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Baby On The Way? Get Ready To Be Shocked!

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I wrote about the expenses of raising a teenager, but the fun doesn’t start at age thirteen. Let’s flash back to birth. Sources for the previous post determined the cost of raising a teen to be $190,980, but here’s an article that says the cost of raising a baby to age seventeen is $250,000. ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast Interview With Caitlin From Clutter2Cash

by Luke Landes

Scott produced another great Money Blogger Podcast in which he interviews Caitlin from Clutter2Cash. It’s an excellent interview that touches on all the usual concerns, and I enjoyed hearing Caitlin’s point of view.

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I’ve Returned From California

by Luke Landes

Earlier today, I arrived back at my apartment. My vacation is complete, and I already miss being in California. There is still more my girlfriend and I would have liked to do on the west coast but we didn’t have time for. It’s back to the mundane for me: tonight I plan on finishing up ... Continue reading this article…

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Sort Out Your Finances

by Luke Landes

David Bach’s latest column on Yahoo Finance serves as a checklist for getting your personal finances in order. I went through this process several years ago but it would have been nice to have some guidance. Simply getting your information together in one location is the essential first step in organizing your financial life. Here’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: Career Intensity by David Lorenzo

by Luke Landes

I’ve got another “advance reading copy” to mention. Career Intensity: Business Strategy for Workplace Warriors and Entrepreneurs by David Lorenzo is a guide to taking charge of your career, whether you’re an independent Entrepreneur or a “Workplace Warrior” looking for advancement. The book contains concrete suggestions for actions and philosophies that ensure an individual will ... Continue reading this article…

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My Money Mistake #1: Not Knowing My Net Worth

by Luke Landes

I share my personal experiences here to create a formal record of what I do. I can always come back to the website in the future and to some degree understand the choices I made. Consumerism Commentary allows me to remain honest with myself — and with thousands of readers. I’m not a finance expert, ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Be Associated With Princeton University

by Luke Landes

The Princeton address yeilds a fair amount of cachet, most notably due to the Ivy League university and the expensive town. Companies and individuals always want to be associated with the word “Princeton.” There is a local train station, located outside of Princeton in the township of West Windsor, called Princeton Junction. Eventually, people living ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look at Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

by Luke Landes

Last week, I finished reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s not really about personal finance; it’s about the accuracy of certain snap decisions. I read the book with the intent of relating its message to the topics I focus on here. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking describes how some people have the ability ... Continue reading this article…

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Review of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn

by Luke Landes

I just finished reading Jane Bryant Quinn’s new book, Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. I’ve had it for a few weeks but the holidays stole my reading time. Now that you’ve read my excuse, let’s get to the review.

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Suze Orman’s Tips For 2006, Part 1

by Luke Landes

I’m not the biggest fan of Suze Orman. I’ve seen her show and I don’t like the way she talks to her callers, even if they deserve a little berating. I don’t agree with all of her advice, such her suggestions for young workers in the advertising industry in New York. If I remember correctly, ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look At The Number, Part 3

by Luke Landes

This is Part 3 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. The great thing about science is people are now living older and in better health in the past. From a certain point of view, a long lifespan may be a curse rather than ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look At The Number, Part 2

by Luke Landes

This is Part 2 in a series about The Number by Lee Eisenberg. Part 1 is here. Lee Eisenberg is not a fan of rules of thumb. In his new book, The Number, he takes a look at a few of these rules and effectively thumbs his nose at them. The author says: [M]any financial ... Continue reading this article…

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One Year of AdSense, Welcome Elliott Wave International

by Luke Landes

Here is how AdSense has done for me (in relative terms) since when I added ads to the site in November last year. This doesn’t include any of the revenue from other advertising programs I’ve experimented with. Speaking of experimenting with ads, I’ve added BlogAds to the site to determine if I’ll fare any better. ... Continue reading this article…

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Attack of the Killer Inflation

by Luke Landes

Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN Money is exploring the possible scenario in which inflation takes off in a manner like the period from 1979 to 1981. Even if inflation isn’t as high as 13.58 percent in one year, like it was in 1980 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the picture Liz draws can come ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Kids About Money, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Previously, I mentioned Yahoo Finance’s latest feature on teaching children about money. This post continues with that feature. Lynne Ticknor acknowledges that schools often don’t have the resources to teach classes beyond core curriculum. Personal finance classes are therefore difficult to find in public schools. Thus, the responsibility falls on the parents, who as many ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Kids About Money

by Luke Landes

Yahoo Finance is presenting a feature on teaching children about money. Here are some of the highlights. When to Kick Your Kid Out of the House, and Other Financial Lessons for Parents. In a middle-class household, it will cost on average $184,000 to allow your one child to live to year 17. If you send ... Continue reading this article…

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Your New York Number

by Luke Landes

Note: If you are looking for my look at The Number, by Lee Eisenberg, start here. The following is a look at an article that appeared in New York Magazine before I was aware of the upcoming book. Wouldn’t it be great to stop working and have enough money never to run out for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Purchased a Bed

by Luke Landes

I made a purchase yesterday that will hopefully improve the quality of my life considerably. My girlfriend and I decided to split the cost of a new bed. For the last several years, I’ve been sleeping on a twenty year old bed. I purchased the mattress, box spring, and frame from the father of a ... Continue reading this article…

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Kids Want The Darnedest Things

by Luke Landes

Is your kid a spoiled brat? When I was young, I generally got what I wanted from my parents. They were lucky that the things I wanted weren’t much. (Though they were upset when I’d rack up lots of long distance phone charges with the modem while calling BBSs.) Many parents struggle with not buying ... Continue reading this article…

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Save Some Money On Gas

by Luke Landes

Last week people were sounding the warning alarm for $5 gas at the pump. I didn’t echo the thought here because at the time on the surface it seemed somewhat reactionary. But some people are still claiaming we could shortly reach that… maybe. Compare these two CNN articles. First, Rita could equal $5 gas, written ... Continue reading this article…

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