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RepairPal Helps You Make Car Service Decisions

by Luke Landes

I’ve come across a number of interesting websites thanks to the Wall Street Journal podcast, the Tech News Briefing, including the E-Report with Tom Dziubek and and Paul Herrmann. (Note: Tom has interviewed me three times for the E-Report.) Most recently, the podcast informed me about RepairPal, a website that helps you find a local ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy Bank Stocks?

by Luke Landes

I don’t think “market timing” is a good investment strategy — in fact, it’s not a strategy at all — but it can be a worthwhile experiment if played with money you don’t mind losing. One way to time the market is to buy low-cost exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These investments act as mutual funds — ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Through a Bear Market: Don’t Cut Your Losses

by Luke Landes

Despite contributions totaling thousands of dollars so far this year, since January 1, the value of my investment portfolio is down 10 percent. That’s enough of a decline to make anyone consider giving up on the stock market. It’s an understandable point of view. My 401(k) offers an automated interview to help you choose your asset ... Continue reading this article…

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Again, More $25 ING Direct Bonus Links

by Luke Landes

Once again, I have refreshed the list of ING Direct $25 bonus referral links. New customers are eligible for a $25 bonus just y opening an account and depositing at least $250. Consumerism Commentary readers have been very helpful by providing these links for other readers. As a reward, ING Direct provides the referrer with ... Continue reading this article…

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SteamVac Results: Very Good and Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Earlier today, I put the Hoover SteamVac I purchased last week to the test. The SteamVac required assembly, but the instructions were straightforward. The parts are mostly plastic and they had a “cheap” feel, but when the SteamVac was assembled, the construction was lightweight and easy enough to move across the carpet, even with full ... Continue reading this article…

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7 Ways to Lose Your Money

by Luke Landes

The idea of “getting rich slowly” may well be a fallacy. While slow and steady is a great method of accumulating wealth over long periods of time thanks to compounding interest and returns, the power of inflation — real inflation, not government-reported inflation, eats away at the value of your funds almost ensuring you will ... Continue reading this article…

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All New ING Direct $25 Bonus Codes Available

by Luke Landes

I have posted all new bonus links for new ING Direct savings accounts as of today. If you are a new customer to ING Direct, one of the first internet-only banks that took advantage of low overhead to offer great interest rates on savings accounts, you can receive $25 for opening a new account. They ... Continue reading this article…

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25,000 Bonus Miles on Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage® World MasterCard

by Luke Landes

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List of New Jersey Gas Stations in Violation, Part 3

by Luke Landes

Here is the third part of the list of gas stations in New Jersey that are ripping off customers. For more information, see this first part and the second part. The first part also contains a map of every gas station fined for violation of a variety of regulations. This list begins with Morris County.

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List of New Jersey Gas Stations in Violation, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Here is the second part of the list of gas stations in New Jersey that are ripping off customers. For more information, see this first part. The first part also contains a map of every gas station fined for violation of a variety of regulations. This list begins with Essex County.

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