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June 2007

Review: Cash, Cars & College by Janine Bolon

by Luke Landes

Cash, Cars & College: A Young Person’s Guide to Money Janine Bolon (6/10) When it comes to book reviews, I am usually contacted by the publishers, press agents, or public relations teams. When an author takes the time to email me directly, I pay more attention. I was contacted a few weeks ago by Janine […]

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Cleaning and Packing Edition

by Luke Landes

For your reading enjoyment while I clean and pack this weekend, here are some interesting articles from my colleagues in the MoneyBlogNetwork as well as from other personal finance blogs. Would You Drive a Car That Cost Only $2,500 New? Mighty Bargain Hunter wonders if this price point is too low to cover quality engineering, […]

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Capital One’s New Breed of Debit Cards: Would You Use It?

by Luke Landes

Capital One has created a new kind of debit card, and the company is hoping it will replace traditional debit cards or even credit cards. This new debit card can be linked to any account at any bank and can be used for purchases or ATM withdrawals. There will be no fees, and Capital One […]

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Reader Question: Should I Have a Roth IRA?

by Luke Landes

While I like to answer readers’ questions to the best of my knowledge, please keep in mind that I am not a financial professional. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. Any questions for which I can’t provide a detailed answer, I often just open the conversation up for discussion, as I know […]

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Wall Street Journal: Managing Money in Public

by Luke Landes

My former boss at the company I currently work for knows that I have a side interest that involves personal finance and the web. Obviously, I do not supply too many details to him as I prefer to maintain some level of anonymity on Consumerism Commentary, considering the personal information I’ve been posting since 2003. […]

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My Struggle: Spending on Food is Really About Motivation

by Luke Landes

Donna Freedman’s MoneyCentral article reminds me of an issue with which I consistently fail each time I’ve made the attempt over the last few years. In the article, the author provides some success stories for those who have saved money by “brown-bagging” their lunch rather than buying each day. Here is one example: “I never […]

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Announcement About Carnival of Personal Finance #105

by Luke Landes

Next Monday, Get Rich Slowly will present the second anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. To celebrate the occasion, J.D. would like to host the edition differently to celebrate. Here are the details. Get Rich Slowly will host the second anniversary edition of the carnival next Monday. I want to make this one […]

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FICO Will Eliminate Common Way to Build Credit

by Luke Landes

One of the most common ways for young people, say teenagers, to build credit is to become an authorized user on one or more of their parents’ credit cards. This way, they immediately have a significant amount of available credit, and by the time they need a credit score after college, they might have a […]

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Four Retirement Mistakes, Part One: Early Withdrawal

by Luke Landes

Reminder: So far there has been a very good response to the Consumerism Commentary reader survey. If you have not yet done so, please complete the survey so I can learn about you and improve this blog. Retirement savings compete with day-to-day expenses for your hard-earned money, so it’s a great accomplishment to put anything […]

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A Credit Card With Sign-Up Bonus

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. If you’re a responsible user of credit cards — someone who pays their balance off each month — or if you use credit cards for business purposes, then you may be able to benefit from some of the offers […]

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