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Tips for the New Year

by Luke Landes

Keep more in 2004: 8 resolutions – Dec. 24, 2003 CNN presents five tips as we head into the new year. And here they are, summarized for your quick acceptance or rejection: Pay yourself first by saving for your retirement directly from your paycheck. If you’ve procrastinated this year, get over it. Quit smoking. Get ... Continue reading this article…

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Thinking Ahead

by Luke Landes

Cost of home ownership – Dec. 23, 2003 What many people don’t think about when espousing the value of owning vs. renting living space is the cost of regular maintenance. The article presents a nice chart stating you should be saving $21/mo to replace a roof in 10 years, $83/mo to replace windows in 15 ... Continue reading this article…

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As Retail Stores Grow, The Economy Doesn’t

by Luke Landes

America gets overstored. – Dec. 19, 2003 I usually don’t like this author’s articles, but this one is interesting. His point is that retail stores grow, but only at the expense of the demise of others. The thing about retail , however, is that within the confines of overall consumer spending growth, it’s really a ... Continue reading this article…

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Stealth Inflation

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MSN Money – How ‘stealth inflation’ sneaks up on your wallet Guess we’re in a period of no inflation? Guess again. Consumer prices are rising, but it doesn’t come through in statistics. Items cost more because of increased fees, necessary or not. So while base prices are only rising a little, while wages stay the ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – December

by Luke Landes

December is always the worst month for saving. In the last thirty days, I’ve gone on vacation and bought presents. Don’t worry, the card will of course be paid off before any interest is charged. So, on with it already.   December 17 November 17 October 12 Cash Accounts: $ 14,621 $ 14,242 $ 10,920 ... Continue reading this article…

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Without The Home Video

by Luke Landes

Admit It: You, Too, Are Paris Hilton If average Americans of even 30 to 40 years ago could see us today, they’d think we were all spoiled just as rotten as any young Trump, Newhouse, or Bloomberg. There’s a good point here. The expectations for living of the general population just keep getting higher. Is ... Continue reading this article…

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Do You Want to Earn More Money?

by Luke Landes

Sure, we all do. Here are some surprising jobs (that is, besides the typical doctor and lawyer type professions) that can earn you 6-figures if you’re good and experienced at what you do.

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Financial Update – November

by Luke Landes

Some interesting developments in the last month. First of all, now I’m including my new student loan, since I’ve started getting reimbursed for my MBA. However, I haven’t applied any of the reimbursement to the loans yet. I was holding on to the cash because of the possibility of buying a car. I’ve decided to ... Continue reading this article…

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Buy and Hold Cold Cuts

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MSN Money – Why buy and hold is baloney Well, I’ve been operating under a “buy and hold” strategy for my investments over the last year. It seems the easiest to do without a major time commitment, with a stable return which has historically proven to be good. Yes, I know that “past performance does ... Continue reading this article…

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Live Cheap, Look Rich

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MSN Money – 9 ways to look rich but live cheap This article offers some tips on how to live a rich lifestyle while not having to spend much money. I’ll revisit this later.

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