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December 2009

Free Gifts From Lending Club’s DebtBuster Challenge

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned yesterday, the path to getting out of debt can sometimes be aided by consolidating your credit cards or loans. You might, for example, transfer your credit card balances to the one card with the lowest interest rate. With credit card issuers’ current practices, that will likely be a variable rate, subject to […]

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Getting Out of Debt: Make That New Year’s Resolution Work

by Luke Landes

Along with losing weight, getting out of debt is the most popular New Year’s resolutions in the United States. In general, this resolution like all others tend to be forgotten within weeks. If you resolve to getting out of debt this coming year, here are some ideas for not losing sight of that goal. Don’t […]

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Gifts That Avoid Both Extra “Stuff” And Clichés

by Smithee

There comes in a time in a person’s life when they have everything they need. While not necessarily rich, the house is well-furnished and they’re not hurting for clothes. Maybe this someone has even come out and said, “I don’t know what I want, I just know I don’t need any more stuff.” What do […]

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Wearing Many Hats: Specialism Vs. Generalism

by Luke Landes

Ron Howard, famous mostly for playing Richie Cunningham on the television program Happy Days, is one of the film industry’s most successful directors and producers, having been involved with a long list of films. He directed, among others, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The DaVinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Angels and Demons. I happened […]

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Weekend Reading: Board Games, the Spirit of the Holidays, and Perfection

by Luke Landes

As I found myself flipping through the high-definition television channels earlier today, I came across a special that originally aired a few years ago,

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Podcast 35: Credit Cards, Debt, and Financial Planning With Jean Chatzky

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and author of Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day. Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Jean Chatzky about credit cards, debt, and financial planning. Production Number: S02E09 Segment Numbers: 45 To listen, use the player above (Adobe […]

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Life Without Cable TV: Week One

by Smithee

(No, I don’t plan on writing about this on a regular basis, just when an interesting milestone occurs.) It’s been a full week since my family turned off the TV service and to summarize: we’re doing fine. As expected, I’m discovering some of the “known unknowns” of being a person without cable but who still […]

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How My Accountant Saved Me $15,000

by Luke Landes

It seems I have paid the government more than what was necessary over the past few years. When I first started earning money outside of my primary employer in 2004 or 2005, I assumed it would make the most sense to simply claim that income as self-employment income on Schedule C of the standard 1040 […]

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Curb Your Consumerism

by Kelly Whalen

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. The temptation to spend money is everywhere, especially during the holidays. There is something magical about lights glowing, soft Christmas music playing everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that seems to make money fly right out of everyone’s wallet. Whether […]

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Review: Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

Author Jane Bryan Quinn took her massive personal finance book published in 1997 and revised and updated the information to create Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy, which will be released on December 29, 2009. I got my hands on a copy of this 1,242 […]

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