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No More Credit Card Debt: Now What?

by Smithee

In about 6.5 months, I will be free of credit card debt for the first time since 1998. Much like Inigo Montoya and the “Revenge Business”, now that it’s over, I don’a know what to do with the rest of my life. Readers of Consumerism Commentary have proven their wisdom many times over, so I’d ... Continue reading this article…

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Subscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

If you’re interested in getting on the waiting list for the ING Direct referrals, pay attention here. By subscribing to our RSS feed with feed-reading software such as Google Reader or aggregators such as My Yahoo, you’ll always be aware of new content here. If you prefer to have daily updates emailed directly to you, ... Continue reading this article…

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Marketplace’s Budget Hero

by Smithee

NPR syndicates a show called “Marketplace” all over the country (and online, of course). I like to listen to the Morning Report while driving to work. The show does a great job of explaining current economic stories without a lot of technical explanations and acronyms. I found a game on the Web site called “Budget ... Continue reading this article…

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Would You Ask For More Company Stock In Lieu of a Raise?

by Luke Landes

Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, recently shared her favorite piece of advice to Money Magazine. When I was 22, a friend who is very successful explained to me that no one ever got rich through earned income. “Look at all the great wealthy families,” he said. “From Carnegie to Rockefeller, it was never ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, July 2008 (Net Income: $7,731)

by Luke Landes

My balance sheet provides a decent snapshot of my current financial state, but it doesn’t tell the complete story. While I have control over most of my investments and could sell poor performers and buy others if I so choose, I’d rather stick with what I have for the long term. Therefore, monthly swings in ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2008 ($162,148, +4.5%)

by Luke Landes

It’s two months later, and I still need to achieve another $50,000 to reach my net worth goal of $210,000 by December 31. With so much of my assets tied into the stock market indexes, it’s no surprise I’m not making the progress I hoped for. When the company I work for releases its quarterly ... Continue reading this article…

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Apologies to Internet Explorer Users: SiteMeter Broke Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

I apologize to any users of Internet Explorer who were unable to access Consumerism Commentary for several hours on Friday. Apparently, something was wrong with some of the web statistics software I (and millions of other webmasters) was using. The service provider, SiteMeter, changed their code and caused presumably thousands of websites to be inaccessible ... Continue reading this article…

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iPhone Finance (Mostly) Apps, Vol. 1

by Smithee

It’s barely been a month since the iPhone update which allows people to download applications written by 3rd-party developers, and there are already more than 1,000 to choose from. Here are a few of the more promising entries in the field of Personal Finance: Loan Shark (Web | iTunes) It’s unreasonable to expect that a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Highest Savings Account Interest Rates

by Luke Landes

Please view this updated overview of the best online savings accounts. The highest savings account interest rates change practically daily. Here is a summary of the highest interest rates on well-known banks currently offered. HSBC Direct Online Savings Account 0.80 percent APY HSBC Direct has a track record of offering very competitive rates. I have been ... Continue reading this article…

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My Experiences Selling Online

by Smithee

I recently sold a number of possessions in my year-long quest to vanquish my credit card debt as quickly as possible. Before this, I had very limited experience using online selling tools, and generally thought of them all as a hassle, so I thought I would try more than one and see how they stacked ... Continue reading this article…

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