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Keeping Up With Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Today was a slo posting day as I was busy throughout the day and didn’t prepare any posts ahead of time. Tomorrow I should be a more active day. A good way to stay current with Consumerism Commentary is to subscribe to the RSS feed. You’ll be able to see the latest full posts in ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome, Kiplinger’s Readers

by Luke Landes

I just found out that Consumerism Commentary has been mentioned in the “Must-See Blog List” in the October print issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. If this is your first time to the website, you can learn more about me and this blog or check a selection of articles from January through June this year. ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome BusinessWeek and Yahoo Finance Readers!

by Luke Landes

(Note: This post will stay at the top of the index for a while. Scroll down for recent blog entries.) I’d like to welcome any new readers coming from Karyn McCormack’s nice article in BusinessWeek Online, Best Blogs for the Young and Broke (which has been republished on Yahoo Finance). Karyn does an excellent job ... Continue reading this article…

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Free Giveaway on Monday

by Luke Landes

Be sure to visit Consumerism Commentary early Monday morning, when I will be giving away a book to a lucky visitor. There will be more information after 6:30 am (east coast U.S. time) at the beginning of the work week.

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Submit to the Carnival and Stay in Touch

by Luke Landes

Bloggers, don’t forget to submit your own favorite personal finance post to the Carnival of Personal Finance, which will be hosted on Monday by the MoneyBlogNetwork. Readers, please keep in touch with the latest from Consumerism Commentary by subscribing to the blog’s RSS feed. You can also subscribe to receive updates via email. When you ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in Consumerism Commentary History

by Luke Landes

Last year, I was talking about the following around this time: The STAR Trader Workshop was Stupid Investment of the Week. It’s another one of those seminars where participants pay to listen to a sales pitch. Here are three suggestions for a life without regret, that is, regret pertaining to finances. I can’t help you ... Continue reading this article…

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Two Hours of Downtime

by Luke Landes

To everyone who has been trying to access Consumerism Commentary in the last two hours, I apologize. One of DreamHost‘s database servers were down. This particular server is the host for the database for Consumerism Commentary, the MoneyBlogNetwork Forums, and the Under 30 Honor Roll. I’m hoping DreamHost will heed my request to separate the ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in Consumerism Commentary History

by Luke Landes

Last year, I was talking about the following around this time: My net worth as of July 2005: $33,506 (although revised calculations put it at $33,282). This was back when I was allowed to work overtime for more money. I agreed with Bill Frist on an issue regarding drug companies’ advertisements. Here are seven reasons ... Continue reading this article…

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New Design for Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Unless you’re reading this post via email or RSS, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve slightly changed the look of this site. Let me know if anything looks awkward. I know I’m not a master of design, but I’m pleased with the way it came out. Do your best to shoot down or placate my ego. ... Continue reading this article…

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JLP’s Question of the Day Marathon

by Luke Landes

Through August, Consumerism Commentary will be participating in the “Question of the Day Marathon” organized by JLP of AllFinancialMatters. Each day during this month, I will include a question, linked to the blog who is playing host for that particular day. I’ll be hosting the Question of the Day on August 21.

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Best of 2006, January Through June

by Luke Landes

At the end of last year, I put together a list of the “Best of 2005,” just a collection of posts here at Consumerism Commentary that might stand out. There was no rhyme or reason to my selection. Needless to say, I’m very lenient with my definition of “best.” We’re more than halfway through 2006, ... Continue reading this article…

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Public Service Announcements

by Luke Landes

The first announcement is for readers. You can keep up with Consumerism Commentary by subscribing to this RSS feed or by receiving a daily email with the latest entries. The second announcement is for bloggers. Don’t forget to sign up to participate in the Carnival of Personal Finance, which will be hosted by Just Another ... Continue reading this article…

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Three Years Ago This Month

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary is reaching its third anniversary this month, which apparently makes the blog a dinosaur in the personal finance blogosphere. On July 16, 2003, I introduced myself and offered my first net worth report, with a total of $14,464 (not including home inventory, which I don’t consider in my latest personal balance sheets). The ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Friends Will Marvel At You

by Luke Landes

You will be the toast of the town! Stay up to date with Consumerism Commentary by subscribing to our full content via your RSS reader or email. With RSS, you’ll be the first on the block to be alerted about new posts here, and with email, you’ll have the content in your inbox waiting for ... Continue reading this article…

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Sorry For The Downtime

by Luke Landes

If you tried to access Consumerism Commentary today but couldn’t get through, I apologize. This site — and many of my websites sites hosted at DreamHost — are having server problems. Part of the problem is being bombarded with spam comments, in some cases a thousand per hour. While they don’t get published, they get ... Continue reading this article…

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What Are Those Question Mark Icons?

by Luke Landes

If you read the comments left by readers here on Consumerism Commentary, you may have noticed a question mark icon (pictured at left) that appears next to some visitors’ comments or personalized icons that appear alongside mine or those of a few other people. These icons are Gravatars. Simply sign up for an account on ... Continue reading this article…

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Stay Connected With Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Most readers know that they can subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed, bringing the full text of these entries to your reader, the way you like to see it. You can also subscribe to Consumerism Commentary to receive the latest posts through an email message once a day. Just enter your email address here:

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What’s Hot This Week

by Luke Landes

It’s a new month, and that means more posts from around the blogosphere. Here’s some of the ones I found interesting from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Perhaps you will, too. Nickel inspired discussion on withdrawing contributions from Roth IRA accounts. JLP from AllFinancialMatters questioned his dentist’s bill and saved some money. He’s still not as ... Continue reading this article…

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Those Little Icons In The Comments

by Luke Landes

You may have noticed that there is a little icon that appears next to the name listed for each comment left on Consumerism Commentary. (It doesn’t seem to be working with Internet Explorer at the moment, but I’ll look into that.) If you can see them, most people have icons that look like question marks. ... Continue reading this article…

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Bloggers: Effect of Changing URIs on AdSense

by Luke Landes

So as many of my readers know, about a week ago I switched Consumerism Commentary from the Movable Type platform to WordPress. There were a number of reasons for the change, including MT’s long rebuild times for example. Since this migration caused a slight change in the URIs for my entries — namely, the underscore ... Continue reading this article…

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