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The Cost of Raising a Child With Autism

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I shared a statistic showing that it costs almost $200,000 to raise a child, from birth to age eighteen. If that weren’t enough of a financial burden, consider that one out of 88 children are now diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source, pdf). Regardless ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Handle a Credit Card Data Breach

by Luke Landes

Last week, Global Payments confirmed a massive security breach involving credit and debit card numbers and information. Global Payments operates a gateway; when you use your credit or debit card to purchase an item — and this could be online or in a brick-and-mortar store — your card information is sent through Global Payments or ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 154: The Psychology of Wealth

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Dr. Charles Richards, author of The Psychology of Wealth. They discuss many aspects of the brain’s conscious and unconscious affects on spending and saving. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The Psychology of Wealth: S06E24 / 154 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents [00:00] Introduction ... Continue reading this article…

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The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards, July 2014

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It’s time to plan your holiday travel. That may mean cashing in the travel rewards you’ve accumulated on credit cards — or it may mean starting to use a travel rewards credit card. Chances are you spend money on some necessities, and when you do, tailoring the rewards you receive to your travel needs could ... Continue reading this article…

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Millennials Want to Be Rich More Than Anything

by Luke Landes
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Since 1966, the Higher Education Research Institute has been conducting a study of first-year college students to determine personal goals and values. This collection of data has offered research a chance to see how priorities change over the years, and there are striking generational differences in the results. Recent research at San Diego State University ... Continue reading this article…

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Starting a Roth IRA is a Critical Step for Financial Freedom

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I’m excited to be participating in today’s Roth IRA movement. There’s more information about this movement towards the bottom of this article. I wish someone told me about Roth IRAs when I got my first real job. I was a teenager, working in a local Radio Shack store, even though I didn’t even know what ... Continue reading this article…

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When Your Friends Become Social Sellers and Multi-Level Marketers

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I can’t completely fault companies like Amway, Mary Kay, and Lia Sophia. They know that friendship results in two important qualities: trust and guilt. These two qualities are important to companies because they make the process of selling products much easier. I find it relatively easy to politely decline — and hang up on if ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 153: Life Happens

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Mitch Weiss, author of Life Happens: A Practical Guide to Personal Finance from College to Career (available from Amazon.com on the Kindle). They discuss many of the topics young people need to know in order to avoid the pitfalls of personal finance. Consumerism Commentary ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Resolving a Dispute With a Brokerage

by Luke Landes

From time to time, Consumerism Commentary readers contact me with questions. I am not an investment professional or a financial planner, and I don’t offer advice related to investing other than my general thoughts on the topic. The questions I receive range from basic investing details like government-regulated limits for investment account types to how ... Continue reading this article…

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Prenuptial Agreements for Cohabitants

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I’ve discussed whether couples should sign a prenuptial agreement before marraige recently. A good prenup can protect both individuals in the couple if a marriage were to result in irreconcilable differences. Signing a legal document of this type could be helpful if the couple owns substantial assets or if there is a wide disparity in ... Continue reading this article…

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