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2006

Rule for Building Wealth: Make Saving Automatic

by Luke Landes

In July 2002, I opened an account at ING Direct and created a scheduled transaction. Every two weeks, when my day job paycheck was deposited, a portion of this money was automatically passed through directly into my new Emergency Fund. A few months earlier, I became eligible for investing in my company’s 401(k). This is […]

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Costco vs. Tiffany, Who Has the Bargain on Diamonds?

by Luke Landes

At my father’s house for dinner last night, one of the guests brought up a story on Good Morning America in which shoppers and diamond experts compared their findings from Costco with those from Tiffany & Co. The GMA shoppers visited both stores, purchased stones, and reported their findings. First, at Tiffany, Good Morning America […]

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Frugal Answer: Make Your Own Holiday Gifts?

by Luke Landes

I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you But I get the feeling that you don’t like it What’s with all the screaming? You like monkeys, you like ponies Maybe you don’t like monsters so much Maybe I used too many monkeys Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a […]

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Purchased a New Notebook Computer: Customized Dell Inspiron E1705

by Luke Landes

I’ve finally pulled the trigger. If you’ve been following along, I’ve been looking for a new computer since August, to replace a five-year-old Fujitsu laptop that has seen better days. I had a tough time with Circuit City a few months ago, so I continued looking. With the help of a former co-worker, we decided […]

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American Express and Spinal Tap?

by Luke Landes

I never thought I’d see the day a song by the “mostly fictional” band Spinal Tap (Gimme Some Money, their first single from “1965”) is used in a commercial for a completely non-fictional product. That day was today. I haven’t found a video online yet of this American Express commercial, but look out for this […]

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How to Be the CFO of Your Own Life

by Luke Landes

I think there is a point in every person’s life at which he comes to a realization and has to make a decision that shapes the course of his life. This happened to me in the early part of the year 2002. I’ll spare most of the details, but at this time I realized I […]

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Five Things You May Not Know About Me

by Luke Landes

Steve over on his blog, Adventure Money, tagged me, so according to the rules I must come up with five things my readers may not know about me. I’ve been avoiding this for a few days, but I think at 1:30 in the morning I might be in the right state of mind to tackle […]

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Flexo’s Top 6 Personal Finance Websites

by Luke Landes

If you’ve ever wanted to take a peak inside my brain, now’s your chance. Just don’t try Sylar‘s approach to brain examination. I’d like to share my favorite websites related to personal finance, not including blogs or pfblogs.org. The websites that are listed are here for different reasons. Some I visit often to get new […]

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Quicken 2007 Revisited: A Little Better But Far From Perfect

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, after using the software for some time, I came to the conclusion that Quicken 2007 Home & Business was horrible. There were too many bugs distracting me from using the software the way it was intended. Downloading transactions through Direct Connect for my 401(k) no longer works… Quicken 2007 introduced a […]

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Personal Income Statement, November 2006 (Net Income: $2,250)

by Luke Landes

You may have already viewed this month’s balance sheet. What follows is my income and expense report, in which I look at where my money came from and where it went. After all expenses were paid, I ended up with $2,250 of my November income remaining. That’s lower than the last several months, but I […]

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