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Use Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Funds Before It’s Too Late

by Luke Landes

In two short weeks, 2007 will come to a close. If you have money in your Flexible Spending Account when the new year comes around, and your company doesn’t offer a grace period, you will lose those funds. A Flexible Spending Account is a savings plan offered by many employers that lets you put aside ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: Teaching Excel Edition

by Luke Landes

I spent most of yesterday designing a several hour overview for people fairly new to Microsoft Excel, which I will be presenting today. I haven’t decided whether this is something I’m looking forward to. Here are a few articles I noticed recently. No Credit Needed explained why he created his blog. He was in debt ... Continue reading this article…

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PriceProtectr Just Saved My Girlfriend $100

by Luke Landes

Unfortunately, I forgot to mention PriceProtectr during my recent Wall Street Journal interview, but I can’t praise this free service enough. This website keeps a private database of your purchases, in store or online, and monitors the price of the items. Many stores offer a price match policy, in which the customer would be entitled ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Still Shopping Edition

by Luke Landes

It seems like the holiday shopping this year never ends. Today, I picked up a few gifts for the three-day “Secret Santa” exchange event organized with my coworkers, as well as some more gifts for my lunchtime crew. Of course, I couldn’t end the day without a few more surprises for my girlfriend. If anything, ... Continue reading this article…

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Wall Street Journal Podcast: Finding Deals Online

by Luke Landes

Last Friday, the first portion of my latest interview with the Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing E-Report was published for podcast listeners. Today, the second half of my rambling was broadcast, this time about finding deals online. Here are the time stamps relevant to the interview. 07:10 E-Report introduction 07:25 Best place to find ... Continue reading this article…

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Overspending for the Kids

by Luke Landes

I have to applaud Kerri and Mike Miller for one reason. They were willing to share their financial problems with the readers of Money Magazine and CNN Money, despite the level of embarassment that kind of publicity might create. While the article spotlighting the couple did not say explicitly whether the Millers are spending more ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Rich Slowly to Host Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

Monday’s Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by Get Rich Slowly. If you’re a blogger who has written about personal finance in the last week or so, submit your best article to the Carnival before Sunday evening.

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The Candidates’ Income Tax Plans: Republicans

by Luke Landes

I started taking a look at the proposals for revision of the income tax code being tossed around by the latest presidential candidates yesterday. The Democrats are in favor of continuing the Bush administration’s tax cuts, but only for certain individuals. They also support a number of tax cuts that I’ll write about in the ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated List of Savings and Checking Account Rates

by Luke Landes

After yesterday’s drop in the target interest rate by the Federal Reserve Board, many banks reacted by dropping the interest rates offered on savings and money market accounts. I’ve updated the list of online savings and checking account interest rates with the changes.

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The Candidates’ Income Tax Plans: Democrats

by Luke Landes

Now that we’ve looked inside the financial reports of the major candidates for President of the United States, let’s take a look at the Democrats’ plans for reworking the income tax system if elected. They are as one would predict, very similar. Hillary Clinton wants to eliminate the “Bush tax cuts” for those earning more ... Continue reading this article…

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