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Giants Win Superbowl (and Blog Roundup)

by Luke Landes

I don’t know much about sports betting, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some people — other than those affiliated with the team who will receive big bonuses — who are significantly richer thanks to the New York Giants winning the Superbowl. I’m not a big football fan, but I managed to catch ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Financial Ratios, Wage Inequality, and a Housing Bubble

by Luke Landes

If you’ve joined Consumerism Commentary within the past year, you might have missed out on what was published here previously. Here are a few articles from January in past years to catch up. Stay current with the articles here by subscribing to the RSS feed. From the Second Half of January 2007 Suze Orman Teams ... Continue reading this article…

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Unexpected Call From Commerce Bank

by Luke Landes

Last weekend, I decided to open up a checking account at Commerce Bank. My girlfriend has been a customer for a few months, and she is very happy with their service. You can’t beat their hours, either. The branch a couple of blocks from my apartment open late tonight and all Thursdays — to 8:00 ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Goals, Messy Desks, and Asset Allocation

by Luke Landes

If you’ve joined Consumerism Commentary within the past year, you might have missed out on what was published here previously. Here are a few articles from January in past years to catch up. From the First Half of January 2007 Do I Have to Declare Goals? 10 Things Your Gym Won’t Tell You Don’t Feel ... Continue reading this article…

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Presidential Dollar Coins: New Designs in 2008 and Future Changes

by Luke Landes

There’s some news about the relatively unpopular “presidential” golden dollar coins. I’ve been using these coins almost every day, but I have not run into anyone else doing so. Most people I know haven’t even seen the coins. If you want to pick them up from the bank, pay attention to the release schedule: February ... Continue reading this article…

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$1,000,000 in Pennies in New York City

by Luke Landes

If you visit Rockefeller Center in New York before the end of the year, you’ll see an “art installation” consisting of $1,000,000 in one-cent coins. Silda Wall Spitzer, the wife of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, joined more than 300 elementary and middle school students from New York to unveil the “Penny Harvest Field,” an exhibition featuring ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Whining, CFO of Your Own Life, and Flex Accounts

by Luke Landes

New to Consumerism Commentary? Make up for lost time by taking a look through articles posted here in prior years. From the first half of December 2006: * Sometimes Financial Decisions Must Consider More Than Just Money * Whining About the Lack of Interest in Their House? * Baby Boomers Plan to Work in Retirement ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Money Gifts, Cyber Monday, and the Season for Giving

by Luke Landes

For a taste of old-time Consumerism Commentary, peruse these articles from the second half of November in prior years. From November 2006: * Extreme Savers Greg and Tara: We Have Some Things in Common * FreeCreditReport.com is a Scam! * Money-Saving Tips for Shopping Online * Wesabe, Web 2.0 Tool for Tracking Finances: Useful or ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Wal-Mart Sales, Algebra, and Extravagance

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary or just nostalgic, here are some articles from the first half of November in prior years. From November 2006: * Is a Wal-Mart Sale CNN-Newsworthy? * Secrets and Myths About Salary Your Employer Doesn’t Want You to Know * Solved an Algebra Equation at Work * Bond Issued to ... Continue reading this article…

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Purchased Airline Tickets for Thanksgiving Vacation

by Luke Landes

It has been my tradition over the past few years, I will be traveling to visit my family in California over Thanksgiving. As usual, I waited too long to purchase the airline tickets. I checked prices a few weeks ago, was discouraged by the high rates, and procrastinated even further. A few nights ago, I ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Second Life, Credit Cards at Fault, and Inexpensive Flights

by Luke Landes

Here are some more articles from Octobers past at Consumerism Commentary. Articles here have changed over the past few years, so you may notice some stylistic differences as you go back in time. Here are some selections from the second half of October, 2006: * The Virtual Reality Economy of Second Life * Wall Street ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Credit Scores, Penny Wise, and Pound Foolish

by Luke Landes

If you’re a new reader to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed some articles from October in prior years. Here are a few from the past. From the first half of October 2006: * Credit Score Question From a Reader * My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 3.5: The Stadium * Bought ... Continue reading this article…

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Debunking 13 Retirement Myths, Part 2

by Luke Landes

On Monday I began debunking retirement myths with the help of Money Magazine with the first seven of 13. Today I’m presenting the remaining 6 common errors in thinking. Myth #8: Your house can finance retirement. I’ve said this before — your house is not a retirement plan. Real estate investments are another matter; unlike ... Continue reading this article…

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Seminar This Weekend: The Road to Financial Success

by Luke Landes

I was stuck in traffic this morning, so I turned off my music and tuned to my state’s “own radio station,” New Jersey 101.5 FM to listen to the traffic report. I was hoping to determine how long I’d have to be sitting in my car before arriving at work. Before the traffic report, the ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Best Handle Old Credit Card Accounts

by Luke Landes

One of the best things you can do to build awareness of your financial condition is to view your credit report. Granted, in this case, it’s your perceived condition, not by your friends, neighbors, and nosy individuals who think they can tell how much you earn by the car you drive or the clothes you ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express Offer Extended

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Good news for those looking to make the most of American Express’s offer for a free round-trip airline ticket (or 25,000 Membership Rewards points to use otherwise). The offer has been extended to October 15. I won’t spend too much ... Continue reading this article…

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Richest Person in Asia: $16.2 Billion for Yang Huiyan

by Luke Landes

The richest individual in Asia is a 26-year-old Chinese woman whose wealth comes from a family company. Yang Huiyan’s father created Country Garden Holdings Ltd., a real estate development corporation, and its stock offering made billionaires of several of its primary investors. Yang’s total wealth is estimated at $16.2 billion. The China list’s rankings change ... Continue reading this article…

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I’ve Been Interviewed at Moolanomy

by Luke Landes

Pinyo, who wrote a recent guest post for Consumerism Commentary, The Weak Dollar is Killing Americans’ Wealth, interviewed me yesterday. We spoke about websites, investing, gurus, and a little bit of personal history. Read the interview at Moolanomy.

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More Credit Cards With Sign-Up Bonuses

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Credit card companies want to drag customers in, and sometimes offer nice bonuses to encourage applications. If you know how to handle a credit card, bonuses can pay off nicely. Here is an updated list of current bonuses available. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Contest: $100,000 to Rename “Retirement”

by Luke Landes

If you’re creative with words (and perhaps video), SmartMoney has a contest for you. The magazine wants to come up with another term for “retirement,” considering how its meaning has changed over the years. Today’s retirees are more active than ever, moving forward with their lives and pursuing a wide variety of interests and passions. ... Continue reading this article…

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