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My $10 Mistake and Articles of Interest

by Luke Landes

I overdrew my checking account about two weeks ago. It was a stupid mistake. I recently set up an automatic investment for my SEP IRA, $1,750 at the end of each month, transferred from my checking account at Wachovia to Vanguard, invested in VTSMX. On November 30, I checked my Vanguard account, and I didn’t ... Continue reading this article…

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Resignation Complete and Weekend Reading

by Luke Landes

Don’t forget Consumerism Commentary is matching charitable contributions. It’s official. Earlier this week, I offered my resignation to the large corporation where I’ve been employed for just under a decade. I have less than two weeks to wrap up my projects and transition work to the rest of my team. It won’t be long before ... Continue reading this article…

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Travel Rewards, Health Savings Accounts, and One-Salary Families

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned a few days ago, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable contributions. Please take this opportunity to give to your favorite charity. Here’s how to make your charity count twice. In other news, I have returned from visiting my family in California for Thanksgiving. I spent some time with my brother and sister-in-law, ... Continue reading this article…

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Good Movies, 2011 Investment Strategy, and Basic Financial Terms

by Luke Landes

It’s not often I get a chance to travel to California to visit my family, but I’ll be flying today from east coast to west to spend quality time with my brother, sister-in-law, and mother for Thanksgiving. It will be a fast week; I have plans for just about every day I’ll be in California. ... Continue reading this article…

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Frequent Flyers, Dangerous Investing Advice, and Supercharged Income

by Luke Landes

A week from today, I’ll be on my way to California. I’ll be visiting my family in Los Angeles and Orange County for Thanksgiving and to get away. It’s not all personal, though; I’ll be doing quite a bit of work on Consumerism Commentary while traveling. I’ll be writing, assisted by a few guest authors, ... Continue reading this article…

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Holiday Travel Deals, Consequences, Verizon Promo Codes

by Luke Landes

It has been a long week and I haven’t completed as many things as I would have liked to; however, I did mention to my supervisor at my day job that I plan to take an extended leave of absence. It’s not quite quitting, but this is what works for me for the present. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Philanthropy, Money Curriculum, and Social Security

by Luke Landes

Earlier this week, American Express published my second article for the company’s new community website, Currency. I used to think that philanthropy was an activity for the rich. Though anyone can donate a portion of income to charity regardless of their financial health, starting a foundation requires at least a million dollars. Some services offer ... Continue reading this article…

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Money and Dating, Meal Planning, and Mind Mapping

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that American Express launched a new community-focused website called Currency and that I would be participating as one of the writers. I’m proud to announce my first article was published yesterday. True Romance: Dating With Financial Attitudes in Mind takes a look at how you can survive early relationships ... Continue reading this article…

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Car-Buying Options, Worst Commercials, and Money Index

by Luke Landes

Is it better to buy a new car, buy a used car, or lease a new car? If you ask personal finance writers, gurus, and bloggers, the answer is always to buy a used car without question — and without debt, if possible. Here is the problem with one-size-fits-all, mass-audience advice. In most cases, this ... Continue reading this article…

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Independence Weekend Reading: Priceline, Secrets, and Condoms

by Luke Landes

For many Americans with typical jobs, this is a long holiday weekend. I could use the break from my day job, which is becoming increasingly stressful with many co-workers out of the office at various times this summer. Frankly, I’d rather be spending the time working on my own projects. As readers know, I’ve been ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: U.S. News & World Report’s My Money Blog

by Luke Landes

I am now providing a weekly article to U.S. News & World Report for their website’s “My Money” Blog, an online-only feature. So far, I’ve offered two articles. Here are the two articles I’ve written for this new blog as well as some other articles I’ve enjoyed recently. 10 Unusual Ways to Save Money. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Memorial Day Weekend Reading: Guinea Pigs and the End

by Luke Landes

It’s been a hectic weekend so far. I’ve spent many hours on the road between my home in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Queens. Friends of mine will be married to each other in a few weeks, and they wanted to have some wedding photographs shot including their pet guinea pigs. They were concerned about dealing ... Continue reading this article…

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Mother’s Day Reading: Financial Lessons, Saving for Retirement, and Pretending

by Luke Landes

To all those who celebrate, have a happy Mother’s Day. Jim from Bargaineering asks, “What financial lessons has your mother taught you?” Jim’s mom provided negotiation skills and some of his readers learned various lessons for dealing with credit cards, spending smartly, and being compassionate. Here are five reasons the author of the Well-Heeled Blog ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to the Winners of the Plutus Awards!

by Luke Landes

The Plutus Awards is an awards ceremony highlighting the best personal finance products, services and resources. After a nomination process, finalists are chosen from the top nominees and the public — mostly from within the personal finance online and social media community — votes for the winners in a variety of categories. Here are some ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Education Budgets, Organization, and Happiness

by Luke Landes

This weekend, I attended Communiversity 2010 in Princeton, New Jersey, an annual arts festival in town and on campus organized by the Arts Council of Princeton. The highlights included several collegiate a cappella performances and a Beatles tribute band. Look for a photograph of the Deaftones of Westminster Choir College, one of the a cappella ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Plutus Award Nominations End Monday, Roth IRA Vs. Debt, Meeting Advisors

by Luke Landes

The Plutus Awards celebrate the best in personal finance by rewarding the best products and services, with nominations and voting open to the public. The Plutus 2.0 Awards is a special set of awards designed to recognize the best personal finance writing on the internet, and each winner of a Plutus 2.0 Award will receive ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Buying in Bulk, Cool Nerds, and Diamond Rings

by Luke Landes

Happy holidays! If you’re like me, you are probably thankful that the holiday shopping season is coming to a close. Yes, after Christmas there are some sales that can’t be ignored: if you buy Christmas-related items, now is the time to find them for 50 percent to 90 percent off their regular prices. And as stores try ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Reading: Board Games, the Spirit of the Holidays, and Perfection

by Luke Landes

As I found myself flipping through the high-definition television channels earlier today, I came across a special that originally aired a few years ago,

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Weekend Reading: Negotiations, Cooking, and Happiness

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I signed up for my second photography class, meeting every Saturday afternoon for eight weeks starting in January. I learned much from the first class I took last summer, and I have been looking for a more advanced class. My photography skills have a long way to go, and with what I consider two ... Continue reading this article…

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Last Call: Carnival of Personal Finance Looking for Hosts

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance has been running consecutively for 185 weeks. The latest edition is live at the Fraud Files blog, and every Monday this celebration of the week’s best in personal finance blogs is hosted at a new location. For bloggers, hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance is a good way to increase ... Continue reading this article…

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