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Sadness Inhibits Progress Towards Financial Freedom

by Luke Landes
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Visiting my family this week and through Thanksgiving, I’ve been helping my mother rearrange old photographs, scan some for our online family tree, and place many into albums that will protect them for the future. One of her favorite observations about me is, “You were such a happy baby.” My personality hasn’t changed much. I […]

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5 Fundamental Financial Skills You Can Practice

by Luke Landes
Trumpet

An interesting article in Fortune explored how employees can practice basic career skills like professional musicians and athletes use their non-performance time or non-competitive time to practice. This struck a chord with me due to my background with music. I studied music education in college with the intent of being a high school teacher, and […]

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Financial Voyeurism: Sharing Your Finances to Improve Your Life

by Luke Landes
Net worth balance sheet, December 2011

There’s something weird about what I’ve done here at Consumerism Commentary. Although I no longer share all the details on a regular basis, when I started this website in 2003, its purpose was to track my financial progress, to discover and share thoughts about building financial freedom, and to grow my own knowledge about money […]

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Joe Biden’s Net Worth vs. Yours: Bad Comparison

by Luke Landes
Joe Biden

Recently, J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy pointed out that you may have a higher net worth than Joe Biden, the Vice President. Biden’s net worth is about $215,000, lower than one might expect for a person in his position, and that’s due to his debt load. I could name a few financial oversharers who […]

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It’s Time to Create a Will

by Luke Landes
Coins

I’m almost ashamed to admit this: I don’t have a will. I’m not happy about that, and it’s a situation I’ll change within the next few weeks. After being surrounded by so many intelligent people at the Financial Blogger Conference this weekend (please read my review), my lack of attention to this important facet of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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