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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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Laundry Detergent, 171.54% APR Loan, and 30 Rules of Thumb

by Luke Landes

No Credit Needed is warning readers of the laundry detergent cap. I always use very little laundry detergent, even with full loads. Considering how much water is pumped into the washing machine, a half of a cup of detergent won’t make much of a difference. All it takes is a very little amount to clean ... Continue reading this article…

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TaxCut Review, End Your Marriage for Money, and Splurging on a Camera

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles from around the web that I’ve enjoyed lately. Free Money Finance’s co-worker reviewed H&R Block’s Tax Cut software, the same version that I am giving five Consumerism Commentary readers for free. “First impression is that the user interface is nice and easy to move around. Everything progressed in a logical sequence. ... Continue reading this article…

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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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Early Morning Roundup: Teaching Excel Edition

by Luke Landes

I spent most of yesterday designing a several hour overview for people fairly new to Microsoft Excel, which I will be presenting today. I haven’t decided whether this is something I’m looking forward to. Here are a few articles I noticed recently. No Credit Needed explained why he created his blog. He was in debt ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Still Shopping Edition

by Luke Landes

It seems like the holiday shopping this year never ends. Today, I picked up a few gifts for the three-day “Secret Santa” exchange event organized with my coworkers, as well as some more gifts for my lunchtime crew. Of course, I couldn’t end the day without a few more surprises for my girlfriend. If anything, ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Standing On Line Edition

by Luke Landes

I accompanied A. to a Scholastic Book Fair at one of their warehouses yesterday to find books for her fourth-grade class. Scholastic relies on volunteers to make these warehouse sales successful, and it looked like they were having a hard time this weekend. Once she found everything she needed, we stood on line for two ... Continue reading this article…

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J.D. From Get Rich Slowly is Debt Free!

by Luke Landes

Please join me and 154 other visitors (as of now) in congratulating J.D. from Get Rich Slowly who is now debt-free except for his mortgage. That’s a great accomplishment!

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Holiday Shopping Edition

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend and I managed to get almost all of our remaining “brick-and-mortar” gift shopping completed yesterday. Considering today’s snow and ice, I’m happy we don’t have to brave the crowds any longer. From now until the holidays, we will only be dealing with online stores. Here are some recent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and ... 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 I, Guest Posts and Personal Stories

by Luke Landes

I’m using this weekend to work up the willingness and readiness to return to the office on Monday after a week of vacation. I hope you enjoyed the guest articles featured at Consumerism Commentary this week. * Consumption is Investment (from Mrs. Micah) * 3 Things You Need to Know Before Giving to Charity (from ... 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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