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Start Your Morning With The Top From pfblogs.org

by Luke Landes

Here are some of yesterday’s most frequently viewed blog articles from pfblogs.org. * Think Dual Incomes is a Great Thing? Think Again. Some decisions aren’t meant to be purely financial. Actually, my statement is incorrect. Not many decisions are meant to be purely financial. The decision to stay home to care for children while your ... Continue reading this article…

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A “Thank You” to Microsoft?

by Luke Landes

Thanks to a vicious nor’easter, I was flooded in today and found myself working from home for the first time since taking this new position about a year ago. Our remote desktop access technology requires that Internet Explorer be the employee’s default internet browser on their home computer. Obviously, this was not going to fly ... Continue reading this article…

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USB Flash Drive With TaxCut Giveaway Winner #1

by Luke Landes

Congratulations to Gerald, commenter number 5, the first winner of a 256MB flash drive with TaxCut software. There are still four days and four winners left, and with only 41 comments so far your chances to win are pretty good. If you’re interested in the flash drive, either for completing your tax return forms or ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance is now online at AllFinancialMatters. All the articles are good, but here are some of the more personal stories. I prefer these to the “instructional” posts, generic information that can be found elsewhere. * Feeling Slightly Better About Not Saving Enough * Spring Cleaning in My ... Continue reading this article…

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Not All Target Retirement Funds Are Created Equal

by Luke Landes

Over the last few years, “target” retirement funds have become more popular. Vanguard offers a wide selection for those looking to retire between 2005 and 2050 in 5-year increments. Fidelity offers the same options with their “Freedom Funds.” One would think that the Fidelity Freedom 2020 Fund should be similar to the Vanguard Target Retirement ... Continue reading this article…

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When The IRS Sends the Wrong Refund

by Luke Landes

Several years ago, I was expecting a tax refund from the IRS of about $900. When I received the check — this was before direct deposit was available — it was for significantly less money, about $600. They included a note indicating I miscalculated one of the lines on my 1040 and provided the correct ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome Visitors From the Hartford Courant and Others

by Luke Landes

If you’ve found Consumerism Commentary through Gregory Karp’s Morning Call article on savings-related RSS feeds, which has been syndicated on a number of news websites including The Hartford Courant, perhaps you’d be interested in subscribing to our feed. There’s more information on subscribing to Consumerism Commentary here. Best of all, it’s free, and you get ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Miss This Giveaway

by Luke Landes

I have five 256MB flash drives with Tax Cut to give away. They’re great if you still haven’t done your taxes, or you can just delete the software and use them as regular flash drives. I need to pick five winners, so leave a comment here and enter the drawing. Each day this week, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Rupert Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed this past week. The links are below this picture of a certain feline. Consumerism Commentary wouldn’t qualify as a blog without an obligatory cat photograph. I’d like to dedicate this cat photo to the newly unemployed Don Imus. Free Money Finance is looking for suggestions from readers on how ... Continue reading this article…

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New York Times Says It’s Better to Rent Than Buy

by Luke Landes

Yikes. Yesterday I was discussing my living options, and I’m thinking about buying a condominium when my lease is up. I’ve been in this apartment for longer than I had originally planned, and I can probably afford a modest condo. According to a calculator offered by the New York Times, it makes more financial sense ... Continue reading this article…

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