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2014

Self-Proclaimed Experts and Other Potential Bad Choices

by Luke Landes
Expert [via Flickr]

Who do you know that calls himself or herself an expert in order to gain customers? Should you avoid people who market themselves aggressively in this fashion?

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Naked With Cash: Betsey S, May 2014

by Luke Landes
Betsey - Naked With Cash 2014

Betsey S presents her latest financial reports and analysis for Naked With Cash.

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What I Learned on Father’s Day

by Luke Landes
Father's Day

I met my dad for dinner on Father’s Day earlier this month, and we had a deep and somewhat difficult discussion.

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Naked With Cash: Laura and Leon, May 2014

by Luke Landes
Laura and Leon - Naked With Cash

Laura and Leon offer their latest financial update for Naked With Cash, a series on Consumerism Commentary where readers track their finances.

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Naked With Cash: Brian, May 2014

by Luke Landes
Brian - Naked With Cash

Brian offers his family’s latest financial update for the Naked With Cash series on Consumerism Commentary.

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Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, May 2014

by Luke Landes
Jake and Allie - Naked With Cash

Jake and Allie present their latest financial reports for the series Naked With Cash.

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5 Tips for Paying for Health Care During Early Retirement

by Luke Landes
Nurse and Patient via Flickr

The issue of healthcare is one that keeps people in jobs far longer than they’d like. I’ve seen up close how someone with chronic health issues must deal with these choices, and in certain situations, the choices can be difficult. Medicare coverage doesn’t begin until age 65, so where does that leave someone who stops ... Continue reading this article…

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How United’s Frequent Flier Program Change Affects Travelers

by Luke Landes
United Airlines

United Airlines is making significant changes to its MileagePlus frequent flier program. Here’s how your points will change.

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Can “The Rich” Teach Us Anything About Money Philosophy?

by Luke Landes
Model T Ford

I can think of two fairly recent instances in publishing that elucidate just how “the rich” or “the one percent” are different from everyone else, and we should all do ourselves a favor by studying their approach to money so we, too, can be monetarily wealthy. Steve Siebold wrote a book, How Rich People Think, ... Continue reading this article…

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Growing My Dough: The Latest Look at My Portfolio

by Luke Landes
Grow Your Dough May

CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level.CNN is sounding the alarm bells. The “Fear and Greed Index,” which is a strange measure of market sentiment, has passed the threshold into the “extreme greed” level. ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Betsey S, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Betsey - Naked With Cash April 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Laura and Leon, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Laura and Leon - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Let Contractors Rip You Off

by Mitch Lipka

It’s the height of home repair season, a time when established contractors are often in demand and unavailable. That’s a big opportunity for the fly-by-night operators to step in. Hiring a contractor to do work on your home, whether it’s a relatively small job or a major renovation, is a big deal. For most consumers, ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Brian, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Brian - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Jake and Allie - Naked With Cash - April 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Get the Most Value From Frequent Flyer Miles

by Mitch Lipka

Whether you’re the most frequent of frequent flyers or someone who is more likely to have miles expire, understanding the real value of what you’ve earned is the key to making the right choices as a consumer. With miles programs constantly being changed and consumers’ loyalties challenged, those with frequent flyer miles have to decide ... Continue reading this article…

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Should You Become an Angel Investor?

by Luke Landes
Angel Investing

Two years ago I wrote about how I was “winding down”, whatever that means, after selling Consumerism Commentary, in the sense that I was looking to involve myself in new projects. I was considering, among other things, investing a portion of my assets in start-up companies. In fact, I signed up for a service called ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Win the War Between Consumers and Creators

by Luke Landes
Consumer

As the title implies, there is a war between consumers and creators, and the battles in this war are played out with money. It’s a war I’ve been seeing from both sides of the trenches. I am a consumer, but more than that, I’ve been writing and thinking about consumer behavior from an empowerment perspective ... Continue reading this article…

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Four Fundamental States of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes
Plasma

Students of chemistry are likely aware of the four fundamental states of matter. The most advanced chemistry course I’ve taken was in high school, although I must have learned about this basic concept earlier than that. Solids have a definitive shape and volume; liquids assume the shape of its container and flow easily; gases also ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, March 2014

by Luke Landes
Jake and Allie - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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