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There’s No Way to Sugarcoat This: I Spent Too Much This Weekend

by Luke Landes

I attended a wedding this weekend, out of town. I thought I had prepared properly by trying on my clothes before leaving for the weekend, but I must have grabbed the wrong slacks at the last minute. Needless to say, I created an emergency for myself the day of the wedding. Well, this was as ... Continue reading this article…

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I’m the Chief Financial Officer of My Own Life

by Luke Landes

My friend J.D. asked me to write a little about how and why I assemble and publish my monthly financial updates and how the idea of looking at your personal finances from a quasi-business point of view helps gain perspective. What resulted is now a guest post at one of my favorite money-related blogs, Get ... Continue reading this article…

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Robert Kiyosaki on GuruWatch

by Luke Landes

Vince wrote up a great review of Robert Kiyosaki’s latest Yahoo column, Staying Safe from Financial Predators. Perhaps he needs only look within.

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Quick Update: Picked Up My Car from Repairs

by Luke Landes

To wrap up my latest vehicle-related saga, I picked up my car yesterday. The repairs took almost two weeks, but the shop did an excellent job. The suggestions from readers helped (thanks!) as I inspected the car before paying the bill. I took the car for a test spin to make sure there were no ... Continue reading this article…

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Mapgirl Moves Her Fiscal Challenge and Makes the Switch

by Luke Landes

Mapgirl, the blogger behind the excellent personal finance blog, Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge, has moved from BlogSpot and Blogger to WordPress. I’m very excited about the move because I enjoy her blog and it will hopefully be more stable on the new server and because I helped her move through my “Get Away From BlogSpot” project. ... Continue reading this article…

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Enrolled in My 2007 Employee Benefits

by Luke Landes

Today was the deadline to enroll in my 2007 employee benefits, so I took some time to do so. It wasn’t necessary for me since my options are staying the same as my 2006 selections, but it did give me an opportunity to compare the prices. The HMO medical program sponsored by Aetna increased from ... Continue reading this article…

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Car Almost Done With Repairs, What Do I Need to Look For?

by Luke Landes

My insurance company has provided me with a rental car while my own Honda Civic is in for repairs. I’ve been driving around a 2007 Saturn Ion. It doesn’t have many extra features, such as power windows, but it has been an adequate temporary replacement. My car should be ready to be picked up today ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Get Added to pfblogs.org and Some Promotion Codes

by Luke Landes

Thanks mainly to Jim’s excellent 25 Steps to a Wildly Successful Personal Finance Blog, I’ve recently received more requests from bloggers to be added to pfblogs.org, the ad-free financial blogs aggregator. In response to the influx, we added a request form to pfblogs.org to simplify the process. Each blog submitted goes through a quick review ... Continue reading this article…

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Received a Student Loan Refund Yesterday: $1.57

by Luke Landes

I think it is bad business cents to make a habit of spending $0.39 on postage to send out checks for small amounts. That’s right, my student loan provider sent me a check via First Class U.S. Postal Service mail — not even the pre-sort rate — for $1.57. Apparently, when loans are consolidated, there ... Continue reading this article…

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Free Access to the New York Times Select This Week

by Luke Landes

The New York Times is offering free access to the “Select” portion of the paper’s website. Here is what “Select” includes: From Nov. 6 – 12, enjoy FREE exclusive online access to the Op-Ed and news columns, online-only guest columns, a collection of articles from The Archive back to 1851 and more. This section is ... Continue reading this article…

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New Personal Finance Blogs, Some are Quite Good

by Luke Landes

One benefit of being “directly involved” with pfblogs.org is I find out about new blogs early on in their existence. Here are some good ones that have sprung up over the past few months, some of which may not be on your reading list yet. These should be. Let me know if there are any ... Continue reading this article…

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Want to Buy an e-book on eBay? Check Here First.

by Luke Landes

A few minutes ago, a visitor named Phil left a comment on a post from August, HOWTO Become an eBay Millionaire. I took a quick look at what Phil has and it looks pretty interesting. He buys those e-books you see being sold on eBay, which “explain” how to do a variety activities, such as ... Continue reading this article…

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Season of Gratitude at Balanced Life Center

by Luke Landes

The Balanced Life Center is organizing a “Season of Gratitude:” The Season of Gratitude, is a consciousness experiment of sorts to see what can happen in our lives individually and collectively when we focus on what we enjoy. It will run from October 24th through November 22nd, 2006. This sounds like a great project leading ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated the Value of My Honda Civic: $11,767

by Luke Landes

A few hours ago, I checked Edmunds.com to get an updated on the street value of my 2004 Honda Civic LX 4-door sedan. Once again, despite a later date and a higher number of miles, the value has hardly changed. At the beginning of the year, the car was valued at $12,074 for private party ... Continue reading this article…

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WordPress Time Zone Problem

by Luke Landes

Here in the United States, most people should have turned their clocks back one hour this morning to revert to standard time. WordPress users will have to change their time zone in their settings to reflect the change. I live on the east coast of the United States, so I have to change my WordPress ... Continue reading this article…

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Focusing on More Than One Interest Improves Your Brain

by Luke Landes

Those who study music have known this for years. The discipline and dexterity required to learn a music instrument to intermediate to advanced ability affects the brain such that the performer builds skills useful in areas other than music performance. Fortune Magazine says there’s more evidence that cross-training makes you better at everything you do, ... Continue reading this article…

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I Can’t Find an Inexpensive Flight

by Luke Landes

I’d like to visit my family in Orange County, California for Thanksgiving this year, but I may have waited too long to book flights. The least expensive flight from the New York area to Long Beach or Santa Ana, traveling from November 20 to the following weekend, is around $600 for the round trip. LAX ... Continue reading this article…

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Circuit City Wouldn’t Allow Me to Buy the Computer I Wanted

by Luke Landes

I’ve been planning since the middle of August to buy a new notebook computer to replace my five-year-old Fujitsu C-6631 1 GHz laptop, which is finally presenting operational problems. Well, purchasing a new computer isn’t easy. I want to spend between $1,500 and $2,500 and I want these features in addition to the standard wireless, ... Continue reading this article…

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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 ... Continue reading this article…

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Ford Taurus Will Cease to Exist

by Luke Landes

Ford is closing down production of its Taurus model. When the 1999 model came out, I was finishing college, and I thought it looked neat. I actually thought I might have liked to own and drive one. I had less knowledge about cars back then as I do now, which isn’t saying much. My girlfriend ... Continue reading this article…

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