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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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Washington Mutual Increases Interest Rate to 3.75% APY

by Luke Landes

Starting tomorrow, Washington Mutual is increasing the interest rate offered on its online savings account to 3.75 percent APY. This jump will put this account on top among the best-known online savings accounts. This is a wide enough margin over ING Direct to convince me to open an account and give it a try even though ... Continue reading this article…

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Advice From Dean Kamen: Work in Something You Love

by Luke Landes

Many Consumerism Commentary readers don’t know this: I was a band geek. In high school, I played clarinet in wind ensemble and marching band. This continued into college, where I decided to major in music education. In college, I performed in a variety of ensembles on a variety of instruments ranging from trumpet to percussion ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (July 2008)

by Luke Landes

Here are the most popular articles on Consumerism Commentary during the month of July 2008. The Correct Way to Pay Off Personal Debt: The Debt Avalanche 2007 New Jersey Homestead Rebate: Receive Up to $2,000 Just Like Apple’s MobileMe, But Free (by Smithee) Net Worth Competition: Don’t Compare Yourself With Others Four Day Work Week: ... Continue reading this article…

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The Real Estate Roller Coaster

by Smithee

I really enjoy good “data visualization”, which is a fancy, but more succinct way of saying “a way to look at information as more than just numbers.” Last year, before most of us were aware of the “mortgage crisis,” some enterprising individual took a list of average housing prices in the United States since 1890, ... Continue reading this article…

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