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Frugal Anywhere

by Luke Landes

Another article on MSN offers 50 ways to trim your budget. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a chart outlining the average household expenditures as a percent of income, much like I did earlier this month. In each of the categories, the article offers some suggestions for cutting back costs. Many of these I’m already ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal In The Country

by Luke Landes

How does a single mother of three kids survive on $31,000? First of all, she doesn’t live in New Jersey. After some unfortunate circumstances and some bad moves, Tricia offers some tips for making the most out of what you earn. The MSN article offers all of her tips, but to summarize, the list includes ... Continue reading this article…

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Handy Expiration Reference

by Luke Landes

For future reference: Real Simple magazine has published a guide to product expiration times. Also, here is the Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad, based on the periodic table of the elements. I have a version of this chart magnetized to my refrigerator.

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Auto Insurance Refund

by Luke Landes

The good news is I’ll be getting a check in about three weeks. Since I cancelled my old auto insurance after paying most of the premium, I’ll be receiving $2,819 in the mail. I’ll put the remainder of the premium due on my new insurance into a savings account where it can earn some interest ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Does My Money Go?

by Luke Landes

Eric asked me where I can cut back my expenses. I was actually working on this issue as he was posting this question. (It’s been a slow morning at work.) The chart below shows where my money from each paycheck is going and underneath there are some comments.

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Weekend Update

by Luke Landes

I had a busy weekend — despite getting the chance to do some fun things, I managed not to spend too much money. Besides getting some schoolwork done for my class, I went to New York on Saturday to see a Mets game with my girlfriend. For this, I incurred gas, tolls, and the price ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday’s News

by Luke Landes

As Friday progresses, I’ll add articles and news I find interesting to this post. * Jim Jubak says there is no housing bubble. The first rule of Housing Bubble is you do not talk about Housing Bubble. His reasons: mortgage money is cheap (low rates), high prices are a result of inflation only, and consumer ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Articles and News

by Luke Landes

Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading (or more likely skimming) today. I’ll update throughout the day as I find more interesting articles. * Jeanne Sahadi discovers three individuals’ definitions of rich. * You’re never too old to be an inventive entrepreneur. By “inventive,” I mean “illegal.” Seems the 80-year old was the madam ... Continue reading this article…

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How To Feel Rich

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein has another good article in the New York Times. He tells a story of how his father taught him to feel rich rather than be rich. It’s a nice article with which to begin the work week. I’ll quote: I was on my way to another job. I got to the next stop ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft Millionaires

by Luke Landes

Microsoft‘s [MSFT] amazing climb from its humble beginnings is well-known. Thanks to stock options and other benefits, many early Microsoft employees are millionaires. They’re showing up as successful business owners and philanthropists. The New York Times article profiles: * Rich Tong, cofounder of Ignition Parters, a venture capital group. * John Sage, owner of Pura ... Continue reading this article…

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