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Get Free Money: Comparing Cash Back (Rebate) Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. Almost all of my spending is done by credit card. It’s convenient and I receive cash back for every purchase. Since I pay the balance off every month, I never pay any interest charges or late fees. I don’t ... Continue reading this article…

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Today was “Cyber Monday.” Did You Spend?

by Luke Landes

The marketing gods have dubbed the Monday after Thanksgiving “Cyber Monday” due to the increased online sales with typical e-commerce retailers like Amazon.com as people stumble or roll back to their offices. Rather than getting back to business, they’re not in the mood for work and would rather shop online, possibly looking for deals. Rick ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Gifts Better Than Cash, Better Than Things

by Luke Landes

These gifts may be a good choice for younger people who are just starting to get interested in taking care of their financial lives, from Chuck Jaffe and MarketWatch. 1. Shares. Buying a newborn baby shares — or even just one share — of a certain company is a nice way to start off a ... Continue reading this article…

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Money-Saving Tips for Shopping Online

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post by Jacquelyn Lynn, a widely published business writer and experienced online shopper. She is the author of Online Shopper’s Survival Guide and maintains a blog, Online Consumer Advice and Commentary. Shopping online is the easiest way to find the lowest price for whatever it is you want. But there are ... Continue reading this article…

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FreeCreditReport.com is a Scam!

by Luke Landes

Updated: Get Out of FreeCreditReport.com’s “Triple Advantage”. This isn’t the first time, but now the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General is investigating FreeCreditReport.com. You’ll notice I don’t link to the site. This site, run by credit reporting agency Experian is taking advantage of the ruling that anyone can receive a free annual ... Continue reading this article…

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Is a Wal-Mart Sale CNN-Newsworthy?

by Luke Landes

I saw this article on CNN Money today, but I’m confused. Wal-Mart is lowering its prices on electronics items due to lackluster holiday sales so far this season. Is this considered “news?” Perhaps this announcement has some sort of value for people who invest directly in Wal-Mart, but it seems much more like a huge ... Continue reading this article…

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Holiday Season is Approaching and Kids Want Presents

by Luke Landes

If you have children in your life who are not isolated from society, then chances are they’re going to want one of the toys on this list. Even the most astute parents’ intentions to steer their kids towards more educational toys are stymied when the children go to school, watch television, and play with the ... Continue reading this article…

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The IRS Sent Me Email, Or Did They?

by Luke Landes

I just found this in my inbox (for an email address that wouldn’t be used for anything official): Subject: IRS Notification – Please Read This . From: Internal Revenue Service After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $63.80. Please submit ... Continue reading this article…

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GoDaddy Coupon Codes for Domain Registration

by Luke Landes

It was time for me to renew one of my domain names, and I found these coupon codes for GoDaddy. Feel free to use them and share. Coupon code: CHRIS1 for 10 percent off any order (added 9/29/2006) Coupon code: CHRIS2 for $5 off any order $30 or more (added 9/29/2006) Coupon code: CHRIS3 for $6.95 ... Continue reading this article…

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My Ex Paid For a Semester in College By Doing This…

by Luke Landes

I read on AllFinancialMatters that at least one individual is planning to buy as many of the new Elmo toys as possible and sell them for a mark-up on eBay. While I agree that parents should be able to raise their children so that they’re not having hissy fits and demanding the latest fad toy, ... Continue reading this article…

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THIRD ShareBuilder Bonus Received, the Free Money Rolls In

by Luke Landes

I received $50 yesterday for opening my third account at ShareBuilder. Add that together with the $25 I received from ebates, that’s another free $75. Here are those ShareBuilder promotion codes again, and here’s how to turn a quick $75 just for opening an account. ShareBuilder’s trades are kind of expensive. You can buy for ... Continue reading this article…

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Second ShareBuilder Bonus Received: I Love Free Money

by Luke Landes

Today, ShareBuilder gave me the $50 I earned simply by using the promotion code ENTERTAIN50 when I opened my second brokerage account there. However, I’m still waiting for ebates.com to credit me with the $20 for using their site to open my account, but I did receive the $5 for opening the ebates account. In ... Continue reading this article…

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The Story of the $300 Deposit, or: Looking for Apartments, Update 6

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I’ve resigned my current lease and I’m no longer looking for a new apartment. Back in early June, I described the best and most affordable apartment I found. I also described how they advertised the unit as being available July 1. After showing us the apartment, they mentioned it wouldn’t be ... Continue reading this article…

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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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Verizon Wireless Thanking Customers, Offering 100 Free Minutes

by Luke Landes

Verizon Wireless is thanking all of its customers by giving out 100 free Anytime minutes. You can get them by filling out the required information at this apparently legitimate website. The form asks for your name, phone number, zip code, and last four digits of your social security number. But is the offer really legitimate? ... Continue reading this article…

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Verizon’s Fee Update: FCC Now Involved

by Luke Landes

On Tuesday, I mentioned Verizon replaced a government-required fee with a similar fee for DSL service once the government stopped the program being funded. This sounded fishy to me, and apparently the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t like the sound of it either. The FCC is sending letters of inquiry questioning Verizon’s tactics, as well as ... Continue reading this article…

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Celebrities Must Pay Taxes, Too

by Luke Landes

When you finally make it big and you receive an invitation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards (the Oscars), pay attention to the gift bags you receive. The Academy will give your name to the IRS to let them know that you’ll owe taxes on the gift [MSN Money]. Responsibility for ... 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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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 5: Bedding

by Luke Landes

I’ve never received any instruction about how to purchase bed sheets. When I realized I had to buy my own, I went to the store and found the cheapest set I could find. This was probably sufficient. My girlfriend in college got me used to the feel of jersey cotton. That’s not cotton farmed in ... 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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