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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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Microsoft’s Strategy: Screw The Customer

by Luke Landes

I saw this quickie in Reuters today: Microsoft Corp. said Friday it will complete work on the new version of its Microsoft Office software package this October, and make it available to business customers at that time. But the company said the 2007 Microsoft Office system will not be available to retail and computer-builder customers ... Continue reading this article…

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Comments: Rebate Scams

by Luke Landes

I received this email from Adam last night, in reference to my article about rebate “scams.” I’ve reprinted the email with permission: I really enjoyed your Rebate Scams article. Five to six years ago, I used to buy items with rebates all the time. I never had a problem. It seems like it’s a recent ... Continue reading this article…

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Mattress and Box Spring Purchase: Follow-Up

by Luke Landes

Last year, I purchased a mattress and box spring and soon after I wrote about the entire process. Today, Slate published a commentary about cutting through the marketing gimmicks and making a smart mattress purchase. After reading the article, I still feel confident I made the right decision. After four months with the new mattress, ... Continue reading this article…

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Bank Robbers Steal Worthless £50m

by Luke Landes

You’ve probably heard about the Great Tornbridge Robbery, in which £50 million (about US$85 million) was heisted from a bank in the United Kingdom last Tuesday. That’s a large sum of cash to have around; in fact, it’s so large, it might as well be Monopoly money. While the story has sparked discussions of what ... 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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Holiday Spending, February Edition, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Now that we’ve looked at increasing Valentine’s Day expenses, we can determine if it’s all worth it. Allen Wastler tackles the marriage rate of return in his latest opinion column. Marriage is the end result of the courting that involves singles gushing and spending for Valentine’s Day. If marriage pays off financially, then the average ... Continue reading this article…

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Holiday Spending, February Edition

by Luke Landes

Men, get ready to open your wallet (if you haven’t already) for Valentine’s Day. The National Retail Federation conducted a survey about the Hallmark™ Holiday and found good news for their industry. 60.9 percent of consumerism will celebrate Valentine’s Day, with the average man spending $135.67, about double of the average woman. The big gift ... Continue reading this article…

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First Look: Ev’reward

by Luke Landes

If you like shopping and love saving while you shop, you might find useful ev’reward. I tried it out quickly — no results for Express Men (that store’s too expensive anyway), 4 percent rebate for JC Penney, 2.7 percent for Circuit City and “0 stores matching Amazon.” A search for Holiday Inn resulted in a 5 percent cash ... Continue reading this article…

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Snowy Weekend Ahead

by Luke Landes

There is a major snowstorm headed its way to my area this weekend. I have enough food in my apartment to last me through the weekend, but I need to pick up some groceries for the week before the storm hits. That means I might have to go out tonight. Usually I’m so exhausted at ... Continue reading this article…

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The Super Bowl Commercials

by Luke Landes

If you’re coming to this website looking for the commercials aired during the Super Bowl, I’m not quite sure how you ended up here, but here are all the commercials. I haven’t seen anything particularly special, except an exciting GoDaddy sale for domains at $1.99 and 10 percent off with the code SB2006. GoDaddy also has ... Continue reading this article…

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McDonald’s Corporate Responsibility

by Luke Landes

McDonald’s has begun publishing a “Corporate Responsibility” blog. This should be interesting to follow, but something about it seems disingenuine.

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To Speak To An Operator, Press §

by Luke Landes

This is old news to many including me, but I heard a segment on the television news tonight about this helpful tool. It is worth spreading the information for those who haven’t heard about it. I can’t say that I’ve been flustered while navigating interactive voice response (IVR) systems. I do get frustrated when I ... 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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Postage Rates and Online Stamps

by Luke Landes

Nickel over at Five Cent Nickel reminded me that postage rates are going up on January 8. One of the most convenient things I’ve discovered last month is the ability to print postage yourself, using your internet connection and printer. I’ve known this service has existed for a while, but I had been under the ... Continue reading this article…

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Less Materialistic Holiday Season?

by Luke Landes

The Center for a New American Dream conducted a poll about materialism surrounding the holidays and found some interesting results: … [M]ore than 3 in 4 Americans (76 percent) say that kids are too materialistic, and the holiday season just makes things worse. Only 28 percent of those polled say that it is necessary to spend a ... Continue reading this article…

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True Meaning

by Luke Landes

Around this time of year, we like to recognize that the holiday season is not about exchanging gifts, spending money, and supporting the economy, but more about family, peace and possibly reigion or heritage — the centuries-old “traditional” Christmas-related values. This History Channel has a nice feature online about the Real Story of Christmas, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Pope is Anti-Consumerist

by Luke Landes

The well spoken-of Pope Benedict is warning Christians about “rampant materialism” which he believes is diluting the Spirit of Christmas. The trouble with this statement is that it belies the initial spreading of the Christianity meme. Marketing has been a big part of Christianity since the early days of the religion, whether it involved spreading ... 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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