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I received an advance copy of Carl Richards’ book scheduled for wide release on January 3, The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money. Carl is a Certified Financial Planner who began writing articles — and sketching on napkins — at his own website, behaviorgap.com, and now does the same for the New York Times. His napkin sketches stemmed from his love and the effectiveness of using whiteboards to illustrate financial concepts for his clients.

Earlier this week, I spoke to Carl for an upcoming episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, hosted by Bryan J Busch. Listen to this podcast when it airs a week from tomorrow to learn more about the new book — one of the few new personal finance books I was genuinely excited to read. In addition to concepts from the book, we also discussed Carl’s experience losing his house due to his choice to buy into a real estate market bubble that soon imploded.

Napkin SketchCarl has offered ten 8×10 prints of one of his most relevant sketches to Consumerism Commentary readers and listeners. The sketch explains who to determine what issues are the most important, whether in financial planning or in life. It is a Venn diagram emphasizing the intersection of things that matter and things you can control. The print is on high-quality, thick card stock.

Here’s how to get a free 8×10 print of the napkin sketch

In order to receive a free print, email book@behaviorgap.com with a subject line indicating you’re participating in the giveaway from Flexo or Consumerism Commentary, and include in the email a proof of purchase. The proof can be a copy of your order notice from Amazon, a picture of your receipt, or anything else that shows you’ve purchased the book. Carl’s team will contact the first ten people directly to ensure the prints find their way to the winners’ hands.

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This is it. Somehow, I’ve survived Giveaway May, having operated contests every weekday this past month. Many winners have not yet been contacted, so if you haven’t heard from me, hang tight. The rest of the winners will be contacted within the next few days, and all winners will be announced on Consumerism Commentary. Each winner is chosen randomly (using the random number generator at random.org) from among those who have successfully completed any and all tasks required for that day.

I’m excited to have Wise Bread as a partner for the final giveaway this month at Consumerism Commentary. Wise Bread is one of the foremost blogs covering the topics of money and frugality. I’ve written a few articles for Wise Bread, as well, and I plan to write more as time allows. Thanks to Wise Bread and Will Chen, we can offer readers $200 in Amazon.com Gift Cards today. Consumerism Commentary will match a $100 gift card for Amazon.com from Wise Bread with the same. Today’s winner will walk away with $200 to spend at the online store.

Here is what you’ll need to do by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 31, 2011 to be entered into today’s giveaway.

  1. Follow @luke_landes on Twitter. If you’re already following @luke_landes, you can ignore this step.
  2. Follow @WiseBread on Twitter. If you’re already following @WiseBread, you can ignore this step.
  3. Find your favorite personal finance blog on Wise Bread’s top 100 pf blogs chart. See this screenshot for detailed instructions. (Choosing Consumerism Commentary will not increase your chances of winning the giveaway, but it will make me smile!)
  4. Tweet: “My favorite blog [blog's Twitter handle or name] is #[ranking] on @WiseBread’s #top100 chart http://bit.ly/toppfblogs” by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (For example, a suggested Twitter message might read, “My favorite blog @luke_landes is #12 on @WiseBread’s #top100 chart http://bit.ly/toppfblogs.”)

Thanks, and good luck!

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To readers in the United States, happy Memorial Day! For Americans serving overseas — please arrive home safely.

Many of us had long weekends for the holiday; I spent the weekend traveling. A friend of mine got married recently, and rather than having the traditional wedding, their marriage was private and followed by a honeymoon; when they returned, they celebrated with friends and family with a traditional reception. I traveled with my girlfriend to upstate New York to participate in the festivities. I also had a chance to revisit the town that I lived in from age two to ten. It was my first time back in many years, and the town has changed, with more big-box stores, more chain restaurants, more highways, but still a lot of undeveloped land.

Today, I’m back in New York City, celebrating Memorial Day with my girlfriend’s family. Today, MoneyCrush is joining as a partner for the latest giveaway in Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Every weekday this month, including today’s holiday, Consumerism Commentary is providing a luck reader with a prize. In addition to my $50 Amazon.com Gift Card, Money Crush will be providing the same, making today’s prize worth $100 in total.

Here is what you’ll need to do by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 30, 2011 to be entered into today’s giveaway.

  1. Subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader. You can use these buttons to add Consumerism Commentary directly into your favorite software, and if you’re already a subscriber, you can skip this step.
  2. Subscribe to the Money Crush feed using your favorite RSS reader. You can use these buttons, and if you’re already a subscriber, you can skip this step.
  3. Leave a comment here by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, May 30, 2011.

If you win, you’ll need to meet all the conditions outlined in the Giveaway May introduction. Good luck!

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Before heading into Memorial Day weekend, why not win $100 to spend on Amazon.com? All this month, I’ve been hosting giveaways as part of a project I’m calling Giveaway May on Consumerism Commentary. Every weekday during this month, I will be giving away at least a $50 gift card, and almost every day the prizes have gone beyond that $50.

Today is no exception. My partner today is Live Real, Now, an excellent blog that focuses not only on personal finance, but on life improvement. All of us can stand to improve ourselves in some way. Ten years ago I started on a journey to fix my personal problems — my finances were only small parts of my problems. I’ve come around in a big way on the issues other than my finances, but I still have a long way to go with certain aspects of my life.

But this post isn’t about me — it’s about you, the readers. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to communicate with Consumerism Commentary readers, this month of giveaways is my chance to give something back. So today, in addition to a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card from Consumerism Commentary, the winner will also receive a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card from Live Real, Now.

Here is what you’ll need to do by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 27, 2011 in order to be entered into today’s giveaway.

