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TurboTax Online Review, New Features

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Last year was the first year I abandoned my own tax return preparation, deferring to a professional to do the dirty work. I’m glad I did; he suggested I restructure my business retroactively, resulting in a savings of about $15,000. I still haven’t seen most of this; the IRS is still processing my amended 2008 ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 46: Your Money: The Missing Manual, J.D. Roth

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is J.D. Roth, founder of the website Get Rich Slowly. J.D. has made the transition from blogger to published author. In this episode, Flexo, Tom Dziubek, and J.D. discuss the financial advice in his new book, Your Money: The Missing Manual. We also discuss the process of publishing ... Continue reading this article…

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Best of Consumerism Commentary, February 2010

by Luke Landes

Don’t forget! Consumerism Commentary is in the running to win a few Plutus Awards. The Plutus Awards are designed to celebrate the best personal finance resources such as books, savings accounts, and blogs. Vote here now before the deadline on March 16. The finalists were selected from among those that received the highest number of ... Continue reading this article…

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When It Makes Sense to Chase Savings Interest Rates

by Luke Landes

I’ve been closely tracking changes in high-yield savings account interest rates for a few years. Having a high-yield savings account is an essential part of being in control of your finances, and it’s the perfect vehicle for the bulk of your emergency fund. There is a possibility of having too much of a good thing. ... Continue reading this article…

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Scarlett Johansson’s Home For Sale at $2 Million Loss

by Luke Landes

The market for Hollywood Hills homes of the stars hasn’t been immune to the real estate downturn. Although she purchased the house for $7 million in 2007, the asking price is now $4.59 million. Judging from the photographs on CNN Money, the villa looks like a great place to live. CNN Money often profiles houses ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, February 2010

by Luke Landes

It’s time again for my monthly financial reporting. I’ve been posting a balance sheet online almost every month since July 2003 in order to keep myself accountable for my financial decisions. Seven years ago I was not far into my journal to financial solvency, but I was at least spending less than I was earning ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumer Reports’ Best Cars of 2010

by Luke Landes

When Consumer Reports tests new cars, their staff shop just like consumers. They stop into dealerships and buy cars without giving any indication they intend to test the cars for a major magazine. Rather than receiving specially tuned or improved vehicles, the magazine takes to its test center the same cars ordinary shoppers would buy. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 45: Gary Belsky, Behavioral Economics

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Gary Belsky, author of the book Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics and Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine. Gary and Tom Dziubek discuss behavioral economics and how understanding how we make decisions involving ... Continue reading this article…

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Raise, Bonus, and Weekend Reading

by Luke Landes

Along with tracking my finances on Consumerism Commentary, I also mention when the situation at my day job changes. For example, two years ago I successfully posted for a higher-level vacancy in my department (as expected). Last year I mentioned when I received a lower annual bonus and raise than I would have liked. I’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Essentials for Mac Released Today

by Luke Landes

Today, Intuit officially launched the first new version of Quicken for Mac in years. I do not own an Apple computer, so I have not seen this software for myself. I do know from reading many reviews that the Mac versions of Quicken in the past have lagged in quality behind the equivalent Windows-based software. ... Continue reading this article…

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