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Podcast 113: The Money Couple, Scott & Bethany Palmer

by Luke Landes

Today’s guests on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast are Scott and Bethany Palmer, also known as The Money Couple. The Money Couple talks about many topics in their book, First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A Couple’s Guide to Financial Communication such as financial infidelity, money personalities and how couples can better understand each others’ money ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One Buys ING Direct, Now What?

by Luke Landes

ING Direct has been on sale for the past few years, and I’ve speculated on the rumors of possible buyers like Ally Bank and GE Capital Bank. The winning bidder has been announced. Capital One has purchased ING Direct for $9 billion. Capital One is a financial institution that is historically known as a credit ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Live Within Your Means

by Luke Landes

For as long as I’ve been reading about smart money management, “live within your means” has been the underlying mantra that, when uttered repeatedly and internalized, will result in a much more fulfilling life overall. By living below your means, you are sure to come out the end of each month with a net worth ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card $250 in gift cards

by Luke Landes

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America’s Lost Decade

by Luke Landes

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to Barack Obama and Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton’s presidency, shared his thoughts on the economy through opinion pieces in the Financial Times and Washington Post. His concern is the possibility that the United States is heading for a “lost decade” similar to Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s. This ... Continue reading this article…

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How a College Meal Plan Wastes Money

by Luke Landes

Meal plans at college are convenient. A student’s food costs are wrapped into each semester’s tuition bill, allowing them to focus on academics and college activities rather than finding the money for each meal. Many colleges offer similar meal plan choices, and the two most popular options are plans that offer either three meals a ... Continue reading this article…

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Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

When the Credit Card Act was passed years ago, many thought it would be the end of credit card rewards programs. Despite increased costs of operations, credit card issuers continue to beef up their attempts to attract new customers, with bonuses for signing up and growing perks. The best cards you’ll find today seem to ... Continue reading this article…

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Family Earning $225k Annually, No Emergency Fund

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine featured a story about Rick and Amy Mendez, a couple in their early forties with two children, earning an income of $225,000. They have a healthy retirement plan balance, and they needed to borrow from their 401(k) to pay for an emergency. Here is a family of four earning $225,000 a year, with ... Continue reading this article…

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7 Tips for Using Student Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

If you’ve just received your first student credit card, congratulations. Perhaps you’ve used pre-paid debit cards in the past, or maybe this is your first time with plastic. Credit cards are just tools for spending the money that you do have, and are not inherently good or evil. If you use them well, they will ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Tips for College Graduates

by Luke Landes

College graduation like when you beat Ganon, the resilient bad guy at the end of the classic video game, The Legend of Zelda, for the first time. You’ve been through many levels of challenges, perhaps even used a few “cheats” along the way, and did anything necessary to grow your knowledge and skills, many of ... Continue reading this article…

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