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Into The Woodses

by Luke Landes

Once again, here’s another Millionaire in the Making story where most of the money is based on property ownership. One of their properties, a condominium, was foreclosed when their broker found it for them. That’s a great way to save some money in many cases. I like the fact the couple met online. That’s more ... Continue reading this article…

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Post-Election Update

by Luke Landes

Like the rest of the country, I am dealing with the aftermath of the presidential election. The stock market rallied for the day after the elections, but it’s probably more of a response to the fact the election was over quickly, not a response to specifically the guy who won. While we could think about ... Continue reading this article…

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It Never Hurts to Ask

by Luke Landes

Or more accurately, it never hurts to call and threaten cancellation of a service. I called my cable television company today to get rid of HBO, since I never watch it. I only had it because at one point, it was cheaper for me to have it than not to have it*. That promotion ended, ... Continue reading this article…

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More Landlord Disappointment

by Luke Landes

Since July 2003, I have been paying my rent with my credit card. I do this because it allows me to “float” for about 20 days and, more importantly, because I get a one percent discount on all credit card purchases. As of next month, they are discontinuing the allowance of credit card payments. I ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Money Ultimate Kung-Fu Challenge

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi takes the simple question, “How do you define ‘living within your means?’” and turns it into some kind of poorly-dubbed martial arts movie or strange game show (if you judge by the title of the article). Nevertheless, I agree her with her analysis of the above phrase: Ideally, I’d define living within your ... Continue reading this article…

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Short-Term Savings

by Luke Landes

The Motley Fool on the importance of short-term savings. Having an easily accessible cash stash can prove to be one of the most important parts of your saving and investing strategy. Maintaining the liquidity of the equivalent of six-to-twelve months of your expenses means that if you run into an emergency, you don’t have to ... Continue reading this article…

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Fast Forward and Get Rich?

by Luke Landes

Scott Burns from MSN Money preaches the benefits of TiVo. In this article he claims that a TiVo device pays for itself in the value of your time saved after 12.5 hours for the $100 price to buy the device and after an additional 6.5 hours for each monthly fee of $13. His assumption is ... Continue reading this article…

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Give Me More Money, Boss

by Luke Landes

How to ask your boss for more. You may notice many of my links come from CNN/Money. It’s their fault for being good. In any case, this article presents raise-negotiating tips to help persuade your tight, wimpy, intimidating, and/or passive-aggressive boss to give you that money you deserve. Here are some of my own—Flexo’s tips ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – October

by Luke Landes

Below you’ll see the charts for the month. I still have one paycheck left to receive, so that should add to the month’s tally, but since I’ve done the last few months on the 23rd, I didn’t want to break that habit just yet. I guess it would make more sense to do this count ... Continue reading this article…

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Not-So-Good Realization

by Luke Landes

Remember when I was happy to realize I would be receiving three paychecks in December? I miscalculated. However, I will be receiving three paychecks this month, with the third one coming in next Friday. It’s a good thing, too, since I’ve been feeling financially strained lately. It would have been nice to have that “surprise” ... Continue reading this article…

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