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February 2006

Changes to Online Job Hunting

by Luke Landes

According to CNN, searching for jobs online is getting more difficult starting today. There are new federal regulations that put simply create a situation where it benefits employers to have fewer active applicants for any certain position. In order to be seriously considered for a position, not only does your resume have to be tailored ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Look at the Roth 401(k)

by Luke Landes

Last week, I wrote a little about the new Roth 401(k) that passed into legislation last year and copanies started offering this year. I cited an article by Jeff Brown from the Philadelphia Inquirer, but I didn’t check his math. I should have checked because an important point Jeff makes does not hold true, as ... Continue reading this article…

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ETFs For Commodities

by Luke Landes

So there’s a new Exchange-Traded Fund that tracks commodities. In this case, oil, aluminum, gold, corn and wheat. It seems like a good way for ordinary investors to get into commodities without dealing with futures contracts and such. So, should I invest? Oil prices are near record levels, while precious metals such as gold and ... Continue reading this article…

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The Super Bowl Commercials

by Luke Landes

If you’re coming to this website looking for the commercials aired during the Super Bowl, I’m not quite sure how you ended up here, but here are all the commercials. I haven’t seen anything particularly special, except an exciting GoDaddy sale for domains at $1.99 and 10 percent off with the code SB2006. GoDaddy also has ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week In MoneyBlogNetwork

by Luke Landes

I know it’s a little late, but here are some great posts from my fellow MoneyBlogNetwork bloggers (and some others) from the past week. * JLP from AllThingsFinancials shares why he hates infomercials. Also, I have to apologize to JLP for having a brain freeze and not mentioning him in the MoneyBloggerPodcast interview I did ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #34 is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance #34 is up at Financial Reference. My recent post about the Roth 401(k) was included, and as the Carnival summary states, make sure you take a look at the comments. Next week’s Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by The Dividend Guy. You can get more info on the ... Continue reading this article…

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Jay Leno’s “Funny”

by Luke Landes

According to Jay Leno last night (or maybe it’s a rerun, I have no idea), Allstate has announced the two most difficult things for people to do: quit smoking and save for retirement. Jay’s solution: don’t quit smoking and you won’t have to worry about making it to retirement. Seriously, quitting smoking will save lots ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Forget To Join The Carnival

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by Financial Reference this coming Monday. If you’re a blogger, and you’ve written an article about personal finance lately, don’t let the Carnival pass you by! Submit your favorite recent article and be a part of the fun!

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Is It Time To Leave Your Job?

by Luke Landes

Listen up, Suze has something to say. Suze Orman has a pretty good column up at Yahoo Finance, and that means a lot coming from me. I’m often critical of Suze’s attitude, voice, and sometimes her advice. But this time, her thoughts ring true. In her latest column, Suze offers five signs it’s time to ... Continue reading this article…

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Salaries Going Up? Moreso For Supermodels

by Luke Landes

There’s talk around town that paycheck growth will be seeing acceleration soon. Those economists say that that wage increases follow productivity increases after some time, so we’re due for some good news. Speaking of salaries, if you’re a supermodel you’re doing well. Forbes raided the tax returns of several powerful celebrities and discovered these numbers: ... Continue reading this article…

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One Week Left to Win

by Luke Landes

So the new MoneyBlogNetwork is giving away an audiobook version of Don’t Worry, Make Money by Richard Carlson. I haven’t read the book, but it seems to have great reviews at Amazon.com. The contest is ending in a week, so if you’re interested, go ahead and enter the contest by signing up for the MoneyBlogNetwork ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Be Associated With Princeton University

by Luke Landes

The Princeton address yeilds a fair amount of cachet, most notably due to the Ivy League university and the expensive town. Companies and individuals always want to be associated with the word “Princeton.” There is a local train station, located outside of Princeton in the township of West Windsor, called Princeton Junction. Eventually, people living ... Continue reading this article…

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Subscribe Via Email

by Luke Landes

If you’d like to get new posts on Consumerism Commentary sent directly to your email inbox, just enter your email address in the form in the green bar above. I won’t share your email address with anyone. The service is provided by FeedBlitz.

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Income Statement, January 2006

by Luke Landes

I believe I’ve said it a few times already, but my latest car debacle took a chunk out of my income this month. I managed to scrape by, as you’ll see if you continue reading this post.

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Balance Sheet, January 2006

by Luke Landes

We’re already one month into the new year. Time does fly by quickly. If you continue reading this entry, you’ll see my latest account balances followed by some explanations.

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First Impression: The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach

by Luke Landes

Some time ago, I was contacted by David Bach‘s people to see if I’d like to preview his new book. Bach is the popular author of The Automatic Millionaire and like many financial writers he has turned his thoughts into a brand empire that includes seminars. His newest book, due to be published in March, ... Continue reading this article…

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Roth 401(k) Not For Everyone

by Luke Landes

There’s a new retirement investing option being rolled out across the United States, the Roth 401(k). The new option allows you to take your after-tax income, invest in mutual funds or stocks, defer taxes on earnings, and begin untaxed withdrawals upon retirement. Since the limit in all 401(k) accounts per individual doesn’t change, if your ... Continue reading this article…

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Citibank Check Received

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I requested a check from Citibank to cash in my “rewards” from the Citibank Divident Platinum Select card. The extra $100+ will help pay for January’s unexpected expenses. I have to say I much prefer the idea of the credit card companies sending me money rather than me sending my money ... Continue reading this article…

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Link Updates

by Luke Landes

I’ve made some updates to the links in my sidebar here, getting rid of some blogs that have been inactive for months and adding some others I’ve discovered recently. If I’m missing yours, leave a comment! The personal finance blogging community has certainly grown in the last year.

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