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Podcast 32: Gift Cards and Financial Reform

by Luke Landes

The first guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Jim Sharvin, a Certified Public Accountant affiliated with the California Society of CPAs. Tom Dziubek and Jim discuss how consumers can protect themselves when buying and using one of the most popular holiday gifts, gift cards. After the break Tom speaks with Heather Booth, Executive Director ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 31: Peer-to-Peer Lending and Target Date Funds

by Luke Landes

On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Renaud LaPlanche, co-founder and CEO of LendingClub and Rob Garcia, senior director of product strategy for the same company. The LendingClub teams discusses the benefits and drawbacks of peer-to-peer lending as an alternative to the traditional banking system. Also in today’s episode, Flexo and Tom Dziubek ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 30: Nick Corcodilos, Ask the Headhunter

by Luke Landes

The guest on today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Nick Corcodilos, author of Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job and How to Work With Heahunters. Nick is the founder of the website Ask the Headhunter where he offers advice about job hunting. Today, Tom Dziubek and Nick Corcodilos discuss the job of ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 29: Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, The Frugal Duchess

by Luke Landes

Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, author of The Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money, is today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. Sharon, known to the world as “The Frugal Duchess,” joins Tom Dziubek and myself to talk about her experiences and to offer tips for other duchesses. Production Number: S02E03 Segment Number: 39 ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 28: Dan Solin, Investing for Retirement

by Luke Landes

In today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, our guest is Dan Solin, author of The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read and other books in the “Smartest Book” series. Tom Dziubek talks with Solin about planning for retirement. Production Number: S02E02 Segment Number: 41 [podcast flashvars="titles: 'Consumerism Commentary Podcast 28: 2009-11-01'"]http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/audio/podcast-028-dan-solin-smartest-books.mp3[/podcast] To listen, use ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 27: Man Vs. Debt and Frugal Travel

by Luke Landes

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast has now completed six months of broadcasts without missing one week. This is as good a place as any to declare the “First Season” of the podcast complete and begin the “Second Season.” In the premiere of Season 2, Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Adam Baker, the creator of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 26: Mark Frauenfelder, Creator of Boing Boing

by Luke Landes

Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Mark Frauenfelder, the creator of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of the MAKE magazine. Frauenfelder also writes for Credit.com, and within this interview he shares details about some of this website’s new services including the Credit Report Card (reviewed here). Frauenfelder is a proponent of the do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 25: Sandra Hanna, Smart Cookies and Neal Frankle, Wealth Pilgrim

by Luke Landes

Today’s podcast features Sandra Hanna, the “savvy spender” among the Smart Cookies. Smart Cookies is a television program on the W Network. Sandra is one of five hosts on the show. Each with their own specialty offers financial makeovers. The Smart Cookies have also written a book, The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 24: Unconventional Path to Becoming a Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Our guest on today’s podcast is Jen Smith, the “Millionaire Mommy Next Door.” By age 40, Jen had become a self-made millionaire and she and her husband are now financially independent, stay-at-home parents. In our interview, Jen describes her path from minimum-wage jobs to financial freedom. Jen has appeared on The Montel Show and shares ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 23: Haggling and Negotiating From Hostage Crisis to the Grocery Game

by Luke Landes

Our theme for today’s podcast is haggling and negotiating. The first guest in today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Herb Cohen, author of You Can Negotiate Anything and adviser to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Herb speaks about the experiences that led to his work in high profile negotiations and offers tips for everyday haggling ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 22: Mint’s Acquisition by Intuit and Roth IRA Conversions

by Luke Landes

CEO and founder of Mint, Aaron Patzer, joins Consumerism Commentary again to discuss his company’s recent acquisition by Intuit and possible changes to personal finance software. Also on today’s poscast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Bryan Olson from Charles Schwab about the new rules for Roth IRA conversion that will be in effect next year. [podcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 21: Student Saving Tips and How to Survive on a Teacher’s Salary

by Luke Landes

In today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, I offer a number of suggestions for students heading back to school, particularly for new college freshmen. Tom Dziubek and I discuss tips that will help students take small steps now to ensure they will start the rest of their lives on a sound footing. After the discussion for students, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 20: You Need a Budget and PocketSmith

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast focuses on budgeting. Our first guest is Jesse Mecham, designer of the budgeting software You Need a Budget. We speak with Jesse about his philosophy and rules of budgeting and how it relates to the software he designed. In the second half of the podcast, our guests are ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 19: Giving Yourself a Raise

by Luke Landes

Our guest today is Matt Jabs, blogger and founder of Debt Free Adventure, a blog designed to help the author stay accountable for getting out of debt. Debt Free Adventure is one of my favorites among new personal finance blogs. Today’s discussion focuses on the concept of giving yourself a raise, an important way to ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 18: Financial Snap Judgments and the PowerCost Monitor

by Luke Landes

Today’s first guest is David Adler, behavioral finance expert and author of Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes With Your Money. Tom Dziubek and I discuss with the author the elements of good financial decision making. Tom Dziubek also speaks with Peter Porteous, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 17: Buying and Owning a Home in Today’s Market

by Luke Landes

In this episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek and I discuss home purchasing and ownership with David Crook, editor of the Wall Street Journal Sunday and author of Complete Home Owner’s Guidebook and Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook. Within today’s podcast, David Crook shares his evaluation of today’s real estate market and offers suggestions ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 16: Jeff Rose, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports Autos

by Luke Landes

In this episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast Tom Dziubek speaks with Jeff Rose, Certified Financial Planner™ about financial planning. Jeff talks about different professional designations for financial planners and what it takes to become certified. He shares with Consumerism Commentary Podcast listeners some of the trends he sees with his clients, advice that could ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 15: Results of the Credit CARD Act and Tips for Dealing With Layoffs

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Robert Manning, author of Credit Card Nation: The Consequences of America’s Addiction to Credit, and founder and CEO of Responsible Debt Relief. Tom Dziubek and Dr. Manning discuss the results and effects of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. Also in ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 14: ING Direct’s “We, the Savers” and the AICPA’s Feed the Pig Campaign

by Luke Landes

Episode 14 of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast includes interviews with representatives from ING Direct and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Our discussion with Jim Kelly, the chief operating officer of ING Direct, focuses on the bank’s “We, the Savers” campaign and we also discuss ING Direct’s beginnings in the United States and ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 13: Tips for Graduating Students and the Cash for Clunkers Program

by Luke Landes

The thirteenth episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features myself and our media producer, Tom Dziubek, in a discussion about tips for graduating seniors who are entering the job market and are embarking upon a career this summer. Also in today’s episode, Tom discusses the Cash for Clunkers program with an expert from Intuit, Bob ... Continue reading this article…

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