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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: 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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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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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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Weekly Blog Roundup: Psychology of Credit Cards, Vanguard, and Freezers

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. I enjoyed these posts and I believe others will as well. The Psychology of Credit Cards? Get Rich Slowly shares the story of a reader who has switched from debit card to credit card but has lost the ability to keep track of his spending ... Continue reading this article…

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Several Interesting Articles From Around the Web

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles from the Money Blog Network I enjoyed recently. All I Really Need to Know About Stocks I Learned in the Sixth Grade. Get Rich Slowly interviews David Gardner, one of the founders of The Motley Fool, a website mainly about investing. The forums on The Motley Fool is where I originally ... Continue reading this article…

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Tuesday Roundup: $1.8 Million, Gas Prices, and SIPC

by Luke Landes

Here are some personal finance articles I’ve enjoyed recently from around the web. Perhaps you will, as well. $1.8 Million Net Worth – How I Got From There to Here. QCash, a retired, 37-year-old millionaire, explains how he reached that point. “[P]urchasing real estate at a young age paid off huge for me. Living a ... Continue reading this article…

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Thrasher Funds on Today Show and Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

As I write this roundup, the anchors of The Today Show mentioned they will soon present the founder of Thrasher Funds, an expensive mutual fund company designed to attract younger people towards investing, to offer financial advice for teenagers. I’ve noted before that the concept is good, but the execution is out of touch. It’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Blog Roundup: Emergency Charity Fund, MLM, and AMT

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles worthy of review. Lazy Man and Money wonders whether you should have an emergency charity fund. He plans on splitting his charitable giving in three parts: 50 percent to the American Cancer Society and split the rest between Kiva and any natural disaster that happens to strike. Generation X Finance suggests ... Continue reading this article…

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One Hundred Pushup Challenge and Midweek Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to join my colleagues like J.D. by taking the One Hundred Pushup Challenge. I started on Monday and I plan to continue with my second day of training Wednesday evening. I’ve been meaning to improve my health and fitness — I promise myself to do so every year but find it hard to ... Continue reading this article…

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It Was Hot on the Farm, and Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

The SPF 50 seemed to do the trick. On Saturday, my girlfriend and I spent seven hours in 100+ degree heat and humid air to experience a number of musical performances at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival. To tie this into personal finance, I’ll simply say that it was an expensive day. I ... Continue reading this article…

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More ING Direct Bonus Codes and Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

This week, I blasted through the remaining ING Direct Orange Savings Account $25 bonus codes and thanks to Consumerism Commentary readers, I have many more to give away. I sent out emails to everyone on the waiting list and I’m posting links in the order I receive them, two from every volunteer at first. These ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction #141: Enemies of the Doctor

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary for the 141st edition of the Carnival of Debt Reduction! This carnival is a traveling showcase of the best articles about the process of eliminating debt. Submissions are normally accepted from one week prior to the release of the edition and come from various blogs. The theme for this week is ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Blog Roundup: Pennies, Budgets, and Social Security

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed reading this past week. How Much Could You Have if Social Security Was Your Money? AllFinancialMatters shows what could possibly be the result if instead of paying into Social Security with each paycheck, employees were allowed to invest that money. It’s important to remember that Social Security is not ... Continue reading this article…

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Back From California and Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

I spent this past week visiting family in California. My girlfriend (A.) and I joined my family’s west coast contingent for a few days in San Diego, staying at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. Among other things, A. and I visited the San Diego Zoo, where I exercised my new Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera ... Continue reading this article…

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Going to California and Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Tomorrow morning, my girlfriend and I will be on a Virgin America flight to California. We plan on visiting my family and enjoying a week-long vacation away from our day-time jobs. Posting on Consumerism Commentary will be light during the week. Meanwhile, take a look at these picks from the MoneyBlogNetwork. The Same Actions Will ... Continue reading this article…

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MoneyBlogNetwork on Emergency Funds and Latest Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

This morning, I published an article outlining 50 tips to help add a little something-something to your emergency fund. This article is part of the April MoneyBlogNetwork Group Writing Project, in which a number of bloggers are working together to write about emergency funds from a variety of perspectives. As of right now, 16 bloggers ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Roundup

by Luke Landes

The weather is nice this weekend, so I will be taking advantage of that as much as possible. In the mean time, here are some articles I’ve enjoyed this week worthy of attention. I will be choosing the winner of the $100 SmartyPig gift card this weekend. If you entered the contest, start checking your ... Continue reading this article…

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I’m in San Francisco for a Few Days, So Read These Blogs

by Luke Landes

The people behind NetworthIQ and Expensr invited me and a few other bloggers to San Francisco for a workshop to discuss online financial management tools. At this invitation-only event, six bloggers have been asked to present their history and talk about blogging in general. The blogs to be showcased include Consumerism Commentary, Get Rich Slowly, ... Continue reading this article…

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