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Sometimes the Customer Isn’t Right

by Smithee

You’ve probably seen this sign hanging up in a shop or office: Rule 1: The customer is always right. Rule 2: If the customer is wrong, see Rule 1. This is not always right. I’ve had a lot of jobs I’ve been out of school and in the working world for thirteen years. That’s not ... Continue reading this article…

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Reducing the Cost of Dentist Care

by Luke Landes

How often do you visit the dentist for preventive care? Since graduating college, I’ve been getting regular check-ups and cleanings twice each year. I’ve seen the results of neglect, and I have no desire to lose my teeth any time soon. I’ve also seen results of bad dental work, so it’s imperative not only to ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 66: Keeping a Natural Disaster From Becoming a Financial Disaster, Richard Rosso

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Richard Rosso, CFP and financial consultant at Charles Schwab. Richard discusses his advice on how to prevent a natural disaster from becoming a financial disaster and offers up many tips, including how to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage, taking inventory ... Continue reading this article…

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The Best Gas Credit Cards, December 2014

by Luke Landes

Gas prices are on their way back up again. When the economy tumbled in the past few years, gas prices dropped from their highs, but they are now increasing fairly steadily. It’s hard to imagine where the price of gas will be just one year from now, but it makes sense to continue preparing for ... Continue reading this article…

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Weep Not for Interchange Fee Revenue

by Smithee

I used to answer customer service calls for Bank of America, one of the nation’s biggest banks. Granted, I was near the bottom of the totem pole, but they generally treated everybody with respect there (I was in Washington State, your mileage may vary), and they wanted us to be able to give customers informed ... Continue reading this article…

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Is a Graduate Degree Worthwhile or Worthless?

by Luke Landes

Several years ago, I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in business. I had been working in finance for a while, and as someone who believes in lifelong education, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to obtain an MBA. I took the relatively unpopular route of pursuing a degree where ... Continue reading this article…

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Unemployment Benefits Extended

by Luke Landes

After some false starts, Congress has passed a bill to renew the extension to federal unemployment benefits. Federal benefits begin when state benefits end. With the extension in effect, jobless individuals qualify for benefits for a total of 99 weeks. The most recent extension expired on June 2, and this new bill extends the deadline ... Continue reading this article…

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New Financial Regulations in the Wall Street Reform Law

by Luke Landes

Updated: The media are calling the new Wall Street Reform Law, recently signed by President Obama, the most significant reform of the financial industry since the Great Depression. It looks to tighten the reins on a industry that helped cause the recent recession by requiring the Federal Reserve to create and enforce regulations on the ... Continue reading this article…

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True Earnings® Card from Costco and American Express $25 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. One of the best cash back credit cards available today, the True® Earnings Card from Costco and American Express can earn cardholders an immense amount of rewards, just for everyday purchases. Now, with a $25 cash back bonus opportunity, just ... Continue reading this article…

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Which Wine Do I Want to Buy?

by Smithee

I enjoy a good glass of wine, but I don’t know how to find one. I haven’t been buying wine long enough to have memorized a group of “go to” bottles. I probably made the mistake of buying Bolla Pinot Noir three times before I finally learned that I don’t like it. Between my unreliable ... Continue reading this article…

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