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July 2007

My eBay Account Was Hacked!

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I received an email apparently from eBay, informing that my account was used for malicious purposes, and I should change my password post-haste. I’m very skeptical of emails apparently from eBay. Normally I delete them without thinking. But this email managed to catch my attention. Here’s a portion of the text: It appears your ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance was posted on Blogging Away Debt earlier today. There are quite a few good articles this time around. Here are a few I enjoyed beyond the Editor’s Picks. Campaign Against Financial Myths: Part 1 – Financial Planning. Grad Money Matters disagrees with common preconceived notions about ... Continue reading this article…

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Go to College Without Going Into Debt: Impossible?

by Luke Landes

According to the Motley Fool UK, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) has stated that unless parents are in the fortunate position to provide their children with “absolute financial support” during higher education, that students must accept debt as a fact of life. (Students Must Accept Debt, Motley Fool UK.) The rising cost of a ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Are you one of the thousands who subscribe to Consumerism Commentary? If not, you should be. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. Last month, I started using Google Reader. If you use that application too, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, June 2007 (Net Income: $2,223)

by Luke Landes

Late last night, I published June’s balance sheet. This is my income and expense report, which goes hand-in-hand with the balance sheet, explaining a little bit about how my net worth changed from May 31 to June 30. Thankfully, my higher-than-normal expenses were matched by higher-than-normal income. Here are the details.

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5 Good Reasons to Avoid Debit Cards

by Luke Landes

I have two checking accounts. One is with Wachovia, which has been my main checking account (through bank mergers and acquisitions) for the last 15 years or so. The other is with ING Direct, which is a more recent development. Both checking accounts have provided me with debit cards which can be used to access ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2007 ($99,506, +1.33%)

by Luke Landes

The balance sheet I’ve been tabulating for the past few years leaves out a few important items. My report doesn’t include my personal property other than my car, nor does it include the tax I’d have to pay if I liquidated all of my assets. Therefore, it’s not accurate to call the bottom line my ... Continue reading this article…

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