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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2006 ($54,014, +6.68%)

by Luke Landes

August was a good month, thanks mostly to side business income. Here is where my accounts stand as of the end of August 2006.

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Books on My Night Stand

by Luke Landes

Now that the time I spend reading can be used for endeavors other than school work, there are a few books I’m working on. Here are the books that are sitting next to my bed, waiting for me to finish them. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven Levitt and ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

If you missed these posts from the MoneyBlogNetwork blogs (and beyond) this week, take some time to check them out. Free Money Finance explains why he likes index funds. Five Cent Nickel suggests skipping the theater and getting Netflix instead. I have Netflix, but I haven’t made much use; if I don’t in the next ... Continue reading this article…

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IRS Refunding Long Distance Taxes

by Luke Landes

This is unrelated to Verizon’s fee refunds, but the IRS is refunding taxpayers between $30 and $60 if they paid for long distance between March 2003 and July 2006. This is a separate issue in which the government instituted an excise tax during the Spanish-American War. That was back in the 19th century. In May, ... Continue reading this article…

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No More Promotional Price for Comcast High-Speed Internet

by Luke Landes

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned I had been getting 12 Mbps cable internet for $29.99 a month. Download speeds average between 10 and 12 Mbps. The promotion has elapsed and I’m now being charged $52.95, the normal price for the “ultra-fast” 8 Mbps connection. Lately, I’ve been feeling the pain of my ... Continue reading this article…

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Final Question of the Day

by Luke Landes

The final Question of the Day is being hosted at Get Rich Slowly, so take a minute to answer this question over there: What does money mean to you? The full schedule is contained below.

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Verizon’s Ridiculous Fee, Update #2

by Luke Landes

On Friday, I mentioned that the FCC got involved in investigating an unscrupulous decision by Verizon DSL to continue charging a fee that was no longer required by the government. Reuters reports that

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Getting Spam on Your Ameritrade Email Address?

by Luke Landes

If you’ve been getting penny stock spam on the email address you’ve only used for your Ameritrade brokerage account, here’s why: In April 2005, Ameritrade reported that several tapes with customer information were lost… After the tape incident, Ameritrade notified me of the possible breach and I was given a year of an identity watch ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Review Preview

by Luke Landes

August is shaping up to be a good month for my balance sheet. Somehow, I managed to keep my expenses lower than average. That’s probably due to the fact I didn’t have as much fun this month as I would have liked to have had. I still haven’t purchased the new notebook computer or the ... Continue reading this article…

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Links for Tuesday, August 29

by Luke Landes

* Buying Into Crisis [Fortune]. Think you can find good opportunities after disasters? * Good Reasons to Use the Plastic [BankRate.com]. Credit cards can be a good idea for some. * Commuting Stress May Worsen Health Woes [Star-Ledger]. Long train rides create stress much like driven commutes.

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