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February 2008

Actual vs. Budget Report, January 2008

by Luke Landes

For the first time in several years, I decided to design a budget for myself. I’ve never been a fan of budgets. While I used one when absolutely necessary to get myself on track initially, after recovering from low income and high expenses, I decided to ditch the idea when I was comfortable spending significantly ... Continue reading this article…

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How the Future U.S. President Wants to Tax You

by Luke Landes

There’s no need for me to explain in detail the favored tax policy by each of the four leading candidates for the President of the United States for two reasons. First, Jeanne Sahadi wrote an excellent tax policy summary for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Secondly, the candidates’ stances now may ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Save a Million Dollars at Any Age: 45 Years Old

by Luke Landes

If you’re 45 years old right now and working, perhaps you’re starting to consider when and how you’d like to retire. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has some suggestions if retiring with $1 million is art of that game plan. Keep in mind the role inflation plays; $1 million is a good goal, but twenty years ... Continue reading this article…

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My Favorite Source for Movies? The Library

by Sasha

I’ve never been a big movie buyer, and I own a whopping three DVDs. If I can’t guarantee I’m going to watch it at least five times, I don’t want it cluttering my abode. But I do like movies, and so I opt for rentals. And there are more rental options out there now than ... Continue reading this article…

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Searching for a CD as the Rates Plummet

by Sasha

Ah, hindsight. Although I’m glad I got a 5.65 percent CD when I did, of course I wish I’d invested more and for a longer term than 6 months. But it’s not too late to still lock in a CD at an okay rate. Or so I’d hoped. Recently, it seems the pickings are slim. Emigrant ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, January 2008 (Net Income: $7,790)

by Luke Landes

This morning, I reported my net worth statement including my account balances. This report, an income and expense report, accompanies the monthly data. I publish this every month to keep myself accountable for most of my spending decisions and to encourage myself to earn more when possible. With a healthy side business income and no ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, January 2008 ($125,770, +2.3%)

by Luke Landes

My first balance sheet of the year isn’t excellent, but I’m happy that I’ve made some positive progress. For those who may be new to Consumerism Commentary, every month I publish a few financial reports to describe my financial situation. The first is the balance sheet which lists balances in various accounts. The bottom line ... Continue reading this article…

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Giants Win Superbowl (and Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

I don’t know much about sports betting, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some people — other than those affiliated with the team who will receive big bonuses — who are significantly richer thanks to the New York Giants winning the Superbowl. I’m not a big football fan, but I managed to catch ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Save a Million Dollars at Any Age: 35 Years Old

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine has some suggestions for saving a million dollars regardless of your age. The only catch is that it’s going to take several decades to get to that point. The passing time has a detrimental effect, however. Inflation will eat away at your purchasing power so $1,000,000 thirty years from now will ... Continue reading this article…

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How Do Finance Professors Invest?

by Luke Landes

A researcher at Central Michigan University surveyed 600 finance professors at major universities to determine their investment philosophies, practices, and the differerences between the two. You would think that those involved in higher education, teaching about market analysis, options and futures, and discounted cash flow analysis, would use these techniques when handling their own investments. ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Save a Million Dollars at Any Age: 25 Years Old

by Luke Landes

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine’s February issue has suggestions for saving a million dollars, whether you’re 25, 35, 45 or 55 years old. The authors assume that you’ve already been saving money every year, but provide a strategy to add $1 million to your net worth over time. At Age 25 * Contribute enough to your ... Continue reading this article…

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