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Podcast 72: How Rich People Think, Steve Siebold

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Steve Siebold, professional speaker, mental toughness expert and author of the book How Rich People Think. In the interview, Steve discusses his definitions of “middle class” and “world class,” and how members of these two classifications differ when it comes to making financial ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 71: Debt-Free U, Zac Bissonnette

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Zac Bissonnette, writer at the Huffington Post and DailyFinance and also author of the book Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents. Tom and Zac discuss how Zac was able to go ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 70: Avoiding Cell Phone Bill Shock, Michael Gikas

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Michael Gikas, Senior Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports about avoiding cell phone bill shock. Tom and Mike discuss Consumer Reports’ tips, such as monitoring your usage, adjusting your plan and even evaluating prepaid phone options. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #70 Avoiding Cell Phone Bill Shock, Michael ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 69: American Express Customer Service Survey, Keri Buster

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Keri Buster, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, World Service at American Express about her company’s recent survey about customer service. Tom and Keri discuss American Express’s findings about the importance of customer service to customers and the effect customer service has ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 68: Personal Investing, Carol Fabbri

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Carol Fabbri, co-author of the book Personal Investing: The Missing Manual. During the interview, Carol discusses many the preparation a person should make before investing, the different categories of investors, choosing the right index funds, a reasonable return on investment that investors should ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 67: The Importance of Earning More, Ramit Sethi

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo talk to Ramit Sethi, author of the bestselling book I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Ramit discusses the importance of earning more money and talks about topics such as why people don’t earn as much as they can, the use of systems ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 66: Keeping a Natural Disaster From Becoming a Financial Disaster, Richard Rosso

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Richard Rosso, CFP and financial consultant at Charles Schwab. Richard discusses his advice on how to prevent a natural disaster from becoming a financial disaster and offers up many tips, including how to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage, taking inventory ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 65: New “Goals” Feature at Mint, Saving Money at a Ball Game

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two interviews. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek speaks with Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint and Rob Garcia, Director of Product Strategy at Lending Club about Mint’s new “Goals” feature and their related partnership with Lending Club. Then, Tom talks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about different ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 64: Taking Control of Your Finances, Flexo

by Luke Landes

In today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Flexo about his recommended steps for people to take control of their personal finances. Among the things Flexo talks about are the importance of self-awareness, taking an inventory of your personal finances, tracking your money and getting out of debt. Consumerism Commentary Podcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 63: 8Coupons, Investing vs. Paying Down Mortgage

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two guests. First, Tom Dziubek talks with Landy Ung, co-founder of the online coupon and deal aggregation website 8Coupons. Landy discusses what features the website offers and how they use natural language processing to help discover deals. In the second segment, Tom speaks with Consumerism Commentary founder ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 62: Families and Money Survey, Bank Overdraft Fees

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two guests. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek talks with Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation. Carrie discusses the findings of their 2010 Families & Money Survey and also talks about the financial tools available at Schwab MoneyWise. In the second segment, Tom speaks with Jim ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 61: Summer Money Saving Tips, Flexo

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek talks with Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about his money saving tips for the summer. Flexo talks about ways to save money using central air conditioning, cooking outside, saving money booking vacations and also about tax-free holidays in some states. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #61 Summer Money ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 60: AmEx ZYNC Card, SmartyPig and BBVA Compass Bank

by Luke Landes

Today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two parts. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek talks with Mary Hines, Vice President of ZYNC Product Management at American Express about the company’s new ZYNC charge card. In the second interview, Tom talks with SmartyPig executives Bob Weinschenk and Mike Ferrari about their company’s recent affiliation with BBVA Compass ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 59: Microsaving, Donna Freedman

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Donna Freedman, personal finance columnist at MSN Money (

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Podcast 58: How to Keep From Going Broke with a Broker, Richard Lewins

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Richard Lewins, founder of the LewinsLaw legal practice and author of the book, How to Keep From Going Broke with a Broker – A Guide to Opening, Maintaining and Surviving Your Brokerage Account. Tom Dziubek talks to Richard about the basics of what being a broker is, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 57: Beneficial Bank’s Education-Themed Banking Concept

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Gerry Cuddy, President and CEO of Beneficial Bank. Tom Dziubek talks to Gerry about the two new banks that Beneficial recently opened in NJ and how their financial literacy approach differs from other banks. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #57 Beneficial Bank, Gerry Cuddy Production/Segment: S03E05 / 75 Adobe ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 56: Bank Overdraft Fees and moneyStrands

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two guests. First, Tom Dziubek talks to Preeti Vissa of the Greenlining Institute about the organization’s recent study on bank overdraft fees. Tom’s second guest is Atakan Cetinsoy, Vice President of Corporate Development and Personal Finance Products at the personal financial management website, moneyStrands. Atakan explains moneyStrands ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 55: Generation Y Consumers, Kimberly Palmer

by Luke Landes

Our guest on today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and author of the upcoming book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. Our podcast producer and host, Tom Dziubek, speaks with Kimberly about the typical Generation Y consumer, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 54: Improving Gas Usage and Saving Money

by Luke Landes

Our guest on today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Schwark Satyavolu, president and co-founder of BillShrink. Our podcast producer and host, Tom Dziubek, speaks with Schwark about trends and tips for saving money on travel this coming summer. This episode contains a number of suggestions that will help travelers and commuters consume less ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 53: Frugal Photography

by Luke Landes

Today, the Consumerism Commentary Podcast celebrates its one-year anniversary. On the Season Three premiere, Tom Dziubek and I discuss exploring the art of photography without damaging your personal finances. Photography can be one of the most expensive hobbies, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are several tips for saving money. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #53 ... Continue reading this article…

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