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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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Southwest Air’s $10 Boarding Upgrade

by Smithee

Southwest Air, which is the airline I consider when I feel like saving upwards of 50 percent off the price of a ticket, today introduced a new option for boarding before other people. If you’ve never flown Southwest before, you may not know that they don’t assign seats like, well, every other airline I can think ... Continue reading this article…

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Men Paying for Dinner: Is It More Romantic?

by Well-Heeled

This is a guest article by Well-Heeled, creator of the blog Well-Heeled, With a Mission. If you enjoy this article, subscribe to her blog using her RSS feed. Last week, boyfriend picked me up at my apartment. I dressed up in a red dress and put on sparkly earrings. We went to one of my ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Reasons to Take Another Look at DRIPs

by Clare

This is a guest article written by Clare, the founder of MoneyEnergy, where she writes about international dividend investing, DRIPs, and increasing your cashflow. If you like this post, consider subscribing to her RSS feed to get others like it in your reader. DRIPs (dividend reinvestment plans) were fairly popular back in the 1980s I ... Continue reading this article…

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Interview for Today’s Wealth Pilgrim Radio Show

by Luke Landes

At 6:00 PM ET (3:00 PM PT) today, Tuesday, September 1, I will be talking with Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim and the Wealth Pilgrim Radio Show. We’ll be talking about the experiences that led me to discover personal finance and the motivation behind Consumerism Commentary. It will be a live discussion, and I’d like ... Continue reading this article…

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