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Crowdsourcing My Ride Home

by Smithee

Until now, I never paid much attention to the different companies and providers, but I’ve learned that not all GPS devices are equal. I’ve recently been tempted by the TomTom app for the iPhone, especially in connection with the car kit. Turn-by-turn directions, as well as charging my phone, and playing music through the car’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Zecco Trading Offering 20 Free Stock Trades

by Luke Landes

I do very little stock trading. In fact, the only individual stocks I hold are Microsoft (MSFT) and Akamai (AKAM), both of which I purchased with free money for opening a brokerage account. Naturally, I think free cash is a perfect candidate for experimentation with the stock market and I most likely would not have ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 19: Giving Yourself a Raise

by Luke Landes

Our guest today is Matt Jabs, blogger and founder of Debt Free Adventure, a blog designed to help the author stay accountable for getting out of debt. Debt Free Adventure is one of my favorites among new personal finance blogs. Today’s discussion focuses on the concept of giving yourself a raise, an important way to ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Snow Leopard Day

by Smithee

For the increasing number of Mac users in the audience, today’s the day to start deciding whether you want to upgrade your operating system: “Snow Leopard” is on the scene. Number-wise, this is a move to OS 10.6. It will only work on Apple computers with an Intel processor and at least 1 GB of ... Continue reading this article…

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Ally Bank Increases Interest Rate

by Luke Landes

When I started formally tracking high-yield savings rates, with a shared online spreadsheet, it was common to see banks offering interest rates above 5.0 percent APY. That was in January 2008, and the economy is in a different situation now. According to the government, there has been no measurable inflation, and now interest rates for lending ... Continue reading this article…

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Employee Stock Purchase Plan Dilemma

by Luke Landes

For the last few years, I have been participating in my company’s stock purchase plan at the maximum level. Every paycheck, ten percent of my gross salary is withheld. At the end of each quarter the funds are used to buy my company’s stock at a 15 percent discount from the lower price of either ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Sure Your Credit Card Still Works?

by Jeff

After we got married, my wife and I combined our finances. We moved most of our money from a local brick and mortar bank to a bank that we primarily access online and over the phone. This arrangement has worked out well for us, but it does mean some accounts that were previously utilized many ... Continue reading this article…

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Sixth Anniversary iPod Giveaway: Winners Announced!

by Luke Landes

Congratulations to Consumerism Commentary readers Aliotsy A. and Scott O.! Aliotsy and Scott were selected randomly among those who responded correctly to the scavenger hunt held last month to celebrate Consumerism Commentary’s sixth anniversary. Both winners chose to receive the Apple iPod Touch. The iPods are now on the way! More giveaways will be offered ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumer Confidence Above Expectations: Are We Out of the Woods?

by Luke Landes

Depending on which newspapers and news websites you read, the Consumer Confidence Index either soared, jumped or surged this month. The headlines as you would expect don’t tell the whole story. The Conference Board calculates this index by performing a random survey by phone of 5,000 households in the United States, selected because they represent ... Continue reading this article…

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Join Me for a Live Online Chat Thursday Night

by Luke Landes

This coming Thursday, August 27, I will be hosting an online chat session. Please feel free to join me on Money Quantum, a social network for people whose lives involve money, to chat about personal finance, investing, blogging or anything else we feeling like chatting about. I will share more information about Money Quantum later. ... Continue reading this article…

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