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Watch Out for the Making Work Pay Credit (2009 Economic Stimulus)

by Luke Landes

Smithee has been keeping me up-to-date with a major part of the 2009 economic stimulus, the $400 for individuals or $800 for couples tax credit. Here are some things to keep in mind about this stimulus going into effect today, called the “Making Work Pay” credit in the law that established it. Smithee says the ... Continue reading this article…

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Most Popular on Consumerism Commentary, March 2009

by Luke Landes

First, if you haven’t yet this week, check out the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by Wide Open Wallet. There are some excellent articles this week including the host’s “Editor’s Picks,” Why Lending Club Isn’t for Most People, and Is Buying a Repossession Capitalizing on Someone Else’s Misfortune? Now to the monthly administrative businesses. ... Continue reading this article…

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My Pets’ Worth

by Smithee

The author of Free Money Finance pointed out a story highlighting how the recession is affecting the health of pets. He or she also linked to a helpful chart of estimated costs for owning various kinds of pets. Personally, my wife and I don’t even include pet care in our budget, because our affection for ... Continue reading this article…

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Eight Tips for Living Through a Recession

by Luke Landes

If you have been affected by the recession, perhaps by losing a source of income, you may not want to hear suggestions for turning a bad situation into an opportunity. In fact, the idea of turning challenges around for your own benefit is in line with the annoying soundbites that productivity gurus sell. But I ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Prepare for Inflation and Higher Prices

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve purchased $7.5 billion of debt in the form of Treasuries from the government, and plans to continue buying debt for a long time to finance the government’s spending. As the government continues selling this debt, the money supply increases. In total, the Treasury may add $3 to $4 trillion dollars to ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Deal With a Low Salary Offer

by Luke Landes

In my life so far, I’ve had three major chances to negotiate a starting salary. The first was with a cash-strapped non-profit organization that had enough problems keeping its payroll account funded every other week. The second was with a company in the financial industry, a segment of that industry that is known for being ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

by Luke Landes

I’ve been in touch with Ramit Sethi since not long after he began writing on his blog, I Will Teach You to Be Rich, almost five years ago. It is no surprise to me that Ramit, after enhancing his writing with years of practice on his rapidly-growing website, has published I Will Teach You to ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival of Personal Finance is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance is a weekly collection of the best personal finance articles from across the blogosphere, usually with an entertaining or thematic presentation. This week’s Carnival was published last night by the blog Four Pillars. Check out the articles picked for Editor’s Choice but don’t miss out on The DIY Haircut and ... Continue reading this article…

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Has the Economic Collapse Changed the Rules of Investing?

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine published an article with the “7 new rules of financial security,” claiming that the recent economic collapse has changed the fundamentals that investors have relied upon for decades. The simultaneous meltdown of the stock, housing and credit markets resulted in a world in which investors must adjust their assumptions in order to succeed. ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Qualify for Vanguard Admiral Shares

by Luke Landes

Note: Vanguard has recently changed the qualification requirements for Admiral shares. Most index funds now require only a $10,000 balance while most managed funds require only $50,000. Both required minimums are down from $100,000 previously. Whether right or wrong, having more money opens more doors and opportunities. Just look at the way casino hotels operate. ... Continue reading this article…

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