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May 2011

Citi Credit Card Reviews

by Luke Landes

Citigroup is the third largest bank holding company in the United States, and Citibank is the consumer banking entity owned by this behemoth company. Sometimes, size is an advantage. Citibank’s size allows it to have a massive credit card division, branded as “Citi Cards.” The size helps the bank offer some of the best deals ... Continue reading this article…

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Win a Free Kindle: May 20 Only!

by Luke Landes

It wouldn’t be a weekday in May without another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each day, I’ll have some to reward readers valued $50 or more. Today’s a good day for the winner; thanks to a partnership with personal finance blog Beating Broke, I am able to offer Amazon.com’s reading device, ... Continue reading this article…

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$50 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway for May 19

by Luke Landes

Hot on the heels on what has likely been the most successful giveaway we’ve done at Consumerism Commentary, today brings another giveaway. Throughout this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May; every weekday brings something new to reward readers and visitors. Yesterday, we surpassed 1,000 fans of Consumerism Commentary on Facebook. This is a great milestone! Today’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Are Online Banks Safe?

by Luke Landes

Anyone who is accustomed to being able to walk into the local bank branch, access accounts through a teller, and discuss banking options with an account manager on-site might still have reservations about moving money to an online-only bank. The benefits are big. Usually, online-only banks offer higher interest rates on savings and certificate of ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Review

by Luke Landes

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers 40,000 bonus points for new cardholders who manage to spend a total of at least $4,000 on purchases during their first three months of membership. This translates into $500 toward travel booked through Ultimate Rewards. Previous promotions for this card had offered a slightly sweeter deal for new cardholders, ... Continue reading this article…

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Win a Free iPad Today

by Luke Landes

I am excited to have PT Money as a partner for today’s giveaway, because together, Phil Taylor and I are offering an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi to the winner. This giveaway is the latest in the Giveaway May series, wherein Consumerism Commentary is offering giveaways every weekday this month. PT Money is a blog whose ... Continue reading this article…

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Car Dealers Pass Loan Acquisition Fees to Buyers Without Disclosure

by Luke Landes

If you have less-than-stellar credit, you’re at a significant disadvantage when you go to a dealer to purchase a car and seek financing through the dealer. Banks or intermediary loan brokers charge dealers a fee to extend credit to a risky customer. Rather than denying someone credit, the company that finances the loan charges risky ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Giveaway: $50 and The Gift of Stock

by Luke Landes

While the forecast is calling for rain all week where I live, the free gifts are raining down at Consumerism Commentary. Giveaway May continues right now with the twelfth freebie of the month. Today, with the help of Glen from Free From Broke, I will be giving away ING Direct and ShareBuilder’s “Gift of Stock.” ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Buy Precious Metals Including Gold and Silver

by Luke Landes

There are two main reasons to head towards precious metals as a major investment. One reason one might significantly invest in metals is the belief that the value of gold and silver will increase more than other types of investments like stocks and bonds, or that the investment in metals will provide a certain type ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You On the Credit Bureau VIP List?

by Luke Landes

If you’re a celebrity, politician, or otherwise in the public eye, you may be on VIP lists maintained by the credit reporting bureaus, granting you a different level of customer service. According to lawyers who have sworn testimony from employees, this two-tiered system favors the well-connected by granting them access to immediate corrections on erroneous ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 108: Extreme Couponing

by Luke Landes

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Donna Freedman returns to the show. Donna Freedman is a columnist for MSN Money and staff writer for Get Rich Slowly. Donna also writes for her own blog, Surviving and Thriving. Today, Bryan, Donna, and Flexo discuss extreme couponing. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #108 Extreme Couponing: S05E04 / 132 Download – ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the Citi® Platinum Select / AAdvantage Visa Signature Card.

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Mother’s Day Fiasco With FTD: A Review

by Luke Landes
Mother's Day Flowers

In my attempt to be a good son to my mother who lives about as far away from me as possible in the contiguous United States, I decided to send a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day. Sending flowers may be cliché, but I know she appreciates it, so I’m happy to send them. I’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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To Diversify Or Not To Diversify

by Luke Landes

That is the question. For most small-time investors, diversification is necessary. Index funds offer diversification across a type of investment, and with a strategy like this, you can be sure you’re avoiding investment management who, on a whole, perform worse than the indexes. Diversification through index funds allows investors to spread small amounts of money ... Continue reading this article…

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TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express Review

by Luke Landes

In 2009, Congress passed enacted laws that require credit card issuers to be more direct with their terms and conditions. Companies can no longer get away with double-cycle billing and hidden fees, which were costing customers millions of dollars every year. There are still a few items found in the fine print that customers often ... Continue reading this article…

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Ally Bank in Talks to Buy ING Direct

by Luke Landes

Update: Capital One has purchased ING Direct. A little less than eighteen months ago, I mentioned that ING Direct was scheduled to be sold off. The online bank’s parent company, ING Group, received taxpayer assistance. The plan is for ING Group to sell ING Direct USA to pay back the European Commission. The New York ... Continue reading this article…

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Budget Categories Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

by Luke Landes

When I started my first real budget as an adult, the concept was not difficult. I knew I had to track my spending and keep myself from paying more than necessary for expenses I could control in order to fix my financial situation. To reverse the trend of increasing debt every month, I came up ... Continue reading this article…

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May 10: Win a Free Kindle With Wi-Fi

by Luke Landes

All this month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Every day, I’ll be choosing one winner randomly for a prize. Each day there is a small challenge in order to qualify for the giveaway, and today is no exception. Today I have a Kindle With Wi-Fi from Amazon.com to give away. This is the version ... Continue reading this article…

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Dollar-Cost Averaging Vs. Lump Sum Investing

by Luke Landes

It’s widely popular in the financial media to encourage the strategy of dollar-cost averaging (DCA) when investing. It’s a simple strategy that calls for investing the same dollar amount at regular intervals. When you assume that stocks or other investments at lower prices are bargains, dollar-cost averaging allows you to buy more of an investment ... Continue reading this article…

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Second Week of Giveaways: Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards

by Luke Landes

Today starts the second week of giveaways at Consumerism Commentary. This month is Giveaway May, and I have at least $50 to give away to readers every weekday this month. Today’s giveaway partner is Wealth Informatics. Suba, the owner of Wealth Informatics, is offering a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card to match my $50 Amazon.com Gift ... Continue reading this article…

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