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How the Sausage Gets Made

by Luke Landes

No one wants to know how the sausage gets made. I admit that most people would find the last few years of my life somewhat strange. I started on a path to improve my finances about ten years ago. I saw my lack of savings and my increasing debt, and I started trying to determine ... Continue reading this article…

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Avoid These Big Money Wasters

by Luke Landes
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CNN is offering a compilation of the ten biggest money wasters. These items would be obvious to most loyal Consumerism Commentary readers, yet it would not be out of the question to disagree with some of these money-wasters in some circumstances. ATM fees. You shouldn’t be surprised that banks will charge multiple fees for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Win $50 For Gas Fill-Ups Plus $50 For Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

It’s another week in May, so it’s the start of another week of giveaways. This month, Consumerism Commentary has embarked on a project I am calling Giveaway May. Every weekday, I will be giving away at least a $50 gift card, and most days I will have a partner or sponsor to help enhance the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 109: Crazy About Money

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Dr. Maggie Baker, PhD, author of Crazy About Money: How Emotions Confuse Our Money Choices and What To Do About It. Dr. Baker has been a practicing psychologist for 30 years, focusing on financial therapy and ADD/ADHD. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #109 Crazy About Money: S05E05 / 133 ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Credit Card Reviews

by Luke Landes

Citigroup is the third largest bank holding company in the United States, and Citibank is the consumer banking entity owned by this behemoth company. Sometimes, size is an advantage. Citibank’s size allows it to have a massive credit card division, branded as “Citi Cards.” The size helps the bank offer some of the best deals ... Continue reading this article…

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Win a Free Kindle: May 20 Only!

by Luke Landes

It wouldn’t be a weekday in May without another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each day, I’ll have some to reward readers valued $50 or more. Today’s a good day for the winner; thanks to a partnership with personal finance blog Beating Broke, I am able to offer Amazon.com’s reading device, ... Continue reading this article…

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S&P 500 Return Beats Super-Rich Investors in 2010

by Luke Landes

The year 2010 was an anomaly. Usually, the members of the Institute for Private Investors, a country-club type of investment group that only welcomes you if you have $30 million in investable assets, beats the S&P 500 benchmark in terms of average annual returns. Looking at the latest ten-year average return, that’s what we see. ... Continue reading this article…

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$50 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway for May 19

by Luke Landes

Hot on the heels on what has likely been the most successful giveaway we’ve done at Consumerism Commentary, today brings another giveaway. Throughout this month, I’m celebrating Giveaway May; every weekday brings something new to reward readers and visitors. Yesterday, we surpassed 1,000 fans of Consumerism Commentary on Facebook. This is a great milestone! Today’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Are Online Banks Safe?

by Luke Landes

Anyone who is accustomed to being able to walk into the local bank branch, access accounts through a teller, and discuss banking options with an account manager on-site might still have reservations about moving money to an online-only bank. The benefits are big. Usually, online-only banks offer higher interest rates on savings and certificate of ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Review

by Luke Landes

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card offers 40,000 bonus points for new cardholders who manage to spend a total of at least $3,000 on purchases during their first three months of membership. This translates into $500 toward travel booked through Ultimate Rewards. Previous promotions for this card had offered a slightly sweeter deal for new cardholders, ... Continue reading this article…

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