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Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed lately from around the web.

A Look at the Ten Highest-Yielding Dow Stocks from AllFinancialMatters. JLP reveals CitiGroup as the highest yielding Dow stock last year. Some of the top ten stocks appear in my mutual funds, but I don’t own any of those stocks outright. The two stocks that I own, MSFT and AKAM, did not do well last year.

50% of Debt: Gone! from No Credit Needed’s guest author, Tricia from Blogging Away Debt. “There are moments of pure bliss when you pay off a chunk of debt. The first year we were paying off chunks of debt left and right. We were tightening our financial belt and bringing in more income. Debt reduction life was good! The next year, things were a lot different.”

You Should Be Paid an Extra $133k for a Long Commute or Lots of Travel. Free Money Finance should tell that to my boss. “Nattavudh Powdthavee of the University of London published research to show that if you are going to take a job where you will give up seeing family and friends on a regular basis, you would need to earn $133,000 just to make up for the lack of happiness you feel from being away from those people.”

Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD: Blu-Ray Likely Winning on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. As Jim mentions, more studios are now supporting the Blu-Ray format exclusively. I was rooting for Blu-Ray in the early stages thanks to its higher capacity; it’s just unfortunate that there has to be one winner and the formats can’t somehow find compatibility with each other. Now I’m glad I hedged my bets and allowed my girlfriend to give me a Blu-Ray player to accompany the shelf with my HD DVD player.

Feed a Family of Two on $10,000 a Year. BankerGirl Heidi is creating her first budget ever this year. “I know that there are people out there that have proven that you can eat well on $20 a week or less — and I say, ‘Good for them!’ We won’t be going to that extreme — we’re trying to eat healthfully and buy locally whenever we can, and sometimes that means paying a bit of a premium.”

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Heidi

Thanks for the mention! Budgeting is hard – I’m sure that sticking to it is even more difficult. Hopefully the results will pay dividends.

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