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Achieving Financial Independence

by Luke Landes

Today is the first full day of the Financial Blogger Conference, an annual gathering of bloggers who write about personal finance, investing, and other related topics. This is the second year of the conference’s existence, and hundreds of bloggers, writers, and representative from financial service companies are here at the hotel in Denver. The conference ... Continue reading this article…

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Automation Moderation: Don’t Let The Machines Control Your Money!

by Luke Landes
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Over the course of thousands of years, the character of money has gone through various metamorphoses. Bartering was the chief method members of a society acquired their individual needs until they developed shortcuts. Since that first shortcut, societies haven’t stopped creating more shortcuts, further separating the method of acquiring something from those things that are ... Continue reading this article…

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Improve Your Finances By Modifying Your Behavior

by Luke Landes
Money

Improving your financial situation requires more than just trying harder. People who write financial websites offering advice often think or imply that the reason for financial misfortune is ignorance of the basics. Recently, there was one website that claimed that the only thing people need to know was spend less than you earn, as if ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Planners Can Help You Take Control of Your Finances

by Luke Landes
Kimberly Palmer's Money Planner

Having ready many books about personal finance and money management over the last decade, I recognize most new books as offering nothing particularly new to readers. Some of the world’s favorite money gurus rehash the same ideas repeatedly, some on a predictable yearly release schedule, and these books become best-sellers due to the names attached. ... Continue reading this article…

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A Financial Festivus for the Rest of Us

by Luke Landes

To all those who celebrate, have a successful Festivus. I’ve come to be a fan of this secular “holiday,” celebrated every year on December 23 following its mass introduction to the public through an episode of Seinfeld. At its core is a non-commercial, non-religious approach to the season. While I do enjoy gift exchanges with ... Continue reading this article…

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Construction Revolutionized My Finances

by Luke Landes
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This is a guest article by Jon the Saver, a personal finance blogger at Free Money Wisdom. His mission is to spread financial wisdom and help people get their financial lives under control. In his down time he loves a mean game of Scrabble and spending quality time with his fiancee. I’m probably the only ... Continue reading this article…

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The Financial Planner Who Lost His House

by Luke Landes
Great Expectations - Carl Richards - Behavior Gap

Carl Richards is one of today’s best writers focusing on personal finance. Originally keeping a great blog at behaviorgap.com, The Behavior Gap has moved to the New York Times, and early next year, Carl will release his first book. Look for The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money on January ... Continue reading this article…

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Set Up Beneficiaries for All Your Accounts

by Luke Landes

While anyone moves towards financial independence, there is a time to think about what would happen to one’s financial accounts if one were to most unfortunately pass away. It’s a morbid thought, no doubt, and it’s easily avoidable in a world where talking about death is difficult. I don’t like to contemplate my own mortality, ... Continue reading this article…

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Involving Children in Household Money Management

by Luke Landes
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At the right age, involving children in the household financial planning process can be a good way to teach responsible money management. Children internalize best practices when they not only receive meaningful instruction, but have visible, positive role models as parents. If parents want to impart a lesson of “buy only what you can afford,” ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Tips for Students Entering College

by Luke Landes

Seventeen years ago I was nervous about what was about to transpire. At this time, although I had been away from home for extended periods of time, I was about to leave for college. Honestly, I thought I might not have been able to handle the responsibilities and the new social environment. Rather than living ... Continue reading this article…

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Net Worth Competition: Don’t Compare Yourself With Others

by Luke Landes
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One of the most important metrics for tracking financial progress is net worth. I write about my net worth, or a modified form of it, every month when I report my balances. I’ve been in the practice of publishing my net worth updates for eight years. By watching my net worth change over time — ... Continue reading this article…

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Ignoring Bills Won’t Make Them Disappear

by Luke Landes
Toyota Celica

This is one of my biggest financial mistakes. My failure to learn some basic skills and my willful ignorance of the trouble I was in cost me thousands of dollars and major inconveniences. When I was younger, I didn’t have that much of a positive track record with cars. In high school after receiving my ... Continue reading this article…

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Save Money While in College

by Luke Landes
Princeton University

Higher education has its benefits, both financial and not. A bachelor’s degree helps ensure lifetime earnings will be greater than someone with just a high school diploma. Aside from the financial benefit, the cognitive skills used in tackling tough academics are useful inside and outside of a career. Nevertheless, college students often start careers at ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Live Within Your Means

by Luke Landes

For as long as I’ve been reading about smart money management, “live within your means” has been the underlying mantra that, when uttered repeatedly and internalized, will result in a much more fulfilling life overall. By living below your means, you are sure to come out the end of each month with a net worth ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Tips for College Graduates

by Luke Landes
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College graduation like when you beat Ganon, the resilient bad guy at the end of the classic video game, The Legend of Zelda, for the first time. You’ve been through many levels of challenges, perhaps even used a few “cheats” along the way, and did anything necessary to grow your knowledge and skills, many of ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Financially Succeed as a Couple

by Elle

This is a guest article by Elle, the author of the blog Couple Money. Handling personal finances can be an intriguing, challenging, and rewarding process. Being married and handling finances can double those effects. My husband and I have learned through the years that working together can be powerfully effective and motivating. While every couple ... Continue reading this article…

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The Zombies Are Here and They’re Hungry… For Your Personal Finances

by Jeremy Simon

This is a guest article by Jeremy M. Simon, a reporter and columnist for CreditCards.com. He is a blogger at Taking Charge. They’re lumbering toward you, their eyes dead and arms outstretched. And they’re hungry. No, personal finance readers, I’m not talking about debt collectors: I’m talking about zombies, which over the past several years ... Continue reading this article…

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Elmo Teaches Kids About Saving Money

by Luke Landes

I have many things in common with my friends in the same age range as myself. Among these shared experiences that define a generation, for the most part, we all watched Sesame Street as children. When we reminisce, we remember Mr. Hooper. We remember when Big Bird was the only character to be able to ... Continue reading this article…

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Call For Guest Articles, the Personal in Personal Finance, and the Lottery

by Luke Landes

Later this month, I will be traveling to southern California to visit my family. I usually travel to the west coast for vacation twice a year, once in the spring and once around Thanksgiving. During this time, I’ll still be working, but I often use this as an opportunity to feature a select number of ... Continue reading this article…

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Lending Money to Friends and Family

by Luke Landes

I try to keep the issue of money out of my personal relationships. Many people I know outside of those I know only online — my friends and family — read Consumerism Commentary. For the most part, they’re not interested because, I assume, they’d rather keep the issue of money out of our friendships — ... Continue reading this article…

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