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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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Save Money By Driving With Your Toe

by Smithee

“Hypermiling” is a word we use for doing everything you can to squeeze the best mileage possible from your car, including hardware modifications which may or may not void your warranty and certain driving techniques which may be both dangerous and illegal. You may have seen some of these tested on Mythbusters, such as driving ... Continue reading this article…

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Free Checking On the Way Out: Who Should Pay?

by Luke Landes

July 1 and August 15 are the dates consumers need to worry about. New Fed rules for bank accounts go into effect on July 1 for anyone who opens a new bank account, while current account holders should know about changes to their accounts starting August 15. On these dates, the Federal Reserve is limiting ... Continue reading this article…

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A Review of PerkStreet’s 5% Cash Back Debit Card and Checking Account

by Luke Landes

PerkStreet Financial, a company that launched just over a year ago has decided to kick things up a notch by offering something new in addition to their online checking account. Previously, PerkStreet enticed customers with a $50 cash bonus for signing up a new account, then 2 percent cash back on all non-PIN debit card purchases ... Continue reading this article…

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Unemployment Benefits and Homebuyer Credit Not Extended

by Luke Landes

Last Thursday, the Senate failed to pass a bill that would again extend unemployment benefits. Rather than continue haggling between Democrats and Republicans for another round of changes to the bill, the Senators will likely drop the issue. The bill also contained an extension to the homebuyer tax credit, a benefit that officially ends on ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 62: Families and Money Survey, Bank Overdraft Fees

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two guests. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek talks with Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation. Carrie discusses the findings of their 2010 Families & Money Survey and also talks about the financial tools available at Schwab MoneyWise. In the second segment, Tom speaks with Jim ... Continue reading this article…

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