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Frugal Answer: Make Your Own Holiday Gifts?

by Luke Landes

I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you But I get the feeling that you don’t like it What’s with all the screaming? You like monkeys, you like ponies Maybe you don’t like monsters so much Maybe I used too many monkeys Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a […]

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Purchased a New Notebook Computer: Customized Dell Inspiron E1705

by Luke Landes

I’ve finally pulled the trigger. If you’ve been following along, I’ve been looking for a new computer since August, to replace a five-year-old Fujitsu laptop that has seen better days. I had a tough time with Circuit City a few months ago, so I continued looking. With the help of a former co-worker, we decided […]

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Five Things You May Not Know About Me

by Luke Landes

Steve over on his blog, Adventure Money, tagged me, so according to the rules I must come up with five things my readers may not know about me. I’ve been avoiding this for a few days, but I think at 1:30 in the morning I might be in the right state of mind to tackle […]

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U.S. Mint Will Try Dollar Coins Again

by Luke Landes

The U.S. Mint has unveiled the first designs for the new Presidential Dollar Coin program. The new coins will feel identitcal to the Sacagawea coins that begun production a few years ago. For some reasons, the American public just doesn’t like dollar coins. Most vending machines won’t take them, and companies don’t want to retool […]

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I Am Apparently Not on the Path to a Comfortable Retirement (Win $50,000)

by Luke Landes

So one of Consumerism Commentary’s new sponsors, Nationwide, has an interactive tool that asks a few questions and determined if you are on the path to a decent retirement. It’s a Flash-based tool with an annoying talking character (who you can mute if he or she starts to annoy you, too). The questions are meant […]

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Review: The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million by Lynnette Khalfani

by Luke Landes

Last month, I received The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million by Lynnette Khalfani in the mail from the publisher. Here’s a look at the book from my point of view. First of all, Khalfani (who calls herself the “Money Coach”) has devised an acrostic to outline the path to your first million dollars. […]

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Did You Notice Today’s Date?

by Luke Landes

The blogosphere seems to be saturated with stories retelling what people were doing when they first heard (or felt) the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center five years ago, on September 11, 2001. Here’s my contribution to the meme.

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Final Question of the Day

by Luke Landes

The final Question of the Day is being hosted at Get Rich Slowly, so take a minute to answer this question over there: What does money mean to you? The full schedule is contained below.

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Selling My Books on eBay: Probably Not Worth It

by Luke Landes

Last night, I was considering starting an eBay campaign. I have about 100 books (or “novelizations” as they’re called) of the classic Doctor Who television program. I purchased them with allowance money more than 15 years ago over the period of a few years, and the box that contains them has followed me from apartment […]

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Gardening in New Jersey: Invasion of the Bunnies

by Luke Landes

If you plant a vegetable garden and you live in New Jersey, this news may concern you. Conditions are apparently perfect (a mild winter and enough spring rain to encourage a lot of vegetable growth) for an increased number of baby bunnies (link free for next 14 days only) this season. There are an average […]

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