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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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There Are Things I Will Not Write About

by Luke Landes

It’s no secret that I share a lot of personal information on Consumerism Commentary, including very detailed balance sheets and income/expense reports. Most of that publishing bravery is based on the fact very few of my readers know my real name. My biggest concern with this anonymity is the ability for people to research my ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Your Finances On Track In 2008

by Luke Landes

In the next few days, I plan on reviewing my 2007 progress against my goals. However, I need to start thinking about 2008 before I have a chance to compile all the data. One of my biggest plans is to save a higher portion of my income. 2007 was a spend-heavy year for me, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Christmas Day Roundup

by Luke Landes

To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! Here are some articles I’ve found recently that you might enjoy. AllFinancialMatters suggests the top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Wallet. Since most people fail at financial New Year’s Resolutions, many within the first month, I suggest taking a different approach if financial changes are ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is now online, hosted at the wonderful silicon valley blog about money, personal pinance, geeks and cyberspace, The Digerati Life, interspersed with beautiful holiday art and artifacts. My preview of the new Quicken Online was included in the Editor’s Picks, as well as other fine articles from the blogosphere. ... Continue reading this article…

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People Fail at Financial New Year’s Resolutions

by Luke Landes

As the end of the year draws near, it’s a widespread custom for individuals to make internal promises, and call these promises “New Year’s resolutions.” The end of the year is a good time to look back on the past twelve months and determine what aspects of life did not live up to expectations and ... Continue reading this article…

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