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July 2006

Personal Income Statement, June 2006 (Net Income: $1,360)

by Luke Landes

Spending less than I earn is the only way I’ll become more financially secure. Luckilly, I’ve been doing so for a long time now. I’d like to be earning more, but I guess I can’t have everything. Take a look at my latest income and expense report. I’ve added some interesting items, based on a ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2006 ($49,872, +2.03%)

by Luke Landes

I added just above 2 percent to my net worth this month. The market performed a little better in June than in May. That helped, but only slightly. Continue reading for the details.

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Three Years Ago This Month

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary is reaching its third anniversary this month, which apparently makes the blog a dinosaur in the personal finance blogosphere. On July 16, 2003, I introduced myself and offered my first net worth report, with a total of $14,464 (not including home inventory, which I don’t consider in my latest personal balance sheets). The ... Continue reading this article…

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New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is Saving Consumers $20M a Day

by Luke Landes

Thanks to shutting down the state government and government-owned operations while politicians bicker over the state sales tax rate, the governor is saving New Jersey consumers $20,000,000 each day. Not all consumers will see this benefit, though. Only those people who were planning to visit and spend money at the state’s casinos in Atlantic City, ... Continue reading this article…

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IKEA is a Shopping Experience, But What About The Furniture?

by Luke Landes

For years, I’ve found IKEA to be a great place for getting nice, basic furniture. Sure, it’s not the classiest place, but if you’re not looking to impress anyone with your impeccable taste (think college students, newly married couples, etc.) then that doesn’t really matter. Over the past few days, my girlfriend and I have ... Continue reading this article…

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Governor Corzine Shuts Down New Jersey

by Luke Landes

It’s a good thing I’m spending my weekend in New York; the governor of New Jersey shut down the state’s government because the politicians couldn’t agree on a budget. It’s illegal for the state to spend money without an operating budget, so state services, including the casinos in Atlantic City, have been shut down for ... Continue reading this article…

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