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Is Robert Kiyosaki a Liar?

by Luke Landes

Wonderful. After reading Ben Stein’s column, which I mentioned earlier today, I came across Robert Kiyosaki’s latest on Yahoo Finance, Lying is Easy, Wealth Takes Work. Let’s just start right at the top: Being politically correct means saying what’s polite rather than what’s accurate. I like to be accurate. Actually, being politically correct is saying ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Theater Equipment: What’s In My Basement

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post written by Darren R. Sussman, founder and chief engineer of Reid Sound, Inc., a company specializing in audio/visual services for all types of events including theater, concerts, meetings, tradeshows, and more. This is the second of two parts. The first part is A Shopping Guide for the Enthusiast. In this ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Theater Equipment: A Shopping Guide for the Enthusiast

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post written by Darren R. Sussman, founder and chief engineer of Reid Sound, Inc., a company specializing in audio/visual services for all types of events including theater, concerts, meetings, tradeshows, and more. This is the first of two parts. I am involved in audio-visual professionally, but what I do is more ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 2: Home Video

by Luke Landes

Here’s more from Money Magazine’s feature about finding deals, starting with technology. I shared their cell phone shopping tips although I’m not shopping for phones at the moment. However, I’ve been thinking about a new entertainment center for a while. I know I won’t be buying anything until I’m out of this apartment, but I ... Continue reading this article…

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Opened a Second Account With ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

Last week, I decided to take advantage of the ability to acquire $75 for opening an account with ShareBuilder. My first trade will be executed today. Rather than purchasing an exchange-traded fund (ETF) like last time, I decided to go with a well-established stock. My order was placed for $70 worth of Microsoft (MSFT). While ... Continue reading this article…

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Old Promotion, New Trick: Free $75 With ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

June 24 update: The promotional code listed below is no longer available. You can now earn a $25 bonus using the promotional code 25WO10 rather than the $50 bonus previously mentioned here. It’s actually $71 after expenses, as you’ll see below. ShareBuilder is still running the $50 promotion, but now there’s a way to get ... Continue reading this article…

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IKEA is a Shopping Experience, But What About The Furniture?

by Luke Landes

For years, I’ve found IKEA to be a great place for getting nice, basic furniture. Sure, it’s not the classiest place, but if you’re not looking to impress anyone with your impeccable taste (think college students, newly married couples, etc.) then that doesn’t really matter. Over the past few days, my girlfriend and I have ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Paid for Changing Your Flights

by Luke Landes

I’ve heard stories about people receiving various perks from airlines in return for giving up their seats on overcrowded flights. I never attempted this myself, but now I know there is a method to perk offerings, I may try to work the system if I find myself on a tight flight. Here are the tricks ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips For Picking Out a Suit

by Luke Landes

Fortune Magazine presents tips for picking out a suit. It’s not exactly advice for those of us on a budget, but I’ve heard that everyone should have at least one great suit. I’ve also heard that one should dress for how your see yourself in the future, not how you see yourself now. Personally, I’m ... Continue reading this article…

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Comcast Neglected To Mention

by Luke Landes

I decided to take advantage of Comcast’s offer for a free upgrade from 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps internet service more than a week ago. (Wow, what a long way we’ve come since I was running a dial-in bulletin board system on an 8088 IBM clone at 1200 bps.) When I called originally, they said ... Continue reading this article…

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Stupid Investment of the Week: Teach Me To Trade

by Luke Landes

The snow keeps piling up on the ground, and I’m going to have to face the music and dig my car out at some point. In the mean time, Chuck Jaffe presents his stupid investment of the week: The Teach Me To Trade seminar. I like when Chuck takes on these seminars in the “Stupid ... Continue reading this article…

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Rebate Scams

by Luke Landes

One piece of advice by those who love frugal shopping is to take advantage of rebates whenever possible. Many people followed this advice in the recently passed holiday shopping season. Most of those purchasers will not receive their rebates. According to Senator Chuck Schumer, the most diligent customer who follows the complicated instructions exactly has ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Strategies

by Luke Landes

Just like for the older Xbox, the new Xbox 360 costs more to manufacture than Microsoft charges for the system. The retail price is $399 (which will eventually be cut down, which is the pattern for video game consoles) but the cost for all of the components is $552.27. Microsoft must believe that people who ... Continue reading this article…

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The World Is Bitchier

by Luke Landes

This article from Wired Magazine takes a look at how technology has changed consumerism over the last sesquicentury. It’s a little bit tounge-in-cheek, but it resonates with me and my feelings towards working and living. Just because technology makes it possible for us to work 10 times faster than we used to doesn’t mean we ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Purchase a Bed (Mattress and Box Spring)

by Luke Landes

You may have read that I purchased a bed this past weekend. This was my first purchase of major furniture, but it was a long time coming. I had suffered from morning back and neck pain for too long, and I believe the problem had much to do with the sleeping surfaces I’ve had over ... Continue reading this article…

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GM’s Employee Discount

by Luke Landes

You’ve heard of this deal on the television and on blogs. General Motors [GM] is advertising an “Employee Discount for Everyone” sale, in which they are offering their vehicles for the same price an employee would pay, “not a cent more.” Is it really a good deal? If you participate, most likely you will be ... Continue reading this article…

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Thursday Reading

by Luke Landes

So far, I’ve received one submission for Carnival of Personal Finance. Remember to send your submissions in before Sunday night. Here are the articles I’m reading today: Kids get more expensive for their parents as they get older, and this article enumerates the costs of a teen-ager. Sports or music, food, orthodontia, and a plethora ... Continue reading this article…

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Residual Value

by Luke Landes

I like to see this as vindication for my purchase… Honda has been named by the Automotive Lease Guide as being the best brand for residual value for the second year in a row. That means its cars hold its value over time. However, if the results are divided into categories, the Nissan Altima displaced ... Continue reading this article…

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Random Acts

by Luke Landes

Do you perform random acts of money kindness? Have you ever been the recipient of something unexpected? Besides always tipping generously at restaurants, I try to help people out when they’re in dire need. I’m going to try to keep that article in mind and do more when I can.

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Stealth Inflation

by Luke Landes

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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