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Bonus Update

by Luke Landes

On a personal note, I received my bonus last week and it was a bit lower than I expected. I’m in a non-management position, so I get paid for overtime but I generaly expect a non-impressive bonus compared to most. I have to consider that I wasn’t at the company for a while last year ... Continue reading this article…

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Sweet Credit Card Deals

by Luke Landes

This article from MSN Money is warning the readers of those sweet-sounding credit card offers, such as 0 percent interest for the life of a transferred balance. Their tips: Clarify the deal. You may have to make a purchase every month, and if you do, your payments go towards the transferred balance first. Be suspicious of ... Continue reading this article…

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Social Security Calculator

by Luke Landes

Chuck Schumer, the senator from New York, put up a fancy Social Security benefits calculator on his website. This calculator shows how much today’s workers will likely receive for their annual benefits if Bush’s proposed plan is pushed through. Here’s a hint: your combined benefit of both the government and private portion will be lower ... Continue reading this article…

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Annual Review

by Luke Landes

It’s annual review and bonus time at my company. I have my performance review meeting with my boss in about in hour, and luckilly this article caught my attention beforehand. Now I’m in a good mood, which is more than what could be said after finding out my bonus number this morning. Perhaps I’ll have ... Continue reading this article…

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Affluent Shop at Discount Stores

by Luke Landes

According to a new survey commissioned by Visa, high income earners, those with a household income of more than $125,000, are more likely to clip coupons and shop at discount stores than the general population. Also, ninety percent of those households think of themselves as middle-class or upper-middle-class rather than affluent. If being in the ... Continue reading this article…

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Spending Wisely

by Luke Landes

CNN profiled Holly Ordway, creator of SpendingWisely.com. Basically, she saves as much money as possible without a strict budget. She and her husband manage to live on only $30,000 of their six-figure household income. It’s easy for people with a high income to tell others how simple it is to save money and spend wisely. ... Continue reading this article…

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Housing Market Update

by Luke Landes

According to the National Association of Realtors, Florida had some nice gains in real estate values between the fourth quarter of 2003 and the fourth quarter of 2004, but Las Vegas, Nevada is on top. Here’s the full chart.

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Lose Your Job Over Blogging

by Luke Landes

There’s been a story in the news lately about an individual who worked for Google and was fired for having a blog. I think what a lot of people seem to misunderstand is that it’s not the fact that he had a blog that got him fired, it was the fact that conducted himself inappropriately ... Continue reading this article…

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It Helps to Call

by Luke Landes

I noticed today that the bank where I hold my checking and one savings account, Wachovia, charged me a service fee of $15. Regular readers may remember that the discount brokerage department of the same corporation charged me a yearly fee last November, but this time the situation was different. According to their rules, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Paper Currency Photographs

by Luke Landes

Have a lot of time on your hands? Spend it perusing through the image gallery of paper currency. Many different countries are represented by photographs or scans of various bank notes. I don’t suggest printing any of the images on glossy paper to take with you for use when traveling to the represented location.

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