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Go to College Without Going Into Debt: An Example

by Luke Landes

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about options for going to college without going into debt, in response to an article about the near impossibility of doing so. Commenter “t” shared his or her experience: I also chose the state school route. I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a state (washington) with ... Continue reading this article…

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Go to College Without Going Into Debt: Impossible?

by Luke Landes

According to the Motley Fool UK, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) has stated that unless parents are in the fortunate position to provide their children with “absolute financial support” during higher education, that students must accept debt as a fact of life. (Students Must Accept Debt, Motley Fool UK.) The rising cost of a ... Continue reading this article…

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Read the New York Times Online for Free

by Luke Landes

If you are a student, the New York Times will now allow you to have access to their premium content (TimesSelect) for free. Technically, you don’t have to be a student. All that is required is an email address with the “edu” top level domain. Some universities offer “edu” email addresses to their alumni as ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Withdraw Money from Upromise

by Luke Landes

Upromise is a loyalty rebate program which rewards its members by investing a percentage of purchases into accounts for education expenses, namely 529 College Savings Plans. Just register your credit cards and your supermarket membership cards and the different rebates are credited to your account to be invested at a later date. These rebates are ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 4: Curriculum

by Luke Landes

A while ago, I started a series reviewing my experience with the University of Phoenix Online. I attended this school through its online master’s degree program and I earned my MBA several months ago. So far, I’ve discussed how I decided to go this route, their admission philosophy and policies, and what it’s like attending ... Continue reading this article…

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Princeton University Holds Tuition Steady

by Luke Landes

If you’re an undergraduate student at Princeton University, you may be happy to hear that tuition for the 2007-08 year will hold steady at $33,000, or only $3,000 more than a seminar with the Maui Millionaires. Don’t get too excited, tiger. While tuition isn’t increasing, the costs for room and board will be substantially higher. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Earlier this morning, the Carnival of Personal Finance was posted at City Girl’s Financial Blog. There are a lot of good articles this week, so take a look. What interested me the most were three very different reactions to an article on Yahoo monetizing the worth of a Bachelor’s degree at $23,000 a year. Mac’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 25 Rules to Grow Rich By, Part 3

by Luke Landes

Last week, I started a short series looking at Money Magazine’s 25 rules to grow rich by. I’m breaking down the advice within the article into five separate blog entries here; you can find part one here and part two here. Here are the next five tips, with a bit of my own commentary thrown ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 7 Shortcuts for Major Money Hassles

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is running an extended feature targeting 7 of the most annoying money problems, and proving some easy solutions. Here is a shortcut to the seven shortcuts: 1. Ace your retirement. Buy a target-retirement fund in your 401(k). If you believe you’ll be retiring in 2030, you can buy a fund that targets that ... Continue reading this article…

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The Blame Game: Poor Money Management, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Before reading on, if you haven’t participated in this week’s giveaway, open up this article in a new window or tab and add your comments about asset allocation. You can win two interesting books just by leaving a comment. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion about who is to blame for poor money ... Continue reading this article…

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The Blame Game: Poor Money Management, Part 1

by Luke Landes

There’s a discussion at StopBuyingCrap about credit card companies’ evil tacticts. In fact, Cap comes clean with this humble admission: No body forced me to buy the mountains of Japanese comic books, computer hardware, and automotive parts. Sure, the credit card made it easier for me to spend money I didn’t have — but the ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 3.5: The Stadium

by Luke Landes

As you may know, I’ve been writing a series about my experiences with the University of Phoenix Online. So far, I’ve written about my decision, the admissions process and course logistics. Before continuing with the rest of the series, I wanted to mention a recent development. The University has purchased naming rights to the stadium ... Continue reading this article…

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Kiplinger’s 50 Best Values in Public Colleges

by Luke Landes

While we’re on the topic of education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has conducted a survey to determine this year’s best values in public colleges for undergraduates. In order to rank the schools, Kiplinger’s used SAT/ACT scores, admission rates, freshmen retention rates, student-faculty ratios, graduation rates, tuition costs and other fees, financial aid, and accumulated student debt, ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 3: Course Logistics

by Luke Landes

If you’ve been following Consumerism Commentary, you may know that I recently completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the University of Phoenix Online. I’ve been writing a series, which is basically a review of the University of Phoenix. The choice to take this nontraditional route was not a difficult decision for me ... 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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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 2: Admissions

by Luke Landes

Normally, when you want to be accepted into a university to study towards completion of a Master’s degree, schools require potential students to take the GMAT, a standardized test. The University of Phoenix does not have this requirement. The school has a different philosophy for accepting students.

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 1: The Decision

by Luke Landes

In August, I completed my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with the University of Phoenix Online. I’m putting together a series about the entire experience. When I started working for my current employer in 2002, I decided to take advantage of the practically free education they were offering, 90 percent reimbursement for any work-related classes ... Continue reading this article…

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Drowning in Debt? 6 Tips for College Students and Recent Grads

by Luke Landes

One of the books I’m working on is The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, by Anna Ivey. I write a bit about decisions regarding graduate education, thanks to decisions I make in my own life, so I agreed to mention the book on Consumerism Commentary. One of the many things I learned while pursuing ... Continue reading this article…

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Opus Dei and IESE, a Nontraditional MBA, and Ethics

by Luke Landes

As I’m now in the final two weeks of my graduate studies, I’ll be writing more in reflection about my time earning an MBA with the University of Phoenix Online. What caught my eye tonight was the description in Business 2.0 Magazine of a European business school that is bucking the worldwide trend set by ... Continue reading this article…

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Women Don’t Do Enough (According to Report)

by Luke Landes

According to a biannual report by Prudential Financial, women are now more involved in financial decisions then they were five years ago, but their financial knowledge and money management confidence is relatively low. Two-thirds of the respondents gave themselves a grade of “C” or lower, while just 1 percent assigned themselves an “A.” These women have ... Continue reading this article…

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