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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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Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

by Luke Landes

Using a hotel rewards credit card can do more than just provide a way to pay for your travel expenditures. If used properly, it can also save you hundreds to thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime by offering stays at hotels and by providing discounts on future travel purchases. The Marriott Rewards® […]

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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. The incentive for becoming a customer of American Express’s business cards is continuing to improve. The card formerly known as the Gold Card from American Express OPEN is now known as The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN. […]

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Aurora Bank Review

by Luke Landes

In my neverending quest to find more options for banking in today’s environment of low-yield high-yield savings and money market accounts, I’ve come across Aurora Bank. I don’t move money around from one account to another to chase high rates, but until I get around to simplifying my banking options, I tend to open accounts […]

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Free Triple Credit Score with GoFreeCredit.com

by Luke Landes

This review of the Free Triple Credit Score with GoFreeCredit.com was published in 2011. According to a representative from the company, the platform has been updated in the intervening years and some details from this review no longer apply. Today, GoFreeCredit.com works directly with TransUnion to provide a score and three-bureau credit monitoring for $17.95 […]

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Mother’s Day Fiasco With FTD: A Review

by Luke Landes
Mother's Day Flowers

In my attempt to be a good son to my mother who lives about as far away from me as possible in the contiguous United States, I decided to send a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day. Sending flowers may be cliché, but I know she appreciates it, so I’m happy to send them. I’ve […]

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Ebates Review

by Luke Landes

There is more to maximizing cash back than just using the right rewards credit cards. Many card issuers also offer marketplaces or online shopping portals where, if you use your appropriately branded credit card, you can earn 1 percent to 7 percent cash back or more. That’s in addition to the 1 percent to 5 percent cash back credit […]

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Capital One ShareBuilder Review

by Luke Landes

Updated August 2014. I’m not a frequent stock trader. The closest I’ve been recently to stock trading is participating in a $1,000 investing competition with some colleagues this year. With my long-term view of investing, looking at stocks every day and executing costly trades does not make sense for my approach to my own finances. […]

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American Express Personal Savings Review

by Luke Landes
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By far, the most requested review on Consumerism Commentary that I have yet to write is for the American Express Personal Savings Account. American Express offers one of the highest interest rates available with this savings account, making it very attractive from the surface. Once you own an account, how does it hold up against […]

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H&R Block Online Tax Filing Review

by Luke Landes
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This is a relatively long review of H&R Block’s online tax preparation and filing service. H&R Block has provided Consumerism Commentary with six coupon codes for H&R Block Premium Edition, the most complete service offered by the company. If you haven’t filed your household’s tax return yet, chances are taxes are on your mind. If […]

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