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American Express and Spinal Tap?

by Luke Landes

I never thought I’d see the day a song by the “mostly fictional” band Spinal Tap (Gimme Some Money, their first single from “1965″) is used in a commercial for a completely non-fictional product. That day was today. I haven’t found a video online yet of this American Express commercial, but look out for this ... Continue reading this article…

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Rockin’ the Suburbs: Y’all Don’t Know What It’s Like

by Luke Landes

Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be boarding a plane to head out to California for Thanksgiving. I’ll still be posting, but perhaps not as frequently. To hold you over, here are some lyrics from one of my favorite musucians, Ben Folds. It’s about life in suburbia, something which many of us can relate to.

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7 Ways to Save Money While Maintaining Your Extravagant Lifestyle

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of long post titles. Anyway, as the title says, here are seven ways you can save money while maintaining your extravagant style. After all, isn’t that what everyone wants? The best of both worlds? If you love living beyond your means, follow these guidelines and both worlds will ... Continue reading this article…

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I Gave My Money to Texas Hold ‘Em

by Luke Landes

I was doing so well at first on Friday night. A few of my friends got together this weekend to play a little poker, Texas hold ‘em tournament style. I was the chip leader and feeling good for a while, then my friend S. called my bluff and left me destitute. Unfortunately, I never recovered ... Continue reading this article…

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Caption Contest: George W. Bush

by Luke Landes

Here’s a caption contest. What is United States president George W. Bush saying in this speech? Perhaps it is about the economy, but perhaps not. Leave your photo caption in the comments below. The winner, judged arbitrarily by me, gets a cookie. Fine print: no transference of baked goods, including but not limited to cookies, ... Continue reading this article…

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Sometimes, You Spend Some Money

by Luke Landes

My weekend, spent in New York with my girlfriend, was a little expensive. No, we didn’t crash in a Manhattan hotel, nor did we see a Broadway show. All of our time was spent in Queens. On Satuday morning, without any plans for the weekend yet, we decided to be spontaneous. Here’s what we decided ... Continue reading this article…

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Caption Contest: Warren Buffett and Kelli Swanson

by Luke Landes

Here’s another caption contest. What do you imagine is going on between Warren Buffett and Kelli Swanson? Leave your photo caption in the comments below. The winner gets a cookie.

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Caption Contest: Bill Gates and Bill Clinton

by Luke Landes

Here are Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, both smirking. Let’s see some creativity in the comments below and add a caption to this intimate photograph.

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Caption Contest Winner

by Luke Landes

So far, I think Jim is the leader in the first caption contest, but as we’re taking entries ad infinitum, you will never miss your chance to play along.

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Caption Contest: Ben Bernanke

by Luke Landes

Give this photograph a caption in the comments below. What is Ben Bernanke saying?

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Quicken Fanatics

by Luke Landes

Over a year ago, I switched from Microsoft Money to Intuit Quicken for managing and recording my personal finances. I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic of either software. Neither one is perfect and does everything the way I want. There are people out there who are Quicken fanatics. According to one site, there is a ... Continue reading this article…

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Good and Bad for Barbaro After Preakness and Surgery

by Luke Landes

If you were concerned, it looks like Barbaro, a Kentucky Debry-winning horse that competed in the Preakness Stakes, is faring well after his surgery. Apparently his long-term prospects are less certain; the article gives Barbaro a 50 percent chance of surviving. I don’t like those odds. The strapping 3-year-old colt sustained “life-threatening injuries” Saturday when he ... Continue reading this article…

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PlayStation 3 Plus Or Minus $596: My Generation Just Sighed

by Luke Landes

My video-game-playing friends must be hoping this is a hoax or a tease. The new Sony PlayStation 3 will reportedly cost $499 or $599, depending on the size of the included hard drive. It certainly comes packed with features: The PlayStation 3 is powered by the “Cell” processor, which Sony boasts makes the machine 35 ... Continue reading this article…

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Money-Related Fortune Cookie

by Luke Landes

Here’s what was printed on a slip of paper I found inside my Chinese food fortune cookie: A friend in the market is better than money in the purse.

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Inflation In The Movies

by Luke Landes

When I was your age, sonny, I could go to the pictures for $5.25. CNN Money takes a look at money in the movies. They take some classics like Midnight Cowboy, Psycho, and Austin Powers and evaluate prices for services or products mentioned in the films, and determine how much the same would cost in ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford

by Luke Landes

That’s the advice of the decade, isn’t it? Well, it’s also a pretty funny Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin. The skit’s a parody of those book infomercials for financial products we see all the time. Looking a little deeper, it’s also a slight commentary on the marketing of common sense. Well, I saw ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Responsibility More Important Than Hot Sex

by Luke Landes

According to a survey of more than 1,000 adults, financial responsibility is more important to a lasting relationship than sexual compatibility. For both men and women, sex ranked last when compared to faithfulness (#1), honesty (#2), financial responsibility (#3), and sense of humor (#4). Financial troubles ranked even higher when people were asked what situations ... Continue reading this article…

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What’s In My Wallet

by Luke Landes

I haven’t had much to write about lately. I’ve been quite busy at work and with school work. The good news is I should be finished with my master’s degree in September. There have been some good and some bad aspects of my program, and I plan on giving it a lot of attention on ... Continue reading this article…

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Apparently I’m Retiring Soon

by Luke Landes

Somehow I managed to get on the mailing list for AARP, the Organization Formerly Known As The American Association Of Retired Persons But Now Known By Acronym Only. I probably put down a fake date of birth on an unrelated website that asked me for my age many years ago, and now every few weeks ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone has a happy holiday! There are many, many things I’m thankful for. Sure, it’s great to have a job and have money coming in. Most importantly, I’m thankful for the wonderful, supportive people I’ve met online through this blog as well as through my other blogs. I met my girlfriend through one ... Continue reading this article…

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