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Buy Holiday Items Now and Save Lots

by Luke Landes

Now is most likely the best time for finding great deals on holiday items like Christmas tree ornaments and decorations. While I’m inclined to say that holiday tchotchkes are generally overpriced to begin with, I’ve spotted discounts up to 75 percent off of the regular price over the past few days. Most people, particularly those who ... Continue reading this article…

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Eco-Friendly Ball for New Year’s Eve

by Luke Landes

Last night, my girlfriend and I, along with millions of other people, watched the “ball drop,” the traditional count down to the new year. I happened to catch Ryan Seacrest mention that the “ball” is all new this year, and those who manufactured the shining orb took a more eco-friendly approach. So I looked up ... Continue reading this article…

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Flexo’s Financial Goals and Resolutions for 2008

by Luke Landes

I noted recently that most people fail at financial new year’s resolutions. That may because of the tradition that the typical “resolution” is a light-hearted attempt at improving one’s self, many times uttered in a drunken state, without much of a plan for attainment. If you want to succeed, set a real, solid goal, devise ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Happy new year! The last Carnival of Personal Finance has been published at We’re in Debt. The King of Debt was gracious enough to include my article about charitable gift funds in the Carnival as well as a number of other great articles. In addition to the Editor’s Picks, take a look at How to ... Continue reading this article…

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Full 2007 Goal Review: How Well Did I Meet My Goals?

by Luke Landes

On December 30, 2006 I officially announced my financial goals for 2007. Before I set new goals for 2008, I should take a look at my progress this year. Below, I’ll cite the goals I set a year ago and evaluate my progress. Income: Generate $40,000 in revenue outside of my day job. I think ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Roundup: Rock Band

by Luke Landes

I played Rock Band last night at a friend’s house for the first time, and everyone is still talking about my vocal rendition of Roxanne by The Police. I’m not sure whether that is a good thing or not. For those who have no interest in video games and who may not know, Rock Band ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (December 2007)

by Luke Landes

Each month, I take a look at the source of visitors to Consumerism Commentary. While an increasing number of readers use RSS (subscription options) to stay up-to-date and I can’t always see where everyone is coming from, I can thank other blogs or websites that have sent visitors our way. Not including search engines, RSS ... Continue reading this article…

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Index Fund Investors Earn More From Investments

by Luke Landes

Trying to beat the market through trading based on impressions of short-term trends has the opposite effect. There’s a new study assembled by researchers from three university that shows that those who invest in index funds have better investment returns than those who invest in managed funds. In fact, those who invest in no-load index ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: $500 in Coins

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I overheard a co-worker talk about her coin jar. She and her husband throw all their change at the end of the day into a job. Once a year, before taking a vacation, they open the coin jar and find about $500. The small change certainly adds up. My girlfriend and I throw our ... Continue reading this article…

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Small-Time Philanthropy: The Charitable Gift Fund

by Luke Landes

Last week, I mentioned I met my goal for charitable giving for 2007. The modest goal, which I set for myself at the end of last year, was to provide $1,000 in support of an organization meaningful to me. This year, I decided to separate myself further from the organization I normally support, which also ... Continue reading this article…

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