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Weekly Blog Roundup, Warm Weather Edition

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone is getting outside and enjoying the weather this weekend, especially those of us in the New York metropolitan area. If you’ve found yourself locked in a room with only an internet connection to keep you entertained, try some of these fine personal-finance related articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork as well as other blogging ... Continue reading this article…

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Five Couples Living on $46k, Number 2: The Thibaults

by Luke Landes

Here is the second couple featured by CNN Money in their series about five couples living on an income of $46,000 a year. Michael Thibault is an insurance claims adjuster and Lisa Thibault works part-time. Together, they may earn about $60,000 this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. That seems to put them at an income significantly ... Continue reading this article…

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USB Flash Drive With TaxCut Giveaway Winner #5

by Luke Landes

The giveaway is over. Congratulations to shouldbeworking, commenter number 18. He is the fifth and final winner of the free 256MB flash drive with TaxCut from H&R Block. I have some more exciting giveaways in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for more free stuff. Subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed to stay current.

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Schwab Lowers Account Minimums

by Luke Landes

This could be good news for anyone just starting out with investment accounts. Schwab lowered the minimum starting balance to $1,000 from $2,500 (or $2,000 for IRAs)and removed below-the-minimum fees for all their investment accounts as long as at least $100 is deposited into the account on a monthly basis. (Source: BusinessWeek.) I recently opened ... Continue reading this article…

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Five Couples Living on $46k, Number 1: The Ogles

by Luke Landes

CNN is featuring five couples living on about $46,000 a year. How do they do it? The first couple is Matt and Ginger Ogle. Matt is a public school teacher and speech coach bringing home the largest portion of the income, while Ginger adds a couple thousand a year as as part-time assistant speech coach. ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: TIAA-Cref, Disneyland, and ING Checking

by Luke Landes

Here’s a look back at some of the “finer” articles from Aprils gone by. During this time last year, I was in California for a portion of the time. Here are a few from April 16-22, 2006: * Apr. 18: TIAA-CREF Didn’t Fund My SEP IRA (7 comments) * Apr. 19: In-N-Out (14 comments) * ... Continue reading this article…

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USB Flash Drive With TaxCut Giveaway Winner #4

by Luke Landes

It’s time to reveal the fourth winner of the free 256 MB flash drive. Congratulations to commenter number 57! Now there is only one day remaining of this giveaway. If you’re interested in entering for a chance, leave a comment on this post. Thanks to H&R Block for sending these over for our readers. These ... Continue reading this article…

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Redesigned 401(k) Statement Includes List of Fees

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, I received a redesigned quarterly statement for my 401(k) account. It contains the usual sections, including a summary, transaction detail, a pie graph of my asset allocation. It clearly stated my account performance, not including deposits as performance, for the first quarter: 3.41 percent. The statement also includes for the first time ... Continue reading this article…

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USB Flash Drive With TaxCut Giveaway Winner #3

by Luke Landes

Congratulations to Laurie from Debt Free for Life, commenter number 19, the third winner of a 256MB flash drive with TaxCut software, provided to Consumerism Commentary by H&R Block. They arrived a little late in the tax season, but I still appreciate free stuff to give away. If you’ve already done your 2006 taxes, you ... Continue reading this article…

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John Bogle and Jeremy Siegel Debate Index Funds

by Luke Landes

John Bogle founded Vanguard and the index fund movement. Put simply, cost-conscious modern financial advice is to buy index funds, which track the performance of a large selection of stocks usually grouped by market cap, and hold on to them for a long time as they appreciate over time. This theory is based in part ... Continue reading this article…

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