  1. Subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader. You can use these buttons to add Consumerism Commentary directly into your favorite software, and if you’re already a subscriber, you can skip this step.
  2. Subscribe to the Live Real, Now RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader. You can use these buttons, and if you’re already a subscriber, you can skip this step.
  3. Leave a comment here by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday, May 27, 2011.

If you win, you’ll need to meet all the conditions outlined in the Giveaway May introduction. Good luck!

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Today’s Givaway: $100, $200, or More!

by Luke Landes

It’s another weekday in May, so it’s time for another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, and it’s been quite a ride. The purpose of this is to thank Consumerism Commentary readers, new and old, and expose readers to some of the great partners that have lined up. Today I’m happy to ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Giveaway: Win a Free iPad 2

by Luke Landes

All this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each weekday brings a new prize to be given to Consumerism Commentary readers. Each day I’ve been offering at least $50 per day, and I have invited a number of partners to participate in this series of giveaways to help sweeten the pot. For the ... Continue reading this article…

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Free $100 Gift Card For Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary is going strong. Every weekday this month, this site is featuring prizes worth at least $50. Today is no exception. Consumerism Commentary has partnered with pfblogs.org today to offer a $100 Amazon.com gift card to lucky winner. Pfblogs.org is the ad-free personal finance blog aggregator. By visiting pfblogs.org, particularly the ... Continue reading this article…

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Win $50 For Gas Fill-Ups Plus $50 For Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

It’s another week in May, so it’s the start of another week of giveaways. This month, Consumerism Commentary has embarked on a project I am calling Giveaway May. Every weekday, I will be giving away at least a $50 gift card, and most days I will have a partner or sponsor to help enhance the ... Continue reading this article…

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Win a Free Kindle: May 20 Only!

by Luke Landes

It wouldn’t be a weekday in May without another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each day, I’ll have some to reward readers valued $50 or more. Today’s a good day for the winner; thanks to a partnership with personal finance blog Beating Broke, I am able to offer Amazon.com’s reading device, ... Continue reading this article…

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$50 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway for May 19

by Luke Landes

Hot on the heels on what has likely been the most successful giveaway we’ve done at Consumerism Commentary, today brings another giveaway. Throughout this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May; every weekday brings something new to reward readers and visitors. Yesterday, we surpassed 1,000 fans of Consumerism Commentary on Facebook. This is a great milestone! Today’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Win a Free iPad Today

by Luke Landes

I am excited to have PT Money as a partner for today’s giveaway, because together, Phil Taylor and I are offering an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi to the winner. This giveaway is the latest in the Giveaway May series, wherein Consumerism Commentary is offering giveaways every weekday this month. PT Money is a blog whose ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Giveaway: $50 and The Gift of Stock

by Luke Landes

While the forecast is calling for rain all week where I live, the free gifts are raining down at Consumerism Commentary. Giveaway May continues right now with the twelfth freebie of the month. Today, with the help of Glen from Free From Broke, I will be giving away ING Direct and ShareBuilder’s “Gift of Stock.” ... Continue reading this article…

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Giveaway: $150 in Amazon Gift Cards

by Luke Landes

Today begins the third week of giveaways as part of Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. To start this week, I’ve partnered with Adaptu, an online financial planning service. You can find out more about Adaptu by listening to episode 98 of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. If selected as today’s winner, you will receive a $100 ... Continue reading this article…

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May 13 Giveaway: Roku HD Streaming Player, $50 Gift Card

by Luke Landes

Today, Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary continues. In addition to a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card from Consumerism Commentary, today’s winner will also receive a Roku HD Streaming Player from Money Cone. Money Cone is a personal finance and investing “howto” blog, and the blog’s owner has graciously offered to sponsor today’s giveaway. Here is what ... Continue reading this article…

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May 12: $50 Gift Card and Free Morningstar Subscription

by Luke Landes

To continue Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, I have a great deal for all you investing junkies out there. In fact, today’s giveaway is sponsored by Investor Junkie. I’m excited to be working with Investor Junkie for today’s giveaway. Thanks to his connections, Investor Junkie is able to provide today’s giveaway winner one year’s free ... Continue reading this article…

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May 11 Giveaway: $100 and Pay Off Debt App

by Luke Landes

Giveaway May has been wildly successful so far. Every weekday during this month, I’ve been giving away gift cards and other prizes, and this is going to continue until the end of May. Yesterday’s Kindle was a popular item, but I’ll continue offering valuable prizes every day, including some surprises to come. Today’s giveaway is ... Continue reading this article…

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May 10: Win a Free Kindle With Wi-Fi

by Luke Landes

All this month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Every day, I’ll be choosing one winner randomly for a prize. Each day there is a small challenge in order to qualify for the giveaway, and today is no exception. Today I have a Kindle With Wi-Fi from Amazon.com to give away. This is the version ... Continue reading this article…

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Second Week of Giveaways: Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards

by Luke Landes

Today starts the second week of giveaways at Consumerism Commentary. This month is Giveaway May, and I have at least $50 to give away to readers every weekday this month. Today’s giveaway partner is Wealth Informatics. Suba, the owner of Wealth Informatics, is offering a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card to match my $50 Amazon.com Gift ... Continue reading this article…

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May 6 Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card

by Luke Landes

I thought it would be fun to end the first week of Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary with a bigger giveaway. Like many of the prizes I’m offering this month, this takes the form of a gift card from Amazon.com. I generally choose Amazon.com because they sell a wide variety of items, both necessities and ... Continue reading this article…

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Cinco de Mayo Giveaway: $75 and a Smartphone Cover

by Luke Landes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’m continuing Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary today with some help from Sustainable Personal Finance, another great money-related website. SPF is helping me increase the giveaway for today. In addition to my $50 Amazon.com Gift Card set aside for today’s winner, the individual randomly selected from among those who complete today’s ... Continue reading this article…

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