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November 2007

How to Turn $500 Into $7 The Hard Way

by J.D. Roth

This is a guest post from J.D. Roth, who writes about personal finance and related topics at Get Rich Slowly. Back in our young and foolish days, my wife and I bought a set of encyclopedias from a door-to-door salesman. This was in 1995, at the very cusp of the digital age. We had been […]

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ShareBuilder Acquired by ING Direct

by Luke Landes

I received this email last night, and it was news to me. I’ve had no problems dealing with ING Direct, nor have I had any problems dealing with ShareBuilder. I have accounts with both companies. For a while, ShareBuilder was offering significant bonuses to those who opened accounts, and ING Direct has always had their […]

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3 Things You Need to Know Before Giving to Charity

by Luke Landes
3 Things You Need to Know Before Giving to Charity

This is a guest post from Steve, who writes about finance and life at Brip Blap. As the holiday season approaches, calls for donating to charity begin to multiply. Americans donate over $240 billion per year to various charities, and that’s simply in terms of money; the contributions in goods and services add even more […]

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Reader Question: Credit Freeze Worthwhile?

by Luke Landes

TV Girl wrote into Consumerism Commentary (and a few other blogs, so I expect to see responses elsewhere) with the following question about credit freezes: I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey talk on his radio show about freezing your credit report, but I haven’t heard much (if anything) about this issue in the pf blogosphere. […]

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Consumption Is Investment

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post from Mrs. Micah, who maintains the blog Mrs. Micah: Finance and Life, in which the author is starting to deal responsibly with her $100,000+ debt. Every purchase you make is an investment. Too often we think of our purchases as consumables. Some are, like food, but even those should be […]

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Weekly Blog Roundup II, $1 Headphones Edition

by Luke Landes

On my flight the other day, I was pleased to learn that Continental Airlines reduced the price of its somewhat proprietary headsets for use when watching movies during the flight from $5 to $1 a set. I wasn’t too interested in seeing the movie offered, Transformers, so I just continued with my pattern of listening […]

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Investigation: Russ Whitney Should Resign as CEO and Chairman

by Luke Landes

For those who follow real estate investing gurus, it might be interesting to note that Russ Whitney’s company, through an internal investigation, is calling for the founder’s resignation. Russ Whitney, the founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the Whitney Information Network has in the past aligned himself with Robert Kiyosaki (of Rich Dad, Poor […]

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Weekly Blog Roundup I, Blogging From the Airport Edition

by Luke Landes

I arrived early to the airport for my flight to California today. When checking into my full flight, I was able to switch seats and select the exit row. I’ll have a few more inches of leg room than I would have had, had I not been able to switch. There is WiFi here at […]

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More Education and Higher Incomes: More Likely to Have Had Music Education

by Luke Landes

Existence of music education in one’s curriculum is related to higher incomes and more education later in life, according to a new study by Harris Interactive. Three-quarters (75 percent) of American adults were involved in some type of music program while in school. Half (51 percent) were involved in chorus while 42 percent had some type of […]

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Credit Card Jacked Up Interest Rate: Cancel the Card?

by Luke Landes

Kimberly Lankford from Kiplinger recently handled a question from a reader. Capital One raised her interest rate from 9.9 percent to 15.9 percent on her account, and she’s wondering what her options are. You could decline the rate change and continue to pay off your balance at the old rate… Capital One would then close your account […]

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