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November 2008

Take Control of Your Finances Part 5: Build a Better Budget

by Luke Landes

This is the next installment in a series at Consumerism Commentary about taking control of your finances. Please consider subscribing to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed for updates. It’s no secret that budgeting is a chore. Although this piece of personal finance carries an ugly reputation, even a simple form of budgeting will help you […]

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News and Blogs: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

by Luke Landes

5 Money Mistakes in a Bad Economy. Here are the mistakes: continuing to use credit cards, withdrawing or taking a loan from your retirement funds, paying for college without loans, grants, or scholarships, neglecting to invest, and taking home-equity loans. Bid to Ban Sale of Obama Tickets. Tickets to presidential inaugurations have always been free, […]

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Take Control of Your Finances Part 4: Use High-Yield Savings Accounts

by Luke Landes

This is the next installment in a series at Consumerism Commentary about taking control of your finances. Please consider subscribing to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed for updates. If you’re on your way to spending less than you earn, then you’re going to need a good place to put your excess income. Even before setting […]

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News and Blogs: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

by Luke Landes

I’ve added more $25 bonus codes for new ING Direct customers last night. If you have at least $250 to deposit into a high-yield savings account, use one of these codes to receive a small boost. You’d Better Watch Out: Gift Cards Can Be Lumps of Coal. If you are considering getting someone a gift […]

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News and Blogs: Monday, November 17, 2008

by Luke Landes

Announcement: As a reminder, I am featuring guest authors next week. If you’re interested, please read my posts by following that link and contact me to discuss a topic. I’ll need all submissions by Friday. Thanks! Americans are Digging Deep to Save Money. Frugality is the new trend, with a new USA Today poll that […]

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Take Control of Your Finances Part 3: Spend Less Than You Earn

by Luke Landes

This should come as no surprise to Consumerism Commentary readers or anyone who has spent time reading anything relating to basic money management advice. Once you’ve decided to improve your financial condition and spent some time tracking your spending, you may have come to the conclusion that your situation declines each month because you’re allowing […]

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Banks You May Not Know About Offer High-Yield Savings Accounts

by Luke Landes

As some of the more popular banks like ING Direct, HSBC Direct and FNBO Direct lower their interest rates, other less-known banks are appearing in their place with higher rates. Some of these banks do not have reputations yet and haven’t been in the public eye for long. Here are a few that you may […]

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Take Control of Your Finances Part 2: Track Your Money

by Luke Landes

After deciding that it’s time to get a handle on your finances, find a way to accurately track the way you handle everything involving money. Before deciding to take action, you may have estimated your income and expenses, but now the details matter. Here is how to get to the details. Every cent is important […]

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Repost: Misconceptions About the Transition to Digital Television

by Luke Landes

I originally posted this article in January 2008. As February 17, 2009 draws closer, I am still dismayed by the misinformation being spread by television manufacturers, cable operators, retail salespeople, and coworkers. Please pass this information to anyone who has the wrong idea about the switch to digital-only over-the-air broadcasts. Whenever the subject turns to […]

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News and Blogs: Thursday, November 13, 2008

by Luke Landes

I have written an article for PC World Magazine called The Insider’s Guide to Black Friday Bargains. Please read it, and if you are so inclined, give it a “thumbs-up” on the website. A Hypnotic Answer to Financial Angst. It’s becoming increasingly popular for those who worry about money to treat their anxiety through hypnotherapy. […]

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