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Money Magazine: 25 Rules to Grow Rich By, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine seems to be publishing some good content lately. First, it was 7 shortcuts for major money hassles, and today it’s a larger feature on 25 rules to help you grow rich. I’ve never been one to play by the rules, which in my opinion, are made to be broken. In fact, I hate ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Magazine: 7 Shortcuts for Major Money Hassles

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is running an extended feature targeting 7 of the most annoying money problems, and proving some easy solutions. Here is a shortcut to the seven shortcuts: 1. Ace your retirement. Buy a target-retirement fund in your 401(k). If you believe you’ll be retiring in 2030, you can buy a fund that targets that ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Examples of How You Can Be Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

by Luke Landes

Everyone loves saving money, cutting back, and reducing expenses. However, sometimes there is a tendency to focus on the wrong things. While you’re busy feeling good about reducing little costs here and there, every once in a while you neglect the larger picture. Here are some examples: 1. Saving money by not going to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Automate Your Emergency Savings

by Luke Landes

David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire, offers suggestions for making your emergency savings automatic. Before we get to the tips, most people agree that building an emergency stash of cash that can last long enough to cover three to six months should be one of the first financial priorities, even for those in debt. ... Continue reading this article…

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Spending Philosophies: Five Tips for a Better Relationship

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is profiling Michael and Brittany Abbate. Here is their situation. The couple used to have a total annual income of $135,000 to support them as well as their daughter, but thanks to a move from Chicago to Phoenix and a pregnancy, they now make less than half that amount. Due to the pay ... Continue reading this article…

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Finding Extra Money

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has a feature this month about finding extra money or “hidden assets” as they call it. I’m not going to do a whole series on these suggestions, but I will simply summarize and add a few thoughts. 1. Cash in old savings bonds. If they’ve matured, you have money that’s not earning any ... Continue reading this article…

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Mail Check: Some “Goodies” Arrived for Me

by Luke Landes

I’ve been away from my apartment for almost a week, so I had a few goodies waiting for me upon my arrival home yesterday. I received a letter from Emigrant Direct with my activation code for their new website to be launched next Monday. Also, they included a notice that they will be raising their ... Continue reading this article…

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Thinking About Moving Savings From ING Direct to HSBC Direct?

by Luke Landes

ING Direct has served me well for a long time. For a few years, their interest rates were the highest available, and their sign-up and referral bonuses simply added to the gains. I used all available referral bonuses in 2005, so I no longer have these to distribute. Also, their interest rates have been sagging ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Paid for Changing Your Flights

by Luke Landes

I’ve heard stories about people receiving various perks from airlines in return for giving up their seats on overcrowded flights. I never attempted this myself, but now I know there is a method to perk offerings, I may try to work the system if I find myself on a tight flight. Here are the tricks ... Continue reading this article…

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Does This Number Impress You?

by Luke Landes

$400,000. Do you consider someone with a net worth of $400,000 rich? Well-off? Comfortable? Would you set a lifetime goal for yourself at $400,000? Actually, a net worth of $400,000 sets you well above the median net worth in this country, and in the world, to say the least. But these statistics don’t matter… what ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Stats for Twentysomethings

by Luke Landes

A feature on MSN Money looks at finances of people in their twenties. The feature includes statistics such as median net worth, median income, percentage owning homes, etc. with which you can compare yourself if you happen to be in this particular demographic. At age 29, I was doing well compared to these averages, but ... Continue reading this article…

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Online Savings Accounts in the New York Times

by Luke Landes

The New York Times catches on to what bloggers have been talking about for years: online savings accounts earn more interest and are overall much better than the paltry traditional savings account. ING Direct led the newest initiatives in the United States in 2000, when it introduced the Orange account, and until recently it had ... Continue reading this article…

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Raising Interest Rates

by Luke Landes

Everyone is affected by raising interest rates, but different people are affected in different ways. CNN Money describes how a typical American (homeowner, spender, etc.) is affected by interest rates. Interest rates are simply the cost of borrowing money; the prices paid by institutions trickle down to the consumer. So if you’re in the market ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One Interest Rate Now 4.25%

by Luke Landes

The banks keep raising the interest rates for their online savings accounts. Joey wrote in to inform me that “Capital One is up to 4.25 percent (annual percentage yield) in their high-yield savings account.” This bank has Joey’s favorite web interface. I’ve updated the list of online savings account interest rates.

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HOWTO Deal With Winning the Lottery

by Luke Landes

Are you more likely to play the major lottery when the jackpot is more than $250 million? If you happen to play, and if you’re really lucky, there’s a chance, however slim, you might win it all. Let’s say you just realized you’re taking home the grand prize and you’re the only winner. Now what? ... Continue reading this article…

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PayPal Lowers Money Market Fund Rate

by Luke Landes

There is a lot of talk on the internets about online savings accounts raising their interest rates for customers; here’s something a little different. PayPal has been offering for a while a pretty high interest rate — over 4.25 percent — on money held in their money market fund. Unlike money market accounts and savings accounts, ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express One

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. American Express is offering a relatively new (well, a few months old) credit card called One. As you spend, 1 percent of each purchase is automatically deposited into a savings account. It’s not a horrible interest rate, beating that of most ... Continue reading this article…

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New Jersey Nest Eggs Incubating

by Luke Landes

A.G. Edwards has compiled results from a survey and has developed a “Nest Egg Index.” The statistics measured include participation in retirement plans, debt levels, home ownership — all major contributors to net worth. I found some items within the results personally interesting: My home state of New Jersey tops the index [cnn] of states, ... Continue reading this article…

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Bank of America’s Keep The Change

by Luke Landes

Some time ago, Bank of America introduced a new program for its checking account, savings account, and debit card holders called Keep The Change. A friend of mine asked me to write about this program quite some time ago, and I said I would do so. I try to keep my word. The premise is ... Continue reading this article…

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Review of The Number by Lee Eisenberg, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Over the next week or so, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at a book to be released next year entitled The Number, written by Lee Eisenberg. Before I get to the book, let me explain how the book came into my possession. At the end of October, I blogged about Lee’s article in New ... Continue reading this article…

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