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SteveDH December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. SteveDH is retired, and he and his wife have two grown ... Continue reading this article…

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LastDollar December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
LastDollar Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. LastDollar is thirty-three years old, an entrepreneur and single mom with ... Continue reading this article…

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Take the Time to Meet With an Estate Planner

by Luke Landes
Last Will and Testament

After putting this aspect of my finances off for the duration of my entire adult life, I finally found a recommendation for an attorney who focuses on estate planning, and we had our initial meeting earlier today. A few months ago, I had some concerns that my tax accountant, who had done a good job ... Continue reading this article…

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Kathleen December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Kathleen is thirty-one years old, single, and living in Portland, Oregon. ... Continue reading this article…

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8 Rules for Borrowing Money From Friends and Family

by Luke Landes
Money

I’ve written about lending money to friends and family. I addressed this topic a few years ago because as my personal financial situation improved, I was in a position to help. Not so long before that time in my life, however, I was in the opposite situation. I didn’t have my financial situation stabilized, and ... Continue reading this article…

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JW December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
JW Net Worth December 2012

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. JW is thirty-one years old and a father of one with ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Taxpayers Can’t File Income Taxes Until March

by Luke Landes
Taxes

Thanks to tax code changes like the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the law that put an end to the fiscal cliff bickering and uncertainty around this year’s tax rates, the IRS is behind with their normal process of updating forms and testing computer programming. While the government is usually ready for taxpayers to ... Continue reading this article…

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Calvin December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Calvin Net Worth December 2012

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Calvin is in his early 40s, earning a salary of $120,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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Subcontract the Work You Don’t Want to Do

by Luke Landes
Chinese outsourcing

Until he was caught by a security firm hired to investigate a suspected hacking, an employee of an unnamed company took advantage of an extreme inefficiency in the job market. He was reportedly earning a six-figure salary as a computer programmer — I suppose programmers are called developers in the parlance of our times — ... Continue reading this article…

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A New #Cut4Bieber: Justin Bieber’s Prepaid Debit Card

by Luke Landes
Justin Bieber

There’s apparently a celebrity of some sort called Justin Bieber. I don’t know much about him, but I might have heard a song of his one time. He might have been a baby only a few years ago, but today he’s following in the footsteps of some of my favorite gurus, in a love-to-hate sense, ... Continue reading this article…

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Anonymous S December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anonymous S Net Worth December 2012

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anonymous S is a 24-year-old engineer earning $67,000 a year plus ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 169: Helaine Olen, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

by Luke Landes
Helaine Olen

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is no longer on a regular schedule, but I plan to produce new episodes throughout the year as the opportunities arise. Today’s guest on the podcast is Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. Helaine is a New York-based journalist, contributing to Forbes, ... Continue reading this article…

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Anne and Matt December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. The first readers to share their December 2012 net worth are ... Continue reading this article…

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$1 Trillion Platinum Coin: The Next Episode of Reality TV

by Luke Landes
$1 Platinum Coin

Political theatrics doesn’t stop. I’ve been ignoring the latest issue for as long as possible, but this is so ridiculous I couldn’t go on ignoring it. Now that pundits have stopped talking about the fiscal cliff, the discussion has turned to the debt ceiling, the artificial limit Congress has put on spending that they have ... Continue reading this article…

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Quit Your Job This Year

by Luke Landes
Quit your job

If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job, do it this year. If you haven’t been thinking about quitting, but think you might be valued as an employee somewhere else or have something more to offer the world, start thinking about saying goodbye to your boss. Every time as an adult I left one job ... Continue reading this article…

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You Can’t Control Everything About Your Money

by Luke Landes
Hurricane

Choices play the biggest factor in success in life, financial success or otherwise. It took me a long time to come to that conclusion, but once I started accepting the facts that I could choose how I spend my time, I could choose how hard I work, and I could choose how to react to ... Continue reading this article…

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Fiscal Cliff Bill Passes: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8)

by Luke Landes
Senate

Late last night, the United States House of Representatives passed is designed to avoid the fiscal cliff, the bill already approved by the Senate that avoids the fiscal cliff, the automatic tax rate reversion and spending cuts agreed to last year by Congress. With recurring drama every few months, the government seems to be taking ... Continue reading this article…

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