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Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

This coming month is going to be “Giveaway May” at Consumerism Commentary. Every weekday, I will feature a new giveaway for readers. It will be simple to enter, usually just requiring a comment and one other action (such as subscribing to the RSS feed, following me on Twitter, or liking Consumerism Commentary on Facebook). Each ... Continue reading this article…

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Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

****EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS OFFER IS EXPIRED AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE**** Since last summer, credit card offers have been a bit of a mixed bag. While rewards programs and sign-up bonuses have been increasing, the issuers have also been increasing fees and interest rates. If you use a credit card, always make sure to pay ... Continue reading this article…

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The Group Couponing Craze: Good for Merchants, Bad for Consumers

by Luke Landes

Whether it’s extreme couponing or group-couponing, the idea of saving money has the country frantically searching for deals and spreading the word through social networking. I’ve had to hide a number of friends whose total social discourse has been reduced to posts about their favorite deals — and WRITING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS when they’re ... Continue reading this article…

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Life After Salary: 401(k) Rollover

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, I initiated the process to roll over my pension to an IRA at Vanguard. Leaving my job early, but after having worked at the company long enough to be vested in my pension, I chose to receive a lump sum of my accrued pension, about $18,000, rather a lifetime annuity of ... Continue reading this article…

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Why I’ve Hired a Maid Service

by Luke Landes

For almost two months, I’ve been paying a maid service. After the initial cleaning, I waited a few weeks, and then set up a recurring appointment for a cleaning once every two weeks. For years leading up to this arrangement, I’ve balked at hiring a cleaning service. Cleaning is not a particularly difficult task, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Silent Inflation Is Destroying Your Net Worth

by Luke Landes

According to the government’s figures, inflation was a modest 2.7 percent over the twelve months ending in March. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ popular measure of economic changes affecting typical consumers in the United States. It’s a figure we often compare to after-tax savings interest rates, reminding us that our ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 105: Investiphobia

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Paul Puckett, author of Investiphobia. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #105 Financial Literacy Month: S05E01 / 129 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents [00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch [00:34] Interview with Paul Puckett – [00:51] Should I keep up with the Jones’ investment decisions? – [04:02] ... Continue reading this article…

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. There once was a time that pulling out your “gold card” showed you were an important person in the world. If you can remember that far back, you know that credit card issuers reserved gold status for people with high ... Continue reading this article…

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Escape by Discover Card Review

by Luke Landes

I’ve covered many of Discover’s cash back opportunities, but I haven’t written about some of the other credit cards they offer to consumers. Discover also produces a wide variety of student credit cards and points rewards credit cards. Their most prominent travel rewards credit card is the Escape by Discover® Card. This card has a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Budget Deficit and Debt: Is the Government Like a Household?

by Luke Landes

Financial experts tell families to “spend less than they earn” and “don’t pay interest to borrow money.” The government does the opposite, running a budget deficit and paying billions of taxpayer dollars every year in interest payments. There is no question that deficit spending by the federal government is a problem. Or is there? There’s ... Continue reading this article…

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