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April 2011

Best Return on Investment for Bachelor’s Degrees

by Luke Landes

Since a college degree is the baseline for most middle-class jobs for people not yet old enough to have equivalent experience, and getting that experience in the first place would be difficult without a college degree, it always surprises me that people question the value of getting a college degree at all. While it’s true […]

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British Airways Visa Signature® Card Earn Miles Toward International Flight

by Luke Landes

Editors Note: This offer is no longer available. It’s never completely safe to sign up for a credit card due only to its initial bonus. Many cards entice customers by offering a decent cash back bonus, then turn around and charge a high annual fee with a ridiculous interest rate. Before you know it, you’re […]

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Elmo Teaches Kids About Saving Money

by Luke Landes

I have many things in common with my friends in the same age range as myself. Among these shared experiences that define a generation, for the most part, we all watched Sesame Street as children. When we reminisce, we remember Mr. Hooper. We remember when Big Bird was the only character to be able to […]

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Chase Freedom $150 Cash Back Bonus Credit Card

by Luke Landes

One of my favorite cash back credit card offers has always been the Chase Freedom card, primarily because of the initial bonus offer combined with a great cash rewards program and low APR if you apply with excellent credit. The Chase Freedom card provides all new Chase cardholders a $150 statement credit after spending $500 […]

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Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

by Luke Landes

With one week before the deadline, many people are just starting to think about filing their tax return. The problem I’ve often encountered with waiting to the last minute is it’s easy to miss important items. Many years ago, I filed in the manual style: my only tools were a calculator and pencil. Although my […]

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Working With a Financial Adviser: How to Prepare for the First Date

by Luke Landes

This is a series on finding, selecting, and working with financial advisers or planners. Recently, I evaluated the types of financial professionals and described the common certifications to help readers start on the right track. I also wrote about selecting the right planner. When you’ve narrowed your choices to a few, you’re ready to start […]

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Podcast 103: Lost and Found, Geneen Roth

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money. Geneen has appeared on national television shows including The Oprah Show, 20/20, and The NBC Nightly News. Geneen is the author of eight books, including The New York Times bestsellers When Food is Love […]

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ING Direct Electric Orange Checking $50 Bonus

by Luke Landes

(Ed. note: ING Direct became Capital One 360 in 2013.) I’m aware that many regular Consumerism Commentary readers already have ING Direct savings accounts. Those who have been reading this website since the beginning know that I’m a fan. Their interest rates may not be at the top of the chart these days, and there […]

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Ink Classic Business Card

by Luke Landes

You may have noticed that I’ve reviewed a few different versions of the Chase Ink small business product line, including a charge card designed for ultimate purchasing power and a cash back card offering big bonuses for maximum spending. The Ink Classic® Business Card is a rewards business card offering bonus points in addition to […]

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Government Shutdowns, Late Paychecks, and Real Motivation

by Luke Landes

People who work for the federal government are concerned today. A shutdown of the federal government due to the lack of functional ability within the Congress might result in delayed paychecks for many government workers. Worse, if the furlough affects workers who handle Social Security payments, people relying on the government for income will not […]

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