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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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Podcast 52: Unautomate Your Finances, Adam Baker

by Luke Landes

This week’s guest on the Season Two finale of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Adam Baker, creator of the Man vs. Debt website and author of the e-book Unautomate Your Finances: A Simple, Passionate Approach to Money. Baker talks to Tom Dziubek and Flexo about eliminating bad automation from your personal finance habits and clutter ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 51: Money and Parenting, Kara McGuire

by Luke Landes

This week’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kara McGuire, personal finance columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Kara’s column, Ka-Ching, runs every Sunday, and she also writes Ka-Blog, a personal finance blog. In today’s episode, Kara, Flexo and Tom Dziubek discuss the cost of raising a child, how to get a jump on ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 50: Financial Literacy Month, Cate Williams

by Luke Landes

This week’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Cate Williams, Vice President of Financial Literacy at the credit counseling agency Money Management International. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Flexo and Tom Dziubek discuss several financial literacy topics with Cate, including at what age children should learn basic money skills, how many kids actually ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 49: Life or Debt and Charitable Giving Trends

by Luke Landes

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two guests. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek speaks with Stacy Johnson, author of the book Life or Debt 2010: A New Path to Financial Freedom and host of the nationally syndicated financial news segment, Money Talks News. Stacy discusses his book, stockbroker ethics, and how to overcome debt. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 48: The Other 8 Hours, Robert Pagliarini

by Luke Landes

This week’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Robert Pagliarini, author of the book The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth and Purpose. Robert talks with Tom Dziubek and discusses meaningless activities that eat away at the spare time in our lives and how to use that time more efficiently. Consumerism Commentary ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 47: The Financial Physician, Lou Scatigna

by Luke Landes

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is featuring Lou Scatigna, author of the book The Financial Physician: How to Cure Your Money Problems and Boost Your Financial Health. Lou also hosts the Financial Physician Radio Show on WOBM and XM Radio. Among the topics discussed, Lou talks about his approach to giving financial advice, his take on ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 46: Your Money: The Missing Manual, J.D. Roth

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is J.D. Roth, founder of the website Get Rich Slowly. J.D. has made the transition from blogger to published author. In this episode, Flexo, Tom Dziubek, and J.D. discuss the financial advice in his new book, Your Money: The Missing Manual. We also discuss the process of publishing ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 45: Gary Belsky, Behavioral Economics

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Gary Belsky, author of the book Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics and Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine. Gary and Tom Dziubek discuss behavioral economics and how understanding how we make decisions involving ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 44: Tax Tips for Big Life Changes

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Bob Meighan, CPA and Vice President of Consumer Advocacy at TurboTax. Bob and Tom Dziubek discuss income tax tips related to big life changes such as getting married, buying a home, having or adopting a child and changing jobs. Production Number: S02E18 Segment Number: 61 To listen, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 43: Financial Samurai

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Sam, the founder of the Financial Samurai website. Sam, Flexo, and Tom Dziubek discuss the Samurai Fund, early retirement, and the Samurai Codes of Honor. Production Number: S02E17 Segment Number: 58 To listen, use the player above (Adobe Flash required), download the podcast here, subscribe to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 42: Toyota Recalls, Frugal Valentine’s Day

by Luke Landes

Today we talk with Jeff Bartlett, Autos Deputy Editor at Consumer Reports about the recent Toyota recalls. For updated information on Toyota recalls, see Consumer Reports’ unintended acceleration guide. Also in today’s episode, Flexo discusses money saving tips for Valentine’s Day. Production Number: S02E16 Segment Numbers: 60, 57 To listen, use the player above (Adobe ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 41: Credit CARD Act of 2009 Compliance

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Samir Kothari, co-founder and Vice President of Products at BillShrink. Tom Dziubek speaks with Samir about how the terms of the Credit CARD Act of 2009 have been addressed by credit card issuers so far and what credit card customers can expect in the upcoming months. Production ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 40: Getting Back on Track in 2010, David Bach

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is David Bach, author of Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010, a book in which David discusses getting out of debt in 2010 and how to make the most of the recovering economy. David is a former senior vice president ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 39: Get Financially Naked, Manisha Thakor

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Manisha Thakor, author of Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey, a book that is designed to help couples improve their communication about financial matters. Manisha Thakor is a passionate advocate for women and financial independence, and has experience in the financial industry as ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 38: Eliminating Holiday Debt

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks Peter Pham, the CEO of BillShrink. Peter offers several suggestions to guide the many consumers who accumulated more debt than they expected this holiday gift-giving season. Peter Pham from BillShrink was also our guest on the first episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast in ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 37: Financial Foul-Ups With Brian Scheur

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with blogger Brian Scheur who created the website My Next Buck. Every Friday, My Next Buck features a financial foul-up or mistake. Some of these personal stories are drawn from Brian’s own experiences while others feature other personal finance writers presenting their own stories. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 36: Being Financially Secure in Today’s Economy, Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jany Bryant Quinn, author of Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy. The book will be released this Tuesday, December 29, 2009 and here is a review. Tom Dziubek, Flexo, and Jane Bryant Quinn discuss the author’s revisions ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 35: Credit Cards, Debt, and Financial Planning With Jean Chatzky

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and author of Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day. Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Jean Chatzky about credit cards, debt, and financial planning. Production Number: S02E09 Segment Numbers: 45 To listen, use the player above (Adobe ... Continue reading this article…

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