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Deadly Sins, Getting a Raise, and Reducing Grocery Bills

by Luke Landes

Here are some recent articles from around the web. Five Cent Nickel has the seven deadly sins that lead to debt. I would say it’s possible to fall into deep debt even without “sinning.” Even the best and most reasonable emergency fund can be insufficient to take care of a major medical expense. A guest ... Continue reading this article…

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Midweek Roundup: Welcome Consumerist Readers

by Luke Landes

Thanks to the editors of The Consumerist who directed their readers towards Sasha’s 5 Stupid Financial Mistakes in 2007 and Four Factors That Determine the Value of a Coin. Please feel free to subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed to be notified whenever new articles are posted here. Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Roundup: Rock Band

by Luke Landes

I played Rock Band last night at a friend’s house for the first time, and everyone is still talking about my vocal rendition of Roxanne by The Police. I’m not sure whether that is a good thing or not. For those who have no interest in video games and who may not know, Rock Band ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: $500 in Coins

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I overheard a co-worker talk about her coin jar. She and her husband throw all their change at the end of the day into a job. Once a year, before taking a vacation, they open the coin jar and find about $500. The small change certainly adds up. My girlfriend and I throw our ... Continue reading this article…

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Christmas Day Roundup

by Luke Landes

To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! Here are some articles I’ve found recently that you might enjoy. AllFinancialMatters suggests the top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Wallet. Since most people fail at financial New Year’s Resolutions, many within the first month, I suggest taking a different approach if financial changes are ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Roundup: Met My Charity Goal

by Luke Landes

In October, I mentioned that time was running out for achieving the goals I set for charitable giving. Last year, I set a goal to give $1,000 or $2,000 to charity in 2007. I was having some trouble choosing the organization to which I’d contribute, and ended up sending support to a few programs identified ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: Journeyman

by Luke Landes

I’m disappointed that the NBC television show Journeyman has been canceled. Last night’s final episode seemed like the writers rushed to close the storyline. I’m probably just a sci-fi geek, but despite a first-impression resemblance to NBC’s Quantum Leap (and more resemblance to classic science fiction literature), I found the show to be quite unique ... Continue reading this article…

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Early Morning Roundup: Old Maps

by Luke Landes

It may be kind of a cliché of sorts, but I like old maps. Hand-designed cartography may not be considered art by anyone who knows anything about art (and I do), but there is something about the lines and the underlying vision of the world before satellite imagery that I find attractive. On my living ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II, Market Crash Edition

by Luke Landes

What would you do if the stock market crashed tomorrow? While you’re contemplating that, here are some more articles from Thanksgiving week to keep you reading about personal finance. How Do You Calculate Compound Growth (or Interest)? AllFinancialMatters loves tackling these mathematical questions. Here he answers with an Excel function and the underlying formulas. Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II, $1 Headphones Edition

by Luke Landes

On my flight the other day, I was pleased to learn that Continental Airlines reduced the price of its somewhat proprietary headsets for use when watching movies during the flight from $5 to $1 a set. I wasn’t too interested in seeing the movie offered, Transformers, so I just continued with my pattern of listening ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup I, Blogging From the Airport Edition

by Luke Landes

I arrived early to the airport for my flight to California today. When checking into my full flight, I was able to switch seats and select the exit row. I’ll have a few more inches of leg room than I would have had, had I not been able to switch. There is WiFi here at ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II, Heroes (Season One) Edition

by Luke Landes

I’ve been a fan of the television show, Heroes, from the beginning of the first season, but my girlfriend is only a recent convert. We started viewing the first season in order with marathon sessions this past weekend, in between putting together report cards for her students. Here are some more recent articles from the ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II: Middle Class, Investing in Yourself, and Jai Rodriguez

by Luke Landes

In case you missed them, I’ve picked out a few excellent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork that were published last week, as well as a few from other blogs. I’ve now split my weekly roundup into two posts, spaced within a few days of each other, because there are many articles I’d like to highlight. Please ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup I, New Bank Account Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond in the past week. I’m splitting my round-ups into two weekly posts, separated by a few days, as the network has grown and I’d like to highlight more posts without presenting an overwhelming post that begins to look more like the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Roundup for the Week Ending October 13

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. If you missed these articles over the last week, take a look now. Separate Checking Accounts or Keep Them Joint? “Separate checking accounts might keep a spendthrift husband from ruining his joint finances with his frugal wife (or vice versa) for a while, but this ... Continue reading this article…

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Roundup for the Week Ending October 6

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond worth checking out if you haven’t already. Ten Steps for Dealing With a Lost Wallet. FiveCentNickel suggests jogging your memory, calling around, offering a reward, and more. I’m reminded of one time I lost my wallet many years ago. It turned up on top of ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Redesign Edition

by Luke Landes

As you may have noticed, we’ve been undertaking a redesign at Consumerism Commentary, with the intent of reducing clutter. Feel free to leave any comments, particularly if there is any features that no longer work for you. Here are a few articles I’ve read from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this past week: Index Funds Plus ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Jogging Edition

by Luke Landes

The first spin-off from my original personal blog was a blog in which my roommate and I chronicled our adventures in physical exercise through jogging, about 7 years ago. I’ve finally gotten up off my butt again. Each day this week, I’ve been taking laps around my apartment complex after work. Actually, I missed Wednesday ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Fall Season Edition

by Luke Landes

I am not a television junkie, but I appreciate good entertainment. Hence, I’m looking forward to the upcoming series of Heroes, House, and The Office. While I’m preparing by setting my digital video recorder to record all the new shows in glorious high definition, I’ll be reviewing some of the recent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork. ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Housewarming Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are several interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week. Cathy from AllFinancialMatters and Chief Family Officer evaluated the current stock market. What do you do now? She sticks with index funds and dollar cost averaging. When the market was at the top a little while ago, I changed my 401(k) contributions to ... Continue reading this article…

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