For a schedule of upcoming Carnivals and their hosts, see this article. Below you will find the articles that have been submitted so far. The deadline was originally set for Sunday night at 10:00pm, but any ... Continue reading this article…

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Thursday Reading

by Luke Landes

So far, I’ve received one submission for Carnival of Personal Finance. Remember to send your submissions in before Sunday night. Here are the articles I’m reading today: Kids get more expensive for their parents as they get older, and this article enumerates the costs of a teen-ager. Sports or music, food, orthodontia, and a plethora ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Does My Money Go?

by Luke Landes

Eric asked me where I can cut back my expenses. I was actually working on this issue as he was posting this question. (It’s been a slow morning at work.) The chart below shows where my money from each paycheck is going and underneath there are some comments.

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Account Balances, May 2005

by Luke Landes

Below are my account balances for the end of May, 2005. The balances are displayed next to the two previous months as well as May, 2004 for comparison. I’m slowly making my way, despite May’s net worth being a little lower than April’s. Some notes: * There is a value listed for my 2004 Honda ... Continue reading this article…

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Income and Expenses, May 2005

by Luke Landes

There’s nothing special to report in regards to my income and expenses for May. I still need to curb my spending. I’ve been receiving some income from website design projects and from the Google Adsense ads on this and a few other sites. Keep reading this article to see this month’s income and expenses compared ... Continue reading this article…

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Hello Weekend [redirected]

by Luke Landes

It’s a holiday weekend, and for me that means I’ll be spending some time catching up on things I need to get done, seeing family and a girl, and barbecuing. The weather just happens to be wonderful, which makes the fact that I’m leaving the office at 2:00 pm even better. Have a great weekend! ... Continue reading this article…

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Stress Management

by Luke Landes

Workers in the United States put in more hours on the job per year than those in other countries, according to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the UN. The survey finds that there is a higher level of worker stress in the U.S. With baby-boomers getting set to retire, a large portion of ... Continue reading this article…

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Archives and Categories

by Luke Landes

In addition to offering a new archives index for Consumerism Commentary, I’ve created a category cloud. The category cloud lists all categories in a text size relative to the number of associated posts. I’ve also begun recategorizing some of the older posts to fit nicely in the scheme I’ve been using lately. That project will ... Continue reading this article…

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Introduction to Hedge Funds

by Luke Landes

Hedge funds have received a bit of negative press lately. Here are just some examples from MSN Money (“Billions of dollars in hedge-fund money disappeared into thin air amid the GM mess”), Marketwatch (“Treasurys rise on hedge fund woes”), and The Herald (“Complex hedge funds criticised”). I’ve heard the term over the past several years, ... Continue reading this article…

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Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Lunch

by Luke Landes

For as long as I’ve been working here — nay, as long as I’ve been working — I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out by buying my lunch every day. Usually it’s from the cafeteria, but a filling and sometimes creative company lunch, even though subsidized, still costs more than six dollars. Eating at the ... Continue reading this article…

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New RSS Feed Available

by Luke Landes

You can now subscribe to a syndication feed for comments only. This feed contains the latest reader comments with a link back to the original entry on Consumerism Commentary. This way you won’t miss any interesting discussions taking place on earlier entries.

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The Artistic Side and Today’s News

by Luke Landes

You may not know it from reading this website, but I’m more of an artistic individual than anything else. Throughout school (not including my MBA, that is), my studies centered around music, and my original plan was to be a high school instrumental music teacher. Every once in a while, I get to do something ... Continue reading this article…

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Income and Expenses, April 2005

by Luke Landes

This entry goes hand-in-hand with my April account balances. Three paychecks came my way this month, in addition to some money for a job I did for a friend and my first Google Adsense check. Continue reading this entry to see the chart.

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Account Balances – April, 2005

by Luke Landes

There was nothing surprising during April. I did make some changes to my accounting methods. For instance, I have new accounts in Quicken for money that is due to me, such as Google AdSense and Upromise. Speaking of AdSense, I received my first check this month. I never meant for this website to make money, ... Continue reading this article…

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