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A Different Environment for 2012 Goals and Resolutions

by Luke Landes

I’ve exchanged some of the stress and risk in my life for a more comfortable situation. At the end of October, as some readers have been aware, I relinquished my ownership of Consumerism Commentary. There was an announcement in the Wall Street Journal that I’ll link to below for those who are curious about some […]

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Reflecting on My 2011 Goals

by Luke Landes

A little less than a year ago, I mentioned that 2011 would be the year that everything changes. It’s a phrasing that I borrowed from Torchwood, but it was relevant for me as well as to the television program’s concept. I’ll have more to say about this year’s changes later. At the time I created […]

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Full-Year Budgeting for Teachers

by Luke Landes

The school year within the United States public education system lasts about ten months, so some teachers face an interesting budgeting issue that most American workers do not. The first issue is handling a below-average paycheck. Compensation for public school teachers varies wildly depending on years of experience and location, but for the most part […]

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Family Earning $225k Annually, No Emergency Fund

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine featured a story about Rick and Amy Mendez, a couple in their early forties with two children, earning an income of $225,000. They have a healthy retirement plan balance, and they needed to borrow from their 401(k) to pay for an emergency. Here is a family of four earning $225,000 a year, with […]

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How to Design and Stick to a Flexible Budget

by Luke Landes

While it may not be the most exciting activity in the world, building a budget is one of the most important pieces of getting your financial life on track, especially if you’re starting from a particularly precarious point. When I first realized I needed to improve my money situation, I was in debt and had […]

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Goal Progress After April 2011

by Luke Landes

I last evaluated my progress towards my goals at the end of January, so it may be time to have another look. At the beginning of 2011, I set financial and personal goals for the year to keep me focused on improving not only my finances but other aspects of my self. Goal 1. I […]

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2011 Goals: First Month Status

by Luke Landes

The year is no longer new and novel. I’ve stopped accidentally writing “2010” on my checks, though I still double-check the date before sealing envelopes. New Year’s resolutions often don’t last past the first month of the year, so it’s time to see how “average” I am — how much I am like the typical […]

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Welcoming 2011 With Goals and Resolutions

by Luke Landes

Welcome to 2011! I’ve been reading 2010 recaps from friends and bloggers for the past few weeks and the general consensus is that people are happy to see the year go. With unemployment, health issues, and even death, the new year is being welcomes with open arms. I’m looking for a good year as I’ve […]

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Goals and Resolutions for 2011

by Luke Landes

Every new year provides an opportunity for self-renewal. The relatively arbitrary custom of recycling the dates on the calendar is like having a second (or a third, or fourth, etc.) chance to change the world. Although its history is a bit murky, the tradition of new years’ resolutions probably stemmed from this feeling. It took […]

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Evaluating My Progress Against 2010 Goals

by Luke Landes

There isn’t a lot of time left in 2010. As I get older, time seems to move faster. Perhaps now that I am not spending eight or more hours dedicated to a day job, I will be able to slow down the passage of time. With more time, 2011 may be better for me in […]

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