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Best of Consumerism Commentary, August 2009

by Luke Landes

Join the community All content on Consumerism Commentary is free. One of the best methods of reading this free content and staying up-to-date with the latest articles and posts is through RSS subscription. By subscribing to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed with feed-reading software such as Google Reader or aggregators such as My Yahoo, you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Hip New Funding Site: Kickstarter.com

by Smithee

This certainly isn’t the first or only Web site where one can describe a project and ask for donations, but if word of mouth is anything to go by, the new Kickstarter.com is the hip place to get funding these days. I first heard about it on Twitter when one of my heroes Jesse Thorn ... Continue reading this article…

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Visa Signature Concierge: Useless for Immediate Travel

by Luke Landes

As I’ve mentioned recently, my maternal grandmother passed away a few days ago, my second of two grandmothers to pass away in the past few weeks. A few years ago, she moved out to California to be cared for by my mother and brother who had also moved out to the west coast several years ... Continue reading this article…

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Interview for Today’s Personal Finance Hour Radio Show

by Luke Landes

Tune into the Personal Finance Hour radio show, tonight at 6:00 PM ET (3:00 PM PT) for a chance to hear me speak with Jim Wang from Bargaineering and J.D. Roth from Get Rich Slowly. We plan to discuss the trials and tribulations of shifting from an employee to an entrepreneur. Please listen in, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 20: You Need a Budget and PocketSmith

by Luke Landes

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast focuses on budgeting. Our first guest is Jesse Mecham, designer of the budgeting software You Need a Budget. We speak with Jesse about his philosophy and rules of budgeting and how it relates to the software he designed. In the second half of the podcast, our guests are ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, August 2009

by Luke Landes

You may have noticed that over the past few days, Consumerism Commentary has been featuring a number of guest authors. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the cost of funerals, inspired by the passing of my paternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother entered hospice care around that same time, and a few days ago, she ... Continue reading this article…

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The Album’s Last Gasp

by Smithee

For a good thirty years or so, starting in the 1950s, musicians released singles on vinyl discs called “records”. You could also buy a full album of music by one artist, and some were worth it, but you also had the option of buying just that one song that you liked, that you kept hearing ... Continue reading this article…

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Compound Interest is More Powerful Than You Know

by Jim Wang

This is a guest article by Jim. Jim writes about personal finance at Bargaineering.com. You can also find him on Twitter (@bargainr) causing a ruckus. Consider two individuals trying to save for the future. John saves a hundred dollars a month into a magical investment that gives him 6 percent a year. After forty years, he ... Continue reading this article…

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Measuring Financial Progress: Net Worth vs. Net Investable Assets

by Ray

This is a guest article by Ray, the owner and primary author of Financial Highway, where he discusses investing, saving and practical money management concepts. You can check subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter. I strongly believe that tracking your financial progress is crucial to reaching your financial goals. If you ... Continue reading this article…

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MyIDScore.com: What’s an ID Score?

by Jeff

If you’re a frequent reader of this (or any other personal finance blog) you’re familiar with credit scores and credit reports, and the advice to check them often. These resources detail your financial history and provide a measure of your supposed financial risk. They’re also useful tools to determine the safety of your identity. However, ... Continue reading this article…

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