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October 2010

Rationalizing an Expense By Changing Your Words

by Luke Landes

As any marketer knows, words have a power beyond their literal meaning. No one knows this more than political marketers, who create campaigns that usurp specific words and ensure their meaning is replaced with some sort of thought the’d like to embed in the public consciousness. This effect isn’t only thrust upon us by marketers; […]

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Philanthropy, Money Curriculum, and Social Security

by Luke Landes

Earlier this week, American Express published my second article for the company’s new community website, Currency. I used to think that philanthropy was an activity for the rich. Though anyone can donate a portion of income to charity regardless of their financial health, starting a foundation requires at least a million dollars. Some services offer […]

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Podcast 78: Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo talk to Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and author of the newly released book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. After first talking with Tom about Generation Y back in May, Kim joins the […]

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Chase United Mileage Plus® Select® Visa Card Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of The Best Airline Miles Credit Cards.

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How Much Money You Should Spend on Hobbies

by Luke Landes

A Consumerism Commentary reader wrote in with a simple question which should have a simple answer: What percentage of income should a person spend on hobbies? I enjoy talking about hobbies. I have a wide variety of interests, and many of these have little prospect of making money for me for the time being. This […]

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6 Money and Life Lessons From the Chilean Miners

by Luke Landes

The world cheered as the thirty-three miners trapped a half-mile underground in Chile for more than two months were pulled aboveground to safety. The rescue mission was a fantastic success. Aside from the miners, no one can be happier for their survival of the ordeal than their families. Mining is a risky profession even when […]

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Discover® More Card $100 Cashback Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the Discover More Card.

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Who Really Owns Your Mortgage?

by Luke Landes

A family in New York is suing Citigroup. The bank’s mortgage servicing branch, CitiMortgage, is seeking a foreclosure claim against their house. The suit alleges that CitiMortgage does not own the mortgage, and can therefore not foreclose upon the property. The mortgage is owned by Fannie Mae. The D’Amelio family has been in default on […]

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Convert to Vanguard Admiral Shares Now

by Luke Landes

Last week, Vanguard decided to offer its lower-cost, more exclusive Admiral Class of fund shares to more investors. For most Vanguard index funds, any customer with a balance of at least $10,000 can convert their investment from the standard Investor shares to Admiral shares. Most managed funds require a $50,000 minimum to qualify. Previously, investors […]

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Today’s Top Three Consumer Mistakes

by Kimberly Palmer

This is a guest article by Kimberly Palmer. Kimberly Palmer is the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, which was published by Ten Speed Press this week. The following post has been adapted from the book. I’ll admit it: I was recently suckered into spending more than […]

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