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News and Blogs: Monday, December 8, 2008

by Luke Landes

Anheuser-Busch Cuts 1,400 Jobs. This shouldn’t be a surprise after the company was purchased by InBev and the company promised over a million dollars in annual savings. Maybe It’s Time to Buy That First House. Don’t worry, there are no conclusions in this New York Times article. Maybe it is time, but maybe it is ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Tuesday, December 2, 2008

by Luke Landes

JPMorgan Chase to Cut 9,200 Washington Mutual Jobs Nationwide. Chase notified thousands of WaMu employees yesterday that their jobs will be eliminated by the end of next year, many much sooner. 3,400 of the jobs will be cut from the Seattle headquarters and 1,600 more from California. Self-Employes are Frozen Out of Mortgages. If I ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Monday, December 1, 2008

by Luke Landes

More ING Direct $25 bonus links are now available. I’ve posted more referral codes received from Consumerism Commentary readers on the waiting list. In a few weeks, I plan on opening the waiting list again, so subscribe to the RSS feed so you can respond quickly to add your name before the list is closed ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs, Monday, November 24, 2008

by Luke Landes

Reminder: While I am on vacation this week, Consumerism Commentary is featuring articles by other writers. Please read Criminal Charges: Volume XVII, the first of this week’s guest articles. Rescue Deal for CitiGroup. Citi is too big to fail, so the government is preparing an injection of $20 billion in addition to the $25 billion ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Thursday, November 20, 2008

by Luke Landes

Happy New Year? Not For Some. At the beginning of 2009, employees who take part in a 403(b) plan, which is like a 401(k) plan for non-profit organizations, will have fewer investment options. This change will bring 403(b) plans in line with the expectations for 401(k) plans. The change will probably mean higher expenses and ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

by Luke Landes

5 Money Mistakes in a Bad Economy. Here are the mistakes: continuing to use credit cards, withdrawing or taking a loan from your retirement funds, paying for college without loans, grants, or scholarships, neglecting to invest, and taking home-equity loans. Bid to Ban Sale of Obama Tickets. Tickets to presidential inaugurations have always been free, ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

by Luke Landes

I’ve added more $25 bonus codes for new ING Direct customers last night. If you have at least $250 to deposit into a high-yield savings account, use one of these codes to receive a small boost. You’d Better Watch Out: Gift Cards Can Be Lumps of Coal. If you are considering getting someone a gift ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Monday, November 17, 2008

by Luke Landes

Announcement: As a reminder, I am featuring guest authors next week. If you’re interested, please read my posts by following that link and contact me to discuss a topic. I’ll need all submissions by Friday. Thanks! Americans are Digging Deep to Save Money. Frugality is the new trend, with a new USA Today poll that ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Friday, November 14, 2008

by Luke Landes

America’s 20 Best Health Plans. Unsurprisingly, my plan is not on this list from MSN and US News & World Report. The top award goes to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England in Maine and Massachusetts. I should take advantage of my Aetna plan more by visiting a doctor for a check-up once in ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Thursday, November 13, 2008

by Luke Landes

I have written an article for PC World Magazine called The Insider’s Guide to Black Friday Bargains. Please read it, and if you are so inclined, give it a “thumbs-up” on the website. A Hypnotic Answer to Financial Angst. It’s becoming increasingly popular for those who worry about money to treat their anxiety through hypnotherapy. ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

by Luke Landes

Seeking Guest Authors for the Week of November 23. I’m looking for a few writers to provide a small number of articles later this month while I am in California. While I’ll be blogging somewhat regularly during this time, I like to use this week every year to feature writing by other authors. If you ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

by Luke Landes

Profit From the Obama Economy. Invest in biotech, green energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. These sectors of the economy are expected to grow during Obama’s presidency. A New Way to Transfer Cash. New technology lets customers use ATMs to transfer cash from one person to another. You will be able to register your ... Continue reading this article…

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News and Blogs: Monday, November 10, 2008

by Luke Landes

Circuit City files for bankruptcy. This store is the latest victim of the current economy. You can look through the remaining stores, but I don’t think this bankrupcty will lead to fire-sale prices on electronics as we head into the holiday shopping season. Is It Time to Have a Money Talk, Child to Parent? Will ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated Latest Savings and Checking Account Rates (and Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

There’s no doubt that the banking industry has had a tough time over the past month. Interest rates have fluctuated. Most notably, ING Direct’s Orange Savings Account is now at 2.75 percent APY (1.5 percent as of May 29, 2009) and Washington Mutual’s Online Savings Account is now tun by JP Morgan Chase and offers 3.0 percent APY. ... Continue reading this article…

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MoneyBlogNetwork Weekend Roundup

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork that I’ve enjoyed recently: How I Live Without Borrowing Money A Quick Look at the Dow Jones Sector Indexes (It’s Not Good!) You Make HOW Much? Getting Paid What You’re Worth What Politicians Give Make Your Clothes Last Longer (Without Spending Big) Back to Basics: Spend Less ... Continue reading this article…

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More ING Direct Bonuses Available and Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Once again, I’ve refreshed the list of ING Direct $25 bonus codes. This bonus is available to anyone looking to open a new account at ING Direct, one of the most popular high-yield savings accounts. These bonus codes are provided by Consumerism Commentary readers. Thanks to everyone who has helped another reader by sending in ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

On Saturday, I woke up before dawn to help out as a volunteer for a fundraising event to support the search for a cure for polycystic kidney disease, which affects 1 in 500 people. A friend of mine, whose father has this disease and who has a 50 percent chance on inheriting it herself, organized the ... Continue reading this article…

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Hugh Laurie (Dr. House) Will Earn $9 Million This Season (and Weekend Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

If money is the ultimate judge, it’s better to be a fake doctor on television than it is to be a real doctor, at least if that fake doctor appears on the show House. Hugh Laurie, the British comedian-actor who affects a usually convincing accent in the program, will earn about $400,000 per episode this ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct $25 Bonus Referrals Updated and MoneyBlogNetwork Roundup

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary readers have supplied more ING Direct bonus referral links to help other readers earn $25 for opening a new ING Direct Orange Savings Account. Additionally, I’ve sent emails to the first group of readers on the current waiting list to request more links. If you’re on the waiting list, start checking your email ... Continue reading this article…

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Labor Day Blog Roundup: Smoking, Sins, and Index Funds

by Luke Landes

Today’s holiday provided me with a much-needed break from the general craziness that is my life. I had time to take care of a few household chores rather than procrastinate as usual. Living alone is both a blessing and a curse in this respect. After I finished my chores and allowed myself to go out ... Continue reading this article…

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