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How to Get Your Spouse On Your Financial Team

by Neal Frankle

This is a guest article by Neal Frankle. Neal is a Certified Financial Planner and blogs at Wealth Pilgrim. Neal writes about taking action steps to improve clients’ financial situations and finding balance at the same time. I’ve often wondered if the posts we write about personal finance are getting into the hands of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 63: 8Coupons, Investing vs. Paying Down Mortgage

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast has two guests. First, Tom Dziubek talks with Landy Ung, co-founder of the online coupon and deal aggregation website 8Coupons. Landy discusses what features the website offers and how they use natural language processing to help discover deals. In the second segment, Tom speaks with Consumerism Commentary founder ... Continue reading this article…

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Independence Weekend Reading: Priceline, Secrets, and Condoms

by Luke Landes

For many Americans with typical jobs, this is a long holiday weekend. I could use the break from my day job, which is becoming increasingly stressful with many co-workers out of the office at various times this summer. Frankly, I’d rather be spending the time working on my own projects. As readers know, I’ve been ... Continue reading this article…

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New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

by Smithee

Historically, it’s been difficult, if not impossible, for Americans with medical problems to acquire affordable health insurance. That changed yesterday with the rollout of another piece of this year’s Affordable Care Act, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). As of July 1, 2010, adult citizens or legal residents who have been without insurance for six ... Continue reading this article…

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Track Savings Goals With Mint.com

by Luke Landes
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Mint.com added a new feature this week to its online personal finance management software. Like SmartyPig, the new focus is on savings goals. I’ve recently become a fan of SmartyPig’s approach to goal tracking, so I was interested in seeing Mint.com’s new feature. In addition to tracking your account balances as any other personal finance ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension

by Luke Landes

Good news, everyone. The home buyer tax credit extension, after failing in the Senate last week, was finally passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week and the Senate late last night. The bill that includes the extension has been signed into law by President Obama on Friday, July 2. Originally, before the extension, ... Continue reading this article…

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Buy a Meal at Panera, Pay What You Want

by Luke Landes

In the movie Clerks, the convenience store cashier, Dante, occasionally takes a break from manning the counter. Rather than ensuring every customer paid for his or her items, he leaves a sign: “Please leave money on the counter. Take change when applicable. Be honest.” Dante believes customers assume they are being watched and will leave ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Freedom Review

by Luke Landes

Chase has launched the Chase Freedom® with a $100 cash back offer that deserves serious consideration. All new cardholders can earn a $100 statement credit after being approved for the Chase Freedom® and making $500 in purchases over the first three months of card ownership. Shortly thereafter, the $100 bonus will be credited to your ... Continue reading this article…

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Eco-ergonomics: Reducing Strain on Your Budget

by Donna Freedman

This is a guest article by Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, posts weekly at MSN Smart Spending and blogs at Surviving and Thriving. Is your budget hurting? It could be overuse syndrome. Ergonomically speaking, a body part that is forced to work at a greater level ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Fraud

by Luke Landes

The problem with widely publicized tax credits like the home buyer tax credit is that people who don’t qualify — and know they don’t qualify — will apply for the credit. Many of these taxpayers, perhaps assisted by their tax preparers with or without their knowledge, will successfully convince the IRS to provide the tax ... Continue reading this article…

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