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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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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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