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2006

Money Magazine: 25 Rules to Grow Rich By, Part 3

by Luke Landes

Last week, I started a short series looking at Money Magazine’s 25 rules to grow rich by. I’m breaking down the advice within the article into five separate blog entries here; you can find part one here and part two here. Here are the next five tips, with a bit of my own commentary thrown ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 25 Rules to Grow Rich By, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Here are more “rules” from Money Magazine. I wrote about the first five guidelines yesterday, and here are five more with some of my thoughts thrown in.

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Money Magazine: 25 Rules to Grow Rich By, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine seems to be publishing some good content lately. First, it was 7 shortcuts for major money hassles, and today it’s a larger feature on 25 rules to help you grow rich. I’ve never been one to play by the rules, which in my opinion, are made to be broken. In fact, I hate ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 7 Shortcuts for Major Money Hassles

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is running an extended feature targeting 7 of the most annoying money problems, and proving some easy solutions. Here is a shortcut to the seven shortcuts: 1. Ace your retirement. Buy a target-retirement fund in your 401(k). If you believe you’ll be retiring in 2030, you can buy a fund that targets that ... Continue reading this article…

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Know What Your Insurance Protects

by Luke Landes

Over the weekend, I received the annual benefits enrollment package from my employer. Last year, the health benefits offered by the company changed significantly to take advantage of Health Savings Accounts and to raise prices. Even after the multiple sessions with Human Resources, there were some of my coworkers who didn’t know the difference between ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Examples of How You Can Be Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

by Luke Landes

Everyone loves saving money, cutting back, and reducing expenses. However, sometimes there is a tendency to focus on the wrong things. While you’re busy feeling good about reducing little costs here and there, every once in a while you neglect the larger picture. Here are some examples: 1. Saving money by not going to the ... Continue reading this article…

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The Blame Game: Poor Money Management, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Before reading on, if you haven’t participated in this week’s giveaway, open up this article in a new window or tab and add your comments about asset allocation. You can win two interesting books just by leaving a comment. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion about who is to blame for poor money ... Continue reading this article…

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What Can We Learn From SAS Real Estate?

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the broker/owner of SAS Real Estate responded to the bad customer service issues I wrote about concerning a $300 refund due to me. She was unhappy the story was published, although she couldn’t dispute the facts. The whole problem would have been avoided if SAS did the Right Thing from the beginning. In this ... Continue reading this article…

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Review and Giveaway: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing: Asset Allocation

by Luke Landes

This is a look at the eighth chapter of The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing, by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf. This chapter focuses on asset allocation, the “most important portfolio decision.” The authors start by reviewing empirical research from the 20th century, including the studies that resulted in the development of Efficient Market ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments, Update 7: SAS Real Estate Responds

by Luke Landes

Well, apparently SAS Real Estate came across my latest update on the $300 apartment deposit story, originating in June, and which I concluded in September. Sylvia from the company posted a comment on a prior post, and I’ll include her points here, to be fair:

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Winner of Giveaway Announced!

by Luke Landes

The selection of winners for giveaways on Consumerism Commentary is a supersecret process being kept confidential by the CIA. Therefore, I can only provide the results. The winner of last week’s giveaway is Jon K. The topic was the relationship between social drinking and career advancement, and here is part of Jon K’s comment: My ... Continue reading this article…

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David Bach’s Five Rules for Hiring an Financial Advisor

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I had a brief chat with a financial advisor provided to me by my company, which also happens to be in financial services. I listened to what he had to say, but he was searching for commissions. His only offerings were expensive mutual funds. I decided to wait until I had ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival and Giveaway Reminder

by Luke Landes

The home of the Carnival of Personal Finance presents the 69th edition of the Carnival this morning. I selected some of my favorite articles from the submissions and included them first, but make sure you read through all the entries. There is a wide range of articles and I am sure you’ll find something that ... Continue reading this article…

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The Blame Game: Poor Money Management, Part 1

by Luke Landes

There’s a discussion at StopBuyingCrap about credit card companies’ evil tacticts. In fact, Cap comes clean with this humble admission: No body forced me to buy the mountains of Japanese comic books, computer hardware, and automotive parts. Sure, the credit card made it easier for me to spend money I didn’t have — but the ... Continue reading this article…

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Enhance Your Career By Consuming Alcohol (With a Giveaway!)

by Luke Landes

I linked to this article, but I wanted to focus on it when I had a chance. That chance is now. An article from Inc.com, a resource for entrepreneurs, says that drinking alcohol can help your career. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s how. Regular drinkers make 10 percent to 14 percent more money than those ... Continue reading this article…

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Holiday Season is Approaching and Kids Want Presents

by Luke Landes

If you have children in your life who are not isolated from society, then chances are they’re going to want one of the toys on this list. Even the most astute parents’ intentions to steer their kids towards more educational toys are stymied when the children go to school, watch television, and play with the ... Continue reading this article…

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Group Review: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

by Luke Landes

This month, I’ll be participating in JLP’s mass review of the book, The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing, by Larimore, Lindauer, and LeBoef. One blogger will review one chapter of the book throughout October. Look for my review of the Asset Allocation chapter next Wednesday. Here’s the entire schedule:

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 3.5: The Stadium

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I’ve been writing a series about my experiences with the University of Phoenix Online. So far, I’ve written about my decision, the admissions process and course logistics. Before continuing with the rest of the series, I wanted to mention a recent development. The University has purchased naming rights to the stadium ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Score Question From a Reader

by Luke Landes

Hi, faithful readers. I received a question through e-mail from Brian. He’s looking for some advice for managing his credit score. Here is what he asked: If I pay off my minimum balance due, and say my remaining outstanding balance to credit ratio is 0.75, is this very bad for my credit score? I don’t ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, September 2006 (Net Income: $4,200)

by Luke Landes

There are several interesting notes about September’s income and expenses, but fiirst, here are the details.

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