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Consumerism Commentary Now Uses SezWho

by Luke Landes

I installed a new feature on Consumerism Commentary last night. You can now rate comments posted by other visitors by answering the question below each comment: “Was this comment useful to you?” As more votes are recorded for your comments, you build a profile, which can be viewed here or on any other blog that ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Humble Beginnings, Triumphant Return, and Large Talons

by Luke Landes

Here are some posts from years past at Consumerism Commentary. There wasn’t much from last year. From July 16-22, 2006: * The Top 25 Money Tips of All Time, Part 5 * The Real Estate Value of Backyard Improvements From July 16-22, 2005: * Spend Less in Retirement? * Accounting is Sexy Now * Concerts ... Continue reading this article…

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Upcoming Downtime on Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary and a bunch of other sites I host like pfblogs.org, Carnival of Personal Finance, and Meta Best Blog Win will be down on Friday night (early Saturday morning) from 2:00 am for about 5 hours. The server is being moved to a larger facility in Los Angeles. Please bear with us. This move ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Blue Lion Edition

by Luke Landes

There’s something exciting when the five lions combine to form Voltron, despite the fact it happened every episode. Also, Princess Allura was hot. Here are some articles I’ve written in past years at Consumerism Commentary. From July 8-15, 2006: * July 9: Excel Template for Income and Expense Report * July 10: Excel Template for ... Continue reading this article…

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Share Your Story Ideas

by Luke Landes

In last month’s reader survey, I received some comments about topics or stories you’d like to see covered at Consumerism Commentary. If you have any tips or ideas, please shoot them over to me at the tips email address (tips at this domain name) or leave a comment here. If you’ve got your own story ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: Your Comments and My Responses

by Luke Landes

I’m very happy for the feedback I received as a result of a reader survey. I’ve shared the hard data, most recently with your favorite types of articles to read. The survey also included a section for respondents to write any comments they may have, protected by anonymity. Here are some of those comments. Warning: ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: What You Like (And Don’t Like) About Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

About a month ago, I asked readers to answer a short survey so I could learn about this blog’s readers. It was a fun experiment, but looking back, I could have designed the survey a little better. Regardless, the survey was successful. So far, I’ve shared who you are and your reading habits. Now I ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Fireworks Edition

by Luke Landes

The fireworks display I planned to attend last night were rained out, so my girlfriend and I ended up watching the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular from the comfort of my couch. Something was missing from the experience. Later, the neighbors sent up a few of their own fireworks. If you’re a new reader, you may have ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Are you one of the thousands who subscribe to Consumerism Commentary? If not, you should be. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. Last month, I started using Google Reader. If you use that application too, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: Your Reading Habits

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I shared some data culled by the recent reader survey for Consumerism Commentary visitors. Here’s a little more information, this time about reading habits. First of all, 49.3 percent readers visit the website directly, while 45.0 percent prefer using their RSS reader. (I provide a full RSS feed for readers’ benefit.) Here are some charts revealing ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: Who You May Be

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I asked Consumerism Commentary readers to complete a short survey so I could learn a little bit more about who is reading this blog. It was completely voluntary, and I’m happy with the level of response. Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey! I promised I would share the results ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Upside-Down Cars, Eminent Domain and GM

by Luke Landes

Here’s a look at what you may have missed from Consumerism Commentary in prior years. From June 23-30, 2006: * Warren Buffett Gives Most of His Money to Bill Gates * Selling a Car While Upside-Down * Quicken 2007? * Looking for Apartments, Update 5 From June 23-30, 2005: * Eminent Domain Rules Officially Changed ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Solvency, Mistakes, and Loan Consolidation

by Luke Landes

86.6 percent of regular Consumerism Commentary readers have been visiting this blog for a year or less. That’s a lot of people who have missed articles written this week in prior years. If that includes you, this retrospective is for your benefit. Here are some of the articles that may be worth a read. From June ... Continue reading this article…

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Final Reminder: Take My Reader Survey

by Luke Landes

On Monday, I will close my reader survey and start compiling and analyzing the results. The survey has been helpful so far, thanks to everyone who has taken the few short minutes to provide their information and opinions. If you’re a regular reader of Consumerism Commentary and haven’t answered the survey yet, please do so ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Lending to Friends, Changing Flights, and 40-Year Mortgages

by Luke Landes

Chances are you have been reading Consumerism Commentary for less than a year. If that’s true, then you’ve missed a bit of what I’ve written in the past few years. Here is a selection of articles from this week in previous years. From June 8-15, 2006: * June 8: Maybe Lend Money to Your Friends ... Continue reading this article…

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Help Me Learn More About You: Please Take a Quick Survey

by Luke Landes

I still find it strange that this little blog that I created for my own entertainment has attracted a good number of readers over the years. I’d like to learn a little bit more about you and what you like, so please take this really quick survey. I would really appreciate it. Thanks! By the ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Student Loan Consolidation, Garage Sales, and Universal Default

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed some of these articles from this week in the previous few years. Here are some articles from June 1-7, 2006: * June 1: After Graduation: Choices, Plans and Risks, Part 3 * June 1: Student Loan Consolidation: The Countdown Begins * June 2: After Graduation: ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Now would be a great time to become a subscriber to Consumerism Commentary. After all, why wouldn’t you? It’s free. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. I’ve recently become a fan of Google Reader, and if you are too, you can easily subscribe using this special link. ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Be Your Own Boss, Graduation, and The Long Tail

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed these posts from this week in the years gone before. Here are some articles from May 23-31, 2006: * May 23-27: Six Steps to Being Your Own Boss, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 * May 26: Don’t Get Ahead, Start Ahead * ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Jerks, Banks, and Lunch

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed these articles from this time last year or two years ago. Here are some of the highlights. From May 16-22, 2006: * May 16: How to Succeed: Be a Jerk * May 16: Baby on the Way? Get Ready to be Shocked! * May 18: ... Continue reading this article…

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