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March 2012

Should You Pursue a Non-Profit Career?

by Luke Landes

I was never destined for the life of a high-income individual. While I was in elementary school, I decided, like many young individuals inspired by good teachers, to become a teacher myself. As I developed an aptitude for mathematics, science, computer programming, languages, and music throughout my time in public school, I eventually leaned towards ... Continue reading this article…

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Expense Report, February 2012

by Luke Landes
Expense Report, February 2012

I mentioned a few months ago with my year-end balance sheet that I would soon be changing the way I report my finances publicly. These monthly reports have been a relatively consistent part of Consumerism Commentary since I founded this website in July 2003. One of the original purposes of this website was to help ... Continue reading this article…

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Vanguard Voice Recognition for Security

by Luke Landes
Voice Pattern Waveform

After a few years of testing this new security feature, Vanguard has begun rolling out voice pattern recognition technology for security. According to the representative I spoke to today, this feature will be available for Flagship customers first, and all customers will eventually follow. Voice recognition adds another layer of security to your financial accounts, ... Continue reading this article…

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Save Money at the Gas Pump

by Luke Landes
Gas Pump Fuel | crowt59

If you’ve stopped at a gas station lately, you might have been shocked to see the price on the big signs. Even if your gas station charges a different amount for credit card users than for cash customers, sometimes called a “cash discount” even though it’s the cash price that’s competitive with other stations, the ... Continue reading this article…

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More Fees for Bank of America Customers

by Luke Landes
Bank of America

Just when you thought it was safe, large national banks are still finding ways to charge customers new fees. Only a few months ago, word of a new $5 monthly fee for debit card users sent Bank of America customers into a frenzy, threatening to move money away from the financial giant. Bank Transfer Day ... Continue reading this article…

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Buy-and-Hold: A Losing Strategy for the Future?

by Luke Landes

This isn’t the first time smart professional investors have considered abandoning the buy-and-hold strategy. Most of the controversy has surfaced following the recession. I asked whether buy-and-hold was still a good investing strategy a few years ago. Investors who had been following the buy and hold strategy — forgoing active trading in favor of buying ... Continue reading this article…

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Buy Michael Jordan’s House for $29 Million

by Luke Landes

If you’ve ever browsed through the television guide, you might have seen that there are a good number of television shows dedicated to the real estate industry. House Hunters International, Million Dollar Listing, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Real Estate Intervention are just a few of the cable or network television shows designed to allow ... Continue reading this article…

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Will You Buy the iPad 3?

by Luke Landes

All signs are pointing to Apple releasing the latest iteration of its popular tablet this coming week. I gave in last year and purchased the original iPad, and I made this decision just days before the iPad 2 was announced. Now, tech geeks are expecting the iPad 3 to hit to streets this week. The ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 150: The Big Retirement Risk

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Erin Botsford, author of The Big Retirement Risk. They discuss myths that Wall Street perpetuates about itself and Erin’s plan for a more sensible retirement portfolio. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The Big Retirement Risk: S06E20 / 150 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents ... Continue reading this article…

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JetBlue Card From American Express Review

by Joe Taylor Jr.

EDITORS NOTE: THIS OFFER IS EXPIRED. The JetBlue Card from American Express is offering 10,000 points toward award travel after your first purchase. Each eligible purchase on the card earns one TrueBlue point per dollar, and some purchases can earn up to eight points per dollar. Is the $40 annual fee worth these and the ... Continue reading this article…

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Why The Time May Be Right for Buying a House

by Luke Landes
House for sale

I’ll be thirty-six years old this month, officially closer to forty than thirty. I’ve never owned real estate. Once in a while, someone judges this as a failure on my part, or a reluctance to “grow up” or enter a more sophisticated stage of development, as if maturity was somehow related to the ownership of ... Continue reading this article…

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New Travel Plans: Tips for Taking a Real Vacation

by Luke Landes
Continental Airlines Logo

I try to visit my family on the other side of the country a couple times a year. Most of my family has migrated to the west coast from the east. The migration, at least in my immediate family, began over ten years ago, and more of the clan join the California contingent each year. ... Continue reading this article…

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How to File Your Taxes for Free

by Luke Landes

The federal government can only operate with the help of the millions of individuals who earn income in this country and dutifully pay taxes. You would think that, in order to ensure a smooth revenue stream of considerable size, the IRS would make filing taxes as easy and painless as possible. That’s obviously not the ... Continue reading this article…

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