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Sensuous Value is the Worst Kind

by The Weakonomist

This is an article by The Weakonomist, an anonymous blogger responsible for everything at Weakonomics.com. As a banking insider he’s witnessed the economic implosion from inside the bubble. You can usually find him at the corner of Wall Street and Main Street throwing rocks at traffic. If I presented a monkey with two choices: a […]

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3 Aspects of Your Finances You Can Control

by Luke Landes

Some things are beyond our control, and having a happy and fulfilling life requires accepting those things we cannot change. It’s possible, however, to control more than we believe we can. Right before I first started on my journey of getting my life and finances in shape, I left a low-paying job that depleted my […]

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New Trend: Moving In With Your Parents

by Luke Landes

The recession can shape a generation. With many college graduates over the past few years unable to find jobs right away, many opted to move from campus back home with mom and dad. The proliferation of this trend has led to concepts like the Boomerang Generation and Prolonged (or Extended) Adolescence. Both refer to the […]

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Extreme Boomerang: Heidi Montag

by Luke Landes

I am completely disconnected from the genre of television shows called “reality.” The fascination with people whose celebrity status stemmed from reality television, or most celebrities in general, seems to be built on a foundation of schadenfreude. People love to hear about the failures of famous people. Heidi Montag and her husband, a couple who […]

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All The Ladies Are Interested Now

by Financial Samurai

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday. What a difference a couple weeks makes! Craig has gone from depressed online dater to someone with a ton of self esteem. […]

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Income Infatuation and Online Dating

by Financial Samurai

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday. There are 14 income selections one must choose on a particular online dating site my friend Craig recently joined. Take a look […]

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Rationalizing an Expense By Changing Your Words

by Luke Landes

As any marketer knows, words have a power beyond their literal meaning. No one knows this more than political marketers, who create campaigns that usurp specific words and ensure their meaning is replaced with some sort of thought the’d like to embed in the public consciousness. This effect isn’t only thrust upon us by marketers; […]

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Decision-Making Difficult for Ambivalent People

by Luke Landes

That title sounds a bit obvious. In college, a time that now seems long in my past, friends wanted me to take sides on a variety of issues. I didn’t see the need to feel passionately about issues which clearly had reasonable arguments on either side. I even took pride in my ability to see […]

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How to Get Your Spouse On Your Financial Team

by Neal Frankle

This is a guest article by Neal Frankle. Neal is a Certified Financial Planner and blogs at Wealth Pilgrim. Neal writes about taking action steps to improve clients’ financial situations and finding balance at the same time. I’ve often wondered if the posts we write about personal finance are getting into the hands of the […]

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What is the Middle Class?

by Luke Landes

“Middle class” is a term that has a hundred different meanings if you ask a hundred people for their definition. Unlike my frustrations with people who call a house a liability, or more accurately, those who claim a house is not an asset, the label of middle class leaves a lot to personal interpretation. While […]

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