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2006

Personal Balance Sheet, November 2006 ($67,377, +5.54%)

by Luke Landes

Here’s my latest balance sheet, a listing of the end-of-month balances for my bank and investment accounts with a few assets and liabilities. This is used to calculate my net worth each month. Any month in which I’ve come out ahead of the previous month I consider a success, and November was good. Continue reading […]

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Estimating Asset Values and Asset Depreciation

by Luke Landes

In response to my latest balance sheet, Wacko asked a question: Any pointers on how to calculate an automobile’s depreciation? Obviously I can look at Kelley Blue Book, but I do not know the monthly depreciation. Also, I was wondering if anyone knew of an accurate way to determine the value of one’s home. I […]

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Interview Questions and Last Week’s Giveaway Winner

by Luke Landes

It was actually two weeks ago that I posed the question about the “biggest weakness” question that we’ve all experienced in some form in job interviews. Some great responses followed, and one was randomly selected to win my copy of The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read, which I reviewed earlier this month. Here’s a […]

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Money Magazine: 8 Smart Year-End Moves, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Here are four more smart year-end money moves, according to Money Magazine. I only conditionally agreed with the first four, so let’s see how the magazine did with the remaining tips. 5. Set your sights clearly. They suggest deciding well in advance the destiny of any year-end bonuses. This will prevent splurging to some extent. […]

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Money Gifts Better Than Cash, Better Than Things

by Luke Landes

These gifts may be a good choice for younger people who are just starting to get interested in taking care of their financial lives, from Chuck Jaffe and MarketWatch. 1. Shares. Buying a newborn baby shares — or even just one share — of a certain company is a nice way to start off a […]

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Young and in Debt: Five Twenty-Somethings Share Stories

by Luke Landes

U.S.A. Today is featuring a six-week series following five twenty-somethings and their adventures in debt. Debt seems to be the primary concern of most people as they emerge from their undergraduate education and begin working or continue onto graduate education. One of the first articles in the series, Young People Struggle With the Kiss of […]

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Rockin’ the Suburbs: Y’all Don’t Know What It’s Like

by Luke Landes

Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be boarding a plane to head out to California for Thanksgiving. I’ll still be posting, but perhaps not as frequently. To hold you over, here are some lyrics from one of my favorite musucians, Ben Folds. It’s about life in suburbia, something which many of us can relate to.

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Money-Saving Tips for Shopping Online

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post by Jacquelyn Lynn, a widely published business writer and experienced online shopper. She is the author of Online Shopper’s Survival Guide and maintains a blog, Online Consumer Advice and Commentary. Shopping online is the easiest way to find the lowest price for whatever it is you want. But there are […]

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FreeCreditReport.com is a Scam!

by Luke Landes

Updated: Get Out of FreeCreditReport.com’s “Triple Advantage”. This isn’t the first time, but now the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General is investigating FreeCreditReport.com. You’ll notice I don’t link to the site. This site, run by credit reporting agency Experian is taking advantage of the ruling that anyone can receive a free annual […]

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Extreme Savers Greg and Tara: We Have Some Things in Common

by Luke Landes

CNN Money seems to have switched its focus from “Millionaires in the Making” to “Extreme Savers,” and today they have an article about Greg and Tara Black. They earn $48,000 and live in Charlottesville, Virginia. They shop at Kohls and JC Penney for clothing, as I do. Their entertainment comes mainly from Netflix, of which […]

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