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September Retrospective

by Luke Landes

Look deeper into Flexo’s history. In September 2004, I wrote about where I had been for the prior few months and returned to regular updates at Consumerism Commentary. I also complained about a new, stealth annual fee being charged by my broker at the time. Last year around this time, I wrote what turned about ... Continue reading this article…

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My Ex Paid For a Semester in College By Doing This…

by Luke Landes

I read on AllFinancialMatters that at least one individual is planning to buy as many of the new Elmo toys as possible and sell them for a mark-up on eBay. While I agree that parents should be able to raise their children so that they’re not having hissy fits and demanding the latest fad toy, ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 2: Admissions

by Luke Landes

Normally, when you want to be accepted into a university to study towards completion of a Master’s degree, schools require potential students to take the GMAT, a standardized test. The University of Phoenix does not have this requirement. The school has a different philosophy for accepting students.

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is up at Canadian Capitalist. There were 53 accepted entries this week. I enjoyed Couples & Money, Ex-Car Salesman Tells All, and Spending Money: Needs vs. Wants.

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Kiplinger’s Article: Must-Read Bloggers

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I welcomed readers of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, as Consumerism Commentary was included in an article entitled “Must-Read Bloggers,” amongst a number of several very worthy blogs. I’ve scanned in the pages and included them at the bottom of this post. For some reason, Kiplinger’s editors in their infinite wisdom decided not ... Continue reading this article…

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THIRD ShareBuilder Bonus Received, the Free Money Rolls In

by Luke Landes

I received $50 yesterday for opening my third account at ShareBuilder. Add that together with the $25 I received from ebates, that’s another free $75. Here are those ShareBuilder promotion codes again, and here’s how to turn a quick $75 just for opening an account. ShareBuilder’s trades are kind of expensive. You can buy for ... Continue reading this article…

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The 400 Richest Americans

by Luke Landes

According to CNN, if you add up the net worth of the 400 wealthiest Americans, you come up with a combined net worth of $1,250,000,000,000. That’s $1.25 trillion. That’s an increase of $120 billion from last year. The article then goes on to describe who is in the list (only billionaires, no lowly millionaires). Warren ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t been paying attention, you may have missed these items from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week: * Nickel from FiveCentNickel has a problem with SimplyBunkBeds. * Mighty Bargain Hunter has some eBay tips. * Free Money Finance wants to know what you would do with $1,000,000. * AllFinancialMatters has 5 things he ... Continue reading this article…

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News Flash: Wall Street Journal Online Free (With Conditions)

by Luke Landes

I just got word from my Wall Street Journal insider that for the next six weeks, the newspaper will be running a special deal for those who wish to view the paper online. Normally, only subscribers can access the Wall Street Journal’s articles through the internet, but starting tomorrow, and on every Friday for the ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 1: The Decision

by Luke Landes

In August, I completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with the University of Phoenix Online. I’m putting together a series about the entire experience. When I started working for my current employer in 2002, I decided to take advantage of the practically free education they were offering, 90 percent reimbursement for any work-related classes ... Continue reading this article…

